Not Another Teen Movie
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Not Another Teen Movie

Not Another Teen Movie
Not Another Teen Movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoel Gallen
Produced byNeal H. Moritz
Written by
  • Michael G. Bender
  • Adam Jay Epstein
  • Andrew Jacobson
  • Phil Beauman
  • Buddy Johnson
Starring
Music byTheodore Shapiro
CinematographyReynaldo Villalobos
Edited bySteven Welch
Production
companies
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • December 14, 2001 (2001-12-14)
Running time
89 minutes
99 minutes
(unrated director's cut)[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15 million[2]
Box office$66.5 million[2]

Not Another Teen Movie is a 2001 American parody film directed by Joel Gallen and written by Mike Bender, Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson, Phil Beauman, and Buddy Johnson. It features an ensemble cast including Chyler Leigh, Chris Evans, Jaime Pressly, Eric Christian Olsen, Eric Jungmann, Mia Kirshner, Deon Richmond, Cody McMains, Sam Huntington, Samm Levine, Cerina Vincent, Ron Lester, Randy Quaid, Lacey Chabert, Riley Smith and Samaire Armstrong.

Released on December 14, 2001, by Columbia Pictures, the film is a parody of teen films. While the general plot is based on She's All That,[3] as well as Varsity Blues,[4]10 Things I Hate About You,[3]Can't Hardly Wait[3] and Pretty in Pink, the film is also filled with allusions to teenage and college-age films from the 1980s and 1990s, such as Bring It On, American Pie, Cruel Intentions,[5]American Beauty,[4]Never Been Kissed, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Can't Buy Me Love, Jawbreaker, Sixteen Candles, Dazed and Confused, Lucas, Rudy, The Breakfast Club, Grease, and Road Trip.

Plot

In the stereotypical high school community of John Hughes High in Southern California, attractive Priscilla, a popular cheerleader, separates from her talented football star but slacker boyfriend, Jake Wyler. After Jake discovers that Priscilla is now dating timid and weird Les just to spite him, one of Jake's friends, Austin, makes a bet with him to turn Janey Briggs, a "uniquely rebellious girl", into the prom queen.

Jake attempts to court Janey's love, but faces adversity from his own sister, Catherine, who is sexually attracted to him; Janey's unnoticed admirer and best friend, Ricky Lipman; and memories from his past football career. Catherine eventually assists her brother by "drastically" altering Janey's appearance (which is simply removing her glasses and ponytail), instantly making her drop-dead gorgeous.

Meanwhile, Janey's younger brother, Mitch, and his friends Ox and Bruce, make a pact to lose their virginity by graduation despite still being in their freshman year. Mitch tries to impress his longtime crush, the beautiful yet perverted Amanda Becker with a love letter. Bruce says that he does not have a chance with her, mockingly stating, "Keep dreaming!"

As the prom draws near, Jake draws infamy among his peers after he fails to lead his football team to victory at the state championship game the year before. The situation is further worsened when Austin tricks Jake into telling Janey about his bet to spite Priscilla by pretending to whisper the secret bet in Janey's ear, causing her to immediately leave Jake in anger. During prom night, Austin and Janey go together; a jealous Jake and Catherine have a dance-off with Austin and Janey, with Catherine dancing in a sexual manner. Janey runs off crying. Meanwhile, Mitch and his friends are having a lousy time at the prom until Amanda arrives and Mitch gives her the letter (to which she responds that she does not have sex with every loser who does such, but will give them handjobs), horny Bruce hooks up with the equally horny international exchange student Areola, and Ox later hooks up with Catherine after sharing a romantic and rather odd connection.

Jake is awarded prom king and the principal reads out that the votes for prom queen are tied. Everyone thinks that it is between Janey and Priscilla, but they are shocked to find that conjoined twins Kara and Sara Fratelli win prom queen. During the traditional prom king and queen dance, Janey supposedly left with Austin to go to a hotel.

Jake goes to the hotel room where he finds Austin having wild sex with a girl, but is shocked to find that it is Priscilla and not Janey, while Les videotapes them with his pants down. Austin tells Jake that Janey "ran home to her daddy." Jake coldly punches Austin and Priscilla, knocking them unconscious for their part in Janey's humiliation. He then punches Les for "being really weird" (he also punches a plastic bag that happens to be floating next to Les); afterwards he runs to Janey's house only to learn from her father that she is going to Paris for art school.

Jake arrives at the airport and confronts her before she can board the plane, but uses a plethora of clichéd lines from other films (such as She's All That, Cruel Intentions, American Pie, The Breakfast Club, American Beauty, 10 Things I Hate About You, Can't Hardly Wait, and Pretty in Pink) to convince her to stay home in the United States. His final (and only original) speech suggests they would be better off separated, but Janey mistakenly believes he is quoting The Karate Kid, and she decides to stay with him.

In a mid-credits scene, Janey's father Mr. Briggs drunkenly assaults himself with pies in his kitchen. In a post-credits scene, a previously seen albino folk singer, an afroed student with a guitar, reveals that she has become blind and calls out for assistance upon completing her song, while an audience member calls for another to assist in stealing her guitar.

Cast

Cameos

Many stars of teen films, as well as those from the 1980s, make credited and uncredited appearances. These include:

Parodies

Reception

Box office

The film opened at third place at the US box office taking $12,615,116 in its opening weekend behind Vanilla Skys opening weekend and Ocean's Elevens second weekend. At the end of its run, the film had grossed $38,252,284 domestically and $28,216,048 overseas for a worldwide total of $66,468,332.[2]

Critical response

The film received generally negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 28% based on 96 reviews, with an average rating of 4/10. The site's consensus states: "NATM has some funny moments, but the movie requires the audience to have familiarity with the movies being spoofed and a tolerance for toilet and sexual humor to be truly effective."[6]Metacritic gave the film a score of 32/100 based on reviews from 22 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[7]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film two stars out of a possible four, and admitted to laughing a few times but not as much as he did for American Pie or Scary Movie. Ebert also criticized the scatological humor. He urged audiences to not waste their time on the film, when in the month of December 2001 there were "21 other promising films" to choose from.[8]

Robin Rauzi of the Los Angeles Times called it "a 90-minute exercise in redefining the word 'gratuitous'" and suggested it is most likely to appeal to fourteen-year-olds - "who of course [are] not supposed to be seeing this R-rated movie".[5] Dennis Harvey of Variety criticized the film for its "overall tendency to mistake mere bad taste for outrageousness, and plain referentiality for satire" but praised Evans, Pressly, and Olsen for giving performances better than the material. He noted that the film follows the model of Scary Movie but lacked the comic finesse of Anna Faris.[4]

Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle called the film "a crass act" and pointed out the futility of trying to parody films that are already absurd. LaSalle complained that the film too closely copies She's All That, calling it "pathetic" that Not Another Teen Movie is just another formulaic teen movie.[3]

Soundtrack

The soundtrack for the film was released by Maverick Records and features metal, punk and rock artists from the 1990s and 2000s, mostly covering new wave songs from the 1980s, as well as "Prom Tonight", an original track and parody of Grease.

  1. "Tainted Love" (Gloria Jones) - Marilyn Manson
  2. "Never Let Me Down Again" (Depeche Mode) - The Smashing Pumpkins
  3. "Blue Monday" (New Order) - Orgy
  4. "The Metro" (Berlin) - System of a Down
  5. "But Not Tonight" (Depeche Mode) - Scott Weiland
  6. "Message of Love" (The Pretenders) - Saliva
  7. "Bizarre Love Triangle" (New Order) - Stabbing Westward
  8. "99 Red Balloons" (Nena) - Goldfinger
  9. "I Melt with You" (Modern English) - Mest
  10. "If You Leave" (OMD) - Good Charlotte
  11. "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" (The Smiths) - Muse
  12. "My Hero" - Foo Fighters
  13. "Somebody's Baby" (Jackson Browne) - Phantom Planet
  14. "Let's Begin" - Bad Ronald
  15. "Prom Tonight" - Not Another Teen Movie cast
  16. "Kiss Me" - (Sixpence None the Richer)
  • A cover of the song "Take On Me" by the band Lifer was recorded for the soundtrack, but never released.[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ "NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE (15)". British Board of Film Classification. January 3, 2002. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Not Another Teen Movie". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d Mick LaSalle (December 14, 2001). "A crass act. Gross-out teen flick imagines it's a parody". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on August 17, 2002.
  4. ^ a b c Dennis Harvey (December 13, 2001). "Variety article". Variety.
  5. ^ a b Robin Rauzi (December 14, 2001). "'Not Another Teen Movie' Just Multiplies the Raunch". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ "Not Another Teen Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ "Not Another Teen Movie". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ Roger Ebert (December 14, 2001). "Not Another Teen Movie". Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ http://www.popflock.com/video?id=DoH0XiPwJBQ&t=510s

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