Not Another Teen Movie
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|Not Another Teen Movie|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Joel Gallen|
|Music by||Theodore Shapiro|
|Edited by||Steven Welch|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
99 minutes (unrated director's cut)
Not Another Teen Movie is a 2001 American teen comedy film directed by Joel Gallen, released on December 14, 2001 by Columbia Pictures. It is a parody of teen movies which had accumulated in Hollywood over the decades preceding its release. While the general plot is based on Can't Hardly Wait, Pretty in Pink, She's All That, and 10 Things I Hate About You, the film is also filled with allusions to numerous other teen films including Bring It On, American Pie, Cruel Intentions, American Beauty, Never Been Kissed, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Can't Buy Me Love, Varsity Blues and The Breakfast Club. A single was released alongside the movie titled "Prom Tonight" and reached #86 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In the stereotypical high school community of John Hughes High in Southern California, sexy Priscilla (Jaime Pressly), a popular cheerleader, separates from her football star boyfriend, Jake Wyler (Chris Evans). After Jake discovers that Priscilla is now dating peculiar Les (Riley Smith) just to spite him, one of Jake's friends, Austin (Eric Christian Olsen), suggests seeking retribution by making Janey Briggs (Chyler Leigh), a "uniquely rebellious girl", the prom queen.
Jake attempts to court Janey's love, but faces adversity from his own sister, Catherine (Mia Kirshner), who is sexually attracted to him; Janey’s unnoticed admirer and best friend, Ricky (Eric Jungmann); and memories from his past football career. Catherine eventually helps her brother by slightly altering Janey’s appearance (taking away her glasses and ponytail), instantly making her drop dead gorgeous.
Meanwhile, Janey's younger brother, Mitch (Cody McMains), and his friends, Ox (Sam Huntington) and Bruce (Samm Levine), make a pact to lose their virginity by graduation despite still being in their freshmen year. Mitch tries to impress his longtime crush, the beautiful yet perverted Amanda Becker (Lacey Chabert) with a letter professing his love for her. 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 plan to spite Priscilla by pretending to whisper the secret bet in Janey's ear, causing her to immediately leave Jake. 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 Becker arrives and Mitch gives her the letter and Ox later hooks up with Catherine.
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 Kara and Sara Fratelli (Samaire Armstrong and Nectar Rose), twins conjoined at the head, 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 not Janey while the weird Les videotapes with his pants down supposedly having an erection, Austin tells Jake that Janey "ran home to her daddy". Jake angrily punches Austin and Priscilla for what they had done to Janey, 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 (Randy Quaid) that she is going to Paris for art school.
Jake arrives at the airport and confronts her before she can board the plane, and uses a plethora of clichéd lines from other movies (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 in America. His final (and only original) speech suggests they would be better off apart, but Janey mistakenly believes he is quoting The Karate Kid, and she decides to stay with him.
- Chyler Leigh as Janey Briggs ("The Pretty Ugly Girl")
- Chris Evans as Jake Wyler ("The Popular Jock")
- Jaime Pressly as Priscilla ("The Nasty Cheerleader")
- Eric Christian Olsen as Austin ("The Cocky Blond Guy")
- Mia Kirshner as Catherine Wyler ("The Cruelest Girl")
- Deon Richmond as Malik Token ("The Token Black Guy")
- Eric Jungmann as Ricky Lipman ("The Obsessed Best Friend")
- Ron Lester as Reggie Ray ("The Stupid Fat Guy")
- Cody McMains as Mitch Briggs ("The Desperate Virgin")
- Sam Huntington as Ox ("The Sensitive Guy")
- Samm Levine as Bruce ("The Wannabe")
- Lacey Chabert as Amanda Becker ("The Perfect Girl")
- Cerina Vincent as Areola ("The Foreign Exchange Student")
- Riley Smith as Les ("The Beautiful Weirdo")
- Samaire Armstrong as Kara Fratelli
- Nectar Rose as Sara Fratelli
- Ed Lauter as The Coach
- Randy Quaid as Mr. Briggs
- Joanna García as Sandy Sue
- Beverly Polcyn as Sadie Agatha Johnson
- Robert Patrick Benedict as Preston Wasserstein
- Patrick St. Esprit as Austin's Father
- Josh Radnor as Tour Guide
- Paul Goebel as The Chef Who Ejaculated Into Mitch's French Toast
Many stars of teen movies, as well as teen films from the 1980s, make credited and uncredited appearances. These include:
- Molly Ringwald as "The Rude, Hot Flight Attendant" - Ringwald starred in many '80s teen movies such as Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club.
- Mr. T as "The Wise Janitor" - The A-Team's opening sequence music is playing at the end of his speech.
- Kyle Cease as "The Slow Clap Guy" - Cease played Bogey Lowenstein in 10 Things I Hate About You.
- Melissa Joan Hart as "Slow Clapper's Instructor" - Hart can also be seen in the teen movies Can't Hardly Wait and Drive Me Crazy. The commentator at the football game praises Hart and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. (uncredited)
- Lyman Ward as Mr. Wyler - Ward played Ferris Bueller's father in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
- Paul Gleason as Richard "Dick" Vernon - Gleason played Vernon in The Breakfast Club.
- Sean Patrick Thomas as "The Other Token Black Guy" - Thomas appeared in teen movies Can't Hardly Wait, Cruel Intentions and Save the Last Dance.
- Good Charlotte as "The Band" - The band playing at the prom.
List of movies parodied
- Three scenes that appear on the PG-13 rated trailer are not included in the film: a scene that spoofs Save the Last Dance where a girl is dancing at the big party, a scene that spoofs Never Been Kissed during the football game with Sadie standing on the football field with a microphone before the entire football team runs her down (the person she was waiting for - one of the school teachers - gets up out of the bleachers just before she is run down and then sits immediately after she is trampled), and a small scene with Areola asking the principal if her breasts are perky (this scene does appear in the unrated cut of the film).
- In the trailer for the film, Jake wears boxer shorts during the whipped cream bikini scene, whereas during that same scene in the film, he wears no shorts; his bare crotch is covered with whipped cream instead.
Footage during credits
The film has three extra scenes at the end:
- Mitch, Ox and Bruce talking about what they learned from the whole experience. (This scene comes only in the unrated cut.)
- Mr. Briggs, in a parody of a scene from American Pie, talks about a "three-way" while holding two pies. (This scene comes only in the rated cut.)
- The albino folk singer sings about being blind, and her corneas being burned out by the sun. (This scene comes after all the credits have finished.)
The R-rated version of the film was released on DVD on April 30, 2002 with the original 89-minute cut. The Unrated Extended Director's Cut was released July 26, 2005 with all of the original special features from the original DVD. The unrated version includes an added 11 minutes to the film, adding up to 100 minutes.
The film received generally negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 28% based reviews from 96, with an average score of 4 out of 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." Metacritic gives the film a score of 32% based on reviews from 22 critics, indicating a "generally unfavorable" score.
Roger Ebert gives the film 2/4 stars, and admitted to laughing a few times but not as much as he did for "American Pie" or "Scary Movie". Ebert also criticizes the scatological humor. He urges audiences to not waste their time on the film, when in the month of December there are 21 other promising films to choose from.
Robin Rauzi of The Los Angeles Times calls it "a 90-minute exercise in redefining the word 'gratuitous'" and suggests it is most likely to appeal to fourteen-year-olds -- "who of course is not supposed to be seeing this R-rated movie". Dennis Harvey of Variety criticizes the film for its "overall tendency to mistake mere bad taste for outrageousness, and plain referentiality for satire" and praises Evans, Pressley, and Olsen for giving performances better than the material. He notes the film follows the model of Scary Movie but lacking the comic finesse of Anna Faris. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle calls the film "a crass act" and points out the futility of trying to parody films that are already absurd. LaSalle complains that the film too closely copies She's All That and calls it "pathetic" that Not Another Teen Movie is just another formulaic teen movie.
The soundtrack for the film features metal, punk and rock artists from the 1990s and 2000s, mostly covering songs from the 1980s, and this CD was released by Maverick Records in 2001.
- "Tainted Love" (Soft Cell) - Marilyn Manson - 3:21
- "Never Let Me Down Again" (Depeche Mode) - The Smashing Pumpkins - 4:01
- "Blue Monday" (New Order) - Orgy
- "The Metro" (Berlin) - System of a Down
- "But Not Tonight" (Depeche Mode) - Scott Weiland
- "Message of Love" (The Pretenders) - Saliva
- "Bizarre Love Triangle" (New Order) - Stabbing Westward
- "99 Red Balloons" (Nena) - Goldfinger
- "I Melt with You" (Modern English) - Mest
- "If You Leave" (OMD) - Good Charlotte
- "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" (The Smiths) - Muse
- "Somebody's Baby" (Jackson Browne) - Phantom Planet
- "Let's Begin" - Bad Ronald
- "Prom Tonight" - Not Another Teen Movie cast
- "Kiss Me" (Sixpence None the Richer)
- "Not Another Teen Movie". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 7, 2010.
- 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 2002-08-17.
- Dennis Harvey (December 13, 2001). Variety http://variety.com/2001/film/reviews/not-another-teen-movie-1200552287/
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- Robin Rauzi (December 14, 2001). "'Not Another Teen Movie' Just Multiplies the Raunch". Los Angeles Times.
- "Not Another Teen Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- "Not Another Teen Movie at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved December 19, 2010.
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