• OVERALL
    3.0
    WORTHY
  • Feature
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE FEATURE
There are no small parts, only small actors

The thing is, Lindsay Lohan, sooner or later, is going to grow out of playing the high-school angst-queen. In Freaky Friday, she played expertly off of Jamie Lee Curtis. Here, again, she's stuck on the perpetual teenage merry-go-round, doing battle with the suburban evil-queens of her new high-school and trying to live up to the fairy-tales she concocts for herself, instead of her real-life.

After being carted off from her beloved metropolis (New York City) to suburban New Jersey, Lola (Lohan) has a hard time integrating herself into the local culture. Fitting in sometimes means making it up as you go along. For Lola, an aspiring actress, creating harmony means concocting various schemes and scenes, all of which she can steal wholeheartedly.

High school must have been a hard time for teenage girls. Why else does a movie like this get made?

Lohan's Lola lives in her own little fantasy world and is unashamed to drag innocent Ella (Alison Pill) along on the stage. Together, the two battle the cliques and set out to knock the "it-girl" off her high-and-mighty perch. In this case, fabrications that require our heroine to play catch-up through the entire running-time serve to build a twisted tale that will require some serious unwinding. In the end, will she finally own-up to her true life and be all the richer for it? Only our drama queen can deliver the answer.. If you toss in the disc and ride out the spots of "cheese" to get to the end, you'll see that it all works out...of course. Through it all, Lola must arrive at the realization that her big-city attitude and her elaborate yarns are both unnecessary and only serve to complicate her life and those of everyone around her.

With fantasy-intercuts reminiscent of HBO's long-lost comedy, Dream On, this movie delivers reasonably entertaining diversion. In a grand finale that plays out like a modern-day My Fair Lady, Lohan breaks it down, summarizing the lessons of the entire film in a few songs before she gets her long-sought validation in front of all her peers.
THE EXTRAS
Confessions from the Set

Yeah. Um... Making of. Behind the Scenes. Another name for the same old stuff...

Eliza's Fantasy Deleted Scenes

Deleted scenes rarely leave us guessing as to why they were deleted. These are no exception to that rule.

Lindsay Lohan Music VideoThat Girl

Clearly, this is the film that gave someone the impression that "L-Lo" might be the next "J-Lo". Seriously, Lohan is now in the midst of launching a CD and getting ready to drench MTV with music videos that show her traipsing about sweaty and scantily clad. I can't necessarily imagine that she'll deliver the massive cross-over of J-Lo, But...maybe

Audio Commentary

I didn't spend any time on this. Honestly, I can rarely justify sitting through the running-time again unless it is for a film I simply must learn more about... this is not one.
THE VIDEO
Anamorphic widescreen on this Philips LCD TV delivers the goods. While there's no real reason to deploy progressive scan for this movie, with the right equipment -- it's well worth it. The colors are vibrant and exciting and lit up the LCD.
THE AUDIO
Sure... THX-certified 5.1 Dolby Digital. Through the system it's great. Tuck your subwoofer in for the night, though, and play it through the stereo speakers on the Philips LCD and you've got a great little audio meal. No, you don't need your whole system fired up. This isn't Star Wars or anything.
THE FINAL WORD
A moderately entertaining coming-of-age tale that is a bit overdone, which is to be expected of a picture that calls for overplayed charicatures and sarcastic, almost full-lampoon portrayals. Fun for the teens and tweens who are willing to watch a movie that their parents won't mind unwinding a bit for.

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