She’s All That (1999)

I technically have two reviews before this that should have gone up but seeing as I really wanted to get my Paul Walker mini-marathon out of the way, I scouted out the flicks available on Netflix of his and will be doing 3 movies for the next 3 days of his.  I started off with the earliest out of the three, She’s All That! I never saw this and never knew he was in that as a supporting character. Let’s check it out!

she's all that posterDirector: Robert Iscove

Cast: Rachel Leigh Cook, Freddie Prinze Jr., Paul Walker, Matthew Lillard, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Anna Paquin, Kieran Culkin

High school jock Zach Siler (Freddie Prinze Jr.) comes back from spring break being dumped by his hot girlfriend, Taylor (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) for a TV celebrity she met in Florida, Brock Hudson (Matthew Lillard). To prove that he’s over it, his best friend Dean (Paul Walker) makes a bet with him when he claims that he can make any girl be crowned as prom queen.  Dean picks Laney Boggs (Rachel Leigh Cook), a nerdy, messy art student.

Okay, when I got out of elementary school, Freddie Prinze Jr. was the guy that girls in school would screech over.  I’m not exactly sure why because I never thought he was cute and maybe that’s why I never got around to seeing this until now.  Either way, She’s All That is a teen romance movie through and through with all the predictable parts and not so much fun as I’d have imagined since it seemed to be a big thing back in 1999 when it first came out.  I mean, its the only title I remember back then that a lot of people talked about in school.

she's all that

She’s All That has a lot of charming characters.  Other than Paul Walker, I haven’t really seen the other ones much so they were all pretty refreshing.  I expected Freddie Prinze Jr. to be a much worse actor but he was actually pretty good: a certain boy charm to him. Rachel Leigh Cook grasped her role well enough as the introverted and protective (over herself) Laney Boggs with an independent mind.  This is supposed to be a modern adaptation of My Fair Lady (which I’ve only seen a play of eons ago).  Matthew Lillard as Brock Hudson was the clown and douche of the movie and he did such a great job because I laughed at the character a lot.

she's all that paul walker

Now, I saved the star for the last, Paul Walker.  Look at him, all young and awesome.  I’m telling you right now, I thought he was the best actor in this movie.  Maybe its the bias because of everything that’s happened but seriously, he played the best friend who was also such a douche.  So pretty much, he was similar to a bad guy in this flick who wanted to get girls in bed and that’s all.  The pretentious guys who thought they were all that; the ones I hated in school and there was  part of me that did hate the character of Dean because he was such a DB. Good job, Paul Walker 🙂

she's all that

The story was slightly thin.  She’s All That was nothing intriguing and my goodness, it felt so long but it was just 1.5 hours long.  Is that normal? It just didn’t seem like much was going on and none of the dialogue was really memorable.  The cast really did the best with what they could.  So, I’m sure you can find another teen movie better than this one, try Clueless and Mean Girls 🙂 I probably won’t watch this one again and I’m pretty sure Paul Walker has more memorable flicks if I were to choose to relive his movie moments again. Although, I am willing to watch some Freddie Prinze Jr. if the opportunity ever presented itself.

Now that this is out of the way, lets move on to some main roles of Paul Walker! I’m excited, aren’t you?

Halloween Marathon: Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

The light at the end of the tunnel is how I feel right now.  Its just right there! This month has been a bit intense with work and keeping up with the blog.  The first time its really gotten to me.  This time really went completely spontaneous and ended up being hectic to finish up the focus of the marathon: the Halloween series.  I had a list before I started the marathon and lets say I pretty much tossed it out the window.  Last night, at something like 11pm, I finally turned on Netflix and saw Halloween H20. I’ve mentioned it, but I will again, I’m not doing the final one due to time constraints.  I will eventually, just not immediately.  So, lets see whats up with this one!

HalloweenH20posterDirector: Steve Miner

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Michelle Williams, Adam Arkin, LL Cool J, Adam Hann-Byrd, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe

Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time and now the life of her own son hangs in the balance.-IMDB

The only relevance Halloween H20 had was to the very first (and well, second) Halloween.  That makes it kind of meh, because then its like, should I take in account that 4 to 6 happened then.  I mean, from what I got from the 4th one, Laurie either died or left her daughter.  So  now, she has a son, why did she choose to keep her son but leave her daughter and then her daughter gets stuck with that ridiculous fate and happened from 4 to 6.  She has issues and we know that already. Who wouldn’t, right? Lets say we forget about Laurie. Michael Myers makes no sense either.  He always struck in Haddonfield, so what makes him leave that comfort zone 20 years later and head to kill Laurie in North California now? I mean, if he was all high and mighty and knew all, as he seems to be in the previous instalments, then why not just go straight for her after his first escape back in 4? I know the technicalities are probably they couldn’t get back Jamie Lee Curtis to do that role or whatnot, but still, doesn’t matter who really gets slashed as long as they get hunted by Michael Myers, no? Either way, my head hurts from all the questions.

Halloween H20 2

I’m not saying that I hated Halloween H20, I really am not. I watched this by myself so my imagination went running wild, as always so there were times I’d be tense but then this one was so predictable. I think its the fault of how they shot this one. Somewhere along the way, I started thinking that the purpose of Halloween H20 was to show why the first (or any of the others) was so creepy. For one, even when this movie was dark, it was still pretty bright.  Second, we aren’t supposed to see Michael Myers up close and personal.  He was scary because he was lurking around, and we never got a good look at him.  The shots were quick and we never knew when he’d attack.  This time, Michael was walking faster and always visible.  Plus, the mask was not scary and excuse me but blackest eyes, no they aren’t.  Are you lying to me Dr. Loomis or did his eyes change over the years? Maybe he’s softened up, but then, he hasn’t.

Halloween H20 3

I went into this with little expectations that I was so happy to actually see JGL little role at the beginning.  I’m not exactly sure that part was supposed to yield that much excitement.  And then there was LL Cool J.  Hey, I thought he was pretty awesome in Deep Blue Sea and he was pretty hilarious in this one.  That was probably deliberate.  Not very fitting for Halloween but I liked it! Another thought going through my head for the cast was that I never saw anything with Josh Hartnett since Pearl Harbor and now I have 2 in a week.  I’m indifferent to Josh Hartnett but at least he wasn’t a brainless teenager in this one along with a young Michelle Williams.  So many familiar faces does give it a few extra points, right?

halloween h20 4

I think at this point, my review is already way out of hand.  Its just a lot of ranting and sarcasm.  Okay, I’m serious, I didn’t hate it because I was tired and by myself.  Overall, some tense parts but not a coherent storyline if you look at this in a whole.  Its predictable and doesn’t really have many scares.  I’ll leave it up to you whether you want to see this.

Happy Halloween everyone! I should have one more post up if everything goes as planned to do this my own way! 🙂 I’m getting that together right after dinner!

There you go! Seven Halloweens done! Have you seen them all? Which is your favorite? Is there something I’m missing in the story to link it better?