104 min., 1998
Written by David Wechter/Bruce Kimmel/Kevin Williamson
Directed by Robert Rodriguez
My rating: ★★★★★
Now this is an over-the-top F-U-N as hell movie!
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The movie begins with Coach Willis (Robert Patrick) flipping out on the players during practice, after which an unknown person approaches him. We then jump to a little later in the day where Coach Willis approaches Principal Drake (Bebe Neuwirth) and after a brief and uncomfortable talk, he stabs her through the hand with a pencil. A chase ensues and then we switch to the main cast of characters being introduced. We meet Casey (Elijah Wood), the loser geek; Stokely (Clea DuVall), the goth; Zeke (Josh Hartnett), the bad boy; Delilah (Jordana Brewster); the always made-up bitch; Stan (Shawn Hatosy), the jock; and Marybeth Louise Hutchinson (Laura Harris), the new girl. As the school starts to change, we try to learn who is the main culprit.
The acting is great across the board. Everyone does a phenomenal job and they make even the most minor character memorable and believable. A perfect example is Salma Hayek and Jon Stewart, both characters aren’t on screen for very long, but you really remember them. All of the characters are fun and you feel like you knew most of them when you were in high school. Stereotypes or not, they were all nailed on the head with accuracy.
The effects are awesome, plain and simple. The small effects of the veins pulsing, that are only shown for a few seconds, to the end CG baddie, are all superbly done. Almost all look extremely real (when Stokely’s face hits the floor, crap, it hurts every time I see it), with a few falling short and almost going over to the hokey side. But it’s okay because the movie has an air of hokey all around it. So when the effects are great, you are really blown away, but when they’re not so hot, you forgive it without question.
This is one of those movies that I can watch over and over and still have a blast with. There is actually a lot going on in the background and with each character that isn’t the main focus for the scene. No one is just standing around waiting to recite his or her next line. This is truly a popcorn movie of pure fun, and would be even better at a drive-in. Of all the movies that I’ve reviewed so far, this is in my top five, without question. I’d say to go and buy this, not just watch it.Have You Read...?