She's All That (Blu-ray)

Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook in She's All That

It’s a tale as old as time — a nerdy girl is transformed into a hot girl and the most popular boy in school falls madly in love with both her intellect and new found outer beauty.  Toss in a couple of future R&B artists (Usher and Lil Kim) with the gorgeous Paul Walker and you have yourself a pretty entertaining tweeny bopper romantic comedy!

Rachael Leigh Cook in She's All That

Zach Siler (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) is the most popular boy in school.  After returning home from Spring Break, he is embarrassingly dumped by his hot girlfriend in front of the cool crowd.  Determined to save face in front of his buddy Dean (Walker), Zach agrees to partake in a friendly wager.  Using only his good looks, charm and ability to make any girl swoon at his sight, Zach agrees that he will be able to trick the entire student body into voting the candidate he backs for the Prom Queen.  The catch?  Dean gets to choose the lucky lady.

Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Anna Paquin in She's All That

Enter Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook).  She is a troubled dork who spends her days swilling paint in art class and defending her socially unaccepted brother in the cafeteria.  With a little determination and his sister’s keen sense of style, Zach is able to reinvent Laney into a knock out.  Slowly, the school begins to follow in their fearless leader’s footsteps and our awkward artists is well on her way to beating out Zach’s former girlfriend as the new queen.  That is…until she finds out that this was all a scheme to win a bet.

SHE’S ALL THAT had many fun and entertaining moments tucked away in the folds of its plot.  Ironically, none of them surrounded our two main characters.  I think Prinze and Cook played the parts of Zach and Rachael as best they could with a story that so many of us have seen and heard before, but it was the supporting characters that provided a giggle here and guffaw there, making the story more interesting.

Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook in She's All That

For instance, Zach’s hot girlfriend Taylor was perfectly cast.  Jodi Lyn O’Keefe played the part beautifully.  There was an equal amount of disgust and irritation that comes with any chick who thinks she rules the school.  Especially one who dumps her boyfriend for an MTV correspondent named Brock Hudson (Matthew Lillard).  He is a wonderful character actor.  I could watch him dance for days.  Laney’s non-social guy pal Jesse Jackson (Elden Henson) was equally entertaining and provided countless one liners that cracked me up.

I always find it interesting that this “plain” girl can virtually take off her glasses, brush her hair and be magazine cover model perfect in a matter of minutes.  But for some reason, it worked in SHE’S ALL THAT.  I think I appreciated the fact that they were so blatant about the details.  Zach sister reminds Laney that she should have two separate eyebrows.  Laney tells Zach that she feels like the girl in PRETTY WOMAN…except for the whole hooker thing.  That coupled with the fact that a ton of popular B-class actors from the late ‘90s all made an appearance in the movie, on top of a really fun dance scene, makes for a fun film.

And what can be cooler than Usher as the school DJ?  Yeah!

BLU-RAY REVIEW

Video:  1080p High Definition: The film really popped in high definition.  I felt everything was rich and full of texture.

Audio:  DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1: Again, I love the dance scene.  It peaked my interest enough to check out the soundtrack on iTunes.

Audio Commentary with Director: Iscove discusses casting and tells stories about the actors in the scene.

Music Video By Sixpense None the Richer: Apparently the popular song “Kiss Me” was first debuted in this movie.  This is the video for that song.

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