Wednesday, January 26, 2011
NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE (2001)
Directed By: Joel Gallen
Written By: Mike Binder, Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson, Phil Beauman & Buddy Johnson
Cinematography By: Reynaldo Villalobos
Editor: Steve Welch
Cast: Chris Evans, Chyler Leigh, Cerina Vincent, Lacey Chabert, Mia Kirshner, Jamie Pressley, Joanna Garcia, Eric Christian Olsen, Deon Richmond, Sean Patrick Thomas, Randy Quaid, Samm Levine, Sam hunnington, Eric Jungmann, Ron Lester, Ed Lauter, Mr. T, Paul Gleason, Samaire Armstrong
One of my favorite genre’s gets skewered, Unfortunately not with much wit.
Before the yearly movie and pop culture revue in films such as MEET THR SPARTANS, DISASTER MOVIE and EPIC MOVIE. There was a time when when spoof movies were rare and aimed at exposing and ridiculing the genre with actual comedy and plot. This film does the right thing with the proper straight ahead treatment. The problem is the jokes just feel stupid and low-brow.
The film is easy to follow with ridiculous surreal set-pieces all around. It hits it’s points a few times but other then that the jokes seem dumb and juvenile and more on a scatological level. The production values and the way the kids are made up it seems like a bad porno movie parody or at least made in the style of one as everything seems slick, oily or gooey. The cast is also obviously too old to be in this movie. Even the poster looks like a bad porno version of a worthwhile film. Here is a tip when a film has that many listed writers it is usually a sign the film will probably be bad. Too many cooks in the kitchen no matter how skilled. Will have a dish that is overcooked.
I am glad I saw it on home video and not in the theater because that is where this film belongs actually on cable more then anything. The only person who comes off well in this film is Female Lead Chyler Leigh. She seems like a natural as a leading lady, unfortunately this film seemed to put her in movie jail.
One of the few things the film does have going for it is the cameos of former teen movie stars in the film. It’s random but exciting when they do show their faces.
I only went to see this because at the time t seemed like teen movie and cultures were all the rage and ripe for a dressing down of it’s clichés. Though to tell the truth even the trailer didn’t look that great. This is the movie when I realized my taste were becoming more discerning when it came to mainstream movies. As I would have loved this when I was younger.
Wait for cable.