Not Another Teen Movie (2001) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

I guess you could say that "Not Another Teen Movie" is to "She's All That" as "Scary Movie" is to "Scream".

  • Scary Movie started with the general structure of Scream and layered in references to many other recent films in an attempt to parody the Teen Horror genre.
  • Not Another Teen Movie starts with the general structure of She's All That (with a heavy dose of Varsity Blues) and layers in references to many other recent films in an attempt to parody the Teen Coming of Age Comedy genre. Original Title: "Ten Things I Hate About Clueless Road Trips When I Can't Hardly Wait to Be Kissed".
Except for Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly, the major critics absolutely raped this movie. Then again the critics hate almost every lowbrow genre parody. It has always been so. You should have seen the original reviews for Blazing Saddles, or for that matter for Duck Soup. There is a kind of more-cultured-than-thou mind-set among critics that begins with this premise: the very best lowbrow genre parody, no matter how brilliant and funny, is not as good as the very worst serious drama with highbrow sensibilities and artistic pretensions. Once you accept that wisdom, little grasshoppers, you too will be able to write good reviews for bad films like Eyes Wide Shut, while insisting that good movies like Airplane are beneath your dignity.

At any rate, I got a lot of good laughs out of this movie. They did a good job at making fun of American Pie, Varsity Blues, She's All That, 16 Candles, Bring it On, The Breakfast Club, American Beauty (Wasn't that Wes Bentley character just asking for parody? It's about damned time!), Ferris Bueller, Cruel Intentions, and a bunch of other films. The filmmakers had a good instinct for what was false in those other movies, and they exposed those artificial moments quite effectively. Not every one of the parodies worked, but some moments were positively inspired, especially the big musical number! Some of the humor was juvenile or heavy-handed, as the critics said, but I expect that in a spoof of a genre with the same characteristics.  Sometimes I laughed at the lowbrow stuff and sometimes I thought it was dumb, but that's comedy for ya'. Most lowbrow movie comedies take the shotgun approach rather than precision rifle aim, and I think I like the scattershot style better. If they throw 50 gags at me, maybe five will make me laugh, and a day with five good laughs is not a bad day.

Although the joke was obvious, I laughed at the concept of a cheerleader with Tourette's:

Cheerleader; Give me a y.

Crowd: y

Cheerleader: give me a shit lick my pussy ass motherfucker

Crowd: shit lick my pussy ass motherfucker.

And my main man, Randy Quaid, was also on hand to play - well, basically to play Cousin Eddie, a character which I find very amusing. In a parody of a well-known movie scene, he decided to have three-way sex between him and two pies.

The movie even had a serious point, which is that all of the teen movies churned out by the studios are in fact just the same movie recycled, following the official John Hughes formula from the 80's.

But mostly, I have to love any filmmaker willing to spend $16 million dollars just to make fun of Freddie Prinze, Jr. That director is my kind of guy.


Notes on the Unrated Extended Director's Cut:

There are only two changes from the earlier DVD to this one:

1. They moved the deleted scenes back into the film proper.

2. They deleted the commentary tracks.

Therefore, the only reason to watch the re-issued "director's cut" DVD is if you want to watch the entire movie straight through rather than seeing the deleted scenes separately. This is basically a rip-off. If you own the earlier DVD, there is no good reason to own this one. In fact, it has less material (no commentary tracks), so if you don't own either one and want one, get the earlier one.

Some throwaway gags you may have missed:


DVD info from Amazon

  • widescreen anamorphic format, 1.85:1

  • two commentary tracks

  • various other features


  • Cerina Vincent is topless throughout the film, and shows her buns clearly twice
  • There is one other topless woman at a party (Jennifer Leone), and one in the girls' locker room (Jessica Asher) as well as a bare female butt near the beginning of the film (Amber Marie Goetz).
  • There is additional anonymous toplessness in the uncensored Manson video.
  • Chris Evans is unrevealingly naked in the parody of the 'whipped cream bikini' scene from Varsity Blues.

The Critics Vote

  • General super-panel consensus: two stars. Ebert 2/4, Berardinelli 1.5/4, Owen Glieberman B

  • British consensus: one star. Telegraph 2/10, Guardian 2/10, Standard 1/10, Mirror 6/10, BBC 1/5

The People Vote ...

  • with their dollars: A moderate success. Domestic gross $37 million, budget $16 million
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C. Forget what the critics said. As a genre parody, it is not Airplane, but it's not so bad either. Not so bad at all. I laughed a lot.

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