HTF REVIEW: "Not Another Teen Movie" Special Edition (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Not Another Teen Movie

    Year: 2001
    Rated: R
    Film Length: 90 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

    The Teen Mother Of All Movies!
    During the 80's, teen movies ruled. The king
    of Teen films was Director John Hughes, whose
    majority of films were the type of comedies that
    the target audience devoured, turning many of his
    films into cult favorites.
    Not Another Teen Movie is not a John
    Hughes movie, but rather a sort of tribute to
    Hughes's domination of the cinematic landscape
    of the '80s. In fact, the writers and Director
    of this spoof movie loved John Hughes enough to
    name the film's High School after him.
    Not Another Teen Movie is loosely based
    on the Freddie Prinze Jr. film "She's All That,"
    a story about the most popular guy in school wooing
    the class bohemian as part of a bet. In this case,
    it's cool guy Jake Wyler (Chris Evans) trying to
    make a prom queen out of the spectacle-wearing
    rebel Janey Briggs (Chyler Leigh). Meanwhile,
    Janey's little brother, Mitch (Cody McMains) and
    his posse of freshman losers vow to lose their
    This is perhaps the most crude film I have ever
    watched. It is filled with potty humor and
    repulsive sex talk. It literally pushes the
    envelope on its "R" rating.
    Normally I would be turned off by a film like
    this, just because I feel toilet humor has worn
    out its welcome in film. However, I actually was
    surprised at how clever and funny "Teen Movie" was.
    The film not only takes us back to the 80's and
    satirizes films like "Porky's", "Risky Business",
    "Better Off Dead" and "The Breakfast Club", but it
    also makes us laugh as it satirizes recent hits,
    "American Beauty" and "American Pie".
    One of my favorite scenes literally takes us
    back to "The Breakfast Club". In the same library
    setting where the original Brat Pack were serving
    detention, Cody McMains (who looks eerily like
    Judd Nelson)is repeating the film's famous talk back
    to Paul Gleason, who played the principle in the
    original film.
    Making this film even more entertaining is
    a hilarious performance by Randy Quaid, and some
    very surprising cameos throughout the film.
    How is the transfer?
    As usual, I try to find more unique words to
    describe the perfection that comes out of studios
    like Columbia. In fact, what surprises me the most
    about this transfer is the color. It has been a
    long time since I have seen a transfer with colors
    so vivid that they nearly leap out at you. The
    varsity jackets just scream of orange, as the
    cheerleader uniforms seemingly become florescent.
    Put all this color against a picture that is
    virtually free of video noise, and you have a
    spectacular looking transfer.
    The 5.1 Dolby Digital mix is quite active. While
    sound is very robust across the front sound field,
    the rears supplement the film's score as well as
    adding ambient effects like crowd noise at a football
    game, guests at a keg party, or gunshots during
    a wartime parody beneath a coffee table. The LFE
    channel is very strong, as my subwoofer pounded along
    with the beats of the film's 80's soundtrack.
    Special Features
    Columbia has really packed this disc with
    a load of extras including a very clever animated
    menu sequence that puts the film's selections
    within the viewfinder of the camcorder belonging
    to "The Beautiful Wierdo".
    There is a full-length commentary by Director
    Joel Gallen and writer Mike Bender.
    In addition, there is a full-length commentary
    by major cast members that include Chyler Leigh,
    Jaime Presley and Chris Evans. The cast has a lot
    of fun with this commentary, often sounding like
    a teenager's intimate private party, as they recall
    how each scene was filmed, and astonishing little
    tidbits that include how many dildos were on the
    set and the cast's initial reaction to seeing
    Cerina Vincent's breasts which are gratuitously
    evident throughout the film.
    If that wasn't enough, you can opt to turn on
    the Teen Movie Factoids Track which puts
    pop up text during the movie giving you inside
    facts on the actors, as well as information to
    where each of the film's little spoofs were
    inspired from. I would recommend turning on
    this feature while watching the film as it
    really adds to the entertainment of the film
    without becoming obtrusive.
    School's In Session goes behind-the-scenes
    in three separate featurettes. In Best Dressed,
    Director Joel Gallen takes a look at the film's
    different locales that made up the spoofs of
    "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Beuller". Costume
    Designer Florence Megginson talks of the challenges
    of using proper costumes and color to properly
    represent the material that is being spoofed.
    In Class Clown, we are introduced to Special
    Effects artist John Hartigan who takes us through
    the film's funniest effects scenes including the
    dildo in a birthday cake and the kids traveling
    through the air-ducts to get to the girl's locker
    room. From behind-the-camera, you can see how much
    fun the cast had with all the craziness on the set.
    Choreographer Anne Fletcher talks about her role
    in not only choreographing the cheerleading
    sequences, but the film's goofy musical number
    as well. Finally, My Freshman Year is a
    sort of tribute to Director and former MTV VP
    Joel Gallen, who surprisingly originally turned
    down the script. Joel takes us through each
    of the film's characters and how an actor was
    chosen for the role. And how does it feel to
    give another woman a sloppy french kiss? Actress
    Mia Kirshner is happy to say she enjoyed it
    (although the audience was appalled).
    There are 18 short Deleted Scenes
    that are quite funny. They include:
    * Janey's family sitting at the family table
    enjoying a poor-man's meal and a very funny
    black-and-white flashback of their youth.
    * Old-Lady Sadie writing a sexy letter to
    the class teacher. In another deleted sequence
    that follows, the two meet at half time.
    * A pillow fight and a peeping Tom on a ladder.
    * The film's original ending that spoofs
    the film, "Jerry Maguire".
    * A wonderful tribute to the film "Sixteen
    Candles", almost perfectly recreating the film's
    final scene before it abruptly falls apart
    beneath them.
    Want to know how the Marilyn Manson music
    video was created? Marilyn and Director
    Philip Atwell take us on the video's set,
    showing how a suburban party gets shaken up.
    Following this is the full unrated
    version of Marilyn Manson's "Tainted Love"
    Music Video.
    This was a very interesting piece.... The
    Yearbook profiles each of the major cast
    members by not only showing us publicity and
    personal photos of each cast member, but in
    some cases, their original school yearbook
    photos. This is a cleverly produced montage
    set against an upbeat soundtrack.
    To show how much effort was put into promoting
    this film, Meet The Cast gives us seven
    promotional spots, giving a humorous profile
    of each character.
    Teen Movie Cast Auditions is a funny
    montage of the original cast auditions. It's
    funny to watch these actors in their natural
    state playing off each other, often flubbing
    their lines.
    As an extra bonus, we are treated to Joel
    Gallon's first short film, "Card Ride",
    a four-minute piece that pairs a beautiful
    blonde hitchhiker with a strange man that
    picks her up. It's fairly interesting to
    watch with its clever dialogue, though it's
    not as funny as it was intended to be.
    Joel Gallon and the cast is going to Test
    Your Teen Movie I.Q. by asking you multiple
    choice questions about some of the great teen
    movies of the 80's. This is one of the better
    interactive quizzes I have seen on DVD. Using
    your remote, you select the answer, prompting a
    pre-taped response. Don't be surprised if one
    of the cast members yells, "You Suck!" when you
    select the wrong answer.
    In addition to the film's original theatrical
    trailer, there are 5 other trailers that
    include: The New Guy; The Animal; Saving
    Silverman; Big Daddy and Loser.
    Final Thoughts
    Though critics generally panned Not Another
    Teen Movie for its crude mindless humor, I
    found the film to be outrageously funny and
    entertaining thanks to its ability to cleverly
    spoof some of the greatest moments of teen flicks.
    I should warn you in advance that the film
    takes great liberty in grossing out its audience.
    If the visual toilet humor doesn't do you in, I
    guarantee a sloppy french kiss between two women
    will have you gagging up your popcorn. Through it
    all, the film does manage to pull off quite a few
    big laughs.
    Columbia must think they have something appealing
    here, as they really showcased this film with some
    elaborate Special Features. At an on-line cost of
    under $20, Not Another Teen Movie suddenly
    becomes a worthy purchase consideration. You
    should still rent it first to make sure this is
    your kind of humor.
    Release Date: April 30, 2002
  2. Kyle McKnight

    Kyle McKnight Cinematographer

    Mar 8, 2001
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    Glad to see you enjoyed it Ron. I skipped it at theaters due to the fact I was kinda burnt out on these kind of movies. I wrote it off as crap without ever seeing it. I'll check it out now, haven't bought many DVD's lately so my budget is up a bit.
  3. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Moderator

    Jun 30, 1999
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    I saw this at the theaters and found it to be crudely funny as well. I'll probably pick this DVD up under the "guilty pleasure" purchase clause. [​IMG]
  4. Scott_J

    Scott_J Cinematographer

    Jul 17, 2000
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    Thanks for the review, Ron. I am looking forward to picking this one up next week, as I didn't see it theatrically (I hardly ever see movies at the theater), but have wanted to see it. As for renting to see if it's my type of humor - it is! I love low-brow, sophomoric humor. [​IMG] (I'm a sophomore - give me a break [​IMG])
    And it sounds like a beautiful transfer and great extras to boot. Definite purchase for me, especially since BB and/or CC should have it for ~ $16.99 or $17.99 next week.
  5. David Illingworth II

    David Illingworth II Second Unit

    May 11, 2001
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    I thought this movie was hilarious when I saw it in theaters, but I inexplicably love spoofs and teen movies (especially Road Trip). It's also "nice" to see a movie that knows it audience well enough to include lots of nudity. Isn't that what most of us are here for anyway?

    But, yeah, the french kiss will have you gagging a hell of a lot more than laughing, and I remember the whole audience pretty much having that reaction on opening night. They should have cut that WAY down. It's just not funny.
  6. Jason Whyte

    Jason Whyte Screenwriter

    Jun 3, 1999
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    There's a lot of funny material here, and some of you know how much I loathed "Van Wilder," so that may come as a surprise to some. Although I didn't quite recommend it at first (I gave the film **1/2), it does poke fun at films well, it does T&A action well, and the music montage and Token Black Guy scenes are priceless. And at least the spoofs contain a few ideas of their own, instead of being like "Scary Movie" and doing the scenes verbatim.
    But then again, I also liked "Zoolander," so what do I know. [​IMG]
  7. Matthew Chmiel

    Matthew Chmiel Cinematographer

    Apr 26, 2000
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    I thought the movie was okay (with a few funny scenes here and there), but the girl who played the hot naked foreign exchange student went to my high school. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  8. todd stone

    todd stone Screenwriter

    Dec 1, 2000
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    ya this movie was indeed funny.
  9. Dave H

    Dave H Producer

    Aug 13, 2000
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    I will have to rent it just to check out the "Breakfast Club" scene.
  10. MichaelPe

    MichaelPe Screenwriter

    Feb 22, 1999
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  11. Scott Weinberg

    Scott Weinberg Lead Actor

    Oct 3, 2000
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    I also thought this one was pretty damn funny. It's not one I planned to purchase, but these special features sound like too much fun to pass up!

    Thanks for the sneak peek, Ron!
  12. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Moderator

    Jun 30, 1999
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    Wasn't the nekkid foreign exchange student also a power ranger?
  13. Jefferson

    Jefferson Supporting Actor

    Apr 23, 2002
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    Not as subtle in its humor as "Wet Hot American Summer", but I still enjoyed it.....Especially the "Sixteen Candles" twist at the end. A must-see moment.
  14. David Illingworth II

    David Illingworth II Second Unit

    May 11, 2001
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    Damn, that girl went to your high school?!

    Also, did anybody else notice that the Token Black Guy is Kenny from the Cosby Show? I thought that was awesome.
  15. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

    May 22, 1999
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    pop up text - Crap. Now I have to buy this disk. The pop-up annotation on the Bring it On disk is one of the best features. Movies like this are always fun to try and recognize what films they are stealing from. With this feature, I can watch it and make my guess, then do it again and see how close I was.
    No, I'm not a huge fan of teen movies. I just live with a gaggle/pack/pride/murder of them. [​IMG]
  16. Matthew Chmiel

    Matthew Chmiel Cinematographer

    Apr 26, 2000
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  17. John_McKittrick

    John_McKittrick Stunt Coordinator

    Nov 9, 1999
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    This movie was insane. A must buy for anyone that has watched any teen movies over the past 15 years. The Toilet scene just about killed me I was laughing so hard.

  18. Michael Lee

    Michael Lee Supporting Actor

    Jan 7, 1998
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    This was a pretty funny movie that took me by surprise. It was uneven in some things hit directly, and other things just missed entirely. There are so many hot women in it, and that doesn't suck. The extra features, which I am only half way through, are a lot of fun. I only missed one answer in the trivia test--and it is harder than you think!
  19. David Illingworth II

    David Illingworth II Second Unit

    May 11, 2001
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    Ricky, the obsessed friend, is mainly from Pretty in Pink, right? What other teen movies have this character?

    Also, the soundtrack really rocks! It's great, they've taken 80s songs but used real instruments this time.
  20. Colin Jacobson

    Colin Jacobson Producer

    Apr 19, 2000
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    Am I the only one who wishes this also came with a fullscreen (open matte) transfer for the Areola scenes?[​IMG]

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