Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Tuesday's Overlooked Movies: She Gets What She Wants

I'd never heard of this movie until it popped up in a Netflix recommendation. But it's a Texas-set (and as it turns out, Texas-filmed) teen comedy, so I thought I'd give it a chance. It's the story of a vain, self-centered beauty queen/head cheerleader who has her life ruined by a French exchange student who gradually sabotages her and takes over her life.

What you've got here is a reasonably well-written movie that's worth watching because of the Texas bits it gets right, the mildly raunchy humor, the presence of some veteran character actors like Julie White and Michael McKean, and a good performance from Jane McGregor as the cheerleader, who's really the lead despite Piper Perabo being top-billed as the exchange student. SHE GETS WHAT SHE WANTS isn't a great movie, but I enjoyed it.


pattinase (abbott) said...

Don't remember this one at all.

Todd Mason said...

Well, Patti, that's because it has been one of the most ineptly-marketed films ever...originally barely released as SLAP HER, SHE'S FRENCH. I found it amiable as well. The first cinematic feature Melanie Mayron directed.

Rick said...

I've watched it several times and laughed like it was the first time. Everybody should check into it for the fun of it/.