Directed by Andy Fickman
Run Time: 90 mins
3.75 frames out of 5
Oh, how revenge can be sweet….
During her senior year of high school in 2002, Marni Olivia Olsen (Kristen Bell) was living the nightmare. She was avoided like the plague, and when she tried to fit in she was tortured by fellow classmate and nemesis J.J. For example, Marni was dubbed M.O.O. by J.J. and the name followed her everywhere she went. Or when J.J. pushed Marni when she was dressed up as the school mascot into a basketball player causing her school to lose the big game. Her high school crush Charlie (Sean Wing), barely notices she’s alive. Life is not good for Marni and unfortunately most of it was caught on video for the senior time capsule project.
Year later, Marni has shed her nerd/ loser image and is now being promoted to V.P. of Operations in the public relations firm, RMK Entertainment. She’s traveling home for her older brother Will’s (Jimmy Wolk) wedding to Joanna (Odette Yustman). While on the phone with her mother Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis), Marni is informed that she may know Joanna because they all went to the same high school together. Only in high school, Joann went by a nickname, J.J.
Marni is flipping out about these impending nuptials. How could her older brother be marrying the spawn of Satan? When re-introduced to Joanna/”J.J.”, Marni is expecting her to apologize. Joanna apparently has no clue who Marni was/is, and is overly excited to meet her. Marni is steaming mad and is out to prove that Joanna is still the monster she was in high school.
Funny thing though, about people from a small town. Usually generations of people experience the same problems, just the faces and names are different. Back in Gail’s high school days, she had it made. She was loved by all, was a cheerleader, Homecoming/ Prom Queen and was asked out by her best friend’s crush for her prom date. Until that is when Joanna’s aunt shows up, Ramona (Sigourney Weaver). Ramona and Gail used to be BFF’s in high school and would have been what we now call “frienemies”. Apparently, there were/ still are some major jealously issues between the women that are now fresh and bubbling to the surface. Ramona is rich, successful and has barely aged while Gail is in awe but angry still about how the last time they saw each other.
With each woman trying to get the other one to apologize and own up for what happened in the past, lots of dirty laundry gets aired. Will the people that are in their lives in the present be able to cope and accept with the mistakes of the past? Do Will and Joanna make it down the isle or will the wedding blow up in their faces? Will Marni get a second chance at love with her high school crush Charlie or does he still see the clumsy, awkward, nerdy girl in glasses with bad acne?
In this film, although corny and ridiculous at times, was an even blend of awkwardness and slapstick comedy. Kristen Bell does a fantastic job as Marnie in bringing the insecurities and high school hell that she lived through. Pairing up Jamie Lee Curtis vs. Sigourney Weaver was brilliant, as I was surprised that they could play so well off each other. My only complaint is that there was not enough Grandma Bunny (Betty White). There was a great scene with her and another actress in the final scene of the movie which makes me hopeful for another movie continuing that storyline. Make sure to stay during the credits for the rest of the open-ended storylines are wrapped up over the credits and music.
Who should see this movie: Those who high school years were absolute hell; If you have ever had a rival of some sort; Fans of Kristin Bell, Odette Yustman, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, Betty White, Victor Garber, Kristin Chenoweth, James Wolk, Kyle Bornheimer, Sean Wing
See it in the Theater or Rent it on DVD: This is a fun movie so would be good as a rainy day matinee or at home rental.