She’s All That is very weird because it is at once legitimately terrible as well as legitimately funny. There’s hints of irony, but not enough to completely counteract things like Laney (Rachael Leigh Cook) taking off her glasses and plucking her eyebrows for Zack (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) and immediately becoming good looking to everyone. Seeing it now as an adult (I don’t think I had seen this since I owned it on VHS in elementary school), I’m not really sure what to make of it. It’s not as bad as I remembered, but it’s not good, either. That, plus the fact that Freddie Prinze, Jr. is not nearly as attractive as I remembered, makes She’s All That very confusing for me.
One thing that truly amazed me was that the entirety of Laney and Zack’s relationship that we see takes place over 8 weeks. I guess they never exchange I love you’s or even have sex, but at least the love part is well-implied. But, as Chris pointed out, 8 weeks is a lifetime in high school and I realized how insanely right he was about that. God, high school sucks.
I was not expecting to like this movie but it was pretty funny at times. I think the only thing that I didn’t like was that I felt like there were times that it was supposed to be serious but it was still pretty goofy. The movie that She’s All That made me think of is Better Off Dead. Both are romantic comedies of a sort with pretty weird and funny jokes. I would have never watched this had Elizabeth not recommended it but it was worth the 1h 35m!
Also Torrence High School makes an appearance in this film along with Sarah Michelle Gellar . . . so I can only assume that this is a side story in the Buffy Universe.