I’m a big fan of the 90s. I play Spice Girls on the reg, watch Clueless when I need a pick-me-up, and still rock my Docs. I’m all about it. Inspired by my love, I’m introducing a series that maybe I will name when I’m feeling more creative. The gist of it is I’m gonna talk about something 90s related and it’s gonna be great.
In today’s review, I’m going to delve into the world of unrealistically labeled “ugly girls” who swan into beauties by the end of a movie. Biggest 90s example: She’s All That. Freddie Prinze Jr. plays an arrogant, popular jock whose girlfriend leaves him for a reality tv fool. His friend gives him a hard time about not dating a soon-to-be prom queen and he makes a bet that he can turn any girl into the belle of the ball. His friend then chooses Rachael Leigh Cook, a gorgeous but socially invisible artist, who wears paint-stained overalls and black-rimmed glasses. Rachael doesn’t have any interest in looking hot for jocks, because she has to worry about feeding her father and brother dinner, going to poetry slams, and painting images of her late mother in her basement.
Freddie agrees to the challenge, begins to lure her into his world, and then, eventually, falls in love with her—proving that he too is sensitive and endearing. But Rachael discovers the initial plan and ditches him. Not to worry, though, because in the midst of the drama, she gets a make over, which consists entirely of her putting on a dress and taking off her glasses. By the end of the movie, she’s realized she’s beautiful and she’s kissing Freddie under Christmas lights in her backyard.
Now, let’s just take a moment to appreciate that I wrote all of that without any wikipedia refreshers.
Ok, back to the point. We all know Rachael Leigh Cook is a hottie. She knows it. Freddie knows it. The whole school knows it. Furthermore, the director and the audience know it. I think it’s ridiculous that we’re all supposed to play along with this game. Can we have a girl who is pretty, knows she’s pretty, but also keeps wearing overalls for the entire movie? I would watch that and I think all my fellow 90s lovers would watch it too.