Some films just invite you to unplug from the real world and just decompress while watching them. They are not great and they don’t aspire to it; they just want to entertain you for a bit. Andy Fickman’s (Race to Witch Mountain, The Game Plan) You Again fits perfectly into this category. It is not something that you will rave about in a good way or bad. It is basically (using ice cream flavours as the bar) vanilla ice cream. Not fantastic, but everyone can tolerate a bowl of it every once in a while.
Marni Olsen (Kristen Bell – Burlesque, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) was labeled as a loser and was subsequently an outcast in high school at Richfield High. She was tormented by most popular girl in school, JJ (Odette Annable – Cloverfield, The Unborn) and her followers. Her brother Will (James Wolk) was great at everything and he encouraged her to believe in herself.
After high school Marni goes on to a successful career in a public relations firm in Los Angeles. She has been offered a huge promotion to vice president at the New York office. Flying back home to her brother’s wedding Marni finds out Will I marrying her high school arch nemesis, JJ, a.k.a. Joanna. When they meet Joanna does not seem to remember Marni. Everyone loves Joanna and Marni is having a little trouble with it.
Marni’s mom Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis – True Lies, Halloween) admits to Marni that she had trouble in high school as well. It turns out that her arch nemesis is Joanna’s Aunt Mona (Sigourney Weaver – Aliens, Avatar). Mona is a very successful woman, a woman on Forbes’ 100 most powerful list.
Letting Joanna know that she is on to her, Marni tells her that the good girl thing is all an act. She has a plan to protect her brother Will. The competition between the two sets of high school female rivals gets crazy at times.
Kristen Bell is just so darn cute, funny and likable I don’t know how you could walk away from this film with some negative feelings. Bell “uglies” herself up to play high school Marni and then and afterwards has to do plenty of physical comedy. She shows herself up to the task and does a pretty good job. Like I said, lightweight and enjoyable. Unless you have unrealistic expectations for it. You Again is not going to solve problems like world hunger or even the Middle East, but it will grant you almost two hours of release from everyday drudgery. There is something that can be said for that.
If you are up for a film that is a little bit silly this will fill the bill. A light-hearted, fun summer film is what it can be chalked up as.
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