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Movie Review: You Again (September, 2010)

Director: Andy Fickman
Screenplay: Moe Jelline
Release Date: September 24, disinfection 2010
Actors: Kristen Bell, Odette Yustman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Signourey Weaver, Betty White, Kristin Chenoweth, Victor Garber, Christine Lahkin

Being the Kristen Bell fan that I am, I was thrilled to see this movie come up as an available screening. I was also very much in need of a cheering up, and a comedy with all my favorite celebrities was exactly what the doctor ordered!

Kristen Bell plays Marni, who, in high school was tortured and teased by the beautiful and tall Joanna (Odette Yustman from Cloverfield and The Unborn) has become beautiful and successful working for a PR firm. Coming home for her brother’s wedding, she soon discovers that her brother’s fiance is none other than .. Joanna. Marni’s mom Gail (played by the wonderfully hilarious Jamie Lee Curtis) soon discovers that Joanna’s aunt Ramona (Signourey Weaver) was her best friend in high school and is now one of the richest women in the country.

What ensues is a bit of silly behaviour in jealousy, revenge, and a whole bunch of hilarity. However, the movie feels neither completely one-sided – evil, or downright mean, which I think manages to keep the movie feeling fresh. There were a few scenes that I found to be absolutely hilarious, but the movie on a whole was not roll on the floor laugh out loud funny. Was it worth the watch? I say yes. It was a light hearted film that included great comedians such as Betty White (who I thought was a bit under utilized). Jamie Lee Curtis’ Gail was the highlight for me; Curtis is an amazing physical comedian and her antics with Signourey Weaver as Ramona was just downright funny. As for Kristen Bell (whom I have adored ever since Veronica Mars) and her rivalry between Odette, as Marni and Joanne, it was a fun spiral down as Marni returns to her high school self. (How, well, you’ll have to watch!) Joanne on the other hand, was so sugary sweet that at times, I felt like throwing up from the overly sweet tooth that she gave. It caused me to constantly wonder if Joanne had truly changed or not because no person could be THAT sweet.

As a person who was bullied (of course, not anywhere near the extent of Marni was in this film), it was a good film because I related really well to those feelings that Marni had, and wishing for an apology from those that made fun of her. But it was nice to see how Marni had gotten her life together and made something of herself.

Overall, I don’t want to say too much, because part of a comedy is not revealing much. (I’d also recommend avoiding the trailer, because a lot of the funny parts are in the trailer). This is definitely not going to win any awards, given how ridiculously unrealistic and fluffy the film is, but if you’re looking for a light, feel good comedy, You Again will definitely provide the light laughter you need. In fact, I will probably go see it again!

3 sets of braces / 5 sets of braces


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