As much as I love many of the actors in this film, they just could not save themselves from the awful script. It’s like someone took a paper bag of crap and lit it on fire and the cast is trying to stop it out. I know we have seen Kristen Bell struggle with having 2010 be the year of being a lead in movies like this, and of course who can forget “When In Rome”. But sorry to say this, but she can not lead a movie with bad material. Which seems to be all she is getting handed. She, no the whole cast deserves better than this movie. Hopefully they can all bounce back and forget they did this film. Don’t waste your time on this movie, that just has a few real laughs.
You Again (2010)
Director: Andy Fickman
Writer: Moe Jelline
Starring: Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Betty White
MPAA Rating: PG
Time: 105 minutes
USA Release: 9/24/2010
On DVD (USA): 2/8/2011
Isn’t it typical that a studio like Disney can take a decent idea, which is this movie and turn it into complete crap. I know we have seen this before being done by many studios in the past and this definitely will not be the last time it will be done. Well, in case you don’t already know “You Again” is about Marni (Kristen Bell) as acne-riddled as you can get, she of course is are typical movie high school geek, glasses and braces included. She is obviously bullied by everyone, with cheerleader Joanna/J.J. (Odette Yustman) leading the pack. After some time goes by we see Marni’s after high school, life is of course really great, she is V.P. of a PR firm and is going home for her brother’s wedding. But she soon finds out that her brother is going to marry Joanna, the girl who made high school miserable. Problem is Joanna doesn’t remember who Marni is, so she thinks and it soon becomes a rival between the two. To thicken the plot Marni’s mother Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Joanna’s Aunt Ramona (Sigourney Weaver) were best friends who had a falling out, so more competition there. There’s no real point in going on, you can see where this is going. Everyone fights till they can’t anymore, apologizes are said and everyone is happy and getting along so we close with a song. The End.
Not to say that the movie is completely awful, the beginning flashbacks to high school, were funny. And there were funny moments here and there but they were hidden away behind the clichés and complete chaos that was the editing or script, who can tell. Within many of the moments they became too broad with everything being a spectacle. Kristen Chenoweth is one of those that was way to over the top, starting with the first scene she’s in. It was a constant fight between over the top and obvious scenes, such as Jamie Lee Curtis’s bathroom scene that had one recognizable thing after another. One thing I would have liked to have seen would be a connection, even a small one just between Marni and Aunt Ramona since there was a scene between Joanna and Gail over there cheerleading days, and it seem to me that they were going for that similarity between the two sets of families. Another thing that bugged me was Charlie (Sean Wing), there was no character there, just a person. We barely had any idea who he was, just that he went to high school with the group. It was like they said, hey lets give the brother a friend and Marni a love interest, but not let them really have a full scene together.