Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

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Released 18-Sep-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Dolby Digital Trailer-City
Audio Commentary-Director/Writer
Audio Commentary-Cast
Informational Subtitles-Teen Movie Factoids
Featurette-Best Dressed
Featurette-Class Clown
Featurette-My Freshman Year
Deleted Scenes-16
Featurette-Making Of-Marilyn Manson's Tainted Love-The Unrated Version
Featurette-The Yearbook
Featurette-Meet The Cast Promos (7)
Featurette-Auditions Montage
Featurette-Joel Gallen's "Car Ride"
Quiz-Test Your Teen Movie IQ
Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-Big Daddy; Loser
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 85:22
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (43:40) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Joel Gallen
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Chyler Leigh
Chris Evans
Jamie Pressly
Eric Christian Olsen
Mia Kirshner
Deon Richmond
Eric Jungmann
Ron Lester
Cody McMains
Case ?
RPI $36.95 Music Theodore Shapiro


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Spanish
Hindi
Portuguese
English for the Hearing Impaired
English Information
Spanish Information
Spanish Audio Commentary
Spanish Audio Commentary
Smoking Yes, even by a pig!
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, both during the credits, and after the credits.

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Plot Synopsis

    The parody is a very hard genre to attempt, and equally a very hard genre to critique. Not Another Teen Movie is one of the more successful of the parodies that fall squarely into the shamelessly silly category. The target of this effort is, quite obviously, the teen movie. Everyone knows there are just a few things that need to be accepted about teen movies, but the team behind Not Another Teen Movie (many of whom have at some stage been involved in the production of teen movies themselves) seem to have rejected that idea, and use it to lampoon every teen movie from the Molly Ringwald days to the latest spate of teen movies including American Pie and Road Trip.

    The story (such as it is) most closely resembles that of the Freddy Prinze, Jr., Rachel Leigh Cook movie She's All That (one of more stereotypical teen movies of late - although still a very good teen movie). Janey Briggs (Chyler Leigh) is the Laney Boggs character from She's All That - an overall-wearing, uniquely rebellious girl who wears glasses (oh no!), and has a pony-tail (gasp!). Jake Wyler (Chris Evens) is the popular jock who has just been dumped by his girlfriend a short time out from prom. Jake, rather full of himself, seems to think that anyone who dates him will be the prom queen - and so a bet is set by Austin, the cocky blond guy (Eric Christian Olsen), that says Jake can't turn Janey - with her hideous glasses and horrific pony-tail into the prom queen.

    Along the way, virtually every teen movie that has ever been made gets a reference or dressing down in one way or another. The humour is interesting in that it combines both subtle parody with outright stupidity, meaning that there is something in this for almost everyone. The gross-out moments are kept to a minimum (and director Joel Gallen makes it clear that it was not his preference to leave the single real gross-out moment in the movie), while there are many occasions when there is more than one thing happening in frame at any one time - always try to read as many signs in the background as possible, as they usually have some humorous content.

    Probably the one downside to this movie is that it is so wide-ranging in its parodies. The audiences for the older teen movies from the Molly Ringwald era, such as The Breakfast Club and Pretty In Pink, are completely different to those who will have watched Can't Hardly Wait or Varsity Blues. Originally the script only included the newer movies, but then Joel Gallen brought in his own script-writing team and re-wrote it to include the older references. While it probably improved the movie (the original script was apparently almost entirely gross-out humour), it does mean that it is a lot harder to pick up all the references. Overall however, this is not enough to bring the movie down, as the parody comedy is still funny. This is a very worthwhile effort that will actually appeal to those who don't like teen movies as much as to those who do, which means that it is a little more clever than it first appears.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This is a very good quality transfer. There are a few moments that are not quite on par, but the majority of the transfer is superb.

    Presented at the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, this transfer is 16x9 enhanced.

    This transfer is quite sharp, without being exceedingly so. This slight softness is not particularly distracting, and in general detail is more than sufficient. There are a few instances of grain, however probably the worst instance of visible grain is at the start of the musical number at 59:13 to 59:34. Shadow detail is extremely good, although as almost the entire film is well lit, it plays little part. There is no low level noise.

    Colours are generally very good. There are a few sequences where they appear somewhat muted, but these were all due to either artistic or natural restrictions (such as filming outdoors on a completely overcast day).

    There is some light pixelization that occurs when the grain becomes visible, but it is not any more distracting than the grain itself. There are a few instances of minor aliasing, but most are few and far between. The longest example is on Janey's glasses from 75:57 until the credits roll, and even then it is very minor. There are only a very few film artefacts present, although there are quite a large number of small film artefacts at the same time as the grain becomes noticeable - between 59:13 to 59:34.

    The subtitles are not particularly accurate and drop many words, to the point that the dialogue occasionally loses its impact.

    This is an RSDL formatted disc, with the layer change taking place between Chapters 16 and 17 at 43:40. It is well placed on a scene transition, however it is still detectable due to some disruption to the audio.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The audio transfer presented here is of a very high quality, proving that it is not just action movies that can have good soundtracks.

    There are four audio tracks present on this disc. There is the original English dialogue and a Spanish dub, both in Dolby Digital 5.1 (at 448 Kbps), and there are two English audio commentary tracks, both in Dolby Digital 2.0 surround (at 192 Kbps).

    Dialogue is clear and easy to understand for the most part. There are a few lines spoken by Randy Quaid that are difficult to make out (and his line of the musical number needs the subtitles to decipher), but the remainder has no problems. There are also no problems with audio sync, apart from during the musical number when the re-recorded voices tend not to sync at all well, although this does help the comedy at points.

    The music consists of contemporary pieces and a score attributed to Theodore Shapiro. The score is quite effective and helps with impact where necessary, while the contemporary pieces (largely covers of 80s pieces by contemporary bands) help to associate the film with its audience and are very effective, giving a more coherent feel to the film overall.

    Surround use is extremely good, especially considering the nature of the movie. The surrounds are almost constantly used for ambient effects, they help carry the score and other music, and even get a small amount of directional sound use.

    The subwoofer is largely used only to back up the music, however there are a few occasions when it is used elsewhere. Overall, while certainly not a bass-heavy film, the subwoofer is still good enough to provide a floor to the soundtrack.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    The extras present here are both extensive and interesting. It is easily one of the most satisfying extra collections presented for a teen movie.

Menu

    The menu is animated, 16x9 enhanced, themed around the movie, and features a Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack.

Audio Commentary - Joel Gallen (Director), Mike Bender (Writer)

    This is an interesting commentary that reveals quite a bit of detail about the movie, including the background of the script, and how the two became involved with the project. It is very much worth listening to.

Audio Commentary - Chyler Leigh, Chris Evans, Eric Jungmann, Jaime Pressly, and Eric Christian Olsen (Actors)

    This commentary is not as interesting as the writer/director effort, however the large group have a good dynamic and pass conversation back and forth between each other. Certainly not as worthwhile as the first commentary, but a little more of a "fun" listen.

Teen Movie Factoids Track

    This is an alternative subtitle track that points out the references in the movie, and adds some humour of its own. Best viewed while listening to the director/writer commentary, as it keeps the humour up during the slightly more serious discussions.

School's In Session

    This section contains three features on the making of the movie. They are:     All are presented in 1.33:1 (not 16x9 enhanced), and feature Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio.

Deleted Scenes (24:50)

    There are 12 deleted scenes and 4 extended scenes, available separately, or back-to-back via a play all button (available only from the second page). For a few it is obvious why they were cut, but most provide just the same silly humour as can be found in the movie, making their viewing very worthwhile. All are presented at 1.85:1, are 16x9 enhanced and feature Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio. The quality is not quite as good as the main feature, and there are significantly more film artefacts, however they are still of good quality.

Music Video/Making of Music Video: Marilyn Manson - Tainted Love (8:45)

    Presented at 1.85:1, not 16x9 enhanced, and featuring Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio, this starts with the making of for the video, and finishes with the video itself. Not particularly in depth, but interesting nonetheless.

Yearbook (6:45)

    This is a photograph montage of all of the major characters set to music. While most of the images come from this movie, it is still worth viewing, as some of the cast members have included actual year-book photos of themselves. It is presented at 1.33:1, not 16x9 enhanced, and features Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio.

Meet The Cast Promos

    These are actually the TV spots that focused on each character. They run around 30 seconds each, and feature the seven major cast members talking direct to camera about their characters intercut with clips from the movie. All are presented at 1.85:1, are not 16x9 enhanced, and feature Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio.

Auditions Montage (3:35)

    Presented at 1.33:1, not 16x9 enhanced, and featuring Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio, this is a combination of the audition tapes for the cast members. It is rather interesting to watch simply to see the different looks sported by many of them.

Short Film: Car Ride

    This is supposedly director Joel Gallen's first film. It comes from his time working on MTV's The Jenny McCarthy Show and features Jenny McCarthy and Jack Plotnick. It is presented at 1.85:1, is not 16x9 enhanced, and features Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio.

Test Your Teen Movie IQ

    This "DVD game" features many of the cast member posing trivia questions (10 in all) about teen movies, then telling you whether or not your answer was right. If you get the answer wrong, it simply takes you back to the selection screen again, so progressing is not particularly difficult, even if you do not know the answers. The video segments are presented at 1.33:1, are not 16x9 enhanced, and feature Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio.

Theatrical Trailer (2:00)

    This is presented at 1.85:1, is 16x9 enhanced, and features Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. It is of very high quality.

Additional Trailers

    There are also trailers for:     Both feature Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and are presented at 1.33:1 (not 16x9 enhanced).

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;     The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;     Excepting the language differences, there is no reason to prefer one version of this disc over another as an extra 2 deleted scenes (we already get 16) and three trailers for other films are not really reason enough to prefer the R1.

Summary

    Not Another Teen Movie is very funny, and at once exploits the teen movie genre and savagely sends it up. Highly recommended for those who enjoy teen movies, and those who don't (be aware that the humour is of the extremely silly variety however).

    The video quality is brilliant, and there are no real causes for complaint.

    The audio quality is just as good, especially for a release of this nature. No longer do comedy soundtracks have to be the poor cousins to action movies.

    The extras are very extensive, and so much more than the usual marketing dribble. It is almost worth getting this disc for the extras alone.

Ratings (out of 5)

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Extras
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© Nick Jardine (My bio, it's short - read it anyway)
Sunday, August 25, 2002
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