|Directed by:||John Schultz|
|Written by:||Rob Thomas|
|Starring:||Melissa Joan Hart, Adrian Grenier, Stephen Collins, Mark Metcalf|
|Released:||February 10, 2000|
Nicole (Hart) is a go-getter at school and is always out to make an impression. She’s in charge of organising the school’s Centenary dance and wants everything to go without a hitch - including her planned date, the captain of the basketball team. When another to the prom however lures him, Nicole is left dateless but full of ideas.
Chase (Grenier), is Nicole’s next-door neighbour. They were best friends growing up but as time passed they drifted and went their separate ways. He’s just been dumped by his girlfriend and is flat out depressed.
You see where I’m going with this can’t you? The two of them put on the facade that they are dating each other to make their ex's jealous. Lo and behold, they fall in love and live happily ever after. Sorry if I’m spoiling the ending but come on, like you didn’t know?
Brittany Spears’ similarly titled song has proved the major advertising point for this new teen romantic comedy. It just another way studios are luring the audience and lord knows, they need to with this film - with Melissa Joan Hart as the star, they’re certainly not going to be flocking to Drive Me Crazy.
To an extent I did enjoy this film. The characters actually seem to have some interesting and enlightening features. There are a few nice surprises along the way and given the genre’s audience, it’s bound to please.
I’m not going out of a limb to highly recommend this but given my expectations, I was slightly startled. Perhaps Hollywood is on the way to redeeming itself for the sad line of teen comedies that have preceded it. Don’t worry though, there’s still a long way to go yet...