For a chic-flick with a '20-years later' premise, you'd expect Senior Year to be a lot more nuanced than it is but it's far too occupied with trying to make a mediocre script work!
The start of Senior Year sounds like the story of every single infamous teenager who doesn't quite fit in for reasons unknown to them! Everything after that looks like British director, Alex Hardcastle is trying too hard to make 'fetch' happen! If you've watched 13 going on 30 and Mean Girls, Senior Year falls harder than the protagonist does in the first 15 minutes of the film.
Cast - As hilarious and authentic as Rebel Wilson is, she didn't quite fit in as Stephanie in this one! Angourie Rice plays young Stephanie. Mary Holland as Martha, Sam Richardson as Seth, Zoe Chao as Tiffany, and Chris Parnell as Jim Conway are such a treat if only their characters were developed further!
Storyline - 17-year-old Stephanie Conway struggles with finding her footing in high school and only has one aim - becoming popular. So she draws out a plan that involves learning everything about cheerleading so she can join the squad, date the hottest boy in senior year, throw the best party on prom and being crowned 'Prom Queen'. What she didn't account for? Falling off from the pyramid during an aerial stunt at pep rally and going into a coma for 20 years. Now she's 37 but has the brain of a 17-year-old; she struggles to make sense of the world around but her purpose remains the same - become popular in high school and being crowned 'Prom Queen'.
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Watch the trailer here!
What I didn't quite like - You'd expect a film that talks about 'being in a coma for 20 years' to also highlight some of the trauma that comes with missing life for that long but Senior Year pretty much just skips over the whole thing. Being such talented actors, it's a shame that the entire cast of this film is so underutilized. Inspite of being a two-hour film, it didn't leave time for any of them to really explore their characters and their relationships.
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