Senior Year tells a typical story. While attempting to combine features of old films from the late 1990s with early problems, Netflix jokes fail to capture any flawless script that could use more heart. The movie is full of nostalgia but does not use it to amplify its story. The leading character, relationship power, and foundation are at an all-time high and, despite a few humorous moments, the Senior Year never reaches its full potential.
Senior Year: Movie Review
Stephanie Conway (Angourie Rice) is neither cool nor popular. To protect himself from further ridicule or humiliation and in front of her peers is the naughty girl Tiffany (Ana Yi Puig and played by Zoë Chao as an adult), Stephanie vows to be famous.
In her senior year, Stephanie is not only the best captain, but she is dating Blaine (Tyler Barnhardt and played by Justin Hartley as an adult), a very famous boy at Harding High, and she is in with a chance of winning the queen. Unfortunately, her dreams did not come true after a cheerleading accident that left her unconscious for 20 years. When she wakes up at the age of 37, Stephanie (now Rebel Wilson) is shocked to learn that she has been unconscious for so long.
Without wasting any time, Stephanie reconnects with her old friends Martha (Mary Holland), now the principal, and Seth (Sam Richardson), and decides to return to high school in an effort to win the queen. The problem is that the rules have changed since 2002 and Stephanie has to keep going if she wants to win.
The Senior Year plays like a cheap knockoff for Never Been Kissed. It is very focused on being beautiful and quirky, but it is so irrational that it does not enhance its personality. Perhaps the biggest mistake of the film is its lack of heart. There is nothing that Stephanie feels from the heart, even when she sees that she has been focusing on the wrong thing for too long.
Trapped in a need for fame and crowned the queen of advertising, Stephanie rarely has time to go inside and think about what she is doing. It is because the film will never take its character out of the high goals it is fighting for which makes the story always one-sided as it is.
Jokes can be silly and sometimes silly, but the Senior Year feels like a complete waste of time. Yes, there are possible suggestions for this film. An example is when Stephanie remembers a touching memory of her and her late mother. Unfortunately, the shorter periods do not last very long, they are completely covered by the negative environment of any real tensions or poles.
Stephanie is fluent and there is a feeling that the film is more captivating to millennial nostalgia than it is to focusing on its story and character variability. The sequel showing Wilson and his clients re-imagining Britney Spears’ music video “(You Drive Me) Crazy” is entertaining, but not necessary and disturbing.
The extreme nostalgia of the 1990s and the early aughts replaces a horizontal story that was probably much more than it really is. The film is inspired by a Drew Barrymore-directed film and others, such as 13 Going on 30, but these movies know exactly what it is – Senior Year you do not know. It does not help that many jokes are not so funny. Conversations and comedy scenes are few and far between.
Most of the film is a work of sitting, quiet, and trying to be something that is not. There’s a familiarity baked into the film, but there was more to it, which made that vibe than anything else, which didn’t feel its working time of about two hours.
Viewers who are old enough to remember the original aughts will have much better things to do than remember the already well-established era in other films (such as Disney Pixar’s Turning Red). At that point, younger viewers may not realize that there is something else in the comedy that they would love or laugh with as well. And although the Senior Year has some really funny moments, it is not enough to overcome many of the film’s mistakes.
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