Not Another Teen Movie

Not Another Teen Movie

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Joel Gallen
Produced by Neal H. Moritz
Phil Beauman
Mike Bender
Buddy Johnson
Written by Mike Bender
Adam Jay Epstein
Andrew Jacobson
Phil Beauman
Buddy Johnson
Starring Chyler Leigh
Chris Evans
Jaime Pressly
Eric Christian Olsen
Eric Jungmann
Mia Kirshner
Deon Richmond
Cody McMains
Sam Huntington
Samm Levine
Cerina Vincent
Ron Lester
Lacey Chabert
Riley Smith
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography Reynaldo Villalobos
Editing by Steven Welch
Studio Original Film
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) December 14, 2001 (2001-12-14)
Running time 89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15 million
Box office $66,468,332[1]

Not Another Teen Movie is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Joel Gallen, released on December 14, 2001 by Columbia Pictures. It is a parody of teen movies which have accumulated in Hollywood over the last few decades. While the general plot is based on Pretty in Pink, She's All That, and 10 Things I Hate About You, the film is also filled with allusions to numerous other films including Bring It On, American Pie, Cruel Intentions, American Beauty, and The Breakfast Club. A single was released alongside the movie titled "Prom Tonight" and reached #86 on the Billboard Top 100.



In the stereotypical high school community of John Hughes High in Southern California, sexy Priscilla (Jaime Pressly), a popular cheerleader, separates from her football star boyfriend, Jake Wyler (Chris Evans). After Jake discovers that Priscilla is now dating strange and socially inept Les (Riley Smith) just to spite him, one of Jake’s friends, Austin (Eric Christian Olsen), suggests seeking retribution by making Janey Briggs (Chyler Leigh), a "uniquely rebellious girl", the prom queen. Jake attempts to court Janey's love, but faces adversity from his own sister, Catherine (Mia Kirshner), who is sexually attracted to him; Janey’s unnoticed admirer and best friend, Ricky (Eric Jungmann); and memories from his past football career. Catherine eventually helps her brother by slightly altering Janey’s appearance (taking away her glasses and ponytail), instantly making her drop dead gorgeous.

Meanwhile, Janey's little brother, Mitch (Cody McMains), and his friends, Ox (Sam Huntington) and Bruce (Samm Levine), make a pact to lose their virginity by Graduation even though they are still in their Freshmen year. Mitch tries to impress his longtime crush, the beautiful yet perverted Amanda Becker (Lacey Chabert) with a letter professing his love for her. Ox says that he does not have a chance with her.

As the prom draws near, Jake draws infamy among his peers after he fails to lead his football team to victory at the state championship game the year before. The situation is further worsened when Austin tricks Jake into telling Janey about his plan to spite Priscilla by pretending to whisper the secret bet in Janey's ear, causing her to immediately leave Jake. During prom night, Austin and Janey go together; a jealous Jake and Catherine have a dance off with Austin and Janey, with Catherine dancing in a sexual manner. Janey runs off crying.

Meanwhile, Mitch and his friends are having a lousy time at the prom until Amanda Becker arrives and Mitch gives her the letter and Ox later hooks up with Catherine.

Jake is awarded prom king and the principal reads out that the votes for prom queen are tied. Everyone thinks that it is between Janey and Priscilla, but they are shocked to find that Kara and Sara Fratelli (Samaire Armstrong and Nectar Rose), twins conjoined at the head, win prom queen. During the traditional prom king and queen dance, Janey supposedly left with Austin to go to a hotel. Jake goes to the hotel room where he finds Austin having wild sex with a girl but is shocked to find that it is Priscilla not Janey while the weird Les videotapes with his pants down supposedly having an erection, Austin tells Jake that Janey "ran home to her daddy". Jake angrily punches Austin and Priscilla for what they had done to Janey, then punches Les for "being really weird" (He also punches a plastic bag that happens to be floating next to Les); afterwards he runs to Janey's house only to learn from her father (Randy Quaid) that she is going to Paris for art school.

Jake arrives at the airport and confronts her before she can board the plane, and uses a plethora of clichéd lines from other movies (such as She's All That, Cruel Intentions, American Pie, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink) to convince her to stay in America. His final (and first original) speech suggests they would be better off apart, but Janey mistakenly believes he is quoting The Karate Kid, and she decides to stay with him.

List of movies parodied

Cast of characters


Many stars of recent teen movies, as well as teen films from the 1980s, make credited and uncredited appearances. These include:

Extra footage

Alternate footage

  • Three scenes that appear on the R-rated trailer are not included in the film: a scene that spoofs Save the Last Dance where a girl is dancing at the big party, a scene that spoofs Never Been Kissed during the football game with Sadie standing on the football field with a microphone before the entire football team runs her down (the person she was waiting for - one of the school teachers - gets up out of the bleachers just before she is run down and then sits immediately after she is trampled), and a small scene with Areola asking the principal if her breasts are perky (this scene does appear in the unrated cut of the film).
  • In the trailer for the film, Jake wears boxer shorts during the whipped cream bikini scene, whereas during that same scene in the film, he wears no shorts; his bare crotch is covered with whipped cream instead.

Footage during credits

The film has three extra scenes at the end:

  • Mitch, Ox, and Bruce talking about what they learned from the whole experience. (This scene comes only in the unrated cut.)
  • Mr Briggs, in a parody of a scene from "American Pie", talks about a "three-way" while holding two pies. (This scene comes only in the rated cut.)
  • The albino folk singer sings about being blind, and her corneas being burned out by the sun. (This scene comes after all the credits have finished.)

Box office

The film opened at number 3 at the US box office taking $12,615,116 in its opening weekend behind Vanilla Sky's opening weekend and Ocean's Eleven (2001 film)'s second weekend.[citation needed]

DVD release

The R-rated version of the film was released on DVD on April 30, 2002 with the original 89-minute cut with special features including:

  • School's in Session: 3 behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • "Tainted Love" unrated music video by Marilyn Manson
  • Car Ride: Director Joel Gallen's first short film
  • Test Your Teen Movie IQ trivia game with the cast and crew
  • Auditions montage
  • Meet the cast promos
  • The Yearbook: The cast looks back at their high school years
  • 9 bonus previews

The Unrated Extended Director's Cut was released July 26, 2005 with all of the original special features including an added 11 minutes to the film adding up to 100 minutes.


The film received generally negative reviews. Most critics dislike the excessive scatological humor and feel that it follows the movies it parodies too closely. The film received a 28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes[2] and 32% on Metacritic.[3]

Soundtrack listing

The soundtrack for the film features metal, punk and rock artists from the 1990s and 2000s, mostly covering songs from the 1980s, and this CD was released by Maverick Records in 2001.

  1. "Tainted Love" (Gloria Jones) - Marilyn Manson - 3:21
  2. "Never Let Me Down Again" (Depeche Mode) - The Smashing Pumpkins - 4:01
  3. "Blue Monday" (New Order) - Orgy
  4. "The Metro" (Berlin) - System of a Down
  5. "But Not Tonight" (Depeche Mode) - Scott Weiland
  6. "Message of Love" (The Pretenders) - Saliva
  7. "Bizarre Love Triangle" (New Order) - Stabbing Westward
  8. "99 Red Balloons" (Nena) - Goldfinger
  9. "I Melt with You" (Modern English) - Mest
  10. "If You Leave" (OMD) - Good Charlotte
  11. "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" (The Smiths) - Muse
  12. "Somebody's Baby" (Jackson Browne) - Phantom Planet
  13. "Let's Begin" - Bad Ronald
  14. "Prom Tonight" - Not Another Teen Movie cast

See also


External links

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