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Not Another Teen Movie (2001)



Critic Consensus: NATM has some funny moments, but the movie requires the audience to have familiarity with the movies being spoofed and a tolerance for toilet and sexual humor to be truly effective.

Movie Info

Former MTV executive Joel Gallen makes his feature directorial debut with this broad spoof of the popular teen comedy genre, lampooning dozens of movies including American Pie (1999), American Beauty (1999), Bring It On (2000), Clueless (1995), She's All That (1999), Road Trip (2000), Can't Hardly Wait (1998), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), Never Been Kissed (1999), and even the teen films of an earlier era such as The Breakfast Club (1985). At the aptly titled "John Hughes High School," aspiring artist Janey Briggs (Chyler Leigh) is an outcast because of her plain, bespectacled looks and paint-splattered overalls. Football hero Jake Wyler (Chris Evans) makes a bet that he can transform Janey into a gorgeous prom queen, a wager he may come to regret as he discovers Janey's true inner beauty. As their relationship blossoms, several other characters are limned, including a Nasty Cheerleader (Jaime Pressly), a Token Black Guy (Deon Richmond), a Stupid Fat Guy (Ron Lester), an Obsessed Best Friend (Eric Jungmann), an Undercover Reporter (Beverly Polcyn), the Cruelest Girl in School (Mia Kirshner), a Cocky Blonde Guy (Eric Christian Olsen), and several others. A nod to the multiple films that inspired it, Not Another Teen Movie (2001) was originally to have been entitled "Ten Things I Hate About Clueless Road Trips When I Can't Hardly Wait to Be Kissed."more
Rating: R (nudity, sex, language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mike Bender, Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson, Phil Beauman, Buddy Johnson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 30, 2002
Box Office: $37.9M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


Jaime Pressly
as Priscilla
Mia Kirshner
as Catherine
Ron Lester
as Reggie
Nectar Rose
as Sara Fratelli
Samaire Armstrong
as Kara Fratelli
Ed Lauter
as The Coach
Paul Gleason
as Richard Vernon
Mr. T
as Wise Janitor
Molly Ringwald
as Flight Attendant
Randy Quaid
as Mr. Briggs
Nathan West
as Actor on TV
Melissa Joan Hart
as Girl at Party
Michelle Holgate
as Actress on TV
Jeanette Miller
as Grandma Briggs
Michael Ensign
as Father O'Flannagan
Josh Radnor
as Tour Guide
Ross Mulholland
as Cheerleader in Front...
Dean Sheremet
as Cheerleader in Front...
Becca Sweitzer
as Cheerleader in Front...
Hayley Zelniker
as Cheerleader in Front...
Lukas Behnken
as White Guy
Josh Jacobson
as White Guy
Amber Marie Goetz
as Window Girl
Joy Bisco
as Ashley
Moris Kaplan
as Heather
George Wyner
as Mr. Cornish
Joy Gohring
as Albino Folk Singer
Jessica Asher
as Naked Girl in Locker...
Sean Smith
as Mr. Keller
Heather Brown
as Dainty Girl
Lyman Ward
as Mr. Wyler
Julie Welch
as Mrs. Wyler
Daniel Bess
as Panicked Student
Jackie Harris
as Preston's Mother
James Read
as Preston's Father
Jennifer Leone
as Other Naked Girl at ...
Daniel Spink
as Curious Guy
Oz Perkins
as Uninterested Guy
Kyle Cease
as Slow Clapper
Jim Wise
as Football Announcer
Kimi Bateman
as Cheerleader on a Foo...
Staci Flood
as Cheerleader on a Foo...
Sarah Christine Smit...
as Cheerleader on Footb...
China Jesusita Shave...
as North Compton Cheerl...
Paul Goebel
as Fat Short Order Cook
Sam Givens
as Dancer
Alec Murdoch
as Man in Line
Cynthena Sanders
as Woman in Line
Will Gill Jr.
as Security Guard
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News & Interviews for Not Another Teen Movie

Critic Reviews for Not Another Teen Movie

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (27)

Teenage Wasteland -- strictly for older teens.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Filmmakers showed great affection for the material they parodied and this is always an important ingredient for any successful parody.

Full Review… | June 26, 2005

...any flick that features Molly Ringwald as a woman who hates teenagers is okay in my books.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

Uses the unwelcome Scary Movie method of spoof comedy, in which timing is ignored and jokes are prolonged and beaten to the point where they're just obvious, not funny.

Full Review… | July 7, 2003
Window to the Movies

It is obvious that the creative forces did not take the film to seriously and if you do not, you just might find yourself laughing along.

Full Review… | December 8, 2002

...crude and unfunny, one of those movies that seem to be put together by cynical marketers who have reason to be convinced American moviegoers will laugh at - and celebrate - any movie that "dares" invoke scatological play and sexual titillation.

Full Review… | October 30, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Not Another Teen Movie


Fantastic lampoon with all teen tropes represented. Profane and obvious, but oh-so-delicious. I think I've finally seen most of the movies this movie parodies, so the jokes are even better, especially for those 80s movies that I didn't love like "Pretty In Pink" and "The Breakfast Club."

I watched this most recently with the trivia track, and I'd like to point out an error. Joanna Garcia's Tourettes-afflicted cheerleader, Sandy Sue, is not merely a send-up of "Grease"'s virginal Sandy Olsen, but more likely a combo of her and "Pleasantville"'s All-American Slut, Jennifer-cum-Mary Sue Parker - whose sweater set, poodle skirt, and 50s curls are a spitting image of Garcia's. Heh heh, cum.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Priscilla: You put the "suck" in "liposuction" You put the "ooo" in "jiu-jitsu" You put the "ism" in "This is all just a defense mechanism".

"They served you Breakfast. They gave you Pie. Now we're gonna stuff your face."

Not Another Teen Movie is a painfully unfunny recreation of a variety of high school based films like Varsity Blues, American Pie, and The Breakfast Club. Every joke is so obvious that it takes away any possibility of laughter. You obviously know what you're getting into with this kind of comedy. We've seen countless spoofs for decades now. There's the good classics like Blazing Saddles and Airplane. Then there's the terrible trash we've been plagued with for the last decade like The Comebacks and Vampire's Suck. Occasionally a decent one will come along like Scary Movie, but for the most part, this genre is garbage. Not Another Teen Movie is exactly that, garbage.

So the "plot" for Not Another Teen Movie is this, a popular boy takes a bet to turn a plain Jane into a prom queen. In between there's a party, a football game, and a lot of references to films everyone and their grandmother has seen. Just making dumb references to films and playing out episodic skits to recreate scenes doesn't make a spoof funny. Just because you can recreate every cliche in the book and throw it into an hour and twenty minute movie doesn't mean anything. I can't believe there are actually people out there that think anything in this movie is "clever" or in any way funny.

So bad that I am going to have trouble giving any spoofs in the future a chance. It's sad to see that a genre that Mel Brooks perfected has dove down into the depths of movies like Not Another Teen Movie. 

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

This is a pretty good parody of many teen comedies and dramas. The film is crude, vulgar and obscene. However the film is pretty funny for what it is, just keep your humor expectations to be downright low brow, and you won't be disappointed. The film parodies some of the most memorable teen comedy films and it does in a unique way. The film sure as hell is stupid, but it definitely has good laughs. If you're in the mood for a mindless comedy, then this is a perfect film to watch. Don't expect a great comedy out of this one, you won't find it here. Expect something average with few good laughs here and there, and that's what you'll likely get. I very much the film for what it was, and it's the perfect film to watch with friends. The film has its flaws, but it succeeds at being entertaining and fun. As a comedy, I think that this film is a tad underrated and it doesn't deserve all the flack it has received. The film is downright silly, but that's the whole point of it. The film is supposed to be fun, it's supposed to be a good film to watch with friends, and it's most certainly that. The jokes are good, and laughs come and go. The cast do a good job, and the director does a great job at parodying key teen comedies that we're all familiar with. Of all the spoof films out there, this is among the most recent ones that doesn't suck, unlike date movie, epic movie and meet the Spartans. If you want an effective comedy that provides you with an hour and a half of decent laughs, this is your film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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