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Not Another Teen Movie (2001)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 69

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.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 15

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.



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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,"



Phil Beauman, Buddy Johnson

Apr 30, 2002


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A big, fat, juicy spitball lobbed, with mostly dead-on aim, at the teen-smarm clichés that have accumulated like so much earwax over the last three years.

December 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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It's stupid, it's obvious, it's scatological and violent -- but it made me laugh and I'm giving it thumbs up, God help me.

December 18, 2001 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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More often than not you'll be groaning from painful recognition rather than actually laughing.

December 14, 2001
Washington Post
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Save your time, save your money, save your soul. Stay at home.

December 14, 2001
Washington Post
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The makers of Not Another Teen Movie should be embarrassed that, in parodying She's All That, they copied most of the plot and then made a movie that bogs down in the same places as the original.

December 14, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Teenage Wasteland -- strictly for older teens.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

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

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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.

July 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
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.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat

...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.

October 30, 2002 Full Review | Comment (1)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Plumbs new depths of offensiveness for its stomach-churning crudities.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

For anyone for whom these films are a guilty pleasure, this pretty much delivers in terms of silliness and over-the-top laugh attempts.

September 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Not Another Teen Movie is a little like watching Christina Aguilera make fun of Britney Spears.

September 3, 2002 Full Review

Not too bad as long as you know what you're getting into...

July 9, 2002 Full Review

The targets may be obvious, but director Joel Gallen and his squad of screenwriters happen to be the first to open fire. They can't help but score plenty of hits.

June 20, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

One of the most incompetent, thoughtless, witless, smug, cynical, one-dimensional, puerile, boring and deadening movies I have ever seen.

May 28, 2002

No vale la pena gastar el dinero en un monumento a la estulticia y la superficialidad como es esta cinta.

May 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Moviola

Just when you think films have got as bad as they're ever going to be, along comes a picture that takes cinema to a whole new level of shoddiness.

April 24, 2002 Full Review Source:

Will you remember (it) six months after you see it? Probably not. But you will remember that you had a good time watching it.

April 16, 2002 Full Review Source:

This scattershot and dissolving satire accomplishes nothing more than recycling copycat material from the idiotic teen films of today and yesteryear it thinks it's skewering in savvy fashion.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Nothing here breaks new ground, but funny is funny is funny, and Joel Gallen's sly little movie is funny enough.

January 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

A blandly attractive cast, hit and miss jokes, excessive helpings of scatological humor, unsure direction? Sure seems like another teen movie to me.

January 13, 2002 Full Review Source:

We can proudly agree that it is indeed the most Obvious and Hypocritical comedy of 2001.

January 11, 2002

Almost immediately disposable, fading from memory before it even ends.

January 6, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

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.
August 5, 2013

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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. 
June 24, 2012
Melvin White

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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.
April 12, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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This film actually surprisingly really made me laugh.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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    1. Reggie Ray: Coach says it's okay to bleed from the ears.
    – Submitted by Kyler D (3 years ago)
    1. Amanda Becker: Do you think I sleep with every guy who writes me a letter? No. I give them hand jobs.
    – Submitted by Kyler D (3 years ago)
    1. 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'.
    – Submitted by Kyler D (3 years ago)
    1. Girl at Party: Dude, you can't start a slow clap at any time and expect everyone to join in.
    – Submitted by Kyler D (3 years ago)
    1. Jake Wyler: No, no, no, no, anyone but her! Not... Janie Briggs! Guys, she's got glasses and a ponytail! Aw, look at that, she's got paint on her overalls, what is that?
    – Submitted by Kyler D (3 years ago)
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