A high-powered PR professional discovers that her brother is about to marry the woman who made her high school life a living heck in this comedy starring Kristen Bell and Odette Yustman. Back in her teens, Marni (Bell) was a little awkward. These days she’s a successful career woman, but the memories of being tormented by popular cheerleader Joanna (Yustman) still make her break into a cold sweat.
This is a hilarious comedy with Jamie Lee Curtis stealing a lot of the laughs. She plays the mother of a son who is about to become married to her daughter’s worse nightmare, a girl who made her life miserable in high school. The daughter, Marni, is played by Kristen Bell.
In one scene Jamie Lee Curtis’ character, named Gail, goes through old cheerleading moves with her daughter-in-law to be, and after hesitating to do it she is extremely funny when she jumps in with all she’s got. Without plot spoiling, she is funny again in a scene in which she tries on her old enemy’s expensive ear ring in the bathroom and loses it down the drain. Also adding to the hysterics is Betty White, who still shows some interest in “younger men”, some sixty years younger than she is.
Sigourney Weaver helps round out the cast as Gail’s old high school nemesis Ramona. Victor Garber is in fine form as Gail’s husband, Mark. Yet this story is more about the sum of its parts and not the acting alone. It is a fine story about finding it in one’s heart to forgive old wrongs and to recognize that some people really do change. We are recommending it as a fun-filled time for families, ages twelve and above, and we are pleased to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this genuinely funny movie. We award it five Doves, our highest rating, mainly due to the theme of forgiveness and for the laughs. Jamie Lee Curtis picks up an electric guitar again as she did in “Freaky Friday”. This may just be another big hit for her like that film was.