What high school kid doesn’t tell bold-faced lies to impress their classmates and be accepted?
Sam Leonard (Ryan Pinkston) is the new kid in town and on his first day of school, he gets off on kind of the wrong foot. His sweet, but overly affectionate parents (John Carroll Lynch and Cynthia Stevenson) hug him a little too hard as they drop him off, to the shock of some male students watching. Sam is a nice, sweet teenager, but in the cutthroat world of high school, he’s at the bottom of the food chain. While he becomes friends with school cynic Annie (Kate Mara), he can’t help thinking that he?ll never be popular. A visit to the guidance counselor (Craig Kilborn) reinforces what Sam has been considering: Tell outright lies to get the other kids to like you.
The kicker is that all the lies he’s been spreading around start to materialize. He lusts after the most popular girl in school (Amanda Walsh) and he has pissed off her boyfriend, the star of the basketball team (Joshua Close). To top it off, he is able to shoot unbelievable baskets without even trying; drives a Porsche; his beautiful English teacher (Teri Polo) has the hots for him. In essence, he becomes the star of the school instantly.
Yes folks, there is a message to the film. Sam can’t keep up the whole charade. He can?t live the lie anymore! He just wants to be himself, and undo the damage he’s caused. Does this say “Afterschool Special” to anyone else, or am I the only one?
Teri Polo’s role could have been right out the Van Halen video for “Hot for Teacher”. If the character had been developed more, it would have added some life to this flat film. As is, it’s totally unnecessary. You’ll remember Lynch from his role as cross-dressing Steve Carey on The Drew Carey Show and Pinkston from Punk’d, so we know that both of them have comedic talent. It’s such a shame to waste it on this drivel. Some jokes got a guffaw or two, but not any substantial laughs.
It really isn’t much of film to run to see or rent it, unless you’re really bored. To quote the title, it was full of it.
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