1999 Certificate: 12


Nerdy but bright young Chicago journalist Drew Barrymore poses as a high-schooler to research what it's like to be a teenager. And yep, it's still pretty grim if you're not in with the in-crowd. Mocked by the in-crowd, she hooks up with Leelee Sobieski's smart kids... and finds a keen supporter in cool teacher Michael Vartan. A big-hearted romance with Barrymore at her sunny best.


  • Raja Gosnell


  • Drew Barrymore

  • Michael Vartan

  • David Arquette

  • Leelee Sobieski

  • John C Reilly


Different from your average high-school movie, this sweet romance spotlights Drew Barrymore as a clunky 25-year-old copy editor on the Chicago Sun-Times, who may have been kissed, but never for real.

So she's keen to avoid the disaster of her own geeky school years when the paper sends her undercover to pose as a 17-year-old to get the lowdown on students today.

She responds by falling for her teacher (Michael Vartan), getting dubbed a loser (she even has it stamped on her forehead) and being saved by her brother (David Arquette) who re-enrols and contrives to make her the most popular girl in the school.

Drew does well in a tricky role, letting it all hang out for better or worse - her dresses are a serious no-no - as the newspaper staff watch her misadventures unfold like a soap opera on a monitor screen.

Leelee Sobieski also impresses as the dork who befriends her.