The premise is admittedly familiar - spunky popular girl takes on outsider next door, remakes him into a BMOC in a week or two, and, what do you know, they fall for each other. But thanks to the effervescent charms of lead Melissa Joan Hart (yes, I went there - Sabrina haters be damned!) and a surprisingly springy script courtesy of Rob Thomas (no, not that Rob Thomas), we're left with a bit of transcendence. It's a quiet picture, to be sure, and it certainly has its weak points (some of those supporting fortysomething "teenage" actors aren't exactly grand thespians), but can you really top this interchange:
Nicole: "Turn that radio off, or I'm going to go Sean Young on your ass!"
Chase: "I think she means Sean Penn."
Ray: "Good - Sean Young scares me."
So I tell you, it's time to forget what you think you know about Melissa Joan Hart. Though she's made some missteps in her career (um... Melissa & Joey?) this flick is a admirable teen comedy that surprises with its zingers. There's of course a predictable soundtrack loaded with late-90s pop-rock faves, but give it a chance! Hey, at least it's nice to reminisce about the days when pop was as simple as Britney Spears in a goofy waitress costume.