You Again - Review


Those bemoaning the lack of quality female roles in modern-day Hollywood will find a key cause celebre in "You Again," which manages to squander three generations of formidable actresses. Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristin Chenoweth and Betty White are wasted in this farce exploring deep-seated high-school enmities, and while the strength of those names may attract ticketbuyers to the Disney release, word of mouth is sure to stem the tide before significant returns can be procured.


A decently amusing prologue introduces Bell as gawky, acne-ravaged teenager Marni, bullied and battered by queen-bee mean girl Joanna (Odette Yustman) in high school. Flash forward to the present day, and she's a dazzlingly dressed agent at a Hollywood PR firm, returning home to Northern California to see her brother (James Wolk) get married.


His betrothed turns out to be none other than Marni's high school tormentor, who is now affecting an angelic personality, is beloved by Marni's mother, Gail (Curtis), and is seemingly unable to remember her old classmate. Joanna's aunt Ramona (Weaver) comes to dinner that night, and it's immediately clear that she and Gail have similar high-school baggage. These two sets of nemeses proceed to bicker and conspire childishly until the film ends.


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