It’s Senior year at East Great Falls! Annie (Madison Pettis; “The Fosters,” “Cory in the House,” The Game Plan), Kayla (Piper Curda; “A.N.T. Farm,” The Wretched), Michelle (Natasha Behnam; “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “One Night”), and Stephanie (Lizze Broadway; “Splitting Up Together,” “Here and Now”) decide to finally harness their girl power and band together to get what they want their last year of high school. The boys won’t know what hit them when these sassy sweethearts are calling the shots. Wild parties, sexy adventures and a Stifler bring the heat in this hot new slice of American Pie!
Thank you to NBC Universal for letting me screen this early.
The movie kicks off with a hilarious scene. Annie wants to surprise Grant before he leaves for college, and she battles her way through the backyard and obstacles to get to his bedroom, and when she does, she is covered in dirt from head to toe. As she is about to give him his surprise, his parents, who have his grandparents walk in on her trying to give him a BJ. Just a laugh out loud moment that is a great way to kick off the movie.
After our opening scene of embarrassment, this seems to be the trend as we slowly progress towards the prom. Several times we see our lead, Annie (Pettis), put in extremely awkward situations with what we find out is the new principal of her school.
Speaking of Annie, who is played by Madison Pettis, who I JUST REALIZED WHEN IMDB’ing the film, played the little girl in Game Plan (OMG, I AM OLD), and I am not sure how I feel about this right now, I need a minute. But more on her, she is charming and sweet within this role that makes her loveable and easy to like.
Opposite of your prototypical comedies, this doesn’t try to make it be anything more than it is. Blayne Weaver and David Steinberg write the laughs that we all want to heart, and they hit more than they miss. I will also give them credit for their writing of Annie, who I found myself invested in, which is different for comedies of this is nature.
Lastly, Girls’ Rule does what the other American Pie Presents couldn’t do, make you laugh with smartly written one-liners, and solid character development.
Girls’ Rule is a solid fun comedy that will make you laugh from start to finish.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.