BY JANET BROWN, Guest Writer
Bullying has recently become a major political issue. The movie You Again, directed by Andy Fickman and written by Moe Jelline, addresses this issue in a humorous way, using irony and situational comedy.
Kristen Bell plays Marni, a young, successful woman who was bullied in high school and is now facing the possibility of her brother marrying her old archenemy. Marni and her possible sister-in-law go back and forth against each other in hopes of making the other admit to all the things that happened in high school, and of course Marni with the initial hopes of ruining the wedding. Marni’s mother, Gail (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) also runs into her ex-best friend Ramona (played by Sigourney Weaver) and comes to see that she was the bully in Ramona’s life.
While normally I love everything that involves Kristen Bell and/or Jamie Lee Curtis, this film had its funny moments but it missed its true screwball comedy calling and went for a more moral-of-the-story type line. This was definitely a bad idea for the writers.
In most circles, You Again got three out of five stars and was described as average in every way. It was sad to see this start out with so much potential and end in a comedic flop. However, some people truly thought it was a great motion picture. Rent it today and find out for yourself.