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Senior Year


Senior Year (2022)
Despite appearances in the Pitch Perfect franchise, the film version of Cats, and the distaff remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels called The Hustle, Rebel Wilson remains an acquired taste to this reviewer and the lackluster and predictable comedy Senior Year has done nothing to alter my opinion about the severely overrated actress.

In this 2022 film, a 17 year old girl named Stephanie who is the head cheerleader at her school is seriously injured during a cheer routine and falls into a coma. Stephanie wakes up almost 20 years later and even though she is now 37 years old, her brain is still the brain of a 17 year old girl and she is determined to complete the senior year she slept through, which includes becoming prom queen and stealing the boyfriend of her best friend, Tiffany.

Even though the screenplay for this film is credited to Andrew Knaur, Arthur Pielli, and Brandon Scott Jones, this story rips off just about any teen comedy from the 80's and 90's that you can think of and doesn't do a very good job of it. The premise and backstory are efficiently mounted, but after Stephanie awakens from her coma, the film's pacing becomes deadly, making the movie seem about seven hours long.

The other main problem was the twitchy and undisciplined performance by Rebel Wilson in the starring role that comes off like Jerry Lewis on crack. Wilson has never been so annoying onscreen, making it hard to sympathize with the character. Being unable to sympathize with the Stephanie character made the rest of the movie pretty intolerable.

Ironically, I really enjoyed Angourie Rice as the pre-coma Stephanie, but pretty much wanted to check out after Wilson took over the role. Limited laughs were provided along the way by Chris Parnell as Stephanie's dad, Justin Hartley as her prom king, and Joshua Calley as Yaz and there are a couple of well-choreographed dance numbers, but getting through this one was work.