The rivalry between Tiffany and Stephanie doesn’t make sense from their very first scene together.
Throughout the movie, Tiffany and Stephanie are competing for supreme popularity.
But Tiffany’s insults during their first conversation don’t even make sense.
She makes fun of Stephanie and her “freak show” friends for hanging out at the Rock ‘N’ Bowl. But Tiffany is also there, and it’s already been described as a “cool” hangout spot.
Stephanie goes on a “bananas and ice cubes” diet for prom.
Before leaving for school, Stephanie tells her dad she can’t eat the breakfast he made because she’s on a “bananas and ice cubes diet” until prom.
Stephanie’s goal of losing weight to look a certain way for prom shows that she’s more fixated on her image than her health.
Although it’s likely just making fun of a lot of the ridiculous fad diets prevalent in the early 2000s, packing a bag of ice in your backpack would also just lead to a leaky bag of water.
Stephanie gives Deanna Russo an entire introduction when Seth already knows who she is.
On her way to school, Stephanie abruptly stops her car in front of Deanna Russo’s house to gush about her to Seth.
Stephanie idolizes the former prom queen/cheer captain, but there’s no reason for her to explain Deanna’s entire past out loud to Seth, who already knows who Deanna is.
It’s one of many weird pacing choices made in the film, where the plot completely stops so Stephanie can explain information to the audience with dialogue that could’ve been conveyed by voiceover narration.
Stephanie gives Seth an intimately used sock to soak up his bloody forehead.
On the way to school, Stephanie slams on the breaks, causing Seth to hit his head on the dashboard.
When she realizes his head is bleeding, she gives him a sock to soak up the blood.
But as he’s getting out of the car, Stephanie informs him that Blaine uses the sock (which is almost rock hard) to clean up after he and Stephanie do sexual acts
Blaine and Stephanie are obnoxious about their PDA at school.
When Stephanie and Blaine are first seen together, he grabs her breasts in the hallway.
In their next scene, Stephanie is sitting on Blaine’s lap as they make out and loudly discuss their plans to have sex at prom — all of which is happening in the middle of class.
After Stephanie finally goes to sit at her own desk, she screams in frustration about prom after-party planning.
Tiffany and Stephanie use insults and phrases that no one would actually say.
Throughout the movie, the characters are constantly swearing and calling each other various derogatory names, seemingly for no other reason than to remind audiences that the movie has an R rating.
The fights between Tiffany and Stephanie, specifically, also include bizarrely forced insults.
Stephanie calls Tiffany the “buttroids” on her butt and Tiffany replies by calling her a “koala-ass.”
Their insults somehow get worse 20 years later when Stephanie calls Tiffany “Rumpel-slut-skin” after Tiffany calls her a “possum pussy.”
Tiffany puts Stephanie in a life-threatening position because she’s jealous of her.
The movie sets up Stephanie and Tiffany’s rivalry right away, but it’s still shocking when Tiffany goes to such ridiculous extremes to stop Stephanie from winning prom queen.
During their cheer routine at the school pep rally, right when Stephanie goes up in a big basket-toss stunt, Tiffany apparently convinces their teammates to let her fall to the ground.
Despite sending her classmate into a 20-year coma, Tiffany doesn’t even seem to face any repercussions for this. In fact, she goes on to win prom queen and obtain her dream life.
The way students idolize Bri is bizarre to watch.
After Stephanie convinces Martha, who’s now the principal, to let her go back to high school, she tries to figure out who the popular kids are.
She’s offended when she finds out that cheerleaders are no longer at the top of the food chain. But Janet eventually tells her that if she wants anything to happen at the school, she’ll have to win over Bri, Tiffany’s daughter.
The students idolize Bri and cringingly refer to her by her social-media handle, BriLuvs.
Lance isn’t shy (or sanitary) about not wearing underwear to school.
Bri’s boyfriend, Lance, also has an adoring fan club. He’s introduced alongside Bri in the school cafeteria during lunch.
Not long after he first appears on screen, he’s shown sitting on a lunch table where people are actively eating, and his flowy skirt exposes the fact that he’s not wearing underwear.
Bri tells him, “Baby, you’re manspreading again,” and he just laughs and closes his legs a little.
Stephanie is constantly inappropriate around the teens she goes to school with.
Stephanie’s behavior around her high-school peers includes constant swearing and inappropriate sexual comments and gestures, including teaching the cheerleaders her “lips to lips” dance move.
Even after Martha calls out how inappropriate the interactions between Stephanie and the students are, Stephanie continues to act exactly the same.
Stephanie treats Seth horribly throughout the film.
Seth is consistently a good friend to Stephanie, and he’s honest with her about liking her in high school.
But Stephanie treats him terribly and only agrees to spend time with him when she benefits from it, whether it’s by getting to use his phone or making Blaine jealous.
Even after Seth calls her out for this, Stephanie still continues to do so.
There are multiple musical sequences that don’t add to the plot.
About halfway through, the movie suddenly decides it wants to be a musical.
Stephanie and her new cheer friends perform their own music video for Britney Spears’ “Crazy.”
It goes on for quite a while, and it isn’t even the only dance number in the film. Prom and graduation both include lengthy choreographed dances that definitely could’ve been trimmed or cut to keep the movie from being nearly two hours long.
Stephanie flirts with Blaine by encouraging him to leave his wife while rubbing her hand on his face.
Blaine is with Tiffany by the time Stephanie wakes up from her coma, and the couple is married with a daughter.
Despite this, Stephanie still tries to pursue Blaine — and he doesn’t really resist, which leads to some very uncomfortable flirting.
During what they seem to view as a romantic encounter, Stephanie tells him to leave his wife before putting her entire hand on his face.
Blaine responds by trying to bite her hand in what is presented as a sexual moment.
Everything Stephanie does and says in the movie theater is uncomfortable to witness.
Stephanie attempts to make Blaine jealous by being overtly sexual with Seth in a movie theater.
After describing herself as “single and so horny,” Stephanie imitates a sexual act using the straw in Seth’s drink.
Seth’s fake moaning and Stephanie’s exaggerated sexual expressions are embarrassing to watch, especially since they’re surrounded by an entire audience of people.
Tiffany’s continued hatred of Stephanie after 20 years is bizarre.
Tiffany is the one responsible for Stephanie’s coma, and yet, that didn’t seem to satisfy her revenge.
As an adult, she’s still trying to ruin Stephanie’s life.
It’s bizarre that Tiffany would still hate Stephanie so much, especially since Tiffany got everything she thought she wanted out of life.
Stephanie’s dad starts to give his daughter’s 37-year-old prom date a sex talk.
After Stephanie appears to turn a new leaf, Seth agrees to go to prom with her, since he’d already signed up to chaperone the event as the school’s librarian.
He sits awkwardly with Stephanie’s dad as they wait for her to get ready, and they have a stereotypical pre-prom conversation including warnings against drinking and unprotected sex.
But Seth’s mature age makes the conversation extra uncomfortable.
Stephanie throws a party for underage high-schoolers at their principal’s cabin.
Stephanie never learns to act appropriately around the high schoolers, but the worst moment is when she throws an after-prom party at Martha’s family’s cabin, like she wanted to when she was actually 17.
There’s clearly lots of alcohol at this party, and since Stephanie is 37, it’s super uncomfortable to watch her partying with the underage teens.
Worse yet, Martha is all of these kids’ principal, which could’ve led to her getting fired.
But no one seems to face any legal repercussions for this even though Tiffany vindictively calls the cops on the party.
The most emotional moment of the movie contains the phrase “butt slut.”
By the time Stephanie finally takes any accountability for the things she’s done, she’s severely damaged her relationships with Martha and Seth.
She makes a video apologizing to them — even if it turns into more of an Instagram Live inspirational speech than an actual apology.
The video also contains the phrase “butt slut” and multiple out-of-place swears, showing that Stephanie has only matured so much by the end of the film.
The post-credits scene shows Stephanie offering sexual favors to get into college.
Even after the movie ends, there’s one more moment for audiences to cringe through.
Now that she’s graduated, Stephanie is interested in going to college and tells the guidance counselor that she’ll do anything to get in while making sexual gestures.
Luckily, this scene is treated as a blooper. But scenes that were just as cringeworthy did make the film, so it’s only a small consolation.
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