Adapted from Dyan Sheldon's young-adult novel, this light, brisk, candy-colored comedy is rescued from cookie-cutter teen-movie status by some quirky moments and the efforts of its bright young cast. For self-important, 15-year-old Lola Cep (Lindsay Lohan) who was plain old Mary until she adopted a cooler moniker the tiniest impediment to her dream of becoming a famous actress is a major catastrophe. So when her single mother (Glenne Headly) moves Lola and her two young siblings out of their Manhattan apartment to a house in suburban Dellwood, N.J., Lola is convinced her life is completely over. An outsider in SUV country, Lola learns to bike to school instead of taking public transportation and befriends preppy Ella Gerard (Alison Pill), who shares her obsession with the rock band Sid Arthur and, especially, front man Stu Wolff (Adam Garcia). But cool gal Carla Santini (Megan Fox), who rules the school with her impenetrable clique of Burberry-clad drones, remains a problem. Carla is used to getting what she wants, and what she wants most is the lead in the school play, a modern-day musical version of Pygmalion called "Eliza Rocks." When Lola wins the part instead, Carla makes it her business to do everything she can to make Lola's high-school experience miserable. It's an easy task, especially after Lola is plunged into mourning by the announcement that Sid Arthur is disbanding after one final concert. And who should have tickets to the show and the after-party, courtesy of her wealthy and well-connected dad? Why spiteful Carla, of course. Unable to bear Carla's taunting, Lola claims that she and Ella already have both tickets and party invitations, but making that fib reality is a tall order. Among other obstacles, Ella's strict parents (Sheila McCarthy, Richard Fitzpatrick) can't stand Lola's hippy mom, neither girl has the requisite cash to purchase tickets, and Lola's closet is a wasteland of utterly inappropriate clothing for such an important shindig. But Lola's persistence and "never take no for an answer" attitude go a long way, and the friends wind up having a night they'll never forget. A pretty little package whose perfect, fairy-tale ending is just a little too neat, the film's colorful wrapping includes veteran actress Carol Kane's bizarre but enjoyable performance as the school's uptight drama teacher.
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