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Slap Her, She's French! (2002)

A French foreign-exchange student comes to a small Texas high school, befriends a classmate, and practically takes over her life.

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Melanie Mayron

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Piper Perabo ... Genevieve Le Plouff
Jane McGregor ... Starla Grady
Trent Ford ... Ed Mitchell
Julie White ... Bootsie Grady
Brandon Smith ... Arnie Grady
Jesse James ... Randolph Grady
Nicki Aycox ... Tanner Jennings
Alexandra Adi ... Ashley Lopez
Matt Czuchry ... Kyle Fuller
Cristen Coppen ... Doreen Gilmore
Michael McKean ... Monsieur Duke
Mary Portser ... Kimmy Sue Sprinkle
Katherine Cortez ... Lurlene Haskell
Jerry Cotton Jerry Cotton ... Sheriff Flinkman
Kirk Sisco Kirk Sisco ... News Contest Judge
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Storyline

A French foreign exchange student, named Genevieve, comes to a small town in Texas to attend a local high school where she shacks up with the school's popular head cheerleader, Starla, and her parents. But Starla soon learns that this French girl is not only smart, attractive, and naive, but quite conniving when Geneviere, with no social life of her own, begins to take over Starla's, starting with stealing the affections her parents, her friends and Starla's boyfriend. When Starla is forced to quit the cheerleading squad after getting some bad grads, Genevieve moves in to take her place. When Starla figures out that Genevieve deliberately set it up by giving her bad tutoring to fail all those classes, she begins an all-out personal war against Genevieve to take back her social life. But Genevieve is anticipating exactly that type of response from Starla and soon turns everyone, including Starla's friends and family, against her by playing the poor victim and making it appear that ... Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Miss Perfect is about to meet her match. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Germany | UK | USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

7 February 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

She Gets What She Wants See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Worth, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,789,525
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Genevieve's last name LePlouff is French for "The Splash". See more »

Goofs

The Texas "No Pass No Play" rule is enforced only at the end of each 6 week period, not at the moment the grade falls below passing. Starla would have been allowed the remainder of the 6 week period to get her grades up before being suspended from the cheerleading squad. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Starla Grady: [in a jail cell; voice-over] We're all capable of doing bad things. Lord knows I've done my share. Things I'm truly ashamed of. But should my life, so young and full of sweet promise, be tragically cut down before it ever had a chance to shine? If I ever get out of her, as God is my witness, somebody's gonna pay. Or as the great German philosopher Fred Nitsche once said: "that which does not kill us, is gonna wish it had," because we are about to Fed ex it's sorry ass back to skank ...
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Crazy Credits

No French people were harmed during the making of this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The USA DVD version runs 88 minutes which is shorter than the original version. The TV network version, although edited with some scenes cut, has additional scenes and extended scenes which include a longer version of the opening 'Beef' beauty pa gent with the dance interrupted by Doreen protesting beef, as well as extended dressing room scenes between Starla, Ashley and Tanner. Also cut from the DVD is the part of Kimmy Sue introducing Tanner, the beauty finalist, first ahead of Ashley who mumbles her response to the questions. An extended scene of Starla talking to Geneieve in her bedroom about her desire to become a TV star. See more »

Connections

References Titanic (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

American Psycho
Written by Treble Charger
Published by Treble Charger
Performed by Treble Charger
Courtesy Nettwerk Productions
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Ouch. But still 'borderline' watchable...
30 March 2005 | by da_flipboySee all my reviews

First, you have to be wary of a movie that was advertised as one title ("Slap Her... She's French") and viewed by me as another ("She Gets What She Wants") That said, it would be EASY to nitpick all the bad things about this movie, but let's try not to. Instead, let's concentrate on the good.

Piper Perabo scratches the surface of her versatility in this movie with a great performance. Relative fresh face Jane McGregor does a good job in the lead performance despite her character developing as slowly as it does. (Be sure to check out her face as she delivers the line: "If these turn out good, could I order prints?" It's gold.) There are a few wonderfully witty lines that, unfortunately, get lost in the shuffle of teen goofiness and less-than-stellar faux accents.

All in all, this movie could have easily used a few more laughs and a bigger budget, but you gotta appreciate its spunk. If you're looking for a 'classic' like a 'Bring It On', 'American Pie' or 'Not Another Teen Movie', you might want to pass on this one. However, if you keep an open mind, you might just catch this movie poking fun at itself.


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