“You Again”
a review by Darby O’Gill

I know, it’s not the type of movie you would expect to find getting a good review at the Stash, but stranger things have happened. I also realize that You Again has been getting mostly horrendous reviews from all the other critics, but for some reason I don’t find myself completely agreeing with them. I’ve seen it twice, and have found it to be enjoyable each time. It might just be that I was in the right frame of mind when I went to see the movie, or maybe I just wasn’t expecting too much from it. The first time I went to see it, I went in thinking this is just going to be another Disney family-friendly movie that will most likely suck. But, when it was all said and done, I found myself thinking that it was more like that of the Disney movies I grew-up watching; and it was really nice to see a movie like that again. I grew-up watching all those great Wonderful World of Disney movies, like The Parent Trap, The Love Bug, The North Avenue Irregulars, Candleshoe, The Cat from Outer Space, and Freaky Friday. All of those movies are classics in their own right, but if you compared them to The Godfather or Citizen Kane, of course they would seem stupid and predicable. I feel like that’s what most critics are doing with You Again. I, on the other hand, want to see Disney make more movies like this. Enough with the High School Musicals and the Miley Hanna Cyrus Montana Denver omelet movies; let’s bring back the “Wonderful” to Disney movies.

Sure the storyline to You Again is sophomoric and highly predictable, but if you manage to check your uptight prude attitude at the door, it can also be kind of fun. The story centers around Marni (Kristen Bell), who was tortured all throughout high school by Joanna (Odette Yustman), and has grown-up, despite the torture, to be a successful P.R. agent. It’s not until Marni returns home for her older brother’s wedding, that she discovers the bride to be is none other than her old rival Joanna. This theme repeats itself throughout the film, over and over again, but that’s the whole point. Marni’s Mom, played by Jamie Lee Curtis… Yes, she took some time off from regulating her digestive system to make a movie. Don’t worry; I’m sure she’ll be back to her poop-yogurt in no time. Where was I? Oh, yeah! Marni’s Mom (Curtis) has her own high school rival to deal with when Sigourney Weaver shows up as Joanna’s wildly successful Aunt Ramona. This isn’t Schindler’s List people! I’m really finding it surprising that most critics are giving this movie such a hard time. It’s not one of my favorite movies of the year, but it’s also not Jonah Hex. Now that, was an abomination. You Again is just a nice little family movie, that kids can enjoy, and can remind adults of Disney’s golden years.