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Now that you've voted, let's remember something important: There is nothing more depressing than a movie that wants to convey the melodrama of high school and fails. I hate, hate, hate bad high school movies. Every time I watch one, it feels like a lazy distortion or an insult to my own high school memories, of which I'm very protective. Is it really that hard to write about high school as something more than a popularity contest? I'm asking you, the screenwriter of She's All That. Because I think of ages 14-18 as a time of great self-realization, self-definition, and fun. There are spurts of trauma too, but the idea that high schools are divided squarely into winners and losers is bizarre and dumb. One movie that gets it right is Election, Alexander Payne's 1999 satire that centers around a student council election, »

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