Senior Year

Director: Alex Hardcastle
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 2.5

Teenager Stephanie Conway (Angourie Rice) - an Aussie living in the States - "wills" herself to be popular and dreams of a life of prosperity with boyfriend Blaine (Tyler Barnhardt), but a cheerleading stunt-gone-wrong leaves her in a coma; twenty years later she - here played by Rebel Wilson - wakes up in a very different world and still has the same (banal) aspiration: become prom queen.  For a throwaway rom-com it does speak to a major generational divide and how the world has changed in that passage of time: Steph realizes there are words that are no longer "acceptable" and there's been a shift between competition to an age of "inclusivity" (which, looking back, makes the 90's feel even weirder) ... but also takes (appropriate) shots at the younger crowd for their self-righteousness and pretentiousness.  Another interesting point is how even in adulthood, old grudges and desires never really leave - they just get repressed - and it "outs" school principal Martha (Mary Holland) in a surprisingly touching scene (she talks about never really feeling like she "belonged" as a kid).  It's more entertaining than it has any right to be but, in keeping with the times, has to resort to a TikTok dance to end it.  Oh, the things we must endure....