The film was atrocious on it’s own shallow merits and the acting didn’t go beyond banal caricatures of cutesy sexiness to garner mass appeal. Shallow not in the topic but in plot, character development and editing. And who knows the difference between a French and otherwise non French boo – exactly. The popular French press gave it good reviews along with some bad. Sofia and Dunst came out and did some spin before the American opening to declare that the French were against it, so people of the world (many who have been the victim of French ridicule) would rally for the film as they did. It’s a smart tactic which worked on the gullible or the not so critical reviewers or the masses. It wasn’t even a hip adaptation. What was adapted? It’s a flimsy boring film.
I thought it was boring and trite. It tries so hard to be cool, but it’s just tedious. Kirsten vainly attempts to come off as winsome and innocent and provocatively sexy but that one trick that she plays in every movie gets phoney and tiresome after a few moments of trying too hard that vulnerable engenue act doesn’t fly. I at least expected hip, fun, entertaining, but my friend just got angry at me for taking him along to watch “the worst movie” he has ever seen – and he likes fashion and music. Just wasn’t enough. Dunst is no queen and no actress!