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:: Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen

Lola Cep (Lindsay Lohan) feels that life is not worth living, when her mother, Karen (Glenne Headly) moves Lola and her two young sisters from New York City to suburban New Jersey. Lola wants to be an actress and feels a move to this ‘cultural wasteland’ will ruin her life and destroy her dream. Lola manages to make a friend on her first day of school but finds she has her work cut out for her standing up to the designer-label clad queen bitch, Carla (Megan Fox). Just when life couldn’t get any worse, Lola’s favourite rock band are about to split up, an episode that will rival the never ending anguish of what to wear and become one of the major dramas in her life.

For a vacuous teen flick, this film isn’t too bad. After all, it deals with issues that are paramount to those inhabiting this demographic, not the tortured world of grownups worrying about electricity bills and car insurance. Clothes, music, and the idolisation of the drunken rock star as poet are all that matter here. There’s also the question of whether to obey or disobey parents and teachers. Lola is an eminently likeable heroine of sorts, who has an impact on those around her. However, Lola’s penchant for exaggeration (she believes made up stories make her sound more interesting) sees her become like the boy who cried wolf, when she tells her friend Ella (Alison Pill) that her father has been killed. When her father appears, alive and well, Ella lets Lola know that she has gone too far. Is it any wonder that when Lo la attends the back stage party of her rock idol, Stu Wolf (Adam Garcia) no one at school believes her.

One of the best things about this film is that it allows the characters to simply be teenagers and make mistakes with what they say, wear and do. They make the kids from Dawson’s Creek look middle aged. The film is great to look at (the title sequence has some great aerial shots of New York) and the added use of animation and visual effects give the film a subtle fairy tale feel. The characters are good, although a little stereotyped, but the film weathers this sufficiently well. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen should amuse those for whom it is intended.

Screening on general release.