Mel Brooks did it first. Jerry Zucker was next, while Jim Abrahams and the Wayans Brothers were soon to follow. What did these directors do?these masters of the big screen?these heroes? They parodied. They satired. They even spoofed. It is true. The Western genre, the police detective premise, sci-fi flicks and horror movies have been mocked and mutilated by these great men. Now it is time for the overused, oversexed, oversimplified, geek-to-sleek prom makeover and ditsy cheerleader-filled teen films to be poked and prodded. However, novice director Joel Gallen, whose sole claim to fame was being executive producer of the unfunny flop Zoolander
, did not rise to the occasion. Sure, there are clever references to Grease
, Pretty in Pink
and American Beauty
as a naked foreign exchange student named Areola, a drunken trailer-trash father and teen stereotypes mock their own conventions. But overall, the film feels scattered.