Back to school is a time for breaking out the new textbooks, breaking in the new shoes . . . and inevitably, the back-to-school makeover.
Admit it: We all get caught up in the fantasy of gliding down the hallway on the first day of school, the breeze from the air conditioning whipping back our freshly cut hair, and our classmates blinded by our painfully bronze tans.
Luckily, there are others who have gone before us, at least on the silver screen. No matter what type of makeover you are looking for, there is a movie out there for you.
Since you haven't gotten homework yet, why not break out the popcorn, plop down on the couch, and take some notes? You may be in for a summer transformation of your own.
She's All That: Art Geek to Prom Queen
"What is this, some sort of dork outreach program?" —Laney Boggs
Have you been overlooked by your peers as vapor, spam, or a perfectly good waste of yearbook space? Or are you merely looking to snag the big man on campus you have been crushing on for years? If so, She's All That is the makeover movie for you.
Complete with an awesomely corny 90s soundtrack ("Kiss Me," anyone?), this film stars Freddie Prinze Jr. as an ultra jock and class president convinced he can turn any girl into prom queen. His friend bets him he can't, and the mousy, bespectacled Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook) becomes the target. As she undergoes her transformation, Freddie Prinze begins falling for her.
This movie shows that even the geekiest can shine with contact lenses and eyebrow plucking. But even more importantly, Laney becomes most attractive when she learns to have confidence in herself and open up to others.
Clueless: Stoner to Total Betty
"Do you prefer 'fashion victim' or 'ensembly challenged'?" —Cher Horowitz
Have you recently moved to a new school? Do you want to kick your self-destructive habits and improve your health, mind, and ability to use phrases like "As if!" in your everyday life? Then grab your pink feathery pen and take some notes from Clueless.
Alicia Silverstone plays Cher, a Beverly Hills teen who has it all: style, money, and friends. When Tai moves to town (Brittany Murphy's breakout role), Cher decides to help this grungy pot-smoker become the hot new (drug-free) girl.
Following Cher's gems of advice, such as "Sometimes you have to show a little skin. This reminds boys of being naked, and then they think of sex!" and her new vocabulary words of the day, you too can go from grunge to glam, bringing your own flavor and personality to a new school while learning to fit in with them as well.
Pretty Woman: Prostitute to High Society
"I want the fairy tale." —Vivian Ward
Do you consider boys an extracurricular activity? Do you want to open up a cynical heart and learn to settle down with just one guy? Or do you just love the fantasy of shopping on an open credit card?
In Pretty Woman, Vivian Ward (played by a young Julia Roberts) goes from poor hooker to classy love of wealthy lawyer Edward Lewis (Richard Gere).
With some Rodeo Drive shopping excursions and etiquette lessons, Vivian gains confidence in herself, and above all, the courage to believe that fairy tale endings can come true.
While these three films are fictional, they show that true makeovers really are possible, both on the outside and on the inside.