Directed by: Will Gluck
Written by: Bert V. Royal
Starring: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Hayden Church, and Patricia Clarkson
There’s a moment in this John Hughes-wannabe that actually lives up to its intentions. Daughter (Emma Stone) and mother (Patricia Clarkson) sit on a car overlooking their valley, comparing high school reputations and laughing while the world around them sleeps. It’s an evolution of the Hughes parent-child relationship. For a moment, they understand each other. The rest, unfortunately, is far behind.