Senior Year: Directed by Alex Hardcastle. With Rebel Wilson, Angourie Rice, Mary Holland, Molly Brown. A cheerleading stunt gone wrong landed her in a 20-year coma. Now she’s 37, newly awake and ready to live out her high school dream: becoming prom queen.
This is the first role that I’ve seen Rebel Wilson in since she lost all that weight (80 pounds!) and you’ll be happy to know that her brand of humor still hits exactly the way it did before, so if you liked her before, you’ll still like her. It’s just a bit weird that now she’s playing “hot girl” roles, of which is is a novel way of getting her to play the “hot high school cheerleader” role while being over 40 years old. There’s a few that come to mind like “Jack“, “Billy Madison“, or “Never Been Kissed“, but this is the first to my knowledge with the conceit of having the character in a coma for 20 years, then have her pop right back into life like nothing had happened, which to be honest feels like a role hand made for Rebel Wilson.
It’s a fun movie that never takes itself too seriously. I’ve never been a huge fan of Rebel’s style of humor, but she does a great job at trying to convince me to keep giving her chances.