SHE'S ALL THAT
About The Production
Principal photography for "SHE'S ALL THAT" began August 6, 1998 and wrapped eight weeks later
Principal photography for "SHE'S ALL
THAT" began August 6, 1998 and wrapped eight weeks later.
The film used a wide variety of Los Angeles area locations to
evoke the Southern California good life, including mansions in
Malibu and Bel Air, a quiet cove at Leo Carrillo State Beach,
the high-tech Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and a boutique-laden
stretch of Melrose Avenue. Torrance High School became the fictitious
Harrison High, and a comfortable neighborhood in nearby Redondo
Beach was home to the less affluent Boggs family.
Although the story is set in L.A.'s exclusive Pacific Palisades,
the world of "SHE'S ALL THAT" exists in many places.
"This could have been my high school," said actor Dule
Hill, who grew up on the East Coast and plays Zack's friend Preston.
"When I read the script, I knew all the characters, down
to the freshman girl who says, 'He spoke to me!' after Zack walks
While its attitude is completely up-to-the-minute, "SHE'S
ALL THAT" actually reflects the classic romantic ideals of
Pygmalion and Cinderella. "We tried to create
something that resonates whether you're 14, 40 or 80, wherever
you happen to live," said Director Robert Iscove. "Everyone
has been picked on, everyone has felt like an outsider, and everyone
wants you to love them for who they are and to see past the facade
they present to the rest of the world."
The film's humor is rooted in its language. "Lee Fleming
has a very unique voice," Iscove observed. "It feels
very contemporary because you haven't heard it before. Adults
tend to think it's the way kids speak, kids think it must be the
way surfers or people in L.A. speak. But it's Lee's particular
take on these kids and what they do and how they sound."
Rachael Leigh Cook, the first actor cast in "SHE'S ALL THAT,
was seduced by the script's humor. "Very few things make
you laugh out loud when you're by yourself. But when I read the
script, I was laughing my head off in the middle of the night
all alone," she recalled. "I just wanted to grab someone
and say, 'This is really funny! I want to do this!'
"It's such a big, diverse group of characters," Cook
continued, "and Lee separated them really well. Even in the
group of Taylor's flunkies, they're all people unto themselves
with their own stories going on."
The humor worked on the set as well as on the page. "There
were so many moments we had to cut and start again because I was
laughing so hard," said Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, who delivers some
of the film's best lines as the outrageously selfish Taylor Vaughan.
For Anna Paquin, who plays Zack's sister Mack, the script's darker
notes also rang true. "This movie doesn't pretend that things
are fun all the time," said the young actress. "Some
of it's a bit sad because that's the reality of life. You can
imagine real people stewing in these situations."
Laney's artwork, mixed media collages created by Venice artist
Terrell Moore, also contrasts with the film's humor. She's determinedly
serious in expressing views on world conditions from a 17-year-old's
Iscove worked hard to balance the script's humor and romanticism.
"A lot of the teen films I've read are very one-level,"
he said. "'But in the best high school movies, especially
the early John Hughes movies like 'Pretty in Pink', 'Sixteen Candles'
or 'The Breakfast Club', the
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