Popular and tenacious high school girl passing herself off as a boy at a rival campus serves as a deceptive cover for this comedy that’s really about what it’s like to be an outsider in the rigid teenage caste system.
Joyce Hyser, affecting a lower register, a short haircut, and a subtle swagger, is not totally convincing as a boy because she’s too pretty and too chic.
The scenario sets up the motivation for Hyser to act a boy when she becomes convinced that she lost a chance to win a summer intern job on the local daily newspaper because her journalism teacher considered her another pretty face instead of an intelligent writer.
But this feminist point is then abandoned when her new teacher makes it clear she lost the job because her contest entry was boring. You guessed it: she writes about what it’s like to be a girl playing a boy in high school locker rooms, etc.
Key male part of quiet outsider whom Hyser brings to life is essayed by another film newcomer, Clayton Rohner, but Rohner looks too old to be a high school kid.