Pic’s greatest pleasures arise out of the deep-seated and amusingly caricatured rivalry between retro-busybody Terra (Amy Kelly) and raging hard-nosed bitch Cherry (Brooke Balderson); both roles would have been a nice fit for the young Divine. Thesping is awkward to utilitarian, with occasional sparks, but everybody looks their part. Although deliberate displays of poor taste are all in good fun, sequence in which Cherry opens sniper fire on the school yard is queasy-making in light of recent senseless school-yard killings.
A few too many lazy speeches about “changing things” and “making a difference” artificially slow down the action, and a decadent the-folks-are-away party, complete with artistic topless gyrating in the hot tub, feels tacked on in the middle. But overall, a lot of incidents on display here will have a nostalgic wish-fulfillment component for anyone — popular or unpopular — who ever went to high school.