2 Movies Like Anyone But You (2023)

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After being blindsided by the trailer, it’s no wonder the newest Mean Girls shocked cinema viewers who were just expecting a rehashed version of the original, rather than a film version of the Broadway musical hit. This version misses some moments, like the iconic four-way phone call, and some of the numbers were staged quite strangely, but all-in-all, this film was not that bad. It still captures the core of the original, making the message of being one’s self more clearer, while making some updates to better match its new and younger audience. Mean Girls might still be trying to make fetch happen, but it’s still fun enough to watch, especially with its talented cast.

Genre: Comedy

Actor: Allison Winn, Angourie Rice, Ashley Park, Auli'i Cravalho, Avantika, Bebe Wood, Ben Wang, Brian Altemus, Busy Philipps, Christopher Briney, Connor Ratliff, Gabriella Cila, Jaquel Spivey, Jazz Jennings, Jenna Fischer, Jon Hamm, Lindsay Lohan, Mahi Alam, Megan Thee Stallion, Nia Sioux, Reneé Rapp, Sofia Dobrushin, Tim Meadows, Tina Fey, Vanessa Merrell, Veronica Merrell-Burriss

Director: Arturo Perez Jr., Samantha Jayne

Rating: PG-13

After a strong first act that has lots of fun playing with fake identities donned by its characters (and with a particularly entertaining supporting turn from Bill Nighy), Role Play slows down significantly and only ends up spinning its wheels. In its attempt to inject some more drama into the central relationship between Anna (who goes by Emma with her family) and Dave, the film articulates itself awkwardly, overemphasizes the obvious, and loses precious time for the plot develop in interesting ways. By the third act, Role Play practically teleports itself into entirely new circumstances, where the emotional stakes are neither high enough or clear enough to begin with.

Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance

Actor: Angus McGruther, Bill Nighy, Connie Nielsen, Cornell Adams, David Oyelowo, Dominic Holmes, Jade-Eleena Dregorius, Jonathan Failla, Julia Schunevitsch, Kaley Cuoco, Lucia Aliu, Moritz Berg, Rudi Dharmalingam, Simon Delaney, Sonita Henry, Stacy Thunes, Steffen Jung, Stephanie Levi-John

Director: Thomas Vincent

Rating: R