• Publication date: March 15, 2010

From Popular to Pass� A Cheerleader�s French Friend Turns Fearsome Foe

Starla Grady (Jane McGregor) is not the smartest girl in her school, but by most accounts she is the most beautiful and popular. As head of the cheerleading squad Starla must maintain a passing grade in her French class, or else lose her position on the team.

Starla Grady (Jane McGregor) is not the smartest girl in her school, but by most accounts she is the most beautiful and popular. As head of the cheerleading squad Starla must maintain a passing grade in her French class, or else lose her position on the team.

When not cheering, Starla participates in local beauty pageants. This is where her troubles begin. Given that the beauty queen is not so well endowed in the intellectual department, she intends to answer each judge�s question by somehow relating it to God � knowing that this would appeal to both the religious judges and her Texan audience.

The plan backfires however when another participant has the same idea, and uses it before Starla has a chance. In order to one up her competition, Starla claims that her family hosts an orphaned French exchange student; to make this statement true, she must actually acquire and host a French exchange student.

In a short period of time a very stereotypically French girl arrives named Piper Perabo (Genevieve LePlouff). Piper is, at first, the complete opposite of her host: intelligent, unpopular, and unfashionable. Yet it doesn�t take long for the Parisian to assimilate at school, and soon she overthrows Starla as the school�s most popular girl.

Still, Starla is undisturbed: she remains a star cheerleader and the boys� delight. She is also receiving one-to-one French tutoring from Piper. Despite this advantage Starla somehow fails her French exam, and is forced to leave the cheerleading squad. Step by step the former geek begins to manipulate Starla�s friends, teachers, and parents and slowly destroys her reputation.

Fortunately, Starla discovers Piper�s plans and begins to fight back. Will she be able to redeem herself after a complete fall from grace?

�Slap Her... She's French� (2002) is rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, drug content and language. Its runtime is 92 minutes.