From a previous post in regards to how this film is an inspiration for future journalists in the years to follow, for this post I will discuss a few details regarding Josie’s story from the beginning and how in the end, she wrote about her experience as an undercover reporter posing as a high school student. Not to mention but the changes she underwent during her time as a nerd to becoming popular with the mean girls and how her prom speech and advice column changed everyone’s perspectives from biased to unbiased.
When Drew Barrymore’s character spoke about her advice column that she “lived a lifetime of regrets,” it means that she missed many opportunities to socialize because she focused on her school grades too often and she was very timid. At the beginning of the film, we see how much her so-called prom “date” treated her and how she carried that fear of going to prom again because of the egg toss encounter she endured years before. When she had a second chance to go back to high school and find herself in a position that she would have never imagined, she toughened up and eventually wound up popular with the mean girls. When she noticed how the mean girls were ready to toss dog food at her friend, she prevented it by knocking it out of their hands which came back down and ruined their prom costumes for the night. When she gave her speech, the entire room was silent where she gave advice in regards to how there’s so much more to life than living in a high school bubble where you will only be there for a short amount of time and you will change as a person when you grow older. The most important detail is how you should treat nerds with kindness because one day, they might end up as your boss who will ride your tail for life due to the treatment they received from you in high school. Never underestimate nerds because they are the shining light of bringing success into this world.
However, when she agreed to do this assignment, she wasn’t expecting to search for love at first sight. She was to report her experience as a high school student, publish what she learned from it and eventually, the plot twist occurred when her boss asked her to write a report in regards to how close is too close for a student and teacher to form a relationship from the ground up. When she explained her assignment in the prom speech, the teacher was heart-broken and walked outside for a fresh breath of air until he found out that she was writing a report on him which consisted them forming a student-teacher relationship. He walked off with disappointment and disgusted because he went through time and effort to send a recommendation letter to Dartmouth College. After he read Josie’s advice column where she spoke about her experience as well as apologizing and letting him know that she loved him, she proposed to sit at the pitcher’s mound for five minutes with a huge crowd of high school students and coworkers surrounding her in the bleachers until he shows up and she has her first kiss.
Little did she know how much of an influence she became to everyone at the high school and to her coworkers because she ensured to everyone that no matter how much she messed up, she was an undercover reporter who wanted a second chance to experience high school differently and to give everyone as well as herself a huge reality check before everything becomes a big mess that will have to be cleaned up from the floor up.
Her prom speech and advice column gives you a hint of who she was and how going back to high school for the second time changed her for the better. Regardless of how the situation became messy from the middle to the end, she stood her ground and was determined to get her story one or another. She stooped low but not as low as “journalists” are these days where they will slander anyone just to receive attention and blame someone else for their messy and poor reporting.