It's well acted, but somewhat cheesy plot. What elevates it beyond the other teen movies of the time was the performances. What I really appreciated was the commentary by the cast and crew which was not long after Heather Ledger's death. The commenatary was more interesting than the movie itself. Larissa Oleynik was great, but for some reason never really hit it big. It's only an above average movie, but is far superior than any of those crummy teen movies from the late 90s-early 2000s.