Lola, an egocentric teenager, feels that her life is simply not worth living when she moves away from New York City with her family. Losing every thing she loves and treasures, she is plunked down in New Jersey--what she believes to be a "cultural wasteland." How will this New York doll ever make it as a Jersey girl? Thrust into a suburban high school and determined to upset the established order, Lola sets out on a mission. Convinced that only she deserves to be the most popular girl in the school, Lola competes with another girl who is equally snobby, and who also believes that the school should revolve around her.
Tweeners — that audience of adolescent girls caught between Nickelodeon and MTV — are the demographic target of this Walt Disney production starring the apple-cheeked Lindsay Lohan. A proudly bohemian resident of Greenwich Village, Ms. Lohan's Lola is uprooted from Manhattan and transplanted to a prosperous suburb in New Jersey, when her potter mom (the enduring Glenne Headly) decides she's had enough of the big city. Used to being the center of attention, with her swirling outfits, honey blond hair and flair for self-dramatization (she dreams of becoming an actress), Lola is astonished to find herself the odd girl out at her new school, dominated by uptight preppies led by the imperious Carla (Megan Fox). "Confessions" was directed by the British filmmaker Sara Sugarman ("Very Annie Mary"), which may explain why its New Jersey looks more like Beverly Hills than North Caldwell, and seems to function on a similar cultural basis, grounded in conspicuous consumption and the pursuit of celebrity (of course, it's also the kind of New Jersey you reach by taking a train from Grand Central). — Dave Kehr
2004-02-20 | Dave Kehr | Read the New York Times Review of Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen