Class Rank 2017
Not Rated | 1h 48min | Comedy, Family, Romance | 11 May 2018 (USA)
Olivia Holt, Skyler Gisondo, Kathleen Chalfant, Kristin Chenoweth and Bruce Dern star in this quirky teen comedy about placement, politics and finding your voice. The only thing holding Veronica (Holt) back from her dream of attending Yale is her #2 high-school class ranking. So when she devises a plan to elect fellow teen Bernard (Gisondo) to the local school board and abolish the ranking system, their unorthodox efforts inspire everyone around them to see life and love in a whole new light.
Veronica Krauss (Olivia Holt) is an uptight, overachieving high school student who lives with her divorced mom Janet (Kristin Chenoweth) in Livingston, New Jersey. She is horrified to be ranked second in her class with her chances at Yale diminishing. She appeals to the school board to abandon class ranking and is rejected. Her final option is to get the equally awkward classmate Bernard Flannigan (Skyler Gisondo) elected to the school board. Bernard has been going to the board meetings since his late grandmother sat as a member. He’s an orphan living with his grandfather Oswald Flannigan (Bruce Dern).
The plot is a familiar high school outsider rom-com. Both characters are dorky overachieving loners. Skyler fits the role well but Olivia cannot help her pageant beauty looks. She can’t escape the cheerleader trope. They fail to even darken and grease up her hair or simply put on a pair of bottle rim glasses. It’s telling that she asks, “Who’s the prettiest in class?” The question is tinged with a sense of vanity. It would be more poignant if she asks, “Am I pretty?” but that’s a given for her. Anybody with eyes can see that she’s pretty. Honestly, the boys would have asked her out over the years at school. This is a troubling oversight by actor turned director Eric Stoltz. He’s seen enough to know the high school tropes. It’s not like this is trying to break out of the genre. Maybe she could be compared to Tracy Flick in Election but Tracy would never ask if she’s pretty. They should either pick another actress or deal with her beauty in the script. I do like calling them Virgin-ica and Barf-nard. There is some fun and some charm to the kids. That helps to give this movie some appeal but this is no classic.
Director: Eric Stoltz
Writer: Benjamin August
Stars: Olivia Holt, Skyler Gisondo, Eric Stoltz
Release Date: 11 May 2018 (USA)
Also Known As: Class Rank
Filming Locations: Pineville, LA, USA