Slap Her... She's French

Slap Her... She's French is a 2002 teen comedy film directed by Melanie Mayron and starring Piper Perabo and Jane McGregor.[2] In the United States, the film premiered on ABC Family on January 9, 2005, under the title She Gets What She Wants.[3][4]

Slap Her... She's French
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMelanie Mayron
Written by
  • Lamar Damon
  • Robert Lee King
Produced by
CinematographyCharles Minsky
Edited byMarshall Harvey
Music byDavid Michael Frank
Distributed by
Release date
  • February 7, 2002 (2002-02-07) (Germany)
  • October 18, 2002 (2002-10-18) (United Kingdom)
  • January 9, 2005 (2005-01-09) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
Box office$1.7 million[1]


High school student Starla Grady is the popular head cheerleader and pageant queen of the small town of Splendora, Texas, who aspires to be a news anchorwoman. She hosts a French exchange student, an orphan named Genevieve Le Plouff. The seemingly shy and harmless Genevieve is immediately in awe of Starla's beauty and popularity. However, after winning the affections of Starla's parents, friends, and boyfriend Kyle, Genevieve soon begins to take over Starla's life.

When Starla is forced to quit the cheerleading squad after receiving a failing grade in French, Genevieve moves in to take her place, and then the roles are reversed. Soon, Genevieve is the popular head cheerleader, and Starla is the unpopular student. Genevieve also replaces Starla in the News Anchor Competition, and, framed by Genevieve, Starla is arrested for possessing a knife and getting high on mushrooms. She is then bailed out of jail by her younger brother Randolph and her classmate Ed Mitchell. Starla eventually learns that Genevieve was, in fact, a former elementary school classmate named Clarissa Fogelsey, whom Starla had embarrassed so badly that she felt compelled to move to France and has returned in disguise to exact revenge on Starla.

With her charade exposed, Genevieve leaves town in disgrace and Starla reclaims her status in school and town. Although Starla never achieved her goals of becoming a reporter or obtaining a college scholarship, she now feels that she is a changed person. She also begins a relationship with Ed after breaking up with Kyle. Meanwhile, Genevieve, posing as Starla, is welcomed by her new adoptive French family upon her arrival in Paris.



The film was written by Lamar Damon and Robert Lee King, with a rewrite by Alan Ball.[5]

Melanie Mayron replaced director Evan Dunsky 10 days into shooting.[6] It was filmed in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, in 2001.


On Rotten Tomatoes, Slap Her... She's French has an approval rating of 36%, based on 25 reviews, with an average rating of 4.8/10.[7] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 44 out of 100, based on 4 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[8]

Derek Elley of Variety wrote: "Scripters Robert Lee King and Lamar Damon leave no national cliché or double entendre unturned in this good-looking but relentlessly lowbrow outing which plays like 'Clueless Does South Fork' with a side order of garlic."[9]


  1. ^ "Slap her... She's French (2002)". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ "Slap Her ... She's French (Region 2)". Amazon. Retrieved January 5, 2009.
  3. ^ Beierle, Aaron (April 4, 2005). "She Gets What She Wants". DVD Talk. Retrieved September 18, 2021.
  4. ^ "Development Update: December 9–10". The Futon Critic. December 10, 2004. Retrieved September 18, 2021.
  5. ^ Harris, Dana (October 18, 2000). "Constantin, Intermedia pact for pix". Variety.
  6. ^ Amy Longsdorf. "Robin Williams tries to blend into "Photo' background". Archived from the original on September 5, 2019. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  7. ^ "She Gets What She Wants (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Slap Her... She's French at Metacritic; Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Elley, Derek (July 28, 2002). "Slap Her, She's French!". Variety.

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