1. Why would Julie want an asshole at her sleepover?
2. How safe is Datesafe.com?
3. What's with all the illegal driving?
4. Whose idea was it to leave Yancy alone in the alley?
5. Couldn't Staci & Liz go back on their deal?
6. Who let the ginger open her mouth?
Things are looking up! We made it into the dance, we’re going to get the crown, but then we let the ginger open her mouth. The ginger, otherwise known as Farrah (because I doubt her name is mentioned more than once in the movie), has been a silent follower and support to Team Julie: she’s pretty good at makeup, fixed the red dress with a few tears, and found a plug to charge the little green car. Everyone’s usefulness has to peak at some point, right? Then, she finally blabs to Yancey that she was Staci’s replacement to hit the four girl quota. In what world is that okay to say to anyone? It doesn’t even seem like there’s a reconciliation from those events later on in the movie. Will those words loom over Yancey’s mind and friendship with the girls for years to come? Farrah, you were the silent support of the team, stay that way in the future.
7. What's with Julie's speech?
We’re now in the home stretch with a new challenge to get into the dance and take the crown. Only one little problem: how do we get into the dance? Bribery? Threats? Force? Julie decided to settle on a nice insulting speech to get past the ticket taker.
“I know who you are.”
“You’re out here collecting tickets instead of being inside at the dance. You spend your weekends doing extra-credit algebra, you play way too much Monopoly with your parents, and you’ve never eaten anywhere near the fountain. And in four years, I will be you unless I get into that dance.”
Even the ginger isn't convinced it will work. Julie’s somewhat-shady reading of this girl could be completely off. What’s so wrong about this girl that Julie wouldn’t want to become her? She could be class president, she could have a boyfriend who’s waiting for her half hour ticket shift to end, she could be anything, and yet Julie writes her off as a dweeby senior with no hope for the future. If any teeny bopper tried to roll into my dance with this speech I’d send them back home to their frozen bras and deep fried Twinkies.
8. Julie and Steve
Finally, a semi-disturbing aspect of Sleepover is the age gap between the main romantic coupling of Julie Corky and Steve Phillips. Although their ages aren’t explicitly discussed in the movie, we know Julie is an incoming freshman while Steve is an outgoing senior. That puts their ages around 14 and 18. While four years is not a huge deal in your 20s and beyond, it’s a rather large gap in high school land. There’s no doubt that a love can be kindled between a freshman and a senior, but there is something off about the way Steve surveyed Julie in the yearbook. While staring at an innocent school head shot (that looks like it’s from Alexa Vega’s Spy Kids years), he utters the phrase: “She grew up nice.” Steve may be thinking of the skateboarding girl in the red dress at the time, but the back to back shots and “She grew up nice” sentence gives it a creepy vibe. Let’s also be real here, Steve is leaving for college soon. We’d all like to believe the love between the girl with the lopsided crown and the high school prince will last. But, is he really going to hang onto his high school jailbait when half of the female freshman population at whatever state school he’s going to is barking up his tree?