Deep in the heart of Texas, Starla Grady (McGregor), belle of Splendona high, is proud never to have crossed the state line. With a beauty pageant title at stake, however, she agrees to host a French exchange student, 'in the spirit of global warming'. The catch is that Genevieve LePlouff (Perabo) is concealing devious intentions beneath her beret, not to mention a quiver-load of double entendres. Jolly xenophobia remains a Hollywood staple, but this comedy is notable for taking most of its digs at American dumb insularity. 'Drowned in the river Seine,' responds a classmate to one of Genevieve's sob stories. 'That's, like, sooo Titanic!' McGregor has a talent for camp comedy, looking quite unhinged from the start and supplying the voice-over narration in an appropriately nasal twang, but on the whole this is very standard fare.
Cast and crew
Lamar Damon, Robert Lee King
Piper Perabo Jane McGregor Trent Ford Julie White Brandon Smith Jesse James Nicki Aycox Alexandra Adi Matt Czuchry Michael McKean