This was an influential movie, certainly on LJ, although I never finally saw it until fairly recently, after which I changed my hair colour. As good as this movie was, it was just a movie, and had flaws. And I determined that the writing partially ripped off the ff movies:
Never Been Kissed - starring Lou Barrymore
16 Candles - starring Molly Ringwald
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen - starring Lindsay Lohan
I don't mind when movies feed off of books - but when movies recycle other movies, the images and themes become redundant and predictable.