Release Year: 2004
Directed By: Joe Nussbaum
Starring: Alexa Vega, Sara Paxton, Mika Boorem, Scout Taylor-Compton, Kallie Flynn Childress, Sean Faris, Steve Carell, Sam Huntington, Jane Lynch, Jeff Garlin, Evan Peters, Brie Larson, Johnny Sneed, Ryan Slattery, Katija Pevec, Eileen April Boylan, Thad Luckinbill, Alice Greczyn, Shane Hunter, Hunter Parrish, Douglas Smith, Max Van Ville, Summe Glau
Release Date: Sunday, March 1
Good luck explaining the Polaroid-esque photo strips on the poster for Sleepover to any member of Gen Z. In fact, good luck explaining most aspects of the 2004 teen comedy to any teenagers today. Sleepover might be one of the biggest time capsules of a movie coming to Netflix this March, from the cast members that had yet to hit it big to, well, just about everything else. If you’re in the mood for a good walk down memory lane, watch Sleepover and relive the glory days.
Alexa Vega, then of Spy Kids fame, stars in Sleepover as budding high school freshman Julie Corky, who celebrates the summer before starting high school by throwing a slumber party with three of her closest friends, Hannah (Mika Boorem), Yancy (Kallie Flynn Childress) and Farrah (Scout Taylor-Compton). Julie and her friends resolve to take advantage of the night to rebrand their “nerdy reputations” and find themselves competing in a scavenger hunt with the popular girls. In order to win the hunt, Julie must steal a car and a boy’s underwear and sneak into a nightclub… No pressure.
Sleepover comes from director Joe Nussbaum, who also directed two other fan-favorite teen comedies, Sydney White and Prom. The film struggled to keep up with the hit teen movies of the era, hitting a meager 15% on Rotten Tomatoes and bringing in just over $10 million worldwide against a budget of $10 million. Still, fans look back on Sleepover with fondness, and the film features a cast full of familiar faces. Travel back to 2004 when Sleepover arrives on March 1.