Slap Her... She's French

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Slap Her... She's French
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMelanie Mayron
Produced by
Written by
  • Lamar Damon
  • Robert Lee King
Music byDavid Michael Frank
CinematographyCharles Minsky
Edited byMarshall Harvey
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) (ABC Family)
Running time
92 minutes
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
Box office$1.7 million[1]

Slap Her… She's French (shown in the United States as She Gets What She Wants), is a 2002 teen comedy film directed by Melanie Mayron and starring Piper Perabo.[2]


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 foreign exchange student, an orphan named Genevieve Le Plouff. After winning the affections of Starla's parents, friends, and boyfriend, 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 takes Starla's place 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 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 much that she felt compelled to move to France and has come back in disguise to get 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 ambition of becoming a reporter nor getting a college scholarship, she now feels that she is a changed person. Meanwhile, Genevieve, posing as Starla, is welcomed by her new adoptive French family upon her arrival in Paris.


  • Jane McGregor as Starla Grady
  • Piper Perabo as Genevieve LePlouff/Clarissa Fogelsey
  • Trent Ford as Ed Mitchell
  • Alexandra Adi as Ashley Lopez
  • Nicki Aycox as Tanner Jennings
  • Jesse James as Randolph Grady
  • Julie White as Bootsie Grady
  • Brandon Smith as Arnie Grady
  • Matt Czuchry as Kyle Fuller
  • Christen Coppen as Doreen Gilmore
  • Haley Ramm as young Starla Grady (uncredited)
  • Amy Bradford as French airplane passenger (uncredited)
  • Ashley Blake as Megan
  • Laura Halvorson as Beef Band fiddle player


The film was written by Lamar Damon and Robert Lee King, with a rewrite by Alan Ball.[3]

Melanie Mayron replaced director Evan Dunsky 10 days into shooting.[4] 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.[5] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 44 out of 100, based on 4 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[6]

Derek Elley of Variety wrote: "Scripters Robert Lee King and Lamar Damon leave no national cliche 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."[7]


  1. ^ "Slap her... She's French (2002)". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ "Slap Her ... She's French (Region 2)". Retrieved 2009-01-05.
  3. ^ Harris, Dana (18 October 2000). "Constantin, Intermedia pact for pix". Variety.
  4. ^ Amy Longsdorf. "Robin Williams tries to blend into "Photo' background". Archived from the original on 2019-09-05. Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  5. ^ "She Gets What She Wants (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Slap Her... She's French at Metacritic; Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Elley, Derek (28 July 2002). "Slap Her, She's French!". Variety.

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