->''"Is that true? Am I a bet, am I a bet, [[PrecisionFStrike am I a FUCKING BET?!]]"''

A 1999 teen romantic-comedy starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Creator/RachaelLeighCook (in her first leading role). It's a HighSchool modernization of George Bernard Shaw's ''Pygmalion'', which is [[AdaptationDisplacement better known]] by the musical it spawned, ''Theatre/MyFairLady''.

Zack is the BigManOnCampus and has everything going for him: Hot girlfriend, his choice of university, school soccer star, student council president. When his girlfriend dumps him, Zack bets his friend Dean that he can replace her and make any girl in school prom queen in just six weeks. Dean takes that bet and selects Laney, a poor but clever art student, to be the object of Zack's experiment. Zack gets to work.

Laney is at first hostile to Zack's attempts to get close to her; she's odd but likes herself just the way she is. Eventually, though, Zack worms his way into her friends circle and convinces her to undergo a makeover. Just as the two are getting close, Dean decides he wants Laney for himself. He asks Laney to prom, and when she says no, he reveals that the only reason Zack got close to her was to win a bet. Heartbroken, Laney confronts Zack and shouts the now-infamous line: "Am I a bet? Am I a fucking bet?"

Although Laney vows not to attend prom, the night of Dean shows up at her house and offers to take her. At the dance, he brags to his friends about how he's going to sleep with her. A friend of Laney's overhears and reports it to Zack, who tries to stop the proposed carnality. Meanwhile, the Prom King and Queen are being announced. Who will be the winner? Will Zack stop Dean? Will he and Laney reunite? What do you think?

The movie was incredibly popular in its day and spawned a whole bunch of parodies; probably the best and best known is ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie''.

!!This movie provides example of:

* AlmostKiss: Zack and Laney, before Laney [[MomentKiller makes a joke about prom]].
* AlphaBitch: Taylor Vaughan. Emphasis on ''bitch''. Itís actually hinted in dialogue ''many'' times throughout the film that no one -- not even her own GirlPosse -- can abide her. Indeed, by the end of the movie many of her friends seem to be quite firmly on Laney's side.
* BadJobWorseUniform: Laney's falafel hat.
* BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults: In the men's room at prom, Dean boasts about his plan to score with Laney, unaware that Jesse is in a stall listening.
* TheBet: Prom variety; unusual in that [[spoiler:Zack actually loses the bet, although he does get the girl]].
* BeautifulAllAlong: One of the trope definers.
* BetaCouple: Jesse/Mac, though it's not really stated if they're actually attracted to each other or are JustFriends. Either way, [[MeetCute their first meeting is adorable]].
-->'''Jesse:''' Good song.
-->'''Jesse and Mac:''' (in unison) It's my favorite.
-->'''Jesse:''' I'm Jesse Jackson. I'm not a good dancer.
-->'''Mac:''' I'm Mac. I go to a school with 500 chicks.
* BigManOnCampus: Zack, initially. His popularity starts to slip after Taylor dumps him, but he still makes Prom King at the end of the film.
* BlackBestFriend: Preston for Zack and Katie for Taylor.
* BurgerFool: Laney has a job at some sort of fast food falafel place.
* CatapultNightmare: After Zack's bad dream
* DeadpanSnarker: Mac, though everyone gets at least a few snarky moments.
* DidYouActuallyBelieve: Taylor drops this on Zack when she reveals that she's leaving him for another guy rather than remaining a couple after graduation, then on Laney when Laney finds out she's [[spoiler: "just a bet" and not really ''popular'']]. Hilariously gets a taste of it herself though when the guy she left Zack for dumps her in order to not miss out on going back on The Real World. ''"You didn't think you were popular for real, did you? Oh you did, that's so sweet."''
* {{Dojikko}}: Laney.
--->'''Chandler:''' It's just... I've seen you in gym class and... you run like a girl.
--->'''Laney:''' I ''am'' a girl.
--->'''Chandler:''' Oh, you know what I mean.
* FaceDoodling: After she passes out, Laney makes good use of a mean girl's makeup bag.
* GirlinessUpgrade: Laney gets one after Mac gives her a makeover.
* TheGlassesGottaGo: One of the first steps in Laney's makeover is to take the glasses off
* GrandStaircaseEntrance: The entrance to the prom dance is a rather long and fancy spiraling staircase.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: See NakedPeopleAreFunny below.
* HighSchoolDance: The GrandFinale, complete with a (rather pointless) extended dancing scene.
* InformedPoverty: Laney is teased with comments like "Isn't your dad my pool man?", yet she lives in a very nice house. Cleaning pools must be a lucrative business in the area.
** Near the end of the film, her dad actually brings this fact up saying that people seem to think that he's of a lower class because he cleans pools, but he owns his own business and does have a nice house with its own pool and the neighbourhood looks like one that would have a lot of pools, so he probably does make a respectable amount of money. The comment was probably just meant to belittle Laney's father for having a blue collar job rather than imply he doesn't make much money from it.
* IronicEcho: Several variations on "Did you honestly think I'd _______? Oh, you did. That's so sweet."
* ItsAllAboutMe: Brock Hudson. Nothing says it better than getting a portrait tattoo of ''yourself.''
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Zach got into several Ivy League schools.
* JeopardyIntelligenceTest: Subverted; Laney's dad plays, but he gets all the answers wrong.
* JerkJock: Dean fits best, but Zack has his moments, too.
* KissDiss: The first sign Zack's about to get dumped is his girlfriend evades his kiss. Sort of mirrored later, when Zack leaves Laney hanging in an AlmostKiss.
* LadyInRed: Taylor and Laney at Preston's WildTeenParty.
* LiarRevealed
* TheMakeover: Laney gets one courtesy of prodding from Zack and the actual makeover from Mac, leading to her GirlinessUpgrade.
* MaleGaze: Used hilariously doing a beach volleyball match.
* MeaningfulName: Laney is named after two WinonaRyder characters -- Lelaina Pierce from ''Film/RealityBites'', and Kim Boggs from ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''. Also, her first name is one consonant away from [[Theatre/MyFairLady "Lady"]].
* MissingMom
* MomentKiller: Laney does this to herself ''twice'': When she trips on the stairs, and when she makes a joke before she and Zack kiss.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: [[spoiler: Turns out that losing the bet meant Zack had to show up for graduation wearing nothing but his graduation cap and a volleyball for some HandOrObjectUnderwear. He ditches the volleyball (offscreen, with it landing in Laney's hands for a ReactionShot) upon going on stage.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Insufferable ''[[Series/TheRealWorld Real World]]'' cast member Brock Hudson is not in any way related to Puck Rainey.
* PrecisionFStrike: With the camera turned away (for ease of editing for network TV), Laney uses the PG-13-rated movie's single alloted F-bomb to glorious effect.
* PygmalionPlot: Basically a SettingUpdate of the TropeNamer.
* TheReveal: The famous "walking down the staircase" scene.
* SettingUpdate: Of the PygmalionPlot.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''The Real World'' (although that's actually a real show).
* SteelEarDrums: Averted, and the aversion played for laughs. When [[spoiler: Dean]] doesn't take no for an answer, it is later revealed that Laney unloaded a foghorn in his ear. When his name is called at graduation, he replies with a "'''[[NoIndoorVoice WHAT?!]]'''"
* StockParody: After 1999, "Girl descends the stairs after getting a makeover" became one of these. (Both ''NotAnotherTeenMovie'' and ''CloneHigh'' did it.) [[OlderThanTheyThink Though it was done first in]] ''{{Literature/Rebecca}}''.
* ThirdActMisunderstanding
* TitleDrop: During the prom rap scene.
* TomboyishName: Mac has one. She's also probably the least girly of the three girls in the film, between herself, Laney, and Taylor.
* TomboyishPonytail: Laney sports one prior to her GirlinessUpgrade.
* WildTeenParty: Preston's bash when his parents are out.