EW Staff
April 28, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

I’M THE ONE THAT I WANT Asian-American comedian Margaret Cho’s one-woman stage show — which was filmed for this big-screen presentation — has become a hit with audacious riffs on celebrity (after her 1994-95 ABC sitcom All-American Girl failed, Cho fell into depression, sexual promiscuity, and near-fatal substance abuse), dating (old flames include Quentin Tarantino), and family (a priceless imitation of her Korean mother flipping through a gay porno magazine). BOTTOM LINE She’s the one that we want. (Aug. 4)

SAVING GRACE Two-time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn (Secrets & Lies) stars as a proper British gardening enthusiast who turns her country estate into a pot plantation. Director Nigel Cole fashions a sprightly multi-generational yarn that aims to be reminiscent of both Waking Ned Devine and Four Weddings and a Funeral. BOTTOM LINE Picked up by Fine Line for $4 million, Saving Grace was this year’s priciest Sundance purchase. (Aug. 4)

THE TAO OF STEVE Partially based on the experiences of co-screenwriter and real-life lothario Duncan North, this comedy flick stars Donal Logue as an oversexed slob who beds babes between bong hits. BOTTOM LINE An audience fave at this year’s Sundance; keep an eye out for Logue’s winning performance as the slick-talking cool dude Dex, which landed him a Special Jury Prize for acting. (Aug. 4)

GODZILLA 2000 This is not (repeat: not) a sequel to Matthew Broderick’s 1998 20-story stinkeroo. (While Hollywood’s big-budget riff on the Lizard King wasn’t quite the fiscal sinkhole angry fan sites made it out to be, it hasn’t yet spawned a follow-up.) Instead, this 23rd installment in the Japanese-export saga is old-school ‘Zilla — right down to the campy outer-space foe, who wakes up after 6,000 years on the bottom of the ocean. BOTTOM LINE Hey, it’s already a blockbuster in Japan. (Aug. 11)

SAVE THE LAST DANCE Can’t we all just get along? That’s the message of this high school dance drama about a sheltered white ballerina (10 Things I Hate About You‘s Julia Stiles) who goes to live with her father in Chicago’s inner city after her mother dies. As the new kid in a mostly black school, Stiles doesn’t fit in until she crosses paths with an African-American student (Sean Patrick Thomas) who shares her love of dance. Can these kids find a connection? Take a wild guess. BOTTOM LINE Dirty Dancing minus Patrick Swayze. (Aug. 11)

BLOW DRY Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty) returns to his working-class, small-town roots. Roots as in pigmented filaments: The farce stars Alan Rickman as a fallen hotshot hairdresser bent on winning the coveted Silver Scissors at England’s National Hairdressing Championship. To ‘do so, he joins shear forces with his lesbian ex-wife (Natasha Richardson) and their apprentice-barber son (Here on Earth‘s Josh Hartnett). BOTTOM LINE Wait. Wasn’t last winter’s The Big Tease also a coif comedy? One more, and we’ve got ourselves a trend. (Aug. 18)

CHEER FEVER (working title) Kirsten Dunst (The Virgin Suicides) is a perky blond cheerleader who wants to lead her squad to a national title — bad. Gabrielle Union (She’s All That) is head of a rival, inner-city hip-hop squad that has a score to settle with their suburban counterparts. With Marc Abraham (Air Force One) producing, will the teen comedy’s catchphrase be ”Get off my pom-poms”? BOTTOM LINE Whoo-hoo! Catfight! Catfight! (Aug. 18)

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