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Saturday, October 25, 2014
Oceanside student reviews ‘Spider-Man 2’ for Sony
Courtesy Sandy Kenyon
Oceanside’s Jackie Xerri, right, with ‘Spider-Man 2’s’ Emma Stone.

Amid the hoopla surrounding the release of the blockbuster “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” last weekend, one local resident had cause to be especially excited, even though she had already seen the film — which grossed $92 million in its first three days.

Jackie Xerri was going to be part of the action. Xerri, a junior at Oceanside High School and a filmmaker herself, had been tapped by Sony Pictures to prescreen the movie, interview the stars and offer her review for WABC-TV. She appeared on “Eyewitness News” last Friday, the day the movie was officially released.

“It was crazy,” she said. “It was such a big opportunity.”

In the clip, Xerri (pronounced zerry) chatted with Emma Stone, who plays Gwen Stacy. Xerri commented on Stone’s ever-changing hairstyles and asked whether it’s true that “blondes have more fun.” WABC-TV Entertainment reporter Sandy Kenyon commented on how relaxed Xerri was with the spotlight on her. “She really brought it,” Kenyon said.

“I may have looked relaxed, but I was very nervous,” Xerri said. 

In addition to Stone, Xerri interviewed all of the movie’s main players, including Andrew Garfield, who plays Spider-Man, Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan, as well as director Marc Webb.

In her online review, which can be found at abclocal.go.com, Xerri gave the film 4½ out of 5 stars. She commented on everything from the length of the movie (142 minutes) to the love scenes to the visuals. 

“I got a rush from the fantastic duo of Harry and Electro,” she wrote. “I actually may have liked them more than Peter and Gwen. Their evilness bounced off of each other, and their vibe was exciting. The music chosen also went very well with all of the dark and violent parts of the movie.”

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