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Radio Rebel = Disney’s Version of Gossip Girl

February 17, 2012 3 comments

Disney Channel’s new Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) Radio Rebel that focuses on a shy girl who escapes her withdrawn shell by hosting a radio show and no one knows who she is.  Tara (Debby Ryan of Disney’s The Suite Life on Deck and Jessie) radio show examines the life at her high school in Seattle.

Very much like the book and TV series Gossip Girl, Tara acts as the West Coast’s version of the Gossip Queen…minus gossiping about her classmates.  Instead of blogging about the Upper East Side, Tara’s position as Radio Rebel to try to fight the social hierarchy that goes on at her high school.

As this movie progressed, it is clear that this movie – as with pretty much all DCOM movies – serves as an after school special.  Radio Rebel showcases that you shouldn’t be afraid to do what you think is right, even if it costs you something that is important to you.

All though I enjoyed the plot line and the concept, but Disney seems to be focusing a fair amount of their DCOMs lately towards music themes: The High School Musical seriesLemonade MouthThe Cheetah Girls Series, Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2.

I wish that Disney Channel would have waited until it was closer to prom time to premier this film since prom is one of the important things that is film focuses on prom.

Radio Rebel is a good film with a pretty good script; but I am sure that this film would have been better suited as some background noise for me since – unlike some movies that Disney has – the plot line doesn’t tug at my heart-strings.

Sunday School Musical Movie Review

September 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Sunday School Musical is basically the story of high school student Zachary (Chris Chatman) who has to change schools because his mother lost her job.  This means that Zachary and his family has to move in with his aunt and change schools-which cases him to have to leave his church choir.

As Zachary tries to adjust to his new school; he is drawn to the choir.  Which causes some tension between him and his old choir.  We also get to see how Savanna (Candise Lakota) is having a difficult time adjusting to her mother’s death.

Yet when Zachary’s old church comes across some finical difficulties; Zachary lends a helping hand.  Zachary suggests that his old choir and his new one team up to compete at State.

Sunday School Musical does seem to reflect the High School Musical trilogy;  thankfully Sunday School Musical doesn’t have the cast breaking out into song about every five minutes.  However, having seen the High School Musical movies; I was expecting this movie to be some what similar.  The last performance seemed to have been a cross between a High School School Musical performance and the final performance in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

I found the story line to be stiff.  Even though the majority of the movies out there now a days have a similar story line to each other; the movies that are well known know how to make themselves well known.

Even though the story was stiff I felt; I think that this movie was still worth watching because it shows how well a ‘lesser known’ film can be put together.  Considering that when this film came out back in 2008 and I never heard about it until this past March or April since it wasn’t a mainstream film in terms of being released in theaters; it is a good film.

I would say that this film would be an interesting film to watch just to see a different take on musicals; especially since today’s TV and movie watchers have seen musicals such as the High School Musical movies and Glee.

Monte Carlo Movie | The Lizzie McGuire Movie

June 27, 2011 1 comment

So, Selena Gomez and Leighton Meester both are starting in the upcoming romantic comedy Monte Carlo.  The one thing I have noticed about the movie’s previews is that it reminds me of the 2003 movie The Lizzie McGuire Movie.

I’m not saying that the movies are exactly the same; but they do have some similarities:

  • Hilary Duff’s character Lizzie McGuire gets mistaken for an Italian pop star; Selena Gomez’s character Grace gets mistaken for a British heiress
  • Both Hilary Duff & Selena Gomez portrayed the person that their characters got mistaken for
All though that is only two things; I can’t but help think of The Lizzie McGuire Movie when ever I see the movie trail for Monte Carlo.
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