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Lizzie McGuire Movie, The (2003)

PG 90 minutes

Directed by Jim Fall
Written by Susan Estelle Jansen, Ed Decter

Starring
 · Hilary Duff
 · Claude Knowlton
 · Adam Lamberg


Review by Dante

Before seeing The Lizzie McGuire Movie, I knew it was based on a TV show, but I had only the slightest clue what the show was about. From what I had heard, I figured it to be a program that was geared towards young adults and children, and the movie would be somewhat the same. The only thing I was completely sure of was that embarrassment would ensue if I saw anyone I knew in the theatre.

 

Smarts

 
 72%

The Lizzie McGuire Movie is about a girl, conveniently named Lizzie Mcguire (played by Hilary Duff), who graduates junior high and joins her class on a trip to Rome. Once in Rome, she discovers that she looks like a member of a famous singing duo.
While the plot is a little forced and hard to swallow, it is at least somewhat compelling. While the acting of Hilary Duff is great, the rest of the cast looks meek in comparison. The soundtrack is good, as far as fitting the movie. But don't get me wrong, I wasn't about to sing along, it was just tolerable.
Having never seen the TV show, the random cartoon bits of Lizzy's inner thoughts and frustrations are really awkward. Once I understood why it was implemented, I really didn't mind. Not to mention, they stopped using it for the middle half of the movie.

 

Popcorn

 
 85%

For a movie for children, The Lizzie McGuire Movie is a film that I can see relatively everyone enjoying (barring males with too much testosterone). Also, there are some funny lines in the movie that ought to make adults and children, alike, laugh.
My complaints are very limited. As stated, the acting was poor, but two Hilary Duff's on screen make up for that somewhat. It does become a little slow towards the end, but it eventually picks up.

 

Final

Obviously, The Lizzie McGuire Movie is geared for young adults and children. However, if you're an adult, I doubt you will be completely bored. While it may not be the movie of the year, it is an enjoyable movie to watch. Just remind yourself what audience the film aims to please.
I'd recommend seeing The Lizzie McGuire Movie in theatre's only if your child will not leave you alone. If you do have children, it is definitely worth the DVD rental, if not the purchase.


389 Words Published: 8 May 2003

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