The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Film , Family and kids
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This wholesome Hilary Duff vehicle/TV series spin-off will have Mary Whitehouse smiling in her grave. Duff plays the school Cinderella who flies off on a junior high post-graduation Roman holiday with 30-odd classmates. They include sweet Gordo (Lamberg), a loyal, platonic male support with the secret hots, and hissable Kate (Brillault), a Miss Popular adept at bitchy putdowns. The director's visual style betrays close study of the art of travel commercials and shampoo ads, his semaphore thoughtfully backed up by chart pop or orchestral music, which underscores every emotional or moral move for the inattentive viewer. What he does successfully, however, is to supply an easy, affectionate slant to affairs, aided by Duff's 'girl next door' decency and standard-issue attractiveness. On the other hand, Gellman's Paolo, the teenage Italian pop star Lizzie falls for, is drearily flavour-free. Borstein, as funny/cynical principal Ms Ungermeyer, more a bruising bear than a protective tiger to the darling little cubs, is a delight and surely a teacher's icon in the making. But the film's chasteness, unashamed lack of inflection and two-finger-salute street-cred may disappoint older teenagers.

Release details

Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jim Fall
Screenwriter: Susan Estelle Jansen, Ed Decter, John J Strauss
Cast: Hilary Duff
Adam Lamberg
Hallie Todd
Ashlie Brillault
Clayton Snyder
Yani Gellman
Alex Borstein
Robert Carradine
Jake Thomas

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Tara P
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This film is as sweet as sugar and as wholesome as a plate of mama's spaghetti, but would you expect any different if you're aware of the TV show. Lizzie McGuire makes a fool of herself at her junior high graduation (so they're...14?) and then faces a school trip to Rome with her bullying tormentor and best friend Gordo. Silliness ensues, with some Italian pop stars, mistaken identities and sneaking around Rome. It's no masterpiece, but it's very enjoyable, with Rome itself the standout star. It's a wonderful advert for the eternal city, and the young actors seem to be having such fun you can't help but be buoyed along. Yes, Lizzie's animated alter ego is very irritating and the Italian accents laughable, but you may find yourself singing along in the brilliant finale!

sasha

loved it really good i like the show it was cool but it's not on t.v anymore i thought the movie it was great i don't like the italian guy though he's mean

sasha

loved it really good i like the show it was cool but it's not on t.v anymore i thought the movie it was great i don't like the italian guy though he's mean