CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN

As Her World Turns

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Release Date: February 20, 2004

Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Adam Garcia,
Glenne Headly, Alison Pill,
Eli Marienthal, Megan Fox, and
Carol Kane

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older children to adults

Rating: PG

Runtime: 83 minutes

Distributor: Touchstone Pictures/Buena
Vista/Walt Disney Company

Director: Sara Sugarman PRODUCERS: Jerry
Leider and Robert Shapiro

Executive Producer:

Producer: Jerry Leider and Robert
Shapiro EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
None

Writer: Gail Parent BASED ON THE NOVEL
BY: Dylan Sheldon

Address Comments To:

Michael Eisner, Chairman/CEO
Buena Vista Distribution Co.
Touchstone Pictures
Dick Cook, Chairman
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
Website: www.disney.com

Content:

(RoRo, B, C FR, E, N, AA, MMM) Strong romantic worldview in which the heroine is wrapped up in idealism and judges right and wrong by her emotions, with some moral, redemptive elements such as forgiveness, false religion depicted when girl meditates to imitate Ghandi’s hunger strike, and environmentalist concerns as free-spirited mother “doesn’t believe in microwaves”; no foul language; no violence; no sex; upper male nudity as rock star is shirtless on poster; alcohol abuse shown, mocked, and rebuked; and, extreme lying, deception, and rebellion, which are eventually rebuked, though very late.

GENRE: Comedy

Summary:

CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN centers on Lindsay Lohan as Mary “Lola” Cep, a self-proclaimed teen drama queen whose dream of becoming a star is seemingly crushed when her mother moves her family from the fabulous world of New York City to the dreary suburbia of New Jersey. The movie opens with big expectations, but it falls short by assuming that Lola’s dramatic antics are enough to capture and maintain the viewer’s attention.

Review:

CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN centers on Lindsay Lohan as Mary “Lola” Cep, a self-proclaimed teenage drama queen whose dream of becoming a star is seemingly crushed when her mother (played by Glenne Headly) moves her family from the fabulous world of New York City to the dreary suburbia of New Jersey. With boundless imagination and confident individuality, Lola immediately captures the attention of her new high school, much to the chagrin of the “current” drama queen, Carla Santini (played by Megan Fox).

Lola rebuffs Carla’s attempts to be a part of her “group” and instead bonds with shy Ella (played by Alison Pill) when they realize they both share a love for their favorite rock band. As Lola continues to settle into her new suburban high school, she jumps at the chance to star in the school’s updated production of PYGMALION. A rivalry ensues as Lola and Carla fight for the same role, which is ultimately won by Lola. However, Lola’s dramatic ways extend beyond the stage as she concocts stories about her life in order to sound more interesting, one of which being that her father was tragically killed. The lies continue when Lola and Ella find out that their favorite band is breaking up and having a farewell concert in Lola’s beloved New York City. Lola’s pursuit to attend the concert and after-party leads her to lie to her parents (and encourage Ella to do the same), steal a dress, and lie to the entire school in order to save face. All her “creative solutions” eventually blow up in her face as Lola realizes that her so-called creativity caused her to hurt those that matter most to her.

CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN opens with big expectations, much like a Broadway show – lots of hype, an energetic star, and tons of potential. However, the film falls short by leaving only Lola’s dramatic antics to capture and maintain the viewer’s attention. While one can assume that the original book was probably inventive or engaging, the film version seemed like a 90-minute sitcom episode, where the heroine gets into comedic predicaments yet quickly recovers with minimal backlash. Lindsay Lohan is a very appealing actress; her energy helps the audience empathize without any help from the script, which writes her character to be irresponsible and unashamedly deceitful.

Ultimately, this movie could be confusing to very young viewers who are presented a likeable heroine with major flaws. Though her lying is eventually revealed to be hurtful and damaging, the consequences are minimized and, somehow, you do not truly believe that Lola has changed. Rather, she stills lives in her own personal drama that you hope she will grow out of one day.

In Brief:

CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN centers on Lindsay Lohan as Mary “Lola” Cep, a self-proclaimed teenage drama queen whose dream of becoming a star is seemingly crushed when her mother moves her family from the fabulous world of New York City to the dreary suburbia of New Jersey. However, Lola’s dramatic ways extend beyond the stage as she concocts stories about her life in order to sound more interesting at her new school. All her “creative solutions” eventually blow up in her face as Lola realizes that her so-called creativity caused her to hurt those that matter most to her.

CONFESSIONS opens with big expectations, much like a Broadway show – lots of hype, an energetic star, and tons of potential, but it falls short by leaving only Lola’s dramatic antics to capture and maintain the viewer’s attention. While one can assume that the original book was probably engaging, the film version seems like a 90-minute sitcom episode, where the heroine gets into comedic predicaments yet quickly recovers with minimal backlash. Ultimately, this movie could be confusing to very young viewers who are presented a likeable heroine with major flaws, including excessive lying.