THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE

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Release Date: May 02, 2003

Starring: Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg,
Clayton Snyder, Ashlie
Brillault, Jake Thomas,
Brendan Kelly, Carly
Schroeder, Alex Borstein, and
Robert Carradine

Genre: Drama/Comedy

Audience: Adolescents and
teenagers REVIEWER: Lisa A.
Rice Disney's THE LIZZIE
MCGUIRE MOVIE exhorts
teenagers with Shakespeare's
words, "Be not afraid of
greatness. Some are born into
it, some achieve it, and
others have it thrust upon
them." It doesn't appear that
greatness is in the making,
though, for junior high
schooler Lizzie McGuire, the
klutzy, insecure blonde who
royally botches her school's
graduation ceremony and sends
curtains falling over the
whole graduation class. To
escape the sheer
embarrassment, Lizzie signs up
for the class trip to Rome,
which is headed by the scary,
eagle-eyed Miss Ungermeyer
(Alex Borstein). Her pals
Gordo, Ethan and Kate go
along, too, and Lizzie and her
best guy friend, Gordo, vow to
find true adventure, despite
Miss Ungermeyer's
drill-instructor ways. The
members of the class close
their eyes, make a wish and
toss coins into the famous
Trevi fountain. Instantly
Lizzie sees a handsome young
man, Paolo (Yani Gellman),
smiling at her and asking,
"Isabella?" (At these poignant
moments, Lizzie's little
cartoon self imagines
somersaults and floating
hearts.) It turns out that
Paolo is mistaking Lizzie for
Isabella, the estranged member
of his Italian pop duo, and he
asks her out on a date. In
order to do the date, though,
Lizzie must jump through hoops
to pretend to be sick. When
she manages to fake out Miss
Ungermeyer, she escapes the
hotel and takes a ride on
Paolo's motorcycle, enjoying
the ancient historical sights
of beautiful Rome. Paolo
explains to Lizzie that his
former partner, Isabella, is
not able to sing at the
International MTV awards, and
he would actually like to
train Lizzie to take her
place. Lizzie goes wild with
excitement and fear, and,
during their song and dance
training, begins to fall for
Paolo. To keep up the ruse,
though, she must enlist the
help of her best buddy Gordo,
and even the help of her
former enemy, Kate. Soon,
Lizzie's picture is all over
the papers, and fans are abuzz
with the resurfacing of the
famous Isabella. Back in
America, when Lizzie's mom,
dad and annoying brother Matt
get wind of the hoopla, they
all jet their way to Italy. In
the meantime, Lizzie is
transformed from a gawky teen
to a beautiful pop star, Gordo
struggles to understand his
true feelings for her, and a
whirlwind of surprising events
forces Lizzie to find the true
meaning of friendship. THE
LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE is a fun
adventure fantasy that
teenagers everywhere will
enjoy. It is almost completely
devoid of foul language,
violence, sex, and nudity, but
it does carry the theme that
ordinary kids can be famous if
greatness is thrust upon them.
Though not a heavy-handed or
preachy theme, Christian
viewers might want to discuss
the Bible's warnings about the
lust of the flesh, the lust of
the eyes, and the boastful
pride of life. The "3 G's," -
gold, glory, and guys/gals -
can be fleeting pursuits that
drive children off the godly
tracks of servant leadership
and kingdom-mindedness. On
the other hand, to balance the
worldview cautions, good
parents should inspire their
teenagers with such sayings as
Teddy Roosevelt's, "Far better
to dare mighty things, to win
glorious triumphs, though
checkered by failure, than to
take rank with those poor
spirits who neither enjoy much
or suffer much because they
dwell in the gray twilight
that knows neither victory nor
defeat." The "risk equals
reward" theme just needs to
come within the context of
God-given dreams, not the
compelling allure of the
world's system. The story is a
bit soft on deceit, which is
portrayed in a humorous and
mild way but thankfully
rebuked by the parents at the
end. There is also a scene of
an effeminate principal, but
it is also brief. Overall,
the filmmakers are to be
congratulated. THE LIZZIE
MCGUIRE MOVIE proves that
movies can be fun and
entertaining without grossing
out young audiences or
bombarding their minds with
the pollution of foul
language, sex and violence.
The characters are solid, and
the casting is excellent,
especially Hilary Duff's dual
roles as Lizzie and Isabella,
and the supporting role of the
tough Miss Ungermeyer (Alex
Borstein). The character of
Gordo (Adam Lamberg) shows
great self-sacrifice as he
takes Lizzie's punishment upon
himself, and all the "romance"
scenes are tasteful and sweet,
extolling the virtue of acting
honorably with the opposite
sex. Kate's character shows
that even snotty, popular
girls can turn into true
friends and allies. Please
address your comments
to: Michael Eisner,
Chairman/CEO Buena Vista
Distribution Co. (Walt Disney
Pictures, Caravan, Hollywood,
Miramax, & Touchstone
Pictures) Dick Cook,
Chairman Walt Disney
Pictures 500 South Buena Vista
Street Burbank, CA
91521 Phone: (818)
560-1000 Website:
www.disney.com

Rating: PG

Runtime: 90 minutes

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Buena
Vista Distribution Company

Director: Jim Fall

Executive Producer:

Producer: Stan Rogow EXECUTIVE
PRODUCERS: Terri Minsky and
David Roessel

Writer: Susan Estelle Jansen, Ed
Decter and John J. Strauss

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Content:

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GENRE: Drama/Comedy

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Summary:

In THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE, Lizzie's class trip to Rome turns into a dream-come-true as she is mistaken for a popular singer and invited to take part in an elaborate ruse. The movie is fun and clean, lending itself to a good discussion about the pursuit of greatness and fame.

Review:

Disney's THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE exhorts teenagers with Shakespeare's words, "Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born into it, some achieve it, and others have it thrust upon them."

It doesn't appear that greatness is in the making, though, for junior high schooler Lizzie McGuire, the klutzy, insecure blonde who royally botches her school's graduation ceremony and sends curtains falling over the whole graduation class. To escape the sheer embarrassment, Lizzie signs up for the class trip to Rome, which is headed by the scary, eagle-eyed Miss Ungermeyer (Alex Borstein). Her pals Gordo, Ethan and Kate go along, too, and Lizzie and her best guy friend, Gordo, vow to find true adventure, despite Miss Ungermeyer's drill-instructor ways.

The members of the class close their eyes, make a wish and toss coins into the famous Trevi fountain. Instantly Lizzie sees a handsome young man, Paolo (Yani Gellman), smiling at her and asking, "Isabella?" (At these poignant moments, Lizzie's little cartoon self imagines somersaults and floating hearts.)

It turns out that Paolo is mistaking Lizzie for Isabella, the estranged member of his Italian pop duo, and he asks her out on a date. In order to do the date, though, Lizzie must jump through hoops to pretend to be sick. When she manages to fake out Miss Ungermeyer, she escapes the hotel and takes a ride on Paolo's motorcycle, enjoying the ancient historical sights of beautiful Rome. Paolo explains to Lizzie that his former partner, Isabella, is not able to sing at the International MTV awards, and he would actually like to train Lizzie to take her place. Lizzie goes wild with excitement and fear, and, during their song and dance training, begins to fall for Paolo.

To keep up the ruse, though, she must enlist the help of her best buddy Gordo, and even the help of her former enemy, Kate. Soon, Lizzie's picture is all over the papers, and fans are abuzz with the resurfacing of the famous Isabella. Back in America, when Lizzie's mom, dad and annoying brother Matt get wind of the hoopla, they all jet their way to Italy. In the meantime, Lizzie is transformed from a gawky teen to a beautiful pop star, Gordo struggles to understand his true feelings for her, and a whirlwind of surprising events forces Lizzie to find the true meaning of friendship.

THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE is a fun adventure fantasy that teenagers everywhere will enjoy. It is almost completely devoid of foul language, violence, sex, and nudity, but it does carry the theme that ordinary kids can be famous if greatness is thrust upon them. Though not a heavy-handed or preachy theme, Christian viewers might want to discuss the Bible's warnings about the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life. The "3 G's," - gold, glory, and guys/gals - can be fleeting pursuits that drive children off the godly tracks of servant leadership and kingdom-mindedness.

On the other hand, to balance the worldview cautions, good parents should inspire their teenagers with such sayings as Teddy Roosevelt's, "Far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much because they dwell in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." The "risk equals reward" theme just needs to come within the context of God-given dreams, not the compelling allure of the world's system.

The story is a bit soft on deceit, which is portrayed in a humorous and mild way but thankfully rebuked by the parents at the end. There is also a scene of an effeminate principal, but it is also brief.

Overall, the filmmakers are to be congratulated. THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE proves that movies can be fun and entertaining without grossing out young audiences or bombarding their minds with the pollution of foul language, sex and violence. The characters are solid, and the casting is excellent, especially Hilary Duff's dual roles as Lizzie and Isabella, and the supporting role of the tough Miss Ungermeyer (Alex Borstein).

The character of Gordo (Adam Lamberg) shows great self-sacrifice as he takes Lizzie's punishment upon himself, and all the "romance" scenes are tasteful and sweet, extolling the virtue of acting honorably with the opposite sex. Kate's character shows that even snotty, popular girls can turn into true friends and allies.

Please address your comments to:

Michael Eisner, Chairman/CEO

Buena Vista Distribution Co.

(Walt Disney Pictures, Caravan, Hollywood, Miramax, & Touchstone Pictures)

Dick Cook, Chairman

Walt Disney Pictures

500 South Buena Vista Street

Burbank, CA 91521

Phone: (818) 560-1000

Website: www.disney.com

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