THE CHEETAH GIRLS: ONE WORLD (2008)

   

No Raven, sad. Indian style dancing, good! The Cheetah Girls go to India for an opportunity to star in a Bollywood film.  I guess since they went to Spain in the last movie, this is how they top that. The same storyline ensues: the Cheetah Girls are best friends have the “all for one” attitude, then stuff happens, they fight and think the Cheetah Girls are over, then they make up and all is well. Raven’s character, Galleria’s absence is explained that she got accepted into Cambridge, but I have a hard time believing that Galleria would leave the Cheetah Girls. Let alone miss this opportunity to go to India with them. In the previous films, Galleria was the one dedicating everything to the group. She was the one that kept the group going. I understand the real life reasons behind Raven not doing the film, but it’s hard to buy that Galleria isn’t there. Aside from that, the scene where they have an Indian dance vs Hip Hop dance off is really fun. I would re-watch the movie just for that scene.

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RACE TO WITH MOUNTAIN (2009)

   

This movie is just about as fun as the originals from which it is derived. It seems to pull off the same concept with a little less cheese. I think that has to do with the fact that is it more of a reboot than a remake. If you do ever check this movie out, look for the actors who played the original kids in the restaurant scene.  Their waitress played Tina and the Sheriff was Tony.  I always love Easter eggs like that in films.

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THE GAME PLAN (2007)

   

Another movie that I was not looking forward to watching but actually turned out better than I thought. Not great, but not terrible. The Rock plays a famous football player whose life gets turned upside down when his daughter, whom he didn’t know about, shows up at his door.  It’s fun seeing how he has to adapt to his new life, but nothing too memorable.

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GET A CLUE (2002)

   

A group of kids in rich town New York have a teacher that goes missing so, of course, it is up to them to solve it. Kids would have fun watching the teens solve the crime. But as for us, it was cheesy and odd. The ending was forced and seemed like they just needed Lindsay Lohan’s character to be super smart and awesome by solving everything with her remarkable rich fashion sense to spot the expensive bug pendant and know that it was worth the exact amount of the missing money.  Huh.

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UP, UP, AND AWAY (2000)

   

A family of super heroes has a kid that hasn’t received his powers and is at the age where he will probably never get any. This movie is all about this kid trying to find his place and become a hero without any super abilities. Sounds great, but really wasn’t. The costumes. Oh the costumes! They were so bad. They most definitely did not have Edna Mode make them. Kids would probably be entertained, but as for the rest, you can pass over it. Unless you want to check out the costumes!

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THE CHEETAH GIRLS 2 (2006)

   

In this sequel,The Cheetah Girls go to Barcelona to enter a singing competition and that is believable I guess.  The movie plot follows a similar story line where they are a group and then fight and get distracted with other things but then makeup, except they do it in Spain. Some songs are good, some not so much and the beginning of their performance at the competition is super cheesy and awkward. But I feel like The Cheetah Girls movies are DCOMs you just need to check out eventually.

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LEMONADE MOUTH (2011)

   

Five students meet in detention and form a band. It is a great story about kids finding their voice, expressing who they are and just getting through life with the help of your friends. The music in this movie is actually good. I love the “Determinate” song. It gets stuck in my head. I think teens could really relate to and enjoy this movie as well as adults since it deals with stuff I think everyone has either gone through or is going through. And it makes me seriously want to try that lemonade.

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RADIO REBEL (2012)

   

Why is it that kids can wear hats in high school on Disney Channel? Show me a school where hats are allowed. I bet you can’t. But on Disney Channel, every kid can wear a hat, every day. LIES! Other than that, this movie was so so. A shy girl has an alter ego on the radio where she can speak her mind, inspire and be a voice for others. It’s kinda cheesy, but what Disney Channel movie isn’t?

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CINDERELLA (1997)

   

We both remember the premiere of this movie on Wonderful World of Disney, Sunday nights on ABC. I remember it being a family affair. We all gathered around the TV, popcorn in hand and waited to see Whitney Houston and Brandy take on the classic fairy tale. I remember being so excited. I had heard about it for weeks, months probably, and couldn’t wait for the show to start. I also remember really liking it as a kid and re-watching the tape (remember the days when you would stick in a tape in the VCR to record your favorite shows?). I was ready to watch it again since I hadn’t seen it since that time. Some of the same thoughts came flooding back, like how does a black lady and a white man make an Asian baby? Is he adopted? And I still like that “Impossible” song sung by Whitney Houston and Brandy. I still sing the word impossible instead of saying it. But watching the movie as an adult, it just doesn’t have the charm that I remembered. The first half of the movie was good and moved quickly, but the second half just seemed to drag on and on. the ballroom scene was forever long. We don’t need to see these random people dance in circles over and over. We just don’t. Get to Cinderella and the Prince. They are who we care about. It’s a fun movie to check out, but not nearly as great as we once remembered.

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