|The Lizzie McGuire Movie|
The film is charming and watchable as long as you don't try to deconstruct it. But here I go: The plot is so sloppily illogical that it's hard to understand how even a 12-year-old girl dazzled by Paulo's gorgeousness and Lizzie's dream-like escapade could fall for it. Not a single moment of the film is remotely believable. Is it strange that everyone speaks English, and no one notices that the newly blonde Isabella doesn't speak a word of Italian? Oh who cares! This is a sweet and enjoyable comedy, mostly because Duff is certainly the perkiest actress on the planet. She's so effortlessly hilarious and irresistible that we'd happily stare at her dazzling smile for 90 minutes! Director Fall (Trick) lays on the wackiness a bit too thickly, but the supporting cast adds energy and humour, and the filmmakers capture the landmarks of Rome with shameless glee. Amid the contrived plot and flat-footed slapstick, there are some truly wicked jokes and subplots. And Lizzie's brief internal observations are a terrific touch (although the animated mini-Lizzie is pretty weak). Yes, it's a really, really bad film. But it's also completely enchanting.
dir Jim Fall|
scr Susan Estelle Jansen, Ed Decter, John J Strauss
with Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Ashlie Brillault, Yani Gellman, Alex Borstein, Robert Carradine, Hallie Todd, Jake Thomas, Clayton Snyder, Brendan Kelly, Carly Schroeder, Jody Racicot
release US 2.May.03; UK 29.Aug.03
In the spotlight: Gellman, Duff and Kelly (as Paolo's bodyguard)...
|Michelle, England: "I thought that this film was wicked, and hilary duff is a great actress. I saw it three times at the cinema (i know, a little bit sad, but my sister and my best friend loved it so i went to see it with them). I felt that this movie had a real good-feeling vibe about it. I'd say the only flaw is the end cos it kind of just finishes, but the dvd is supposed to have an alternate ending to it. I can't wait for it to come out in the uk! I think anybody who doesn't like this film needs a brain transplant (exaggeration)." (31.Jan.04)|