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Lizzie McGuire Movie, The
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by EricDSnider

"Just like the TV show, except not free."
3 stars

Amanda Bynes, star of Nickelodeon’s “The Amanda Show,” got her big starring vehicle a few weeks ago with “What a Girl Wants.” Now her Disney Channel counterpart, Hilary Duff, gets her own TV-to-film adaptation, “The Lizzie McGuire Movie,” based on the 2-year-old series of that name. Add to these the various Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network programs getting big-screen treatment -- “The Wild Thornberrys,” “Rugrats,” “Hey, Arnold!,” “The Powerpuff Girls” and so on -- and I, as a movie critic, begin to resent being forced to watch TV when I go to the theater. It’s no wonder cinemas are showing TV commercials before the films: Why not, when the films are really just TV shows?

Anyway, “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” brings in nearly all of the major characters from the TV series, the main exception being Lizzie’s best girlfriend Miranda, who would have been in the way, plot-wise, and was therefore sent to Mexico on vacation. You have to wonder how that actress feels, being barred from the film because the screenwriters couldn’t figure out a way to include her.

Anyway, Lizzie (Duff) is a clumsy, energetic 14-year-old girl who, upon graduating from junior high, takes a school trip to Rome with 15 other students and one (1) chaperone -- Miss Ungermeyer (Alex Borstein), the force-of-nature, no-nonsense principal at the high school Lizzie and friends will be attending in the fall.

With Miranda exiled to Mexico, Lizzie has only her best guy friend, Gordo (Adam Lamberg) -- the Sheldon to her Megan, in terms of SNL’s “Wake up, Wakefield” sketch -- to rely on. Their relationship is strictly platonic, but Gordo begins to realize on this trip that there may be deeper feelings a-stirrin’. If this were the TV show, the Rome trip would no doubt be a Very Special Episode. As it is, it feels like a rather long, drawn-out, unspecial episode, with approximately 60 minutes of material padded out with montages and other woolgathering.

Lizzie meets a cute Italian pop star her age named Paolo (Yani Gellman) and is soon the talk of the town, due to her supernatural resemblance to Paolo’s singing partner. That girl, Isabella, has recently broken up the act to prevent it being discovered that she lip-syncs all her performances. Paolo’s plan is for Lizzie to pose as Isabella for an upcoming TV appearance, lip-sync the song, and keep the fans from knowing there’s trouble behind the music. Fortunately, this concert takes place while Lizzie’s group is still in town, though it does mean evading Miss Ungermeyer.

It goes without saying, I’m sure, that Lizzie and Paolo fall in love, and that Gordo is a wee bit jealous.

For reasons I cannot fathom, Lizzie’s parents and obnoxious kid brother show up in Rome, apparently just to give them more screen time -- further insult, in my estimation, to poor Miranda, who can’t even get a “goodbye, I’m going to Mexico for the summer” scene.

The film is packed with montages -- the trying-on-funny-clothes montage, the touring-Rome montage, the learning-to-dance montage, the falling-in-love montage, etc., etc. The TV series’ conceit of having a cartoon version of Lizzie pop up occasionally to share her thoughts and fantasies is used, too, and is even more annoying on the big screen than on the small.

Duff herself is shrill and over-perky, traits she shares with the aforementioned Amanda Bynes. Still, “What a Girl Wants” worked for me -- someone neither female nor aged 8-14, which is the target demographic -- because of the charming presence of Colin Firth and the general smartness of the thing. “The Lizzie McGuire Movie,” on the other hand, is often dull and tepid. Alex Borstein provides a few honest laughs as Miss Ungermeyer, but aside from that, only the tweens the film is aimed at will probably find much to enjoy.

And they surely will enjoy it. It has a cute Italian-looking boy, cool wish-fulfillment in Lizzie’s adventures, and ends with a big dance number. What’s not to like?

My only question is, where’s the “Even Stevens” movie? That show is funny.

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User Comments

6/14/08 chill the movie was really great 5 stars
12/24/06 sam it is good 4 stars
11/26/06 sirina this movie sucked so bad it is not worth seeing i want my money back bad 1 stars
11/07/06 sara i would not watch it if it was not for hlary 1 stars
8/02/06 Winners Splendiferous Film 5 stars
5/23/06 john perfect hilary 5 stars
4/02/06 JRE why was this movie made? 2 stars
3/22/06 tabiya karim hlary duff what the 5 stars
2/05/06 Anthony Feor Whoever made this movie wanted to know how it feels to be a shit director 1 stars
7/20/05 Chris *pain* 1 stars
9/21/04 Holly The movie is the best ever!!!!!!!!! I watch it over and over again. Hilary Duff Rocks!!!!!! 5 stars
4/02/04 katrina Smith really gd film bt it 4 the young generation ages 8-16 4 stars
2/07/04 meghan hillary duff was wicked on her new movie tell her i said hi im probaly her #1 fan 5 stars
1/20/04 ash lizzie mcguire is preety cool 5 stars
1/14/04 Betty White For anyone who doesn't have a brain. 1 stars
1/02/04 J I hope Lizzi gets PUNK'D!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
12/29/03 Jen gkswghbg 5 stars
11/30/03 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT SOUNLD WIN AN AWARD!!!!!!!! 5 stars
11/09/03 bryan i love all the girlg 3 stars
11/04/03 Kate It was an excellent movie. in fact im going to see it again. if hilary is there tell her hi 5 stars
10/23/03 Kae What a worthless piece of shit, once again Hilary Duff's fat ass fucks another shit. 1 stars
10/20/03 Ellie polasek i loved it so much i got it on dvd 5 stars
10/18/03 jessika rose I really like the consert and the rome thing 5 stars
10/13/03 megan scott i like you a lot. 5 stars
10/10/03 Keenan this movie is boring 1 stars
10/09/03 Isabbela I think it was really good 5 stars
10/07/03 niki kale amazing movie.....lizzie looks a baby bombshell......like that innocence and cute looks 5 stars
10/06/03 amanda stender its cool 5 stars
10/04/03 Cristina Claudio Can here hilry duff song 5 stars
9/15/03 Jitjit Skephzukks Hilry Duf's a real babe. Dserves betr movie. Toobad ther's no Walt Disny for her generation 3 stars
9/13/03 stephanie i hate his movie 2 stars
9/11/03 Tawny Hillary duff is just a show off freak. 1 stars
9/03/03 Emily noonan hillary is Awsome will you Come see me please 5 stars
9/02/03 hilary smith it was awsome!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
8/31/03 Kitty B. duff cant sing dance or act if her life depended on it 2 stars
8/31/03 Emily noonan hilry duff is someone i want to meet so much 5 stars
8/30/03 shane cool 5 stars
8/29/03 Des i luved the movie make another 5 stars
8/29/03 kath =( what a waste of a movie. EricDSnider is right. Where's the even stevens movie? 2 stars
8/26/03 Carolyn Ellis The movie was total shit. Hilary Duff is the most sorry excuse for an actress. 1 stars
8/21/03 lisa faust hilary duff is cool 5 stars
8/15/03 Jitjit Skephzukks Hilry Duf's a real babe. Dserves betr movie. Toobad ther's no Walt Disny for her generation 3 stars
8/14/03 Suzanne Foster Worst movie about a trip to Italy since JUST MARRIED. 3 stars
8/12/03 It's just me GOD HELP ME! I didn't think it was possible to make sucha shitty movie. Hilary Duff SUCKS!! 1 stars
8/03/03 Zaharin Hamid aka The Movie Samseng Absolutely pathetic! All the characters are simply forgettable. 2 stars
8/01/03 Double G just like tv show, juss stop making lizzie mcguire shows, they get krappier every time!!!!! 1 stars
7/26/03 catherine yuck 1 stars
7/12/03 Ally V O M I T ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 1 stars
6/22/03 Tess anyone who goes to this movie by choice should be shot. i was ready to projectile vomit. 1 stars
6/16/03 Ghetto Smurf Hilary Duff is fucking hot! But she sucks at acting. 2 stars
6/03/03 movieboy What a waste of time and money. That was the the worst movie i ever saw in my life. 1 stars
5/12/03 olivia great+ 5 stars
5/02/03 Amiliyah Ramirez It was such a cool, funny movie! 5 stars
5/02/03 Andrew Carden It May Appeal To Young Girls, but Why Do Us Adults Have To Sit Through This Agony? 1 stars
5/02/03 Amber Graves It was better than i thought. 4 stars
4/30/03 me great movie! 5 stars
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  02-Mar-2003 (PG)



Directed by
  Jim Fall

Written by
  Susan Estelle Jansen

  Hilary Duff
  Adam Lamberg
  Robert Carradine
  Hallie Todd
  Jake Thomas
  Alex Borstein

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