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Hannah Montana:The Movie Review

Boom Boom Clap, Boom Dee Clap, Dee Clap. It’s the  hip-hop, hoedown throwdown. (see what I’m talking about here.)

Hip-hop and country. Like the Hannah Montana‘s theme song says, “You get the best of both worlds.” Ten minutes before the movie started, the two rows of what looked to be 14-year-old girls started singing the tv show theme song. Over and over again. The little 6- to 10-year-old girls that filled the rest of the theater were singing along and dancing in their seats. My 16-year-old daughter said with a big smile on her face, ‘Isn’t this fun?’ I said, with as much of a smile as I could muster, ‘A little bit.’

A little bit country. A little bit corny. A little bit touching. A little bit boring. Let’s face it, this movie is going to do really well because Hannah Montana is such a big Disney hit already. And her fans will not be disappointed. All of the show’s familiar faces, problems and hijinks are there. Montana’s brother Jackson (Jason Earles – anyone else think it’s really weird that this 32-year-old is playing an 18-year-old?) gets left out. Check. Trouble with Montana’s best friend Lilly (Emily Osment). Check. Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) is having an identity crisis. Check. Montana buddies Rico (Moises Arias) and Oliver (Mitchell Musso) are involved in sight gags. Check. Hannah’s Dad (Billy Ray Cyrus) finds another opportunity to sing with his teen sensation. Check.

Then there’s some new stuff too. There’s a new family member – Grandma Ruby (Margo Martindale) who’s tender-hearted but tough, helping Miley walk through what’s important in life, like saving a town and remembering where she’s from. There’s a new boy for Miley to like; a real cowboy named Travis (Lucas Till) who can ride a horse, paint a barn and still have grown up feelings about being tricked by Miley’s alter ego. And then there are, of course,  new songs by Miley. “The Climb” is a decent song, but comes from the hokey “Life is a climb, but the view is great” line that gets said too many times. In fact, even once would have been too many times. The previously mentioned Hoedown Throwdown” is fun and had dozens of people imitating the dance after the movie outside the theater. “Butterfly Fly Away,” which is done with her Dad, is a touching song that will, like “The Climb”, surely see some time on the charts. In fact, the soundtrack debuted at number 2 on the Billboard charts guaranteeing the Hannah Montana machine is not slowing down.

You also get a couple other songs that were fun additions to the not-quite-a-musical movie. Post-teen sensation Taylor Swift sings, “Crazier”. Billy Ray Cyrus sings his song, “Back to Tennessee”. And country supergroup Rascal Flats does acoustic versions of a couple of their hits: “Bless the Broken Road” and “Backwards”. It remains a mystery through the whole movie why Rascal Flats was at Ruby’s house in the first place singing in her living room and on her porch. It was good – but weird.

And that’s what I left thinking about the whole movie. It was good – but not great. Part musical. Part pre-teen comedy. Part teen angst. Part father-daughter drama. Parts of a lot of stuff that adds up to a movie trying to cover their bases from pre-teen to sixteen and their parents too. If you’ve got girls under the age of 16, you’ve probably already got them making plans to see it. Don’t feel guilty for enjoying it. Just enjoy it for what it is: Disney making you chuckle, and sometimes wince, while you tap your toes and sing along as they squeeze another few dollars out of you.

[xrr rating=3.5/5] stars if you have teen or younger girls

[xrr rating=2.5/5] if you don’t

30 Responses to “Hannah Montana:The Movie Review”

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  2. cindy says:

    So, i went to see the movie. And i sang along to “The Climb” because it was extremely tempting. And guess what! THEY KICKED ME OUT.

    • Mackenzie Morones says:

      hey they cant do that!!!!!!! you should be allowed to sing if you want to!!!!!!!!!!!!! urrrrrrrrrrrrrr

      • Kathy Dench says:

        Hey, Mackenzie, do you live in Idaho? We are trying to find a granddaughter with your name.

    • Kathy says:

      AHAHAH.
      releee ? you got kicked outt ?
      LMFAO.
      i did the samee, and eveyrone stareed at mee.
      But no one kicked me outt .!

  3. steve silverman says:

    Great movie for the kids,,, The blue security golf cart that Miley uses in the movie has been donated to “Fiesta of the Spanish Horse” and to be raffled off with proceeds going to cancer research. Go to http://www.fiestaspanishhorse.org to see the golf cart and to get your tickets, the raffle is being held May 2, 2009… One more thing Miley knew the golf cart was being donated to Fiesta so she autographed the front of it, this is a one of a kind golf cart, don’t miss out on this..

  4. chicken says:

    The worst most disgusting most revloting most suckishh most uglyy most terrible most stupid most corny most cheesy momost boring st blaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh movieeee that i have EVER seen in my beautiful life!!! Disney needs to get A lifeeee!!! who here agrees with moi????

    • Mackenzie Morones says:

      I dont agree with you i just weanted to say that your wrong such a good movie!!!!!!!!!! grrrrrrrrrrr

    • Clint H says:

      As a father of two little girls, I totally DISAGREE with you. The movie was AWESOME and very Entertaining. I would have to say it was VERY well done and I was amazed and left the theatre with a smile on my face. I loved it.

  5. Ebrahim Kabir says:

    I must say this movie really sucked a lot. I thought it could at least be watchable.

  6. jess says:

    I took my nine year old and we had a great time-enjoy it for what it was meant to be. Is it going to win an award? No. Will it make ya laugh a little and enjoy how much fun all the girls in the audience are having? Yes.

  7. Jenna says:

    All that was missing from this movie was Disney’s classic poster with boys reaching for her junk. It’s too bad no one realizes Disney is still trying to sell sex to children. What happen to the good old days where everyone was covered up now you have 16 years barely dressed. I see her head down the path of another famous 16 year who ended up bare foot and pregnant in louisiana. What father on this planet lets there 16 year old date a 20 year old MAN? There is something seriously disturbed at the Disney company.

    • Mackenzie Morones says:

      ok ur wrong bcause no disney star has gotten preggers yet.And Disney is not trying to sell sex to kids. and Disney cant control who the stars date soooooooo anymore complaints that i can shoot down.Mileys dad has met her BF and hes ok with it so back out. any more ?’s can email me at greekgrl16@gmail.com

    • Clint H says:

      The movie was done with great taste. It is the style now days… maybe you ought to wake up from the 1920′s. It was very innocent and brought back the early teen years of my life.

  8. Jenna says:

    To Mackenzie Morones:
    hey dork did I say she was from Disney no I said another teen star who ended up preggers. I never said Disney is responsible for who she dated. Billy ray is not the smartest man on the planet no normal father would allow his 16 year old to date a 20 year old guy. Maybe you should go back to elementary school and get an education. Learn how to read!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.S. I re sent you my comment so you could start practicing on how to read

    All that was missing from this movie was Disney’s classic poster with boys reaching for her junk. It’s too bad no one realizes Disney is still trying to sell sex to children. What happen to the good old days where everyone was covered up now you have 16 years barely dressed. I see her headed down the path of another famous 16 year who ended up bare foot and pregnant in Louisiana. What father on this planet lets there 16 year old date a 20 year old MAN? There is something seriously disturbed at the Disney company.

  9. Carolyn says:

    I took my 10 year old to see the movie yesterday. Although I’m “tired” of Hannah Montana, it was a good movie and I know the kids are going to love it. I enjoyed watching it. She’s a good actress and singer who needs to get away from her father, who is riding her coat tails. The ending was a surprise but not all that surprised because it’s been mentioned there is another movie in the works. Good job Miley, keep up the good work and hopefully one day, although Hannah Montana has made you who you are, you can shake that persona.

  10. Shacole says:

    Well i aboslutely loved the movie and anyone with an open mind willing to see a cute movie should see it. I give it 5 stars:)

  11. Sylvia says:

    I luffle hannah montana!!!!
    SHE IS PERFECT
    I WANT TO MARRRY HER

  12. I sure am glad my little one isn’t old enough to watch this yet. I would have to make the wife take her :-) Even if it is good wholesome fun

  13. Zeal says:

    This is the worst movie i have ever seen. I think it will have some good comedy but i did not laugh even once. This is a complete crap so dont waste your time.

  14. katie says:

    Goo movie

  15. John T. says:

    I’ve read a number of reviews in which the reviewer was mystified as to why Rascal Flats was at Ruby’s house. It was her Birthday! Duh!
    I’ve been to many parties with hispanics and they often bring their own instruments and play a little something usually involving a sing-a-long. I can’t speak to how common that may be in the South; but, it does happen.

  16. Charlie says:

    I just saw the movie I am 16 and I didn’t find it that good of a movie.
    One important thing to mention is that as the Hannah Montana show the movie is basically aiming for younger girls (which is also being pointed out pretty clear in the movie).

    So I think that the conclusion is that if your over 16 you probobly won’t find the movie that good. As a family movie though it can be entertaining.
    If your a Hannah Montana fan you will like it.

    And if people want to argue on how good the movie is. You can check on IMDB and find out that the rating of this movie is: 3.1 out of 10,000 votes.

  17. indy21 says:

    dude I HATE MILEY CYRUS this movie sucked her lyrics are terrible ever song is the same this is just billy ray Cyrus trying to make his come back guess what you fail you. you have to be 4, gay, or retarded to like this movie

  18. mae says:

    i am not 4 or gay or retarded. i am a 59 year old great grandmother and i loved the movie. i watched it with my husband and 39 year old daughter. i thought it was very intertaining and so did my family. it may not be the best movie ever made but it was good.

  19. Name says:

    i'm 16 and i loved it. i seen it with my 7 year old sister and we both loved it. i'm writing a film review on it for a major part of my school certificate

  20. Name says:

    i'm 16 and i loved it. i seen it with my 7 year old sister and we both loved it. i'm writing a film review on it for a major part of my school certificate

  21. Margo Martindale says:

    I thought the part where Miley had sex with Billy Ray was kind of off-putting.

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