Walt Disney Studios, 2011. Rated G.
Synopsis: When five freshman meet in detention and decide to mess around with some of the musical instruments, they find they at least have a passion for music in common. Competing against the school’s more popular student band Mudslide Crush and a principal more concerned with sports, Olivia, Stella, Wen, Mohini, and Charlie set out to find a way to create a sense of equality and go for their dreams.
Based on a book of the same name, Lemonade Mouth takes a story about a high school garage band to a different level promoting a sense of friendship and the desire to follow one’s dreams despite life’s setbacks. Disney alums Bridgit Mendler (Good Luck Charlie) and Adam Hicks (Zeke and Luther) lead the cast of teens trying to overcome high school stereotypes and make the most of what little the school has to offer them. I was impressed with the cast’s singing and playing abilities (or, at least the ability to make it look like they knew how to play their instruments) and the musical numbers were catchy and positive. The friendship that develops between the five band members was intriguing in the sense that they realize they have things in common, but some of the scenarios felt forced and fake. The secondary characters were likable, but mostly seemed two-dimensional in relation to the rest of the cast – they have a purpose on helping to move the story along, but have no function in really helping the band realize what they have to do to achieve their goals. The movie slows down dramatically at the end, which was disappointing, but the ending scene is energetic and engaging.
Other movies like this one: Soul Surfer, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, Gnomeo and Juliet, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rio: The Movie, Monte Carlo, Prom, Justin Beiber: Never Say Never, Phineas & Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Camp Rock movies