The Lizzie McGuire Movie
Popular Disney Channel character Lizzie McGuire (Hilary Duff) leaps to the big screen in this teen comedy. She is a pretty but clumsy 13-year-old about to embark on a two-week trip to Rome with her classmates. Under the watchful eye of chaperon Miss Ungermeyer (Alex Borstein), one of the film’s funniest characters, Rome begins to look pretty tiresome until Lizzie catches the eye of Italian pop star Paolo (Yani Gellman). He convinces Lizzie to sneak out of the hotel and pretend to be a superstar to placate the record company and demanding fans. Insecure, awkward Lizzie gets a breathtaking tour of Rome. Paolo offers her adventure and romance.
This movie is free of the mean spirited-characters which so many teen films focus on today. Lizzie McGuire is a likable Jr. High school student, but she does display some sneaky behavior while on a field trip with her class in Rome. She leaves her hotel room in Rome during the day, convincing her teacher she is ill in her room. She secretly meets a boy named Paolo but there are consequences for this behavior. Another character in the film, a girl who doesn’t like Lizzie in the beginning, befriends her. A character who plans to trick someone and embarrass her has the tables turned on him. Teens and young adults will particularly enjoy this film. We approve it for all ages although the very young would find it to be slow moving.