The Lizzie McGuire Movie (U)

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Hilary Duff

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Review byMatthew Turner26/08/2003

Three out of Five stars
Running time: 94 mins

Like What A Girl Wants, The Lizzie McGuire Movie is not really aimed at anyone over the age of about 15, but it’s watchable fluff if you find yourself dragged along.

The Lizzie McGuire TV show is currently being shown on BBC1, which should at least ensure that the film has some kind of audience for its opening weekend in the UK.

It stars Hilary Duff (Frankie Muniz’ co-star from Agent Cody Banks) as Lizzie and usually involves her, her friends and her irritating little brother getting into amusing scrapes. It also has frequent cutaways to an animated Lizzie who comments on whatever is going on. And falls over a lot.

Predictable Shenanigans In Rome

The movie basically takes a few of the characters from the TV show and sends them on a school trip to Rome. Once there, Lizzie is mistaken for half of an Italian pop duo, thanks to her (ahem) uncanny resemblance to pop starlet Isabella (no prizes for guessing who plays her). She’s then swept off her feet by the male half, Paolo (Yani Gellman), Isabella’s ex-boyfriend. But are his intentions entirely honourable?

The plot, then, is of the dippy doppelganger variety and is really just an excuse to have Lizzie belt out a song or two on stage at the end. This is, presumably, In No Way Related to the fact that Duff has an album coming out soon. Oh no.

Not Bad If You Like That Sort Of Thing

Still, as these sorts of things go, it’s watchable enough. Duff is a likeable actress and there’s strong comic back-up from her Annoying Brother Matt (Jake Thomas) and Alex Borstein as the school trip chaperone with a power complex.

In addition, fans of the show will probably enjoy the development of the relationship between Lizzie and her devoted best friend Gordo (Adam Lamberg).

In short, it’s not a bad movie exactly, it’s just that, like its rival What A Girl Wants, it’s so blatantly aimed at the under 15s. In fact, anyone over 18 can probably go ahead and bust it down to two stars. On the other hand, if you have a thirteen year old female cousin or daughter, then this may well be the movie you’ve been looking for.

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