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The American Mall

4.3 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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From the executive producers of High School Musical, The American Mall is about Ally, a hardworking young woman whose mom owns a music shops that's the soul of the mall. Ally's singer/songwriter ambitions start to blossom when she meets Joey, a musician moonlighting as a janitor at the mall to support his own rock star dreams. While Joey understands her songs (and heart) like no one else, Ally's happiness and the fate of the store are threatened when the mall owners' spoiled, driven daughter Madison gets involved. It's high drama that rocks full on through song and dance. And at The American Mall you can fall in love, live your dreams and have the time of your life.

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A musical from the producers of High School Musical, American Mall has an abundance of great music and large choreographed dances, though many of the big production scenes seem forced and abruptly placed, especially compared to the seamless flow of its Disney predecessor. Pursuing one's dreams is seldom easy, and that's certainly the case for budding musician Ally (Nina Dobrev), having grown up in the mall at her mother's music store with a gift for songwriting and music aspirations, despite her mother's more practical plan for her to pursue a business degree. Ally's biggest problem is that she can't seem to finish her musical compositions, but that all changes when she meets night janitor Joey (Rob Mayes), a struggling rock musician who creates lyrics for her music and becomes her inspiration. The two develop a close relationship, but when the mall owner's daughter Madison (Autumn Reeser) threatens to close down Ally's mother's music store and steal Joey, his band, and one of Ally's songs to promote her new clothing line, Ally's life seems destined to fall apart completely. The storyline of typical girl, hot boy, and self-absorbed girl parallels High School Musical, Camp Rock, and a host of other popular movies, but tweens and teens will nonetheless find both story and music compelling. Bonus features include two separate commentary tracks: one with the director and "The Janitors" and the other with eight cast members including Dobrev, Mayes, and Reeser. There are also deleted scenes, bloopers, a learn to dance segment with choreographer Bonnie Story, extended performances of "Every 10 Seconds" and "At the Mall," four music videos including "You Got That Light" by The Janitors, and an alternate film ending. If you liked High School Musical and Camp Rock, you'll enjoy American Mall. (Ages 10 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes
  • Bloopers
  • Learn to dance with Bonnie
  • Extended performances
  • Music videos: "Get Your Rock On," "Clear," "Survivor," "You Got That Light (by the Janitors)"

Product Details

  • Actors: Nina Dobrev, Rob Mayes, Autumn Reeser, Yassmin Alers, Al Sapienza
  • Directors: Shawn Ku
  • Writers: Margaret Oberman, P.J. Hogan, Tomás Romero
  • Producers: Arata Matsushima, Barry Rosenbush, Bill Borden, Jeff Yapp
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MTV
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018M6J9U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,080 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The American Mall" on IMDb

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I am a movie goer, I'm a 21 year old guy and I love all kinds of films including the younger High School Musical movies. I watched this when it aired on MTV and I was very impressed. Sure it's hard to even compare to the high success of HSM, but it its own it was a great film. The songs were what caught my attention, a lot of reviews said they didn't enjoy the singing or songs, and I felt they were full of heart and I enjoyed most of them. The acting was quite good, some people could have used work, but what do you expect for a lower budget MTV movie? My sister kept hoping that Joey would cut his hair!

We were excited about all the So You Think You Can Dance people we saw in it! Neil from season 3 plays Drew, who was pretty funny. Thayne, Matt and Gev from season 4 are all seen which was pretty awesome!! I went out the next day and bought the movie.

Autumn Reeser plays a great bad girl as she did in The O.C, her song New You is pretty catchy and is a cool sequence. The two leads are good as well, because I had never really seen them before it was easier to get to know them in these singing roles. Their songs are very cool, like Ally's get even song Survivor, and the song Dreaming Wide Awake!

The DVD has some cool features, there are two commentaries, one by the cast and one by the director and the guys who play the janitors. They give some cool behind the scene stories on the movie making process, like filming in a real mall. There are music videos, and a short blooper reel, and learn how to dance, ha, may pass on that one. The deleted scenes give a little more on the interesting past of Madison's dad and Ally's mom, and a very short alternate ending that answered the question-What happened to the store?
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It's a very good movie. You don't have to compare it to anything else. Just watch it and enjoy a great story and beautiful music. It's absolutely worth watching....!
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I have seen High School Musical and High School Musical 2, and I have to say that The American Mall is so much better then High School Musical. I'm 21 and even though this movie can't decide if it wants to be a kids musical or an adult musical I found it amazing!

Its a remindes me of Rent in some ways as the songs go. Then they hit you with some songs that seem to come from High School musical's way. The singing is amazing in the movie. They was they sing together gives me chills. I like all 10 songs that make thier home in this moive.

I don't even like all the songs in High School Musical, That "Get Your Head In the Game" always gets skipped when seeing the movie. But found all the songs in American Mall amazing and not overdone like the songs in High School Musical. Its nice to see a musical can be made for the older crowd then the little 13 year old kids. With songs that sound more rock band then gay keyboard sounds of HSM.

Songs that stand out are "Dreaming Wide Awake", "A Little Bit Of Heart Somewhere", "Survivor", "Sorry's Not Enough" & the title song, "Get Your Rock On"

If you do not like this musical then something must be wrong with you. The story is good, the music is amazing, and gets better with every time you see the movie.

I think over time this movie will outshine High School Musical and I feel that an Americn Mall 2 will be coming soon. Lets just hope its as good as the first one. We all saw how bad High School Musical 2 was and I don't have much hope for HSM3.

Just you wait this movies popularity IS GROWING!!
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I of course thought this was just a rip off of High School Musical, but it interested me because I saw the commercial for it on MTV. I bought it long ago and I've worn it out and scratched it that I must purchase another and decided I would leave a review.
I love musicals and this one was okay. In my personal opinion, not all actors or actresses should sing. It just seems a bit much when they all want to be a triple threat, but this was out before she became a big star from Vampire Diaries. Some songs were better than others, I especially love...I believe it's called Stronger with all the females just killin' it in those awesome boots. There were a few others, but the real reason that I absolutely adore this movie is for the commentaries.
I am a nerdy geek girl that loved special features and one of my favorite things is bloopers and the other is commentaries. It's a chance to hear how everyone interacts with each other and usually you learn something that happened behind the scenes that you won't ever find out about anywhere else. I do enjoy the commentary with the main cast, but my favorite one is actually with the director and the guys who played the janitors.
I've watched the movie without the commentary three times but the other times were with that commentary. It's funny and you hear how they worked together, what songs they liked, how they learned a dance routine that they didn't even perform in, and many other things. But I digress.
The special features also have a music video from Wade Allain Marcus and David Baum. It's a really good song which also has Nina Dobrev.
Yes the movie is good however it can get a little campy at times, but I really do enjoy for the commentary. So I say if you are like me and enjoy things like that, then go for it. Buy the movie. Watch it. Then commentary time.
Enjoy.
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