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The American Mall (2008)

Nina Dobrev , Rob Mayes , Shawn Ku  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MTV
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018M6J9U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,744 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The American Mall" on IMDb

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)"

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The American Mall is the must-see television event of the summer, from the executive producers of the blockbuster High School Musical movies. The movie premieres on MTV on August 12, 2008 at 9:00 PM (EST). The American Mall Soundtrack is in stores on the same day as the DVD release of the movie. Set in the kind of mall that's always been a home away from home for teens everywhere, The American Mall is the story of Ally, a hardworking young woman whose mother has owned a music shop even since it opened when Ally was a kid. Ally's singer/songwriter dreams seem to come closer to fruition when she meets Joey, a musician who's moonlighting as a janitor at the mall in order to support his own rock star ambitions. Ally's happiness and the fate of the music store are threatened when the mall owner's spoiled daughter, Madison - who will stop at nothing to get what she wants - gets involved.

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

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Thought It Was Well Done With Excellent Music!!! August 13, 2008
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME August 13, 2008
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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5.0 out of 5 stars High School Musical + Rent = The American Mall August 13, 2008
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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3.0 out of 5 stars HOLLYWOOD SUCCESS... September 25, 2010
Ever since Fame, it seems every year Hollywood has attempted to come up with a teenage musical worse than the previous year. American Mall is no exception, unless you just want a story with some good old fashion lip syncing fun. Ally is the daughter of a women who owns an unsuccessful mall music store. Mom used to have dreams of being a star, but when they never happened, she made her daughter study business and refuses to let herself live her life through her daughter as most parents would. While playing her music at the mall she meets a teenage janitor boy (Joey) who is "in tune" with her music. During a three minute lip syncing musical number their souls entwine. However there is the pure evil mall daughter who feels rejection from her father so she takes it out on poor Ally. In an almost Faustian manner, she steals Joey away from Ally by making him her model poster boy.

To pour salt in the wound she also steals her music to promote her store (PLOT SPOILER, if there is such a thing for this teenage love story). Eventually Joey comes to his senses and shuns fame, fortune, and a beautiful rich girl for Ally his soul mate. All ends well with everyone in perfect lip sync for the finale. Nina Dobrev at times comes across as another Miley Cyrus, while at other times she is more like Anne Faris. If you are a young teen or tween girl, this is a 10 star movie for you Cinderella. Us guys will just stomach it while you enjoy the bejesus out of it.

No nudity, no sex, no bad language, just some minor sexual innuendos such as "Is he a good kisser and how big are his hands?" Yawn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 2 months ago by Maria Escobar Rojas
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Was expecting this to be worse then what it was. I was pleased to see the movie wasn't scratched the case was in tack and that i was able to get it at such a steal
Published 3 months ago by courteney
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Another clean movie that I really enjoyed. I like stories that show where people can move onto better things and not let someone hold them down.
Published 5 months ago by Gwen
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Here for the Commentary
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. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
If you love musicals you will love this one. I loved most of the songs except one or two. The songs are catchy and the plot was great.
Published 23 months ago by Lindsay
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
The American Mall is a fun, upbeat, entertaining movie. It's about a young woman named Ally (Nina Dobrev from "The Vampire Diaries") she is a wonderful singer and songwriter. Read more
Published on May 5, 2012 by Carol
3.0 out of 5 stars Let's say 3.5 stars
It's basically after school special meets musical. Now I admit that means I'm not it's target audience but it was cheap & I like Nina Dobrev. Read more
Published on July 28, 2011 by gambitrmp
4.0 out of 5 stars If not for any other reason: Yassmin Alers
The television release of this musical was over-shadowed by multiple programs released on the same night and MTV did not place enough strength behind the release date. Read more
Published on June 13, 2010 by Steplander
4.0 out of 5 stars An X generation Grease?
I found myself liking this sort of Partridge Family manufactured
for TV rock story about what else a romance between a singing boy and a singing girl. Read more
Published on November 17, 2009 by Roger Bagula
5.0 out of 5 stars talented young people
This is great to watch if you like music. These young kids are very good singers and dancers, and the old ones aren't to bad either. Read more
Published on September 27, 2009 by Darryl Goodrich
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