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3.0 out of 5 stars Likeable romp as long as you keep your expectations low, December 18, 2012
This review is from: So Undercover [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Expectations are funny things.

Only a fool would have any about a rom-com which sees Hannah Montana playing an FBI agent under deep cover in a sorority house. Even a fool would set them lower when the title is as witless as "So Undercover", but he might adjust them marginally back upwards because the film also boasts Entourage's Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) and Ozzy Osbourne's daughter Kelly.

And, on these terms, So Undercover doesn't disappoint: it can't, really. It does, despite itself, surprise.

Rest assured there are plenty of forgettable jokes at the expense of stupid rich girls, and those one or two which find their mark raise chuckles rather than guffaws.

There were guffaws, though - I don't mind admitting I had a couple - and they came almost, but not quite, in spite of the script.

Sometimes plot developments were too absurd not to laugh, but director Tom Vaughan is knowing enough to realise this - the entire picture presents itself with a cheeky wink - so he deserves credit for them.

But mostly, So Undercover gets away through sheer bravura and energetic performances from likeable stars. Miley Cyrus, with whose oeuvre I'm not intimately familiar, has a whale of a time with the lead, as does Jeremy Piven, who seems not to act in any noticeable way at all: Arman, his character might as well be Ari Gold, who, I imagine, might as well be Jeremy Piven.

Elsewhere Joshua Bowman and Mike O'Malley lend such admirable support it's hard not to be badgered into liking this film.

One chap in the cinema even applauded, though I think that was a step too far.

Olly Buxton
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