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American Mall, The

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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: #70,771 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Mall, The" on IMDb

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By Addison Parr on August 13, 2008
Format: DVD
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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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. She meets a young man named Joey (Rob Mayes) who is working as a janitor at the mall, but also has a band. They get close and connect through Ally's music. Things get interesting when the spoiled daughter of the mall owner, Madison (Autumn Reeser), decides she wants Joey for herself. She stops at nothing to get him. Not caring who she hurts, she starts in on Ally's mom who owns a music store in the mall. I found this movie kinda typical. Boy gets girl, does something stupid and loses girl, then gets girl back by the end of the movie.

This DVD comes with Special Features:
Director Commentary Featuring The Janitors
Cast Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Bloopers
Learn To Dance With Bonnie(At The Mall And Don't Hold Back)
Extended Performances

MUSIC VIDEOS:
Get Your Rock On
Clear
Survivor
You Got That Light(By The Janitors)

This movie is not rated, but it doesn't contain anything that could offend anyone. It's also widescreen.
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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. With her in the lead role it was good enough to hold my interest so I give it a 4 on that level. Without that it was merely okay IMO which is a 3 so you get an averaged out 3.5. To put it in perspective, I think Hellcats on TV is far better scripted & better acted roughly in this target audience group. So nothing earth shattering here but a decent way to pass an hour or so esp. if you like Nina Dobrev.

My biggest complaint are the commercials you CAN'T fast forward of bypass. Normally this is bad enough but these commercials are uterly stupid including Jackass & other stuff that isn't nearly as positive as the movie. I mean you have how to be annoying advertisements on a be a good person movie. It just seems like the ads don't match at all to me which makes it doubly annoying. I say put the movie in the DVD, walk away & do something else for 5-10 minutes to avoid watching the stupidity & then come back to enjoy the movie.
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