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A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song

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It’s a modern and enchanting twist on an enduring classic! Katie (Lucy Hale of Pretty Little Liars) dreams of being a recording artist but is continually thwarted by her cruel stepmother (Missi Pyle) and stepsister (Megan Park of The Secret Life of the American Teenager). When Katie falls hard for Luke (Freddie Stroma), the new boy at her Performing Arts school, she tries to get his attention with her singing. But when her stepsister takes credit for Katie’s amazing voice and Luke falls for the wrong girl, Katie must learn to stand up for her dreams before her stepmother forces Katie to sing Luke into the arms of her wicked stepsister.

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The teen music scene meets classic fairy tale in this modern telling of Cinderella. The story is familiar enough: stepdaughter Katie (Lucy Hale of Pretty Little Liars) is a virtual indentured servant for her mean stepmother Gail (Missi Pyle), cleaning the house and catering to her every need and whim, as well as those of daughter Bev (Megan Park of The Secret Life of the American Teenager) and son Victor (Matthew Lintz). When a famous music producer enrolls his son Luke (Freddie Stroma) at the arts school where Katie's mom is the dean and Katie and Bev study, there's a definite attraction between Katie and Luke. Unfortunately, Gail comes up with a plan to propel Bev into superstardom, which destroys any chance of a relationship between Katie and Luke, along with Katie's chances of realizing her dream of becoming a recording artist. What Gail doesn't count on is Katie's resourcefulness, the tendency of the oppressed to band together, and the emotional power of a song. What's bothersome about this film is that most of the main characters are one-dimensional and unlikable. Gail is a mean-spirited woman who drinks too much, mistreats her stepdaughter, has unreasonable expectations for her daughter, and basically ignores her bright and totally out-of-control son. Bev is a pretty girl who lacks a sense of morality and the gumption to stand up for herself, and Victor is a self-absorbed terror who acts without consideration for others or any fear of negative consequences. Katie is more likable as the stoical teen who endures a bad situation while developing her musical talent and trying hard to be a good friend, but viewers will find her inability to assert herself quite frustrating. Luke is a similarly likable, talented young musician whose aspirations are thwarted by his father's expectations. Gail, Bev, and Victor all get at least a glimpse of the errors of their ways in this film, but while Victor's enlightenment is somewhat believable, Bev's flash of insecurity and compassion for Katie is unconvincing and short-lived, and Gail's momentary delusion of humanity is quickly negated by the (off-screen) consumption of a bottle of wine. The musical numbers are great in this film and there's a Bollywood dance scene that's well choreographed and quite fun, but in the end, that just isn't enough to offset the stereotypical, shallow characters. --Tami Horiuchi

Special Features

Spotlighting Lucy Hale: Our New Cinderella
A Cinderella Story: Meet Prince Charming
A Cinderella Story: Make'em Move
Flippin' On Set
Lucy Hale "Bless Myself" Music Video
In the Recording Studio with Lucy Hale

Product Details

  • Actors: Lucy Hale, Freddie Stroma, Jessalyn Wanlim, Missi Pyle, Megan Park
  • Directors: Damon Santostefano
  • Writers: Erik Patterson, Jessica Scott
  • Producers: Dylan Sellers, Michelle Johnston, Clifford Werber
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005EJIG62
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,438 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From the second we started this movie, my nieces and even my nephew were hooked! Do they already know all the songs and best lines? Yes! Do I too? Guilty! Lucy Hale is adorable, charming and talented beyond her years. I also loved the story and message, so often the movies my nieces want me to watch with them bore me to tears, but I was laughing and swept away from the first line to the last. I highly recommend this movie for all the princesses (young or old) out there.
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Lucy Hale stars as Katie in this third Cinderella movie. I find that this cinderella movie is a little more realistic than the other two. Yes she lives with her stepmother(Missi Pyle) and does all of the chores for her, but she still eats dinner at the table with the family and is not treaated like a slave. She is just shown no care and takes care of everything and everyone because her stepmother is a horrible mother to even her own kids and has Katie take care of them. I think Missi Pyle was a great choice for the stepmother because I find her personallity annoying yet humorous which is a perfect fit. In this show Lucy Hales character Katie has one stepsister starred by Megan Park(Secret Life of the American Teenager) who goes after the same boy as her and one stepbrother who is a troublemaker and adds lots of humor to this show. If you liked A Cinderella Story(Hillary Duff) and Another Cinderella Story(Selena Gomez) you will love this third installment of Cinderella!
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Since I am an out of touch old fogey, I'm not much down with what's trending. I stumbled upon Pretty Little Liars on ABC Famil- ahem, pardon, Freeform - and actress Lucy Hale right away struck me as someone familiar. Turns out, she starred in A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song, a cheesy but entertaining 2011 kid movie I watched while babysitting. It's one that caters to a specific demographic - the tween girls. It's replete with camp and corn and humor that's as subtle as a pie mashed in the face. It's the third stand-alone installment, following A Cinderella Story (2004) and Another Cinderella Story (2008).

Poor 17-year-old Katie Gibbs (Hale), reduced to playing scullery maid to her cruel step-mother and her atrocious children. And since the step-mom, Gail Van Ravensway (Missi Pyle), is also dean to the Wellesley Academy of the Arts, the prestigious private school Katie attends, there's no respite to our girl's misery.

Katie is an aspiring singer with a gorgeous voice and a knack for songwriting. See her perk up when a renowned British record producer shows up at school and assigns his teenaged son, Luke (Freddie Stroma), with producing (and scouting) the school's semester showcase. The mean dean is also ecstatic. She sees it as a chance for her daughter Bev (Megan Park) to land a recording contract. But here's the rub: Bev cannot sing. She sounds like cats in a room full of rocking chairs. The dean arrives at a brilliant idea: Why not have Katie lay down the vocal tracks and have Bev take credit? An outraged Katie plays along under threats of being sent to foster care and the loss of her come-of-age inheritance.

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Its cute, funny, and has a couple of emotional scenes that show character growth (won't spoil who the growth is for). Has it been done before? Of course it has its a Cinderella story. Does it matter? Nope. Its a modern Cinderella so the plot is pretty predictable. However it does have a bit of a different take on it. It has awesome music, wonderful chorography, and a mischievous little step-brother that will make you laugh. I would definitely recommend to anybody who likes reimagined Disney story's. Its a nice, modern take of a well loved classic.
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It seems I can watch as many Cinderella take-offs as there are film producers who want to make them. This one pops for me - I watch it because it is a silly amalgam of Grimms, teen-pop, and Bollywood and, for some reason, the gross-out humor and sly asides with the cute, to-die-for hunk who sings like a million bucks but has a rich dad and the step-mom, bejeweled and as narcissistic as they come, well, it all just works. Lucy Hale has range and like any good Cinderella character, ends up on top but not before some nail-biting and back-biting. A funky adaptation with good music, good performances, silly and romantic. I have watched this one WAY too many times!
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I'll admit that I accidentally hit the wrong button and purchased this movie instead of renting it. Thankfully, the movie was one I enjoyed, so I don't regret doing so. This movie is a cute, feel-good, everyone goes home happy movie that's good for those days when you just feel like staring at the TV screen and zoning out into a movie.
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I decided to buy this movie after I saw it on ABC family. I would give it 10 stars if there were instead of 5
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I love any kind of movie that has a Cinderella theme(the one where she's bullied by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters,but then meets her true love-her Prince Charming-and their relationship develops,and in the end,she breaks free of her stepfamily's cruel shackles,and her and her true love live happily ever),and the extra music theme adds some good spice to the movie.
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