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FREE STYLE stars HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALs Corbin Bleu, as Cale Bryant, in an inspirational and uplifting story for the entire family about a young mans determination to win a coveted spot on the Grand National motocross racing team. With the support of his loving mother (Penelope Ann Miller, KINDERGARTEN COP), precocious little sister (Madison Pettis, SEVEN POUNDS, THE GAME PLAN) and new girlfriend (Sandra Echeverria, Telemundos MARINA), Cale proves against all odds that he has the heart, the willpower and the courage never to give up on his dream.
Free Style asks the nonmusical question: Who needs Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, anyway? This is a starring vehicle for the other High School Musical dude, Corbin Bleu, who brings his likable-guy personality to a tale of small-town life and motocross racing. Bleu plays Cale Bryant, a fatherless teen in a drizzly Northwestern burg, a town so rich in motocross talent that three of the top contenders for an open spot on the national racing team just happen to be living there. Really? OK, it seems a bit unlikely, but that's the kind of movie this is: all the formulaic parts are in place, including the struggling single mom (Penelope Ann Miller), the wayward girlfriend, and the foxy waitress (Sandra Echeverria) who works at the town's Mexican restaurant. Can a reunion between Cale and his estranged father be far behind? Director William Dear (Harry and the Hendersons) is an experienced hand at this kind of familiar-but-sincere drama, and he smoothly guides the TV-level doings here. The motocross sequences are mud-spattered and not all that frequent, but they should be acceptable for X-treme fans. Since the storytelling is humdrum, the movie comes down to Corbin Bleu, and while the HSM faithful may be satisfied, others will have to admit that his single-note presence doesn't offer a whole lot in the way of excitement--not when it's featured at the center of a 90-minute movie, anyway. --Robert Horton
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this is a film that should appeal to all family members..
"Free Style" is a tween movie where Corbin Bleu's character is a motorcross racer in a small town where instead of the typical football-town, they are a Motor Cross town. Raised by a single mother with a little sister, Cale (Bleu) is competiting for a spot on a National Racing Team. The movie is 90 minutes of typical drama from a tween movie, but it does have exciting motorcross stunts. It also has obvious twists, but I am also thinking too much into it, where a kid is just going to enjoy the movie! I am also always a sucker for teen love and tween drama. I also think it is a great family movie, especially when there are so few choices that are great for boys and girls that are rated PG.
I was given a DVD screener to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.
In A Nutshell: This is an uplifting story about Cale (Corbin) who works hard to help his family taking on two jobs after his father left the family.His dream is to race with the pros and after losing his bike due to a little youthful drama (jealousy), he manages to build his dream bike, fall in love, and through shear willpower and courage beats all odds to come out on top.
What I Liked: Corbin is cute, likable and believable. Madison and Corbin are the perfect siblings, they even look alike. The storyline is sweet! After his mother is hurt, watching Corbin take care of his sister brought tears to my eyes.
Hearing that Freestyle was about Motor Crossing, didn't make me want to watch it but knowing Corbin was in it, changed my mind. I am so glad I did because while it is about bikes, this is mostly about a young man, who against all odds is strong, smart, kind, loving and a survivor.
I LOVED IT!