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This is a squeaky clean flick (thank you, Disney!); I can't remember even a trace of innuendo or bad language. It would be completely safe for any member of the family to watch. It's set in high school and most of the characters are school age, so occasionally it does have a slightly "young" feel, but not extremely so. I thought the characters were cast pretty well, especially Tara.
There's a nice amount of comedy, and while some might consider it cheesy-comedy, I couldn't help but laugh at the antics. Is it completely realistic? No... but I found it entertaining anyway. It's a very "up" feeling film, with an overall happy-go-lucky vibe.
I admit the book and movie are wildly different, but both have their own merits. If you're familiar with the book, I advise trying to view the movie as a completely separate piece of work...while the stories do loosely parallel each other(somewhat), hardly anything is completely the same, aside from the radio station name--SLAM FM. If you're willing to set aside the book and look at the film as a separate piece of work, I think you'll find it fairly entertaining. :)
2 Stars for Everyone Else
I'll be the first to admit that I am not the intended target for Disney Channel original programming. But a number of their recent movies have had enormous cross-over appeal whether from infectiously bad pop songs, likable leads, or just by qualifying as silly fun. I know the network has been trying to position Debby Ryan as the next big thing, and fans of "Jessie" (among other projects) will likely flock to "Radio Rebel." But I'm not sure that I see a superstar quality as much as I see a pleasant and nice young lady. This movie really plays as a pint-sized and thoroughly scrubbed version of Christian Slater's cult hit "Pump Up The Volume." It serves a positive message, for sure, in that everyone should be happy with who they are. But aside from that affirmation, "Radio Rebel" falls a bit a short in comparison to other Disney efforts. It offers little in the way of surprises or originality, and the humor isn't strong enough to overcome a rather lackluster and familiar plot.
Ryan plays a painfully shy girl in what appears to be Seattle's most squeaky clean high school. She experiences all the regular issues such as an unrequited crush and being on the outside of the popular clique. But she yearns to be accepted for who she is! A popular radio figure has captivated the entire school with her up-with-people podcasts. Known only as Radio Rebel, everyone (aside from the cartoon villains) are enchanted by the mysterious voice. Just by uttering familiar platitudes about acceptance, she has revolutionized the way people think about themselves! This is such a goldmine of originality (not so much), a local station picks her up for a city-wide broadcast. Poor Seattle!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a good movie. I like most things that Debby Ryan is in.Published 16 days ago by Roger D. Settle
Tara Adams went from a lame shy high school student to an fantastic talk show host of a popular radio station, which something I would want to do for my lifePublished 24 days ago by Jean Luc Pressoir
I thought it was OK obviously. Ryan's character a;most seems dumb in her shyness. Her mouth is always hanging open like "der". Read morePublished 2 months ago by JB
Excellent movie. Debby Ryan is great as Radio Rebel.Published 13 months ago by William Zenoniani II