This family movie was a good summation for the hail and farewell to the Even Stevens TV series farewell. In DVD form, the technical production is superb. Christy Carlson Romano and Shia LaBeouf grew up on the Disney Channel, and graduated to movie actors. Their Comedian styles are natural. The setting is a Dream Vacation the Stevens family won, all-expense-vacation to the Island of Mandelino. However, they are being set up as subjects for an extreme reality television series. This is a good family comedy. Also, it is a proverbial span in a bridge to see why Christy Carlson Romano and Shia LaBeouf graduated from child stars to adult actors. Good viewing for the whole family with hidden messages for good relationships in comedy vignettes! Enjoy!
Even Stevens is one of the better things that disney has produced in the last couple years. The show was hilarious, originally following the lives of two rival siblings, Louis (played briliantly by Shia LaBeouf) and Ren (rising star, Christy Carlson Romano) The show started to spread to all the other chartchers in the show, and most of the have noticable roles in this movie. Louis is a goof-ball, while Ren (being the complete oposite) is a well-respected straight A overachiever. The series hit its high in its 2002 episode, "Influenza: The Musical" which featured the cast memebers in very cool song and dance numbers. The movie premiered in July 2003, achieveing amazing reviews and millions of viewers. Disney is smart to release this one, becuase this is a must have for any DIsney fan. This movie ends the series on a high note, with Ren graduating middle school (in an episode didn't she say she was past 8th grade?), and Louis preparing for the Ultimate Summer Vacation, when an enthusiastic man shows up on their door. He tells the Stevens that they have won an all-expsense trip to an exotic island. But when the Stevens family arrive on the island with their annoying neighbor frined, they have no idea the rest of the world is watching them. They are now staring on the new show "Family Fake-Out", and their friends back home (who unknowingly sold them out) venture outto save them. This movie is complete with off-the-wall humor, and one of the most memorable endings in all DCOM history. This one is a MUST BUY!
I bought this movie for my wife because she is a huge Disney fan, I myself am a Shia LeBeouf fan. The movie is really cute and entertaining. Shia LeBeouf and Christy Carlson Romano are humorous to watch as they, brother and sister, seem to try to irritate each other throughout the story. The movie incorporates the whole reality show entertainment that America just seems to love, as the Stevens family gets selected to go on this tropical family vacation which ends up being a front for a hidden reality tv show. There are some cheesy parts throught out the feature (do realize that it was a made for tv movie) like when Shia completely destroys the natives' sacred temple and when some of the family members are chased down by a rabid squirrel. As with most Disney movies, The Even Stevens Movie contains the concepts of friendship, family, and love. If you are a fan of the show or of just good, made for tv, family movies than I believe you would enjoy this movie.
This Disney Channel Original Movie basically follows the show that was on Disney Channel. Since I was a fan of the show, I decided to watch the movie when it was on TV. I found it highly enjoyable and just fun to watch. All of the original characters are in it (even the characters who barely had any on-screen time during the series) and that to me is important, because a lot of the time, some of the characters from the series just don't show up in the movie. I'm glad that wasn't the case with this.
The plot was kind of silly, but that is just how the show was in general. The Stevens family "wins" an all expense paid trip to an island that no one has ever heard of only to find out that they're on a reality TV show.
I really liked how they wrapped up the school year in the first 15 minutes (Ren was graduating from junior high).
Christy Carlson Romano (Ren Stevens) truly outdid herself in this movie. She is hilarious and dramatic--both at the same time! I really enjoyed her performance, especially when she was going mad running after Louis. Totally unexpected from her character, but I really enjoyed it. Shia LeBouf (Louis Stevens) was his usual silly self. He and Beans (Steven Anthony Lawrence) caused mayem during the graduation, which was expected but I loved it nonetheless. When the family was on the "island" I found him very enjoyable when he kept running after a squirrel (and then eventually running from Ren). All in all, Shia shined in the movie.
Tom Virtue and Donna Pescow (Steve and Eileen Stevens) were great. Both are wonderful actors.
Anyway, if you're a fan of Disney Channel and/or of Even Stevens the series, I highly recommend this movie to you!
If your a fan of the Even Stevens series, this is for you! I have seen this movie dozens of times over the years. The storyline is very interesting, definitely feeling like an actual movie instead of a random episode plot. The dvd itself is great, no problems whatsoever with the quality or sound. It's really too bad that they don't have the series available on dvd.
If you have ever watched the Even Stevens TV show on the Disney Channel, and liked it, then this is a movie you will definitely enjoy. It's as funny and as crazy as the TV show! All of the original cast is in this movie. However, if your not a Even Stevens fan, then you may not like it. I think that a lot of the enjoyment comes from the fact that we know who the Steven's are from the TV show, and how they act, and if someone hasn't seen the TV show, they may not it is funny.