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Radio Rebel 2012

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4.4 out of 5 stars (59) IMDb 6.3/10

Tara Adams is just an ordinary high school junior... except for one little thing. Tara's got a secret--a secret identity, in fact; she's Radio Rebel, the most popular radio DJ in Seattle.

Starring:
Debby Ryan, Sarena Parmar
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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After reading the book that was the inspiration for Radio Rebel, I couldn't help but check the movie out. I was initially a bit skeptical; I thought it might be overly immature and cheesy since it was made by the Disney Channel... but I was actually pleasantly surprised by what the movie held.

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. :)
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I enjoyed this movie pretty much. I liked the premise of it, and the main characters were fairly interesting. It's basically a teeny bopper movie but nice for one of those days when you just want to watch a movie and not have to deal with social commentary or violence.
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This was one of my really favorite coming of age movies. Complex, developed characters, good acting and dialog, an excellent story that could actually happen, This is, again, about how appearances can be deceiving and be careful who you shun, they might be most interesting! Even authorities can be too bull-headed to recognize free speech and expression rights, trying to pressure someone into doing what you want by punishing the innocent - a common theme - doesn't work well and may backfire. I enjoyed this movie very well. I rented it to watch and then, after seeing it bought it so it can't just disappear some day. I recommend it.
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3 1/2 Stars for fans of Disney Channel Movies
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!
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A good movie for tweens. Both granddaughters liked it and it kept their attention throughout the movie but we all agreed that it was pretty predictable. They took it home to watch again tho.
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I like films about who are invisible, but, manage to eventually stand out. There was a phrase that I liken to this. You were meant to stand out. This charater was meant to stand out and does, at first on her internet podcast and eventually on her won radio station. Debbie Ryan was excellent as the central charater and I hope to see her in other projects.
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Debby Ryan is always a great actor, the people who own Disney channel don't want to show any of my favorite movies anymore, so that's the reason why I be shopping online with you all company since you all company has all of my favorite Disney channel movies on DVD, and all of the songs of the movies on CD.
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By BarK on April 9, 2013
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This movie was excellent. I loved every character, including the confused one. She played her role very well. I Loved It! Awesome Movie for the younger people as well. No Nudity, No Cursing...LOVE IT!!!
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