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Cadet Kelly (2002)

TV Movie  |  TV-G  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  8 March 2002 (USA)
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A fashion-conscious youngster is horrified when she is forced to move to military school.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sir (Joe)
Joe Matheson ...
General Archer
Beverlee Buzon ...
Dalene Irvine ...
Avery Saltzman ...
Sr. Cadet Officer
Josh Wittig ...
Cadet Bugler


As the clumsiest, most clueless cadet to enter George Washington Military Academy, Kelly seems to be fighting an uphill battle to fit in. But it's all out-out war when she butts heads with Cadet Captain Stone, a tough-as-nails, by-the-book "commanding officer" determined to break her spirit. Written by Ammodog69

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This was the very first Disney Channel Original Movie to air on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC in the United States and CBC in Canada. The second DCOM to air on ABC and CBC was Camp Rock (2008). See more »


Sir calls Brad "Cadet Captain Rigby", instead of Cadet Major Rigby when telling Kelly she made the drill team. See more »


[first lines]
Kelly Collins: [narrating voice over] Hey, I always known there are some stories that have to be told, but I never realized my memoirs would be one of them.
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Pleasantly surprised...
8 July 2003 | by (Everman, TX, United States) – See all my reviews

While I didn't expect too much from this movie despite the fact that I generally like Disney channel movies, I must say I was pleasantly surprised.

Not only was the acting very believable, but the plot was original and had a lot of heart. This movie made me smile, get teary-eyed, and think. I think what makes this movie rise above the average is that it reaches many different people on various levels. It challenges you to think outside the box, to not accept the conformity of society and set your own standards while crossing over the line. It teaches you the importance of family, even 'broken' ones, and letting new people in, to have faith in people, how its important to face your fears, and perhaps most importantly, to embrace your individuality and set new standards.

Most of the negative comments I read about this movie complain about two things: 1) Hilary and Christy's characters are more or less the same as their alter egos, Lizzie and Ren, and 2) It was unbelievable as far as the military aspect because of the discrepancies and the way Kelly spoke to her ranking officer (Jennifer Stone, Christy Romano). I disagree on both counts.

First, Kelly and Jennifer's characters couldn't *be* farther from Lizzie and Ren. Lizzie is a sweet, sensitive, albeit insecure and klutzy homebody, while Kelly is a fun-loving, adventure-seeking, rule-breaking girl with something to prove. Similarly, Ren is a nice, caring, intelligent, studious person while Jennifer is a mean, stuck-up military brat with a chip permanently lodged on her shoulder.

And secondly, while I can't really confirm nor deny the military discrepancies not having been in ROTC or any branch of the military, I can certainly refute the statement that Kelly was way out of line. The worst thing she did was paint Jennifer's hair, and she was court-martialed for *that*, so I don't really see that as getting away with it. And furthermore, while I don't condone acts of revenge, she *did* have it coming--sometimes, the only way you can reach a person is to go to their level, for while it brings you down a notch at the time, when you rise back up, not only will you be a notch higher, you'll have brought someone up with you.

VERDICT: A heart-warming movie with character, not just recommended for the family or kids, but for anyone with an open mind and/or open heart.

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