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Dear Lemon Lima (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  June 2009 (USA)
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Vanessa gets a dose of reality when Philip, her one true love, ends their relationship, again. The quirky teen enrolls in his school to win him back, but ends up making matters worse. ... See full summary »



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Vanessa gets a dose of reality when Philip, her one true love, ends their relationship, again. The quirky teen enrolls in his school to win him back, but ends up making matters worse. Downgraded to social outcast, Vanessa struggles to reclaim Phillip's affection. Luckily, when Vanessa is declared a captain for the school's Snowstorm Survivor competition, she assembles a team of likeminded misfits to prove they deserve to compete and hopefully win her love's heart again. Written by Anonymous

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Filled with humor and heart -- a girl's version of 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' -- but better.
4 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is suitable for all ages. Most of the younger kids won't understand what happened and probably wouldn't like the movie anyway because there is no silly slapstick comedy in it and it seems to me that this movie would only play well to tween and teen girls since the main character is a girl and she narrates the whole story by writing in her diary.

Vanessa Lamor (Wiltfong) is in love with her boyfriend, Philip (Topp). He comes to visit her at her work in the opening sequence and informs her that he's not there for chit-chat, he's there to end the relationship before he heads off to Paris for the summer. Straight away, we can tell that Philip's a real tool. "I thought I was going to Paris with you," Vanessa says. "Vanessa, you need to learn the difference between fantasy and reality, do you have a ticket to Paris?" She's determined to win him back, however, and enrolls in his preppy private school by using the scholarship his family got for her. Vanessa's mother, Terri (Hutchins), wants her to forget about him altogether: "If I were you, I'd write Philip's name on a piece of toilet paper, wipe and flush." During a training exercise for the big Snowstorm Survivor Competition that the school holds every year in order to teach leadership, Vanessa gets hurt and is sent to the weight room where she meets other quirky kids who are socially outcast, they call themselves the FUBARs. She doesn't want to believe in them just yet and continues to fawn over Philip, who seems to have taken a shine to a blond girl named Megan (Martin). So, Vanessa tries to get Philip's attention by dying her hair white (it's blond!). When Philip just further proves what a douche he is, Vanessa accepts who she is and bonds with the FUBARs. When she gets chosen as the Freshman Leader for Snowstorm Survivor Competition, she tries to show everyone else that you don't need to turn into an evil human being to be a good leader -- you just have to be yourself.

I liked Dear Lemon Lima. It was a funny, touching and sweet story. As I said before, most younger kids won't want to see it -- the movie is slow-paced, but it's not supposed to be a silly comedy. The movie doesn't have to rely on over-the-top action or goofy antics like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. There were plenty of funny lines (most of them came from the main character when she was writing in her diary) to keep me interested in what was going to happen. If you don't like movies that are character driven or that are talk heavy, then stay away from this one. But, if you enjoy a sweet story about a girl falling in and out of love and discovering just who exactly she is, then I suggest you give it a shot.

Another thing that sold the movie for me was the performances by all involved. This is Wiltfong's first feature and she pulls it off like she's an old seasoned pro. Other stand-outs include Zane Huett (Parker Scavo on TV's Desperate Housewives) as Hercules' Howard who is "allergic to air" and Melissa Leo as Hercules' mom. Yes, Shayne Topp does play a good snob, but it would have been nice to give us a comparison from what he gave us the entire show, I would have liked to see some earlier moments involving 'Nessa and Philip, show us how they got together, show us why 'Nessa is so in love with him, what made her cuckoo for cocoa puffs?

The ending is a bit cliché, I'm afraid, but that's sort of expected when it comes to movies of this nature. I really couldn't see them ending it any other way (and wouldn't want them to) than they did. Although, the final shot gives us one final laugh in a movie that's filled with lots of humor and lots of heart.

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