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As many of you know, in the past years, Disney channel is known for releasing films such as "High School Musical", "Camp Rock" and the "Cheetah Girls" franchises, all of which were popular but corny in some way, especially the disastrous "Camp Rock 2". I gotta say that for a Disney Channel Movie, in my opinion Lemonade Mouth was just a sweet knockout!!!!!!!!! It's the best musical movie that Disney Channel has ever made, and I'm hooked on it. The actors in the movie did a great job, each character was given a great amount of significance, and best of all, all 5 of them are really talented not only as actors but as musicians. I'm amazed that Adam Hicks wrote his own rap lyrics for 3 songs in the movie because it allowed him to showcase his true musical talent, and even though all 5 actors were great, I feel that he and Hayley Kiyoko are the 2 strongest actors in the movie. Also the movie was great on character development, and the filmmakers didn't make 1 character feel more important than others, and it was almost completely unpredictable because I had no idea what would happen throughout this movie, though I will say that the only predictable thing about it was that after Charlie(Blake Michael) flipped the coin, it would land on heads, other than that, completely unpredictable. Even Chris Brochu's character Ray wasn't entirely annoying, but he was a jerk. The soundtrack's amazing, you'd actually want those type of songs on your Ipod, and they're genius. Finally, Lemonade Mouth actually has a strong morale, and it's the kind you can take seriously, unlike corny stupid lines like "This is our summer"!!!!! I can also praise this movie for presenting a realistic plot, and it proves that Disney finally learned from all the mistakes they've previously made with past DCOMS. PS: All 5 members of the band can sing, not just 1 person, who wouldn't want that in a band(which by the way they should be a real-life band)?!?!? Here's 1 character I didn't really talk about and that's Scott Pickett, lead guitarist of Mudslide Crush. Scott is played by Nick Roux, and while he's a nice guy, he can be a little selfish, and I don't think anyone expected him to end up joining Lemonade Mouth by the end of the movie, but it was best that he did. I will say that it was unnecessary for Mo to get jealous of Scott for simply talking to a girl named Jules, it's not like he was making out with her. Also how the mural of the band had ended up on the pizzeria billboard was never explained, so therefore it didn't make sense. Something else I should add is that there was a review saying that the music continuity was an issue, and I'd just like to say that 1st of all, that's not something to complain about, 2nd of all, of course you're still gonna hear keyboards in the background while Wen's rapping because he's not really playing, so that's not really an issue. Also during "Breakthrough", Scott had already joined the band, and he's the one who played guitar for that song so it doesn't matter if Stella's not playing guitar, but you're right about "She's So Gone", Bridgit should have been playing bass instead of a 2nd guitar, and in "Breakthrough", and Highwire, Naomi's not playing bass which is odd. Overall,This movie couldn't have been done in a better way, it deserves a sequel but I'm afraid it'll be a disaster like Camp Rock 2. Well done Disney, keep this up, your coolest musical film yet. I give it a perfect 10. Rock on, Lemonade Mouth!!!!!!!!!!!!
I personally found this movie to be extremely inspiring. You would
think that it'd be your typical Disney musical but I think that
Lemonade Mouth took it to a different level. It's not just a High
School Musical where students from different cliques come together with
a common interest despite what their friends think. With Lemonade Mouth
the obstacles were not only at school but at home. It touched on some
major teen issues.
It spoke about true friendship, through life's struggles Not to mention, the songs had soul. They didn't just have funky/hip beats, the lyrics had meaning.
Lemonade Mouth really defies all odds. In regular band there is only one leader singer, despite who writes the song. With this band they got personal as each song meant something different to each member and the one that related most sang that song. I found that really interesting. It gave the band flavor, as it had different voices.
This movie teaches you about the meaning of true friendship, overcoming family problems, dealing with relationships, the right way to deal with bullies and following your dreams at all costs.
This is truly a movie for all ages! Honestly, more appeal to teens and pre-teens.
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"Lemonade Mouth" is a story about five teenagers with different
problems coming together and forming a band to be heard after being
mistreated by the principal and popular kids.
Characters: 16/20 The characters each had a distinctive personality, but some characters weren't very well developed. I can't tell you much about Charlie, and just barely more with Wen. Then Scott wasn't as developed either, and all they did for Ray was show that he was a huge jerk, but otherwise, all the other characters were great.
Story: 17/20 I had to count off of originality because it was based off a novel, but otherwise it was a great story about how, like I said earlier, five teenagers escaping from family problems by trying to speak up against their principal by forming a band. You can totally relate with the characters, and you find yourself wanting to just whack the crap out of some of the characters. Some of the scenes seem a little over dramatic, like people just randomly start yelling, or in one scene, when the lead jerk Ray decides to just spontaneously decides to steal the microphone and start a fight. That scene was very confusing. I had really no idea how the fight started, and it went so fast that it perplexed me; then I don't know why the band wasn't allowed to perform there anymore when it was the other guy who started it. It was also confusing how when they got their gig at the pizzeria, they had a sign already advertising to "fight the power" even though the band had only preformed once, and that was at a school. Besides that, it had a great story, and a great ending.
Acting: 19/20 The acting was PERFECT. I applaud every person they hired for the band Lemonade Mouth, because they did an awesome job. They also hired some very talented singers and musicians, if I can say. If the people who played instruments really couldn't play that instrument, then they did a great job acting like they played it. I had to count off though because of the jerks. Scott was very vague and strange, which might've been why the character didn't seem too good. Ray was also very jerk-ish, which was correct on his part, but he sort of over-acted and since there was no other part in the plot about his personality, you couldn't see his full acting talents (if he could do better).
Moral and family-orientation: 20/20 Yes, it is a Disney Channel movie, so it HAS to be family-oriented, but the moral was strongly showed in the movie: speak up for what you believe in. That's what the whole movie centered on, what they actually exhibited; that's why the band was formed in the first place. Now, if you're a person who watches porn and people's heads being blown off every second of the day (or you know what I mean), you would hate it. If you enjoy a movie that the whole family can enjoy and a movie that you can relate to with great music, then you would enjoy "Lemonade Mouth". I certainly did.
Music: 19/20 I hate rapping. Sorry. They rapped in this movie, but this rapping wasn't about sex or drugs or anything, and I was actually okay with it. For a white guy, Adam Hicks isn't a bad rapper. The music by the band just drills in your head and motivates you to do things. Great music, and too add on, it's about standing up for yourselves.
Overall review: 91/100 In conclusion, "Lemonade Mouth" is a great movie about taking a stand for what you believe in that actually has some personality while being suitable for all ages.
Bonus Review- Cinematography: 17/20 Cinematography is my picky spot, so sorry, but I HAVE to review. I absolutely LOATHE when cameras shake on purpose in scenes to cause "suspense" or "tension" or whatnot. Blech, I DESPISE it. They used the technique in this movie once or twice, and when I got to the point where I started getting annoyed (around twenty or thirty seconds) it stopped. They also had some confusing angles, but otherwise, it was okay.
With the kids from High School Musical now grown and some of them even
leaving the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney Studios had to get a fresh group
of musically talented young folks for a new musical film. The result is
Which is the band that a group of kids who serendipitously sent to the same detention for violating one of martinet principal Christopher McDonald's dumb rules at the same time. That kind of coincidence would tell most people including these kids that there is some karma at work here and that they've got to form a band.
The main thing that Lemonade Mouth is supposed to do it does well, that is give Bridgit Mendler a showplace for her singing talents. I guess it's kind of a tossup between Mendler and Demi Lovato to see who will be the next Miley Cyrus for Disney. Lovato has some great comic ability, but as for singing I think Mendler has it over her. In any event she's also got a nice wholesomeness about her that I hope she neither loses and that just might give her career some staying power.
The songs aren't bad either and Christopher McDonald who usually does quite serious roles shows some hidden talent for comedy. The kind of principal you love to hate. Maybe Lemonade Mouth might just get a few more viewers than those who normally frequent the Disney Channel.
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Having watched and discussed this movie with my nine-year-old niece, I
found it both entertaining and disappointing.
I hadn't intended to post here, but after reading reviews on a number of different sites, I decided what the heck 'be heard'! :-) *steps up on soapbox* It was definitely entertaining, even with the necessity to 'suspend belief' in a lot of instances as was pointed out in a number of postings I read, by 'youthful' reviewers. I'm also was quite comfortable with the 'message' I believe the story was meant to convey with some effort, we can ALL overcome and achieve.
Decent cast, although I have issues with how the 'adults' were portrayed. But then, it's a Disney movie and is of course, meant to reach a demographic other than my old self. *laughs* While all the 'kids' did seem to mesh and work well together, I thought I noticed some kind of 'connection' between Miss Mendler and Mr Hicks or their characters at least. Miss Scott did, in my opinion, exceptionally well with the whole 'American' accent thing. Kudos to her.
Now... the 'disappointed' part. As is usually the case when going from print to screen, I feel the original story (I did actually read the book before I gave it to my niece) was indeed, lost in the conversion. And, as we all know, movie-making is a business, and for the most part, projects are evaluated on the premise of profits. And yes, as I have seen posted by a number of youthful revolutionaries, *smirk* it shouldn't always be about profit. Unfortunately however, without profits, we'd have FAR FEWER movies worth watching. I will say that in this case, the changes from book to movie seem to have worked quite nicely.
I am VERY disappointed with the production of this movie. There are a BUNCH (a double-digit number) of filming/editing errors in it, making it blatantly apparent that Disney shot this solely on the premise of showing it on TV and not in theaters. While I'm not going to delve too far into this, I will give you what I considered the most obvious. It involves a label-less bottle of water. In one scene, to characters are sitting at a table talking, the camera changes angles from one to the other as each of them has dialogue. During one of the cuts, a bottle of water appears between them, and then on the very next cut, disappears. There are a number of others, but my point is; the actors involved deserved better than to have all their efforts tossed into a blender, with the final result being a 5 (barely) on a scale of 10 for editing.
Shame on you Disney. Good thing your demographic turned out to be YOUNG.
Ultimately, I will say this: Any movie that can get a nine year old to continuously repeat 'be heard, be strong, be proud', is in this writer's opinion, a GOOD MOVIE.
*steps down off his soapbox*
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Everyone in my family is 15+ years, but we'd heard a lot about this
movie, so we decided to watch it - and loved it! It is an all around
good movie for anyone to watch. No sex, violence, swearing, etc. making
it a good family film. The music, acting, and story keep older family
members entertained - mostly the music, for my family at least. The
songs are still going through my head!
The only thing that parents might want to be warned about, is that one of the themes, beside friendship, seems to be to question authority. One other slight problem might be that the dad of one of the teens in the movie has a much younger, 28 yr. old, girlfriend.
Brigit Mendler is a very talented actress with an amazing voice! Her co-stars are all extremely talented as well. I see a bright future for all of them!
I found most of Disney Channel's original movies to be abysmal, cheesy messes with so-so acting and plots that could make Inspector Gadget: The Movie look like Shakespeare in comparison. But I found Lemonade Mouth to be an organic, well-acted, clever movie. It has some thought-provoking, inspiring themes that puts it aside from pretty much every other DCOM out there. The songs are catchy and pretty well-performed. And let's not forget the teen actors that all give likable, believable performances. I'm a musician in real life, and though my school has an incredibly well- funded music program, the thought of losing it still lurks and chills me to the bone. This movie suggests that music programs are important and allows us to express creativity and self-expression and that being yourself is the most important thing you could ever do... And though that seems to be the theme of many Disney Channel movies, it rings true to all of us. This is, in my humble opinion, the very best Disney Channel original movie, and I will keep watching it whenever it comes on.
Disney high school band movies was trending in the late 00s. This was
one of them, and in my opinion, it was the best. You know the story.
Some high school kids inadvertently find each other and they realize
they have a great band together. There are hurdles along the way, but
at the end they're a great band, and the movie also includes some great
music. They enter a competition; maybe they win; maybe they lose; but
at the end they realize they're great friends. And there's a romantic
component thrown in there.
What I like about this movie, and it speaks to contemporary politics, is one scene with a girl in a wheelchair. They band plays at a school dance or something. I don't know. But the band is playing an awesome song, and shown are people in the crowd dancing and smiling and having a good time. A girl in a wheelchair is shown, and she is smiling and dancing as best as she can in her wheelchair. What that tells us is that first of all a kid in a wheelchair felt comfortable enough to go to the high school dance. Second of all she was having a good time.
Years ago that kid in the wheelchair may have just stayed home. But now we're all one. We're all together. Whether we're black, immigrant, handicapped, gay, whatever.. We're all going to accept you, and whoever you are you can enjoy the band, dance however you want to dance, and you're part of us and accepted in the group. That says a lot.
Five disparate high school kids are sentenced to detention in the
basement. Principal Brenigan (Christopher McDonald) uses corporate
sponsorship to support only the sport teams. He relegates all the other
groups into the basement. Miss Reznick (Tisha Campbell-Martin) is the
music teacher who is facing funding cuts. Stella (Hayley Kiyoko) is the
rebellious new girl who is the least successful of her family. Olivia
(Bridgit Mendler) is the awkward loner who is hiding some devastating
family secrets. Mo (Naomi Scott) is dealing with a selfish boyfriend
and her conservative East Indian father. Charlie (Blake Michael) is the
drummer forced to live up to his soccer star older brother. Wen (Adam
Hicks) is angry that his father is moving on with a young girlfriend.
The five new friends form a new band to compete in the local talent
I like all five young actors and their characters. With that, the movie can survive the cheesiness and the standard tropes. The music from the five is good enough. The story is hitting all the traditional kiddie movie ideas of rebelling against the system. Christopher McDonald and Tisha Campbell-Martin fall victim to the need for adults to act wacky in kiddie movies. The young actors and their characters' journeys save this from being a bad Disney TV movie.
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In a world populated by mega pop and rock franchise films such as High
School Musical and Camp Rock series I wasn't sure what to expect when
flipping through the guide on Netflix and found Lemonade Mouth. I was
working on a few things for one of my own screenplays and needed
something mindless to watch and I thought..."oh a Disney film, this
should do it" as I remember from an add as a Disney Channel Original
movie. So I started it up...
Let me just say I wasn't able to get much done on my screenplays. This is one of Disney's better films in a while. No it's not High School Musical or Camp Rock, it's different than a lot of Disney films... It deals with questioning authority. Some might say that Disney's done that before but not in this tone and not to this extent.
The focus of the movie and how the band came together has the undertone of being heard, standing up for what you believe in.
This movie isn't perfect, but there's was something missing from this film... the majority of the cheesiness/corniness factor that you see in a lot of Disney films. This is one film that while scenes were awkward at times it was during situations that would more than likely be awkward in real life. Very well played by the actors.
For those that said scenes were awkward - THAT WAS HOW THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE PLAYED. Thing aren't always peachy. Lemonade Mouth was dealt with the real issues with realism. It was a welcome surprise.
The one thing you may have to get used to is like in High School Musical and Camp Rock music and singing start with little warning like the traditional musical film. While the film attempts to connect the story from rag tag to the instantaneous singing and we are know how to play it's better if you just accept it, otherwise you'll find yourself back in reality when you should be just enjoying the music.
There's a good pace and I found the songs are a lot more rock than other Disney Films and were quite enjoyable.
All in all this movie I give 8/10. There were a few scenes in the beginning - the soccer scene and a couple others that weren't up to par, but they were kind of necessary.
Disney (Channel) seems to be branching out and realizing that it's audience is not just limited to kids and preteens as those that grew up watching the Disney Channel are now in their teens/twenties and those older folks that remember when Disney Channel was still a premium pay channel like to relive their youth.
Solid display of different from Disney, but in a good way. The film as a whole is entertaining and if this is the start of a Disney revolution for less cheesy films, the the future is bright for Walt Disney Enterprises.
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