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I think this would be OK for the very young kids that still like Miley
Cyrus but for anyone older I think this is a waste of time. Miley Cyrus
is not a good actress, plain and simple. She can get away with Hannah
Montana but continuing to act like so is not going to work in her
It was hard to sit through the movie for me and I highly advise anyone to steer clear as well. It's a very cheesy movie, not like a good B movie or a good comedy movie...not even a teen movie like in the 80's. I'm not sure how to classify this as it doesn't live up to expectations for any of the categories.
From the clothes, to the make-over, to the speech at the end of the trailer, where all you have to do is replace "pearl-white Bentley" with "world peace," this movie looks like a very poor knock-off of 'Miss Congeniality.' They didn't even attempt to use a different agency investigating into whatever the actual problem was--in both movies, it was the FBI. Hairdresser and a make-up artist that insult her while she's getting a makeover for her FBI assignment? Hmm, seems familiar. A little bit. Handcuffs in her hand on the cover while she's dressed up (and for the character, that IS dressed up)also seems vaguely reminiscent of a certain Sandra Bullock movie.
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In her latest attempt to graduate from kids TV starlet to serious
Hollywood actress, Miley Cyrus takes on the unlikely role of an
all-action private investigator. The film is a strictly formulaic Miss
Congeniality/Kindergarten Cop clone, in which the young sleuth is
recruited by the FBI for an undercover job in a posh 'n' bitchy
sorority house in New Orleans. One presumes that the target audience is
teenaged girls who don't care much for high quality cinema
probably find something to enjoy in the film. Meanwhile, for the rest
of us the film is a long slog which manages to make 94 minutes feel
more like 194 minutes.
Private eye Molly Morris (Miley Cyrus) specialises in photographing philandering husbands cheating on their wives in the Dallas area, helped by her dad Sam (Mike O'Malley), an ex-cop who now dabbles in surveillance work. FBI agent Armon (Jeremy Piven) approaches Molly with a new assignment he needs someone to track down some ledgers that are crucial to an upcoming court case. Apparently, there's a strong possibility that the ledgers are being hidden by a college student named Alex (Lauren McKnight) who is resident in a sorority house in New Orleans. Worse still, Armon is convinced that someone in the house is not who they claim to be and plans on harming Alex if the ledgers don't materialise soon. Initially unwilling to accept the job, Molly is forced to change her mind when her father's gambling spirals out of control, resulting in sizable debts. She switches her identity to 'Brook Stonebridge' and goes undercover as a college student on transfer from Hawaii. The rest of the film deals with Molly/Brook's escapades in the sorority house, where she tries to fit in with her weird, wacky and often downright air-headed sorority sisters. On the one hand, she must find the ledgers and uncover the 'mole' in the house. On the other, she has her own blossoming romance with college biker Nicholas (Joshua Bowman) to contend with, as well as a new-found interest in her college studies.
There's little to say about So Undercover it knows its target audience and gives them what want and expect of a film of this kind. Beyond that, it has no wider aspirations as a piece of cinema. The story is by-the-numbers in the extreme, with obvious red herrings and lots of lame dialogue. The attempts to give Cyrus an action-woman makeover are embarrassing to say the least, although once the action moves to her undercover assignment in the sorority house she does at least look more slightly more suited to the role. The film was pencilled in for an autumn 2012 release at American cinemas but was later shelved and sent direct-to-DVD it did manage a brief tenure at UK cinemas, but disappeared extremely quickly. Films bomb for a reason and upon watching So Undercover you won't need to be much of a detective to figure out that this one simply isn't very good.
Producers obvious failed to realize that semi cute bad acting Disney
Channel kids can grow up to be ugly, really bad acting, and annoying
adults. The mere fact that a director, cameraman, boom mic operator,
and other crew actually committed this to film is truly disturbing.
Dentists everywhere may be out of work, as 'So Undercover' can inflict far more pain than ever before imagined.
Every single last second of this trash had me reciting the 23rd Psalm, "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil," until I realized that was written long before the agony of Miley Cyrus' "acting" was ever know.
Just in case you're having any thoughts of actually seeing this film, perhaps a "plot" synopsis will dissuade you.
Cyrus "stars" as chubby faced Texas private investigator who's supposed to be "bad ass." Considering Cyrus' figure and face that term may be taken in more than one way. Cyrus is pathetic as a 'La Femme Nikita' want to be. (or in any other role) She agree to work undercover for FBI agent Jeremy Piven (What bet with the Devil did he lose too be in this?) In order to pay off her father's gambling debt. Although since the film ends with Cyrus failing to collect her fee it's unclear how her father is still alive and well. This could have been easily explained away with Cyrus receiving reward money from the FBI but that would be to logical for the "writers." Cyrus must go "so undercover" as a spoiled sorority brat at a New Orleans university, in order to..........? Well again, the "writers" never really bother to explain this or how Jeremy Piven has an unlimited budget to supply Cyrus with her undercover rich brat identity.
Only Disney is able to film on location in a city 60% black and give us a 99.9% white cast. I actually counted the token minorities in this film. There's one Mulatto girl! They couldn't even be bothered to work in a few minorities even as extras in the background! At the sorority house Cyrus discovers that all sorority girls a dumb blondes. THAT'S THE SOLE PREMISES for every "joke" in this movie! Pretty girls are dumb! Although Cyrus proves that ugly girls are more dumb.
How else could the "writers" explain why Cyrus' cover isn't blown the first day as she randomly brandishes a handgun sticking it into the faces of her sorority sisters? Since this is Disney, the sorority makes an Amish farm look like 'Animal House' as there is NO sex, beer, or rock and roll, even at a pool party with a fraternity. No, Disney music does not count as rock and roll.
There are several other MAJOR plot holes, such as Cyrus taking photos with a digital camera and then stating she left the "negatives" in a mailbox. And ad nauseam diatribes against the RICO act of 1970. Yes, "diatribes," there's more than one.
But the real nail against the chalkboard is Cyrus herself. She is so annoying, it's unbelievable anyone actually paid to see this film.
Worst film I've ever seen since 'The Starfighters' 1964.
Molly Morris (Miley Cyrus) is a private investigator working with her
dad ex-Dallas cop Sam (Mike O'Malley). FBI Agent Armon Ranford (Jeremy
Piven) is working a case against the Georgian mafia and he needs her to
watch over college girl Alex Patrone (Lauren McKnight). Alex is the
daughter of an important witness and she may be holding some evidence.
Sam continues to gamble and Molly needs money to pay off the debt. The
grimy Molly has to infiltrate a sorority.
This starts off as somewhat serious. That could actually work but it goes kind of silly. The girls are either Bs or really stupid. This feels like there are two movies trying to come out on top. It's not silly enough to be Disney teen frivolity. It's definitely not serious but the camera sometimes use shaky hand held style. The styles are all wrong and conflict with each other. It's like somebody thought that Hannah Montana needs to be filmed by Paul Greengrass. If they wanted to do a realistic movie, that would be interesting to see. It would be like Veronica Mars goes to college. Also the name of the movie is horrible and somebody should be fired for it.
Once in a while we need a teeny bopper chick flick to update us on the
lingua franca used by youths today, so from Clueless which led the
contingent in the mid 90s, we now have Miley Cyrus doing the same with
her new film So Undercover, which is based on the cliché laden premise
of a cop of sorts, because of one's still youthful attributes, getting
assigned as an undercover on a mission back in school, and taking to it
like a fish out of water, having to relive bad memories and
experiences, encounter romance with either a fellow student or teacher,
and get to save the day.
Making things worse is having to be assigned to a sorority of sisters in the KKZ sorority house, being amongst yet another group of clichéd characters who are the usual vain pots, bimbos, back stabbing rich kids who dream of Bentleys and having to marry scions of senators, spending time dolling up than actually studying in school. Is it the Hollywood cliché now that the nerds in writing departments actually get back at their high school or college nightmares through film in this fashion by painting everyone in sorority and fraternity houses as such? One can only guess.
In any case, Miley Cyrus plays Molly, a rather tom-boyish go-getter of a private investigator in her dad's small firm in Dallas, before getting hired by FBI agent Armon (Jeremy Piven) to assist in a case involving the mob, a key witness, the witness' daughter Alex (Lauren McKnight) and some ledgers. Needing the money to bail her dad out of trouble, Molly accepts the role, gets transformed into college student complete with wardrobe, accessories, vehicle and weapons, to investigate into anything that's out of the ordinary. Nothing is out of bounds when required to use her skills to break into fellow sisters' rooms and rummage through their belongings, for clues of anyone being a suspect waiting in the wings to get at Alex.
Expect the usual episodes complete with the quintessential bimbo (Megan Park) written into the story just for weak laughs, the easily envious head of the sorority house (Eloise Mumford) ever looking over her shoulder for threats to her power, and well, the rest of the forgettable actresses in thankless roles that you won't remember much of once you step out of the cinema hall. Romance comes in the form of Cameron (Cameron Deane Stewart), being probably the only guy in college who rides a Triumph motorcycle, together with tons of red herrings that pop up now and then to keep one guessing in this tired tale of who-could-be- whom, and for Molly to show off some deducting skills every now and then, while frequently tripping up over the latest girly lingo, which isn't too funny nor going to be included in the Oxford anytime soon.
There's a neat plot development in the film for the final act that finally lifted the narrative from its lacklustre slumber, but that was too little too late, and unfortunately didn't hold up to scrutiny because it introduced a gaping plot loophole involving resource issues. I'm not quite sure who the intended demographic is for this film, because Miley Cyrus fans would already get it that she's trying to move further away from her Hannah Montana days by taking on roles that are less saccharine sweet, but skirting around characters like this one won't do her film career any good. She probably needs to tackle stronger dramatic roles if given a chance to really break out of her stereotype.
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The story goes like this: Molly is a private investigator who is hired by FBI to protect a girl. And so she has to become a sorority member in order to be close to her and discover who is set to kill her. While reading the description of the film one can not fail to be intrigued to watch it. It sounds fun and entertaining, maybe a little thrilling. And at the beginning, it brings you the feeling that the movie not be just a comedy for teenagers, but it will present a deeper perspective of the characters and their lives. However that feeling soon is being corrected, as the rest of the movie is about sororities, girl problems and teenage love stories. Not even about spying. The performances were bad and the script didn't help them improve. And so, because of all that I am rating this movie with a 2 out of 10.
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OMFG, This campus comedy direct-to-video movie needs to be school on, how to make a successful comedy. It's because this movie is pretty mediocre. Directed by Tom Vaughan, So Undercover tells the story of Molly Morris (Miley Cyrus), a successful private investigator who specializes in adultery cases. Gaining the respect of the FBI; Molly starts working with them under Agent Armon Ranford (Jeremy Piven)'s control. Ranford recruits her, to pose as a transferring sorority sister under the name, Brooke Stonebridge at a New Orleans college in order to cozy up to Alex Patrone (Lauren McKnight), a potential witness in an important Russian mafia investigation. Can Brooke AKA Molly protect Alex from those who are seeking to hurt her, or will the criminals get, what they want for her? Watch the movie to find out, if you really want to! Without spoiling the movie, too much, I have to say, Miley Cyrus's acting skills are so limited and green here. Cyrus's only previous successful work before this; was playing a young singer that has a double life in the 2006-2011's TV show 'Hanna Montana'. Seeing, how much that role mirror her real-life, it's not much, of a stretch in the acting field. She looks so uncomfortable, with her role, here, as if she didn't want to do it, but had to. Miley Cyrus barely had any chemistry with anybody else on screen. Her character's relationship with Nicolas Dexter (Josh Bowman) felt a bit forced. I really didn't see them, falling in love, at all. The only redeeming aspect of the movie is the tender and close relationship between Molly and her father, Sam (Mike O'Malley), but it's far too short. Worst of all, She really look like a fish out of water, big time, when she's acting with the much, much superior actor in Jeremy Piven. Who, by the way, gives a hell of a performance, here! I really surprised, how much work, he really put in, into his role and not phone it, in. He really outshine his co-star, Cyrus. Miley Cyrus in the other hand, is way too young for this role. Cyrus was 19 years old at the time, playing somebody that should had been in their mid-20s. Even, if she's playing a character that supposed to a bit older, it doesn't explain, how her character is so successful. It's clear, that her character never went to college or had any other police/military training, so where did, all her investigating skills came from? Another thing, where did she get all that equipment in the beginning? Her father, Sam? I doubt, it with his gambling troubles. Another problem with her playing Molly, is her look. Her body is such a small frame, and her face, child-like. It's a bit jarring for me, to watch her, act as if she was a badass. I never saw much Jiu Jitsu skills that she bragged about in the beginning. The whole motorcycle scenes really didn't fit, with her character. It was a bit unbelievable. Don't get me wrong, small frame actresses with a 'southern twang' had played pretty convincing FBI agents in the past; like Jodi Foster in 1991's Silent of the Lambs. So it can be done, but sadly Miley Cyrus can't pull it, off. Have you ever heard the whiny noise a cat makes after you've accidentally stepped on it? That's exactly how Miley Cyrus sounds. The rest of the female supporting cast wasn't all better. Most of them, were playing one-dimensional dumb posh blonde stereotypes. They were all somewhat likable, but a bit annoying at times. Megan Park as Cotton Roberts was funny, but her performance was so over-the-top, I couldn't say, it's good. Kelly Osbourne as Becky Slotsky was meh. It's a bit weird for her, to try to do, a Texan accent at first, and then abandoning it, throughout the film, for her normal British voice. She really got annoying, toward the end, with her b*tchy tone. Last, worth noticing is Eloise Mumford as Sasha Stolezinsky/ Suzy Walters who pretty much channeling her best queen bee, Regina George from 2004's Mean Girls, impression. She was a bit too mean-spirited to be a real character. It's not only the acting that's the only weak link, here. The whole movie has problems, like the very predictable and clichés plot. I really didn't like, how the movie like to flashbacks on things, that happen a minute, ago, as if we were too dumb to notice, the minor twists. Anybody with eyes can see it, from a mile, ago. Even the "big twist" can be deciphered halfway through the movie. Despite, not making no sense, afterwards. The action scenes in this film are limited, and not fun to watch. The humor in this movie really falls flat and wasn't funny. The only reason why, anybody would watch this, now is to see what Miley Cyrus look like, before she went overboard with not wanting to be known as Hannah Montana. So Undercover is one of the last film, Miley Cyrus did, before ditching her squeaking clean Disney image. She then, went forward in trading her country-grass singing roots for the over the top, over-sexuality, pixel hair Madonna rip-off pop star delusion persona. It's nice to see her, try to act like a normal person, here, before she gave up, and commits to being a loud, boisterous hypocrite that sleeps with anybody for attention. Overall: This movie is epitome of the recycled garbage produced by the entertainment industry. It's has little to no different, between other teen noirs film & television programs like 2007's Veronica Mars, 2007's Nancy Drew, and last, 2010's Uncovered Princesses. It's so sad, that many teen are still sucked into the hype that this is something new. It isn't. This movie isn't a party in the U.S.A. It was bad. Miley Cyrus's fans might love it, regards what I say, but for me, I don't think, I will rewatch this movie. It's not worth the climb.
The box touts that Miley Cyrus is a "tough as nails, street smart
private investigator.", so naturally there's a need for a HUGE
suspension of disbelief going in to 'So Undercover'. That said, Cyrus
really does have a more mature bearing than one would expect fresh off
of a teeny bopper show like 'Hannah Montana'. I don't know that anyone
is going to buy her as a P.I., but she does pull off street smart with
enough credibility to make it work.
'So Undercover' is occasionally amusing fluff, and though she's no Meryl Streep, Miley Cyrus makes for a likable and energetic lead in a film that is often neither itself.
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Great chick flick, with drama, love and a bit of action (y) Must
watch!! Even tho Miley who plays the main person, isn't famous for
acting she does a brilliant job in So Uncover.
So uncover is a movie about this girl who enjoys destroying an affair. she takes pictures of it. I especially love the ending because of the plot twist. Witch is the best part. Everything in between the beginning and the plot twist for me is just a chick flick, but it's great that way because of the girlish things and the funny boyish things.(y)
If you haven't seen the movie, and you're a girl(or a boy who loves chick flicks) then I would ask you; WHY NOT?! Get it done, it's a amazing movie
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