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Are You Sure It Wasn't Meant to be a Comedy?
This review does contain spoilers, but, trust me, I'm not really spoiling anything. This movie had a lazy plot, careless script, and sad acting. It's the Cinderella story we've all seen before. I don't know why they keep making these movies--or why we keep watching them--and this had to be the worst of them all.
Someone else commented that the movie poster makes Elle look like a 40-year-old woman. She does. I'm sure the budget was low. I'm sure the graphics department got paid diddly squat, but Photoshop is not that hard to figure out.
The montage of the relationship between Ty and Elle looked like it was run through instagram and smacked into Windows Live Movie Maker. Adorable, yes. Professional, no. I found myself wondering what they were saying to each other...
"Oh Ty, can you believe we're getting paid for this?"
"Elle, they have to pay us! After this, we'll never be respected as actors!" They both laugh in unison as they pretend to eat ice cream.
Alright, alright. These are all superficial things, they're not THAT bad. Sure. Hey, what about the standing ovation from the judges after Elle preforms her song at the scholarship audition? Check. The evil trio that smacks their gum and demands gourmet water? Check. The overly animated, rambunctious best friend who also smacks her gum and pushes the protagonist to go after her dream? Check. You've completed the list for worst movie ever, would you like to go for a bonus round? Just add in the judges and Uncle Allen jamming out like they're teeny boppers with the most horrifying smiles you've ever seen plastered to their faces during Elle's audition. Also, the guitarist and drummer should both know the music, even though it's an original song, so that they can do back up. Now, tell your actors to channel the type of acting that is usually left for plays instead of film acting. Their goal is over the top (in a bad way). Check? Oh no...
The recorded music that Elle sang wasn't half bad, the lyrics better than other movies I've seen, such as Music and Lyrics, but that's the only thing that kept me from hitting myself in the face with the DVD case.