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Brave New Girl (2004)

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Holly has everything it takes to be a star; the voice, the dream and the dedication, but she lacks the means to break away from her humble Texas upbringing. Then she gets the chance to ... See full summary »


Bobby Roth


Britney Spears (novel), Lynne Spears (novel) | 2 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Madsen ... Wanda Lovell
Lindsey Haun ... Holly Lovell
Barbara Mamabolo ... Angela
John Ralston ... Jason Sloan
Nick Roth ... Grant
Joanne Boland ... Zoe Moscatel
Karl Pruner Karl Pruner ... Professor
Jayne Eastwood ... Dee
Jackie Rosenbaum Jackie Rosenbaum ... Ditz / Portia
Nick Mancuso ... Ditz's Father
Aaron Ashmore ... Tyler
William Colgate ... Clayton
Hollis McLaren ... Professor Roe
Eric Weinthal Eric Weinthal ... Professor McAlester
Joey Niceforo ... Nelson


Holly has everything it takes to be a star; the voice, the dream and the dedication, but she lacks the means to break away from her humble Texas upbringing. Then she gets the chance to attend an art and music school on the East coast and her future suddenly looks bright. But the road to stardom is a bumpy one. She must compete with the snobby Angela for the star spot and that's the least of her troubles. Luckily, Holly has the support from her mother and her roommate Ditz who prove that being a star has nothing to do with fame and everything to do with faith, family, and friends. Before all the number one hits and the adoring fans, all she had was the dream. Inspired by the book A Mother's Gift by Britney & Lynne Spears...the story of the true meaning of being a star. Written by ThreesCompanyFan on TVTome.com

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A daughter's dream. A mother's gift.


Drama | Family | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including teen drug and sexual content


Official Sites:

ABC Family | ABC Family




English | German | French | Italian

Release Date:

25 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mother's Gift See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Did You Know?


Alexz Johnson and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were considered for the role of Holly Lovell. See more »


[Grant's cell phone vibrates in his pocket]
Holly Lovell: Um, your pants are buzzing.
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References American Idol (2002) See more »


The Only One
Words and music by Steve Plunkett & Spencer Proffer
Produced and arranged by Steve Plunkett & Spencer Proffer
Performed by Lindsey Haun (uncredited) and Joanne Boland (uncredited)
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completely stupid and utterly predictable
8 May 2004 | by mnm0421See all my reviews

First of all, this plot is way overdone - girl wants to make it, everyone loves her, snobby girl intervenes, all looks lost, girl pulls through, everyone loves her again etc. Throw in the fitting in thing, an attractive male crushing on the heroine, plus single-parent troubles and it's so predictable that you can practically recite along with it.

Second of all, I really hate how they keep on dissing classical music. They send out the message that everyone involved in classical music is uptight and snobby and close-minded - in fact, I don't recall the quote exactly, but I remember at one point in the movie, Holly says, "Why do they have to be so uptight...so classical?" It's really insulting how label classical music in this way.

Third, I've went over it dozens of times, but the only reason that I can think of for making this movie is to promote Britney Spears. there just isn't any point at all.

And oh yeah, while the actress who portrayed Holly (I'm not sure whether that was really her singing or not) had a reasonably good voice, it wasn't as amazing as they were making it out to be - especially when she was belting. She was oversupporting the whole time.

1/10 stars.

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