Lemonade Mouth (2011 TV Movie)
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—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.
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.
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.
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*
A lot of the actors were relatively new in 2011 but everyone did a decent job. I'm not going to lie some of the actors weren't as good as others and there were moments where the acting wasn't the greatest, but it's not like it's trying to win an Oscar or anything. If you watched Disney Channel or Disney XD then you would of noticed familiar faces like Bridget Mendler (Good Luck Charlie, Wizards of Waverly Place) and Adam Hicks (Zeke and Luthor,Pair of Kings.) There were also some new faces like Blake Michael who would later go on to star in the Disney Channel show Dog With a Blog. Naomi Scott was also new back then but has made a bit of a name for herself starring in the 2017 movie Power Rangers. Haley Kiyoko was very good as Stella and you may also recognize her from Wizards of Waverly Place. All of the main actors had great chemistry and you could really see that in the film. They truly made you feel how close they are as a group.
I'm not going to lie the music in this movie was actually very good. I didn't expect to enjoy the songs as much as I did.She's So Gone, sung by Naomi Scott, was probably my favourite song in the whole movie her vocals are incredible.
The story line is what really makes this movie incredible. I always like a story about the underdogs coming out on top. I love how they had the school treat athletes like they were better because that is how high school is. I liked how each of the characters had there own story line and we got to see each of them develop. The friendship between the five though was what really made this movie great. Unlike this movie they focused mainly on the actual friendship between the five and less on relationships. Sure there was obviously something between Wen and Olivia and Mo and Scott but it never overshadowed the friendship between the band.
Overall this movie is a must see and is enjoyable for all ages.
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!
This lame excuse for a love story is simply boring and uninteresting for the viewer to watch its not like the cast is bad or story was not right but this topic is repeated so many times plus these people were trying way too hard to be serious end up failing even the title of the film is awful and does not match this movie was based on the novel and to be honest here someone's work got ruined just check out the novel and see how Disney killed it by adapting it on screen
The Plot:some 5 high school kids meet in a detention room thing go in their favor quickly as they are talented this leads to the creation of one huge band named lemonade mouth.
The Cast:none of the members are impressive but Naomi Scott steals the show she looked amazing and have a good dialog timing wonder why she is not so famous.
These guys make a band and lip syncing to pop songs mostly but are these songs any good totally not and somehow you feel the characters are way different and these cast members are extremely wrong choice for this film some mature actors could have been hired as for Disney they should concentrate on goof films instead of wasting money on forgettable projects it seems they are running out of ideas.
Overall Lemonade Mouth 2011 is a film for those who like high school musical series or Hannah Montana it is just missing Miley Cyrus my rating is 2/10.
Then, two years later, I noticed the advertisement. After Disney's absolutely AWFUL creation 'Starstruck', I was very much looking forward to this.
I personally love the Breakfast Club, and this movie is basically the Disney Corporation eating the Breakfast Club, digesting it into a musical, and this mediocre movie is the excrement of the process.
I think I'll simply list the positives and negatives, because I know if I don't bullet point I know I'll end up rambling and complaining for pages and pages. I didn't care enough to learn their names, except Stella, so I will have to describe them as - ''Zeke Or Luther (I don't know which one he is, because I've never watched the show'', Blonde girl from ''Good Luck Charlie'', ugly slightly popular girl, and drummer-dude.
POSITIVES: Characters: -Blonde girl and Zeke or Luther's characters were interesting and in-depth, and I enjoyed their parts. And they weren't bad actors either. I'm actually surprised that the fact Good Luck Charlie's dad was in prison - just the fact that it HADN'T BEEN DONE IN ANOTHER Disney MOVIE! -I unfortunately have to admit that Zeke or Luther guy and Good Luck Charlie girl made a cute couple. And the kitten was ADORABLE. Writing And Directing: -I'll admit that they did in fact attempt to make a movie that reached out to teenagers, and I don't think it completely plummeted in that respect. -The acting wasn't award-winning, but it wasn't a total flop.
NEGATIVES: Characters: -Some of the adults in the movie such as the principle and drummer-dude's parents were too dim-witted for my liking. And if there's anything I hate from a kid's movie/TV-show, it's making kids think that parents are stupid. -I seriously doubt any school has a) a that big a basement b) care more about sports than Shakespeare, IT, Chess, music etc. c) a principle that rides a walkway -Can Disney not hire a NEW ACTOR in a while? Stella was in Wizard's of Waverly Place, Good Luck Charlie girl was in, Good Luck Charlie, Zeke or Luther was in Zeke and Luther etc. -Why did Stella care about a crappy Lemonade machine that the majority of people didn't even know existed. -One would expect Stella to be into MCR and Evanscence or, you know, something not totally cheesy. And did she wear the same shirt throughout the film? -The other ''popular band'' annoyed me so much. They thought they were totally ''bad-ass''. They met up in some kind of junkyard shack, in leather jackets with gel in their hair. But their music was the same, cheesy, poppy, bland rubbish as every other song.As well as the main singer looked several years younger than everyone else. -Some other review mentioned this, and I agree; why does Disney insist on making teenager movies for a ten year old audience? Teenagers don't like it. Ten year olds won't really get it. And even as teenagers they're all rather goody two shoes. No swearing. Nothing about alcoholism or drugs or sexual tension. Nothing that's like actual teenagers. -Why does the rather good looking guy have no experience with girls whatsoever? Writing And Direction: -I seriously doubt any school has a) a that big a basement b) care more about sports than Shakespeare, IT, Chess, music etc. c) a principle that rides a walkway -Cheesy, boring, same-old dialogue. -If I were in that pizzeria, I certainly wouldn't want the singer lying on top of my table. What if she had dandruff? Or lice? It isn't very hygienic. -Why does the Granny's radio sound really scratchy, then suddenly as clear as a whistle? It was odd. -I've never seen rain start so heavily so suddenly ever in my life. -When did ugly, slightly popular girl become the lead singer? -This bit really annoyed me - The fact that they all suddenly know the lyrics and music for a song? People were harmonising the lyrics and everything else - they obviously knew them. It's like in Camp Rock when they all know the perfect choreography even they supposedly 'haven't done it before'. -When did they become friends? I mean the Breakfast Club basically took the whole movie developing the relationships between characters - they basically were VERY SLIGHTLY annoyed at each other at the beginning. Within thirty seconds they were singing a song that "none of them knew", and then they were friends! Yay! And throughout there wasn't even any kind of personality friction whatsoever, even though they're all supposed to be a rag-tag, team of misfits from totally different backgrounds. But none of them had any creative differences or argued about anything because of how different they were. -Lemonade Mouth? - Stupid name. (I know that's not really a real reason. But I do think that.) -Cheesy part with the audience singing the lyrics, literally made me vomit. -Worst lip-syncing I've ever seen in my life. -Worst mime playing too. -Worst rapping I've ever heard too. -The fact that there was no kisses whatsoever kind of bummed me out. I did pretty much hate the movie but I am a bit of a sucker for that. Because I'm stupid like that. - They were certainly not good enough for that big stadium at the end. A really unbelievable ending - which kind of ruined the whole ''average rag-tag group of misfits'' thing they had going on.
Well, there's more I'd like to say but you can watch it yourself. I gave it what I think is fair a 4/10. I really hope Disney can think of a good movie next time.
Lemonade Mouth is not a great movie but it provides an enjoyable feel-good experience that'll make you forget about how harsh the real world can be. An alright TV Movie and one of the better Disney Channel ones.
SPOILER WARNING - If you don't want spoilers, don't read beyond this line.
Message: The general message seems to be, "Stand up for what you believe." This is a "Fight the system." movie, and I frankly don't agree with the way the message was presented. My parents taught me to stand up for what I believe, but they added a couple things to that. First, they taught me to be fair, keep an open mind, and hear the other side out before going to the mattresses over something. And, though the secretary suggested they take the matter up with the principle, they chose instead to surprise the principle by using their music spot at the school dance to stage a major protest. When they're dressed down for their actions, one of them complains that he "shut us down". Unfortunately, the principle doesn't take the opportunity to point out that what he shut down was them "shouting him down". The second thing my parents added was that I should pick my battles, that I should carefully decide if the issue is really important enough to make a fuss over. And, in this case, the removal of a lemonade machine seems like a poor choice of battles. Disney's audience is children, and I don't really think they should be suggesting to their audience that it is okay to take a stand without at least hearing the other side out, or that it is noble to make a huge stink over relatively inconsequential matters.
Continuity: There were a few continuity issues, but one was really glaring. The band goes to a pizza place to decide whether they'll continue performing outside of school. It is revealed in the pizza place that the pizzeria owner wants to book them to perform there. Some of the characters decide they don't want to do it and walk out, with the others chasing after them. They turn around and are amazed to see their band pictured on an enormous billboard mounted to the top of the pizzeria. ... What? They didn't see that huge sign when the went IN to the pizza joint? C'mon! That humongous thing wasn't just thrown up while they were eating. Heck! When they left, their backs were to the sign. They had to turn around to see it. THEN they notice it. ...
Music continuity: Several times, certain instruments could be heard playing, but the performer playing that instrument was doing something else. This sort of thing happens all the time, since the people producing movies expect the audience not to notice such things. (Examples: I could hear the base line in "She's So Gone" when the base player was doing only vocals, and the vocalist was playing a second guitar rather than the base. Keyboards could be heard during the pianist's rap sequence in "Determinate" and "Breakthrough" while his keyboard was slung over his back. We had base again in "Breakthrough" when the base player was solely on vocals. And, again in "Breakthrough", the drummer is standing and pointing instead of playing the drums, while you can clearly hear the drums playing.)
Spawned music videos: This isn't a problem with the movie, but rather with the hype. Disney spawned music videos from three of the songs in Lemonade Mouth. "Somebody", a song that showcases Bridgit Mendler was made into at least two different music videos. The "Breakthrough" and "Determinate" music videos were taken straight from the movie, and seem to largely showcase the group as a whole. What's missing is the "She's So Gone" music video. Bridgit Mendler is a very talented singer, but from what I saw, Naomi Scott is a strong singer, too. And, "She's So Gone" was my favorite song in the movie. And, that particular scene was well choreographed and would have made an excellent video. Do they not want to promote Naomi Scott? Or, are they only showing that video in the UK?
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.
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.
KEEP IN MIND: Side note i have never reviewed a movie and made an account just so i could review this. Mommy of 2 and a very observant 7 year old daughter this was perfect!
The acting wasn't the worst, but it wasn't the best. Some people were better than others but if you don't focus on it then you hardly notice.
Dialog was a step back, i felt for a Disney film. For the past few years it seemed they were stepping it up with their DCOM's as far as dialog. They were starting to speak more in a way that actual teenagers or just people in general would speak. But in this film, i could almost predict what they were going to say.
Some of the Scenes were a bit awkward, like when they first start playing together in the music room, or when they were in a holding cell just randomly playing around and SUDDENLY they make enough rhythms and beats to replace a whole drum kit. Another awkward part was when they were in the pizzeria and the bully in the movie just randomly jumps up on stage and takes the Mic. Also the weird scene where Charlie's Brother picks him up in his truck and gives him a talk about how he should do what he loves, now that wasn't the weird part but what was is how they also tie in the older brother failing college and how they're going to break the news that Charlie wants to be a drummer, and some how that it's OK to be failing college...
They never really showed the characters passion for music. Most of the way through the movie they were always quitting and breaking up. The only one that seemed to have any real passion in the music was Stella.
All in all, it was alright. It was still entertaining and a little funny here and there. I give it a 6.
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.