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Radio Rebel (2012)

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Tara, a painfully shy high-schooler, has a secret: she is also a confident DJ known as Radio Rebel, who lends her voice to others.

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Peter Howitt

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Danielle Joseph (based on the novel "Shrinking Violet" by), Erik Patterson (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Debby Ryan ... Tara / Radio Rebel
Sarena Parmar ... Audrey
Adam DiMarco ... Gavin
Atticus Mitchell ... Gabe
Merritt Patterson ... Stacy
Allie Bertram ... Kim
Iain Belcher ... Barry
Rowen Kahn ... Larry
Nancy Robertson ... Principal Moreno
Martin Cummins ... Rob
April Telek ... Delilah
Mercedes de la Zerda ... Cami Q
Brenda Crichlow ... Mrs. Brower (as Brenda M. Crichlow)
Keith MacKechnie ... Janitor Margowsky
Chanelle Peloso ... Neckbrace Girl
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Storyline

High schooler Tara, a girl so painfully shy that she can't even write a single letter on the board in front of a class, has an awesome secret - she is "Radio Rebel". When Tara puts on that headset in her room and does her daily podcast, she becomes a confident, outspoken, inspiring, anonymous voice on the airwaves. When her stepfather, the owner/producer guy at SLAM radio, finds out that Tara is Radio Rebel, Tara gets to move from her bedroom to a sound studio to do live shows for SLAM. Everything is the perfect amount of chaos until Principal Moreno, whose only goal in life seems to be to destroy others, cancels Prom and all the students blame Rebel. Written by Bex

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Can the girl who never speaks... Become the voice of a generation?

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Drama | Family

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shrinking Violet See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA See more »

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Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the novel "Shrinking Violet" by Danielle Joseph. See more »

Goofs

Tara, who is portrayed by Debby Ryan, is characteristically a redhead. However, her hair changes from brown to red throughout the movie. See more »

Quotes

[Tara meets up with Gavin after his performance]
Tara Adams: I don't know which is more amazing, that song, or the fact that you're 'Turkey-on-Rye'.
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References Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) See more »

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Not Worth It.
14 January 2018 | by thomasdebiaSee all my reviews

I absolutely had to write a review on this movie. Ok, so Tara is this super shy girl, and everyone knows it right? But then, Radio Rebel announces publicly that she wants to let her voice be heard?

How is it even a secret who Radio Rebel is? Also her voice isn't even changed, the pitch is the same, her tone, inflections, everything! So those two guys recording her voice and trying to match it to everyone's should match her identity to Tara's in seconds. Or at least know what her voice sounds like!

Also, Principal Moreno states that anyone who knows Radio Rebel's identity, and doesn't report it to her, will be in serious trouble. Yet:

-Two boys still desperately try to find who she is. (Still knowing they can be suspended for it)

-Tara lets her friend Audrey know, even though she knows the dire consequences her best friend may face. (Why?)

-People don't draw logical conclusions that Tara is Radio Rebel, even though their personalities and voices are the same.

I have a theory that the students know Tara was Radio Rebel all along because of how obvious is was, and that they were too afraid to report her to Principal Moreno because it'd take away their only chance to dance at school.

So what do we have here in terms of plot? Nothing, like I just explained, the central conflict is contrived and impossible to function as a story.

Characters?

None. All are cliches. The stereotypical bubbly best friend (Audrey), the mean principal who wants to shut down all the teenagers voices (Moreno), the guy who wants his music to mean something (Gavin), and the mean popular girl who is in almost every Disney movie (Stacy).

And the message? Done over a million times.

Pump up the Volume not only worked better as a story, but it included characters who were actual people, not caricatures. They started out and were presented as cliches, but they slowly became more nuanced. Nothing in the narrative shifts like this. Not even a little.

It's not a remake of Pump up the Volume, its just a more dumbed down version of its plot. So don't watch this film, go watch an anime, much more complex than this, much more unique, more unique characters/settings etc.... I'd recommend Naruto for beginners, or perhaps My Hero Academia.


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