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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

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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

Gavin Morgan: [describing Tara] She's the kind of girl who's not afraid to ask a dancing sandwich for help.
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References Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) See more »

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The Wallflower
17 February 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Magic Kingdom's latest teen queen star Debby Ryan who is currently a rich kid's nanny in Jessie stars in Radio Rebel which is a pseudonym she uses as a radio talk show star. Debbie is a wallflower and opens to very few, especially not to Adam DiMarco the good looking singer in the rock band she's crushing out on.

But on the radio where few can see her she's Radio Rebel a free spirited young woman who tells kids to do their own thing whatever that thing is. Such non-conformity is not to be encouraged in her high school especially where the Grinch like Nancy Robertson reigns as principal. Robertson's on a mission to seek and destroy Radio Rebel and her influence.

There are so many of these hidden personality stories on the big and small screen they're too numerous to count. But a favorite of mine is an old Alice Faye film from the Thirties called Wake Up And Live. In this one Jack Haley with Buddy Clark's voice plays a mike shy singer whose voice goes over the airwaves when he sings alone in a studio to what he thinks is a dead microphone. This time it's the guy with the hidden personality. Radio Rebel has a lot of company.

But I did dig that Spartacus like climax the film has and you'll have to see what I'm talking about because I won't reveal.


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