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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.


Peter Howitt


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


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

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


Comedy | Drama | Family


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The plot is very similar to the 1990 film "Pump Up the Volume" starring Christian Slater. See more »


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


[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 »


Oh Yes, It's Love
Performed by The Bicycles
Written by Matt Beckett, Drew Smith, Dana Snell and Andrew Scott
Courtesy of Fuzzy Logic Recordings
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Disney's Little Rebel Of The "Same Story, Same Boring" Saga!
18 February 2013 | by mygunyourhead613See all my reviews

I'm not going to deny, when I saw this film announced, first thought "sounds interesting", but then I read "Disney" at the bottom and I started regretting my first feelings and wondering if I suffered from mental insanity. But no, I'm still here, not locked in a safe room or anything.

Let's start with basics. Lesson one, children, grasping the standard Disney plot - unpopular girl with big dreams, a nemesis/Queen Bee who ALSO loves that same big dream and tries to make unpopular girl's life miserable in order to get it, a "hot" guy is thrown in between the process, the guy notices Unpopular Girl but then is dragged away by Queen Bee, a failed-attempt at character development and BAM! ...there's a dance, Queen Bee becomes Queen Fail and Unpopular Girl gets the guy.

While "Radio Rebel" DOES somewhat follow the basic scheme, it at least reaches a level of awesomeness. Don't get me wrong, I see the resemblance (or was it "copying of"?) "Pump Up the Volume", but what made it worthy of seeing was the fact that it adapted to what today's teens understood, lived, and would enjoy seeing. Debby Ryan (portraying main character, Tara) is a rising star that a lot of teens know and look up to - so her portraying a shy high schooler with issues of her own (the cute guy she's too afraid to talk to, the Queen Bee trying to bring her down, not being that close with her new stepfather, and have I mentioned the extreme shyness that could be mistaken for monastic silence?). It's what us average teens know and breathe. So while there's nothing sparkly in the scheme, it speaks to today's teens and that's what we like. Not to mention, there were a few giggles here and there. More to the "like" list.

So what am I saying? I'm saying that this film is different from the usual "same story, same boring" pattern that Disney movies tend to follow...while it was strongly based from "Pump Up the Volume", it still had strong elements that make me want to watch it again, particularly the lessons that shy high schooler Tara teaches us - to just be ourselves...to embrace it and not just hide it away in the dark (or in Tara's case, a recording studio), to go out into the sunlight, scream, and let our uniqueness shine in the daylight.

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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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1.78 : 1
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