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Running Time:
90 minu

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for mild thematic elements

Additional Info:
DVD Features: "In the Recording Studio With Hilary" featurette; Deleted scenes; Alternate ending; "Hilary's Roman Adventure"featurette; "Why Not" music video; "Roamin' Volare" featurette; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen (2.35:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions and fullscreen versions

The Lizzie McGuire Movie
Lizzie (Hilary Duff) is the stereotypical girl-next-door. In the TV sitcom, there's an Animated Lizzie alter-ego who always says exactly what's on her mind, even as Live Lizzie smiles, bites her lip and scrunches her nose. The movie naturally repeats this convenience. When 15-year-old Lizzie goes to Rome on a school trip, she meets the much-publicized Italian pop star named Isabella (also played by Duff, in a dark wig and Italian accent). At first, Isabella only appears only on billboards, seen by Lizzie and her classmates, including her nice friend Gordo (Adam Lamberg) and mean classmate Kate (Ashlie Brillault). There are a few touristy glimpses of Rome that emphasizes Duff's charismatic appeal and enthusiasm until the moment she steps out of the hotel, and is mistaken for Isabella by excited fans. Duff nicely plays both Lizzie the fan and the pop-star. Then Lizzie meets Isabella's singing partner, the awfully-cute Paolo (Yani Gellman). Struck by the similarity in appearance between Lizzie and his absent collaborator, he convinces her to sneak off from her friends and meet him at the Trevi Fountain. Eventually, he tells her that he needs a replacement for Isabella at the International Music Video Awards for some fishy reason. Lizzie, being the gullible girl looking for adventure that she is, believes him. And so, her adventure begins. The rest of this flimsy film focuses on Lizzie's ecstatic moments with Paolo, as he drives her from monument to outdoor market to fireworks on his motorbike, usually in montage format, with a bouncy beat on the soundtrack. Lizzie stumbles, she giggles, she revels in her own ordinariness and beams her way through a learning-the-dance-steps montage, as well as a more elaborate dress-up sequence. And finally there's a plainly delirious romantic duet called "What Dreams Are Made Of" with the two Hilary's. Who needs Animated Lizzie when you can have a singing dancing number with yourself and then even give yourself a hug?

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