(Bridgit Mendler, Hayley Kiyoko, et al / 2-Disc DVD / G / 2011 / Disney)
Overview: When five ragtag freshman first meet in detention, it seems they have nothing in common. But, through music, they form an unbreakable bond and discover they have the makings of the greatest high school garage band in history! In the face of incredible odds, Olivia, Stella, Wen, Mohini and Charlie find they can make a real difference when they learn to lean on each other and let go of everything holding back their dreams.
DVD Verdict: So, what can I tell you about this wonderful new Disney movie? Well, this is exactly the direction Disney should be going right now. I love the friendship, be strong, be proud, stand up for what you believe in theme.
The movie starts out with Stella, a new girl who is angry about moving and starting a new school a month into the semester. She finds herself in detention where she meets four other freshman students. They seem to have nothing in common until, they start putting together a beat, each one bringing something different to the sound. Before you know it, they are a band.
With the help of a Lemonade Machine, a spirited music teacher played by Trisha Campbell Martin, and Stella with a penchant for being heard, the group play in front of their peers and are actually really good.
I loved the building of the friendships between the kids and how their problems seemed very real and not contrived. There is someone everyone can relate to; whether you are the ignored kid, the quiet kid, the overachiever, you will find someone who resonates with you.
Another surprise was that the songs were actually good! I didn't feel silly watching this and kids will undoubtedly appreciate the music. Catchy without the over saccharin of most kid friendly musicals. This is a great movie! [MG] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
Rock-Along feature - Rock with the band to all your favorite songs!