Hannah Montana — The Movie

Posted on August 17, 2009 at 8:00 am

B+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Profanity: None
Alcohol/ Drugs: None
Violence/ Scariness: Mild comic violence, pratfalls
Diversity Issues: None
Date Released to Theaters: April 9, 2009
Date Released to DVD: August 18, 2009
Amazon.com ASIN: B002BIULQ2

Think of it this way. Hannah Montana is to Miley Stewart what Superman is to Clark Kent. Audiences of all ages but especially children and teenagers are always taken by stories of secret identities and hidden sources of power and mastery. It is a way of organizing their thoughts about themselves as unsure but constantly developing citizens of a world run by adults who have a power and ability that they look forward to. It is also a world they can feel themselves getting closer to, so it gives them a way to calibrate and understand their own changes and their progress. And it gives them a chance to think about the kind of adults they want to be.
So when Miley Stewart (played by Miley Cyrus) said she wanted the “best of both worlds,” to be a singer and a “normal kid,” the way to do it was to create a separate identity. With the wig and sparkles she is Hannah Montana, superstar. Without it, she is just plain Miley, who knows that her friends like her for who she is and not because she is famous. And many of the television show’s episodes focus on the challenges of keeping these worlds separate.

But as this movie begins, it is not just the logistics that are colliding. Miley Stuart is becoming a bit of a diva. After an hilarious brawl with uber-diva Tyra Banks over a pair of expensive shoes, Miley’s father (real-life dad Billy Ray Cyrus of “Achy Breaky Heart” and mullet fame) decides it is time for Miley and Hannah to have a reality check. He takes her to their home in Tennessee and tells her that after two weeks he will let her know whether it is time for Hannah to retire.

Miley is not yet an actress. She is so relentlessly sunny that she can’t quite manage the brief scenes where she is supposed to be pensive or unhappy. But she has an immediately engaging presence on screen and is so clearly enjoying herself that it impossible not to enjoy her, too. The script wisely plays to her strengths, giving her lots of chances to sing both as Miley and as Hannah and lots of chances to show off her high spirits and gift for physical comedy.
She is ably supported by Emily Osment as her best friend, Margo Martindale as her warm but shrewd grandmother, and Lucas Till as a handsome young cowpoke. Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts show up for some musical numbers. Cyrus has a sweet duet with her dad and a cute hoedown dance.
The story may not have many surprises, but it will help kids think a little bit about growing up and dream a little bit about all the possibilities before them. Best of all, the movie will satisfy Cyrus fans and give their families a sense of why they love her so much.

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How Well Do You Know Hannah Montana?

Posted on August 13, 2009 at 8:00 am

THE ULTIMATE HANNAH MONTANA MOVIE QUIZ!
Sweet niblets! Think you know Miley and her new movie better than anyone in the world? Well, put yourself to the test with this ultimate Hannah Montana: The Movie quiz. These questions are toughies, so make sure you brush up on your film knowledge before you put pen to paper. Good luck!hannah_montana_the_movie31.jpg
ROUND ONE: MOVIE MANIA!
These questions are all about Miley’s mega musical movie. Ready, set, go…
QUESTION ONE
Who is the first Hannah Montana character to appear on screen at the start of the film?
QUESTION TWO
What’s the name of the first song Hannah sings at the opening concert?
QUESTION THREE
What’s the name of the British tabloid magazine trying to get a big scoop on Hannah?
QUESTION FOUR
Which famous TV star has a fight with Hannah over a pair of shoes?
QUESTION FIVE
What is written on the sign above the entrance to Lilly’s birthday party?
QUESTION SIX
On which pier is Lilly’s party held?
QUESTION SEVEN
What color is Lilly’s skateboarding helmet?
QUESTION EIGHT
What color is the top layer of Lilly’s birthday cake?
QUESTION NINE
True or False? The drums at Lilly’s party are pink.
QUESTION TEN
What song does Hannah sing at Lilly’s party?
QUESTION ELEVEN
What’s the name of the town where Miley grew up in the movie?
QUESTION TWELVE
What animal can be heard when Hannah touches down in Tennessee?

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Hannah Montana Movie goodies!

Posted on April 6, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Want to dance like Hannah Montana? She shows you how to do the “Hoedown Throwdown” in this cilp.

If you and your friends learn it, film it, and upload your dance to youtube, send me the link at moviemom@moviemom.com and I will post it on my blog.

And don’t forget this cute look at the movie mistakes — watch the good spirits of the kids when things don’t go as they’re supposed to.

The first three people to send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Hannah” in the subject line will get a Hannah Montana DVD!

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