As the long-awaited Hannah Montanna movie hit the theaters Friday, I pulled the mom card. I picked up the kids from school 45 minutes early on the last day before Spring Break. Please don’t call social services, I won’t do it again. (soon, anyway) Of course, as a Blogger/Reviewer, it was my job to see it on opening day, right? Yes, I make sacrifices for my job!
I’ll start with my fears about the movie, and taking my 8, 5, and 3.5 year old to this film. I was a little worried that:
- Hannah/Miley would be dressed a little too skimpy than I would like my daughters to dress. Seeing it on TV is a little different than having her plastered at 10 times the normal size right in front of you.
- In Miley’s budding romance with cute cowboy, there might be a little too much mushy love stuff. We already have a boy-crazy 5 year old, and she doesn’t need any encouragement… really.
- The stereotypes of southern country folk would go beyond the good-natured humor into a derrogatory attitude. We live in one of those
podunk townslittle known rural gems, you know!
So now to the actual movie! In the opening scene, Hannah Montana struggles with juggling her Pop Star life and her Regular Teen life. This is a major theme in the movie, as she regularly has to be in two places at one time: one as Miley, and one as Hannah. The very first thing I thought of was how I could relate to her, as a WAHM! So many times, I am on a business call while I’m serving my daughter lunch or emptying the dishwasher. In fact right now, I’m writing this review while driving down to the family Easter Egg Hunt. I know, boo hoo, cry me a river, right? I’m not trying to complain, but I can relate to the whole “best of both worlds” thing, know what I mean?
The slapstick humor throughout the movie is fantastic. As Hannah and Tyra Banks both eyed a fab pair of shoes in an LA boutique, I thought, “Here we go!” We’ve all seen the previews, but the actual scene was beyond funny! Exploding birthday cakes, mud baths, chicken feathers, hot sauce, walnuts, a pumpkin stuck on Jackson’s head, and a mischeivous ferret contributed to the guffaws from the audience! And since every movie must have a nemesis, the Paparazzi Villain provided big comic relief.
Disney must have been listening to the parental nervousness about Hannah/Miley’s shrinking wardrobe, because the clothes in the movie were wonderful. While still portraying Miley as beautiful as she truly is, the clothes were very hip and adorable, but modest enough that I’d let my young children emulate them.
The cameo appearances from Country Stars were a real treat. When HipChick got home she said, “Tell daddy about his favorite band in the movie!” A pickin’ session in the Stewart family living room with Rascal Flatts, and Taylor Swift’s song at the country dance caused my children (and me) to gasp.
Let me digress to Taylor Swift for a minute. With her first couple of singles, which I wouldn’t exactly call musical genius, I thought she might be a two hit wonder. But this girl can really sing, and she shows it in the movie. As she moves into songs with more than three notes, I can’t wait to see what she does.
Anyway, I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that Miley’s Hip Hop Hoe-Down will be the “must do” dance at tween birthday parties across the nation! It was a really cool scene.
Miley’s budding romance with a really cute cowboy (with an unaturally low speaking voice for his age) was just what I wanted my daughters to see. Their relationship develops through a genuine friendship and it is not based on superficiality or an emphasis on physical attraction (although they are both gorgeous!) And they never even kiss! Phew! I am of the opinion that movies don’t actually have to show everything, and those who are mature enough can guess that they are going to kiss at some point in their relationship!
I’m hesitant to give away more of the actual story, because I don’t want to give everything away. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the movie:
- Miley: “Hannah Means everything to me!” Dad: “That right there just might be your problem.” You can talk to your kids about what is truly important in life.
- Miley’s Grandma: “We’re britches and boots around here.” And she’s proud of it!
- Miley’s Dad: “You do whatever you think is right.” There comes a time in our parenting when we need to say that to our kids and let them choose. Yes, they might mess up, but they will learn more through that than if we dictate everything.
Parents, you might want to bring a tissue for Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus’ duet near the end, Butterfly. Just sayin’…
All in all, the Hannah Montanah movie was FANSTASTIC!!! I really don’t have anything negative to say about it, except that when it comes out on video, I will be forced to watch it 8,000,000 times in a row.
Have you seen it? Tell me what you think!