Disney have taken Mark Peter Hughes' book, Lemonade Mouth, and created a rockin' young person's (that's the politically correct and non-age biased way to put it these days, right?) movie.
Lemonade Mouth is the story of 5 high school outcasts who meet over detention. As magically happens in Disney creations, things fall into place so that the kids quickly discover their individual musical talents mesh together to form a band.
|Mild-mannered detention students by day...|
Can I just say, my school had a bagpipes band, a choir, and a brass band. All tartan-clad. There was no rocking out. No rapping out the back of the school basketball stadium. Most definitely no smoke machine to add atmosphere (unless you count the girls who snuck out the back of the music department to smoke. Or, um, so I heard *cough*). Where was this school while I was stuck lusting after the gardener at my all-girls school?
Anyway, back to the movie. The tunes are catchy.
There's rap for your super cool street-cred loving kids, like Mstr2 who bounced along adding his own strategically placed "yo yo yo" (along with...ahem...closet rap and R&B loving Mothers).
There is a lot of rocking, which gets the thumbs up from the resident ninja tyrant, Miss2, who stalked around the living room throwing her arms in the air and yelling back at the DVD.
|Rockin' out : High School style by night|
Miss5 loved the dancing, and half way through our second viewing (the second of many), she was busting a move in the middle of the dance floor. She attempted to launch herself off the lounge holding her Wiggles guitar, copying the highly trained, skills and much practised characters on screen. It didn't work. There was a quick pause while a Winnie The Pooh bandaid and frozen peas were fetched.
The storyling is about standing up for what's important and being heard. It's kind of cool because it is appealing to the tween age group. To date, my movie critiquing experience has been predominantly of the toddler to 6yr old variety. It is freaking awesome to watch a DVD that does not revolve around sweetly smiling teenagers who only sing songs that rhyme. In sing songy voices.
It was a great opportunity to introduce Miss5 to something for a slightly older audience, without fear of swearing or violence (at least, not beyond a plastic cup avalanche). No inappropriate clothing or midriff bearing tops and short skirts on the girls, no disgustingly low jeans on the boys (the kind that you really have to grit your teeth to resist the urge to yank those suckers up really freaking hard...or is that just me?). The most inappropriate/traumatic clothing scene involved some mega pizza stains, that had me quite distraught as to how they would ever get the stains out of such pristine white clothing.
Lemonade Mouth is being released on DVD 1st June, and the awesome types at Porter Novelli and The Disney Channel have given me a copy for one of you to enjoy.
That's right - get ready to rock on with your own toy guitar. Mind the mega star jumps, they are hazardous and best performed only by a trained professional. Just ask Miss5.
An image to totally get you in the mood for a win :
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of the DVD courtesy of Disney Channel via Digital Parents. No financial payment was offered nor accepted for this post. All opinions expressed are purely my own.