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The Lizzie McGuire Movie Review


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While I hate to devote (and am even more embarrassed to admit to using) any brain cells to the matter, after watching The Lizzie McGuire Movie, I'm convinced we have yet another Britney Spears waiting in the wings. With Spears' popularity waning, the timing couldn't be better for Hilary Duff, the young star of McGuire, to overtake the "pop princess" throne. The similarity in looks between the girls is uncanny, and just when we thought we were finally done with Britney, along comes another cutesy blond who also can't sing or act to take her place.

The movie is merely an extension of Duff's popular Disney television show where she plays the superficial title character Lizzie McGuire a recent middle-school grad, here on a two-week class trip to Rome. But, after a day of touring the sites with her bossy tour guide Miss Ungermeyer (Alex Borstein), her best friend Gordo (Adam Lamberg) convinces Lizzie they should dump the group and find their own adventure. Lizzie is eventually pulled aside by an Italian pop star named Paolo (Yani Gellman) who thinks she is a dead ringer for his former singing partner, Isabella. We learn Isabella is refusing to appear with Paolo at an upcoming music awards show and that he needs Lizzie to double as Isabella to avoid a publicity nightmare. The shallow, starstruck Lizzie naturally obliges.

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