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Lemonade Mouth DVD Review

“Lemonade Mouth” is better than the average Disney Channel movie.

The plot: After meeting in detention, Stella, Wen, Mo, Charlie and Olivia conveniently discover that they are all talented musicians and thus they decide to form a pop rock band together. Of course, their journey to stardom doesn’t come without the usual obstacles such as a rival school band named Mudslide Crush and a Principal who is more concerned with sports programs. Add in teen melodrama, band arguments, and romantic subplots and you know what to expect from this film.

Despite having a formulaic and forced story that is full of coincidences, “Lemonade Mouth” is surprisingly watchable thanks to a winning ensemble cast. Bridgit Mendler, Adam Hicks, Blake Michael, Naomi Scott all shine in their roles here, but it’s Hayley Kiyoko who steals the show as Stella. Kiyoko, who has previously starred in the direct-to-DVD live-action “Scooby-Doo” films as Velma, manages to be both charming and spunky and she gives the film much of its humor. Hopefully, Kiyoko will get more starring roles in the near future because she’s clearly a talented young actress who is going places.

Another aspect of “Lemonade Mouth” that is commendable is the positive message about school arts programs. In an age where sports programs are given priority over everything else in schools, it’s important to remember that the arts programs should not be forgotten. ‘Lemonade’ thankfully spotlights this important matter by making it the heart of the film. That alone makes me admire the movie.

Now, some of you are probably wondering, “What about the songs?” Aside from “Determinate,” none of the songs truly stood out to me personally. The tunes are pleasant enough aside from the obnoxious (perhaps purposely so) Mudslide Crush songs.

Summary: If you dig teen dramedy musicals, “Lemonade Mouth” is worth checking out. It’s certainly better than “Camp Rock” or “Glee.”

Video/Audio:

The 1.78:1 widescreen picture quality is solid, but I’m a little surprised that there wasn’t a Blu-ray release.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is crisp and clear. Need I say more?

Extras:
* Digital copy.
* Disney trailers.
* Rock-Along Sing-Along track.
* Extended scene.

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June 2, 2011 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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