The Lizzie McGuire Movie: Philippe Antonello
Scott Brown
May 09, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
97 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/02/03
performer
Hilary Duff, Alex Borstein, Robert Carradine, Yani Gellman, Adam Lamberg, Jake Thomas, Hallie Todd
director
Jim Fall
distributor
Walt Disney Productions
author
Susan Jensen, Terri Minsky
genre
Kids and Family, Comedy

We gave it a B+

Let’s face it: Lizzie McGuire (Hilary Duff) is just too darn polished to be a junior-high underdog, even by the standards of her ‘luxe suburban environs. But that hasn’t tarnished her comeback-kid cred among the six-and-ups who faithfully follow her Disney Channel show — and it doesn’t make The Lizzie McGuire Movie, a clever, agreeably weightless theatrical outing, any less enjoyable.

On a class trip to Rome (where the locals and the location photography are suitably bella), Lizzie is mistaken for an Italian teen diva, sparking a spasm of girlish wish fulfillment. (Imagine mainlining Pixy Stix and you’re almost there.) But you’ve got to root for a heroine whose perennial Prince Charming resembles a Blow Pop dipped in hair: Only a tween of true substance would recognize the merits of a skinny, mop-topped overachiever named Gordo (Adam Lamberg).

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