StarStruck (2010) - Extended Edition

Genre(s): Comedy / Family / Romance
Disney || G - 85 minutes - $29.99 || June 8, 2010
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-06-27


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Michael Grossman
Writer(s): Barbara Johns (story), Barbara Johns and Annie DeYoung (teleplay)
Cast: Sterling Knight, Danielle Campbell


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Music Videos
  • Sing-Along
  • Bonus CD


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

Disney’s latest music/romance, StarStruck stars Sterling Knight as mega pop star Christopher Wilde and Danielle Campbell as Jessica Olson, a no non-sense girl who seemingly hates Christopher but ironically has a sister who is obsessed with him.

Jessica and her family, including sis Sara (MAGGIE CASTLE), go to Los Angeles to visit with her grandmother. Sara, being the obsessed fan she is, wastes no time to track the superstar down to meet him, and in the process, manages to drag Jessica along because Sara can’t go out without her younger sister, though I still am not sure why parents taking their kids out to L.A. for the first time would allow their younger daughters to go out, but I’ll go with it since it is Disney and all...

The first stop is at a 21 and under club Christopher hangs out at but because he is under strict orders to stay out of the lime light, and the fact he promised his posh girlfriend he would sing for her birthday, he sneaks in the back way. Meanwhile, as Sara manages to get inside, Jessica leaves the car she had been stuck in for hours, travels down a dark alleyway (makes sense for a girl on her first trip to L.A.) and manages to get bonked on the head as Christopher is about to make his secret exit. Feeling bad, he takes her to the hospital to get examined but thanks to the paparazzi who are always in his grill (I’m so hip), he talks Jessica into allowing him to stay in his car in her grandmother’s garage... oh, and use her grandfather’s fishing hat as a disguise. Cute, right? No, not really.

The next day, she finds that Christopher did leave overnight but manages to run into him at the beach where Sara knows the pop star likes to hang out at; she recognizes him thanks to grandpa’s fishing hat. Again, the paparazzi are on his tail and they make an escape in Jessica’s grandmother’s tacky pink vintage car – because there’s nothing like keeping a low profile in a hot pink, ugly ass car.

Anyway, the pair, despite Jessica’s apparent repulsion towards Chris, manage to get along well enough to go on a sightseeing tour around L.A. and soon a budding romance might be developing, or is it???

I readily admit to being a romantic, I can usually buy into any romantic comedy premise, no matter how predictable or clichéd it may be, however there was something about StarStruck that was a bit odd. It could’ve been the fact that although Sterling Knight does look a little like Justin Bieber but he hardly has the charisma to pull off the teen leading man the role needs. On the flip side, Danielle Campbell is an unknown actress appearing in only a handful of projects (a few episodes of “Prison Break” and one feature film I’ve never heard of called The Poker House) and she mostly escapes this unscathed. I’m not going to say she’s the next big thing in the Disney family, but she is a fresh breath of air and could turn into a contributing supporting actress if she gets the right projects.

Overall, StarStruck is an OK tween romantic comedy with a decent female lead, a tolerable male lead but a story (co-written by the gal who scripted Princess Protection Program for Disney) that never quite struck the right chord. For one thing, the extended music scene felt out of place and only slowed down the story even more. I guess if you’re used to these Disney made-for-TV movies this might be for you, but even as someone who can tolerate even the most clichéd romantic comedies, this just didn’t do it for me.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Not much going here with this release. First, the DVD comes with a glossy slip cover as well as a second disc, the full CD Soundtrack which alone goes for $15 on Amazon.com.

But as for actual features? They’re fairly lame. We’ve got three music videos, a Rock-Along version where you can sing-along with the movie... and, that’s it. Oh, there is some Blu-ray promo for Disney movies which is odd since StarStruck isn’t available in that format.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

StarStruck is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a 1.78 aspect ratio. The movie for the most part is pretty colorful which is customary for a Disney Original Movie. The picture is fairly clear for the most part and Sterling Knight’s creepy blue eyes pop off the screen.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track while at times heavy in the low frequency channel features crisp and clear dialogue and the singing voices are also loud and clear enough for me.



.::OVERALL::.

StarStruck isn’t a bad movie and by Disney standards, sadly above average, but I found the movie as a whole to be tedious, the male lead nothing charismatic and a story that never quite gels together.