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From the executive producers of High School Musical, The American Mall is about Ally, a hardworking young woman whose mom owns a music shop that’s the soul of the mall. Ally's singer/songwriter ambitions start to blossom when she meets Joey, a musician moonlighting as a janitor at the mall to support his own rock star dreams. While Joey understands her songs (and heart) like no one else, Ally's happiness and the fate of the store are threatened when the mall owner's spoiled, driven daughter Madison gets involved. It's high drama that rocks full on through song and dance. And at The American Mall you can fall in love, live your dreams and have the time of your life.
Lets Be Honest...
Yes, I am 21, but High School Musical (and especially it's successor) was a movie with a lot of heart, with a soundtrack full of catchy replayable tunes. They say this is for the "older" crowed, that HSM is too "tween" and that TAM is edgier and more mature - well that ain't true. Unlike High School Musical's, these songs are empty and hollow, the most generic music I've heard in a very long while. I didn't think vocals could get worse than Hudgens' (who actually improved on the second soundtrack) but Nina Dobrev's - and the rest of the cast for that matter - is nothing but horrid, synthesized drivel. And there's no one with anywhere close to the vocal prowess of Lucas Grabeel on this album anywhere. It's a shame the only one with apparent true vocal talent, Neil Haskell, only got 3 stanzas of solo music in the entire score. As for the movie itself, it's highly contrived, and really, really boring. Nina Dobrev's acting is no better than it is on Degrassi - which is horrible (her acting, not the show), for those not with the program. The musical numbers have horrible segways, coming from out of nowhere, and "Survivor" is a complete music-video of a mess. The cinematography and editing are admitably decent, but is that really important when everything else is screwed up so horribly wrong? The entire ensemble cast is bland, and although I love So You Think You Can Dance's Neil Haskell, his sidekick role could never be good enough to hold me to a movie this bad. Speaking of So You Think You Can Dance, it's sad that the only reason I was able to wade through the film was catching tiny glimpses here and there of dancers who had been on the show this season (Matt, Thayne, Gev, Kelli, Bayli (Kelli's sister, also Bonnie Story's daughter)). For even the most diehard fans of the dance reality show, it's not worth it. Trust me. Comparing "Work It Out" to "At The Mall" (whose lyrics go something like "at the mall, ooooh at the mall") or "Gotta Go My Own Way" to "A Little Bit of Heart Somewhere" (hey sugar hey sugar hey, don't care what you say...") seems like no contest. Yet there's hundreds of people who attest that this is better than High School Musical. Everyone has their own opinions and prefrences, but when something so blatantly bland and horrible is said to be better than something with a lot of heart, I get pretty darn confused. Did we watch the same film? Are we reviewing the same thing here?
The next big thing!
This movie is, without a doubt, going to be the next big thing! It's got great music, a great story line, and a great cast. Not to mention a great setting...what teenager doesn't love the mall?! Now for the bad news...at times I was wondering if I was watching a Sears commercial. The store shows up many times during the movie, and during the actual commercial breaks during the premiere on MTV! But most people will overlook the advertising and enjoy this wonderful musical.
Let's Do the Math:
10 bad songs + 1 actress with an annoying voice + Y amount of wierd-looking dance routines + 1 dancing "lunch" + 1 (sorry) bad looking dude = The American Mall!! If I sound harsh, I'm sorry. But how can anyone say this better than High School Musical? I mean, compare everything, and obviously, HSM was much better in every way. To be honest, the only thing better than HSM was the plot at some parts and the setting. But hey? We all have different opinions, and this is mine: Not worth it.
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2008
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