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Running Time:
103 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for thematic elements and language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Another bland, formulaic feel-good film that fans of Disney's pop-singer/teen queen, Hilary Duff, will relish.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted Scenes with optional director's commentary ; Behind-The Scenes featurette; Music Video: Hilary Duff's "Fly" ; Interactive Jam--compose your own song and get critiqued by a professor ; Outtakes ; Theatrical Trailer ; Both Widescreen & Fullscreen versions on one disc.

Raise Your Voice
Hilary Duff plays 16-year-old Terri Fletcher, from Flagstaff, Arizona, the star of her small town church choir. She becomes despondent after her older brother Paul (Jason Ritter) dies in a car accident. Paul was her best friend and biggest fan, and he and their groovy Aunt Nina (Rebecca De Mornay) constantly pushed Terri to get out of Flagstaff and into art school. But grumpy dad, Simon (David Keith), won't have it, deciding to keep his daughter safe and bored at home. But unbeknownst to Terri, Paul had sent in a videotape of his sister to the Los Angeles' musical arts school, for their summer program. With help from her mother and her Aunt Nina, she takes off for L.A. without her dad's knowledge. So Terri enters the summer program and at first is a fish out of water, but she slowly makes friends and even begins a romance with a bland but good-looking Brit (Oliver James). There's also a bitchy rival Robin (Lauren C. Mayhew), a piano virtuoso loner Sloane (Kat Dennings) and lovelorn eccentric Kiwi (Johnny Lewis). Terri's roommate is Denise (Dana Davis), an ambitious working-class violinist/funk musician with attitude. Less believable than the teen prodigies is the hipster prof Mr. Torvald (John Corbett). With a lot of supposed Los Angeles color, and some life lessons, the film drags on to its inevitable, predictable conclusion. Though Duff isn't an embarrassing actress (she actually, has some convincing dramatic moments) and she really does seem like a teenager, director Sean McNamara gives these characters little room to grow beyond square stereotypes of what is supposedly cool. This may be one of the squarest films of the year. It surely no Fame, which it's trying so hard to emulate.

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