Hannah Montana: The Movie

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
Hannah Montana: The Movie Movie Poster Image
Hannah's music and Miley's romance are sure to wow tweens.
  • G
  • 2009
  • 102 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 49 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 79 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational value

The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

Kids will take away positive messages about being sincere and not taking yourself too seriously, as Miley learns that it doesn't matter whether she's a star or not -- she's not allowed to forget her roots and act like a diva.

Positive role models & representations

Characters have strong family relationships and friendships. Miley does disappoint those closest to her as she struggles to balance her double life, but it all works out in the end.

Violence & scariness

Hannah and Tyra Banks get into a cat fight (lots of jumping, pushing, and grabbing) over a pair of designer shoes. Other physical comedy includes several pratfalls, Miley getting hit in the face by a ball, a pesky ferret crawling all over a couple of characters, and a bit with a biting alligator and snappy ostrich.

Sexy stuff

Mild flirting as two sets of couples get to know each other. Other than three very quick kisses and some slow dancing, there's just a short glimpse of Miley's love interest with his shirt off after a swim.

Language

A couple of "oh my God"s; one adult uses an insult to another (he calls a woman a "succubus"), but it will go over kids' head.

Consumerism

The entire film is a Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana vehicle that will help promote the TV show, the movie soundtrack, and the piles of Hannah merchandise out there.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Miley Cyrus' legions of tween fans will be dying to see this big-screen comedy based on Disney's hit TV show. Like the small-screen version, the movie is upbeat and perfectly G rated ... if yet another marketing tool in Hannah's merchandise-rich world. The sexuality is completely innocent -- flirting, slow dancing, conversations about relationships, and three really short kisses -- and there's no language, drinking, or smoking. Expect frequent physical comedy (pratfalls, getting hit with a ball, bitten by an animal, etc.) and one scene in which Hannah and Tyra Banks fight over a pair of shoes.

User Reviews

Adult Written bycommonsensegal September 25, 2013
Parent of a 1, 4, and 7 year old Written byauntielynne May 13, 2009

Good movie for the 6-8 year olds!

The movie's message was to stay true to your roots. Remember who you are and where you came from. Rated G, good soundtrack.
Teen, 15 years old Written byTotally500 March 2, 2012

Hannah Sucks!

This is boring the movie and everything i only laughed when hannah fights with tyra and the rest is downhill this made me cringe!
Written byAnonymous January 17, 2016

Just Like The Show

Disgusting and awful, just like the show. I HATE DISNEY CHANNEL

What's the story?

Anyone familiar with the hugely popular Disney show will instantly understand HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE. Miley Cyrus stars as Miley Stewart, a "regular" teenager who also happens to be world-famous pop sensation Hannah Montana. Without the platinum-blond wig and designer outfits, Hannah is "just Miley," but when her publicist, Vita (Vanessa Williams), starts offering Hannah more opportunities, Miley forgets her priorities. After Miley ruins her best friend Lilly's (Emily Osment) sweet 16 and misses her chance to say goodbye to her college-bound brother Jackson (Jason Earles), disappointed dad Robby Ray (Billy Ray Cyrus) drags her back to Crowley Meadows, the tiny Tennessee town they used to call home. While staying in her grandma Ruby's (Margo Martindale) farmhouse, Miley rediscovers Travis (Lucas Till), an old friend who's grown up into an adorable farmhand. All of a sudden small-town life starts to have considerable charms for Miley ... but Hannah eventually resurfaces and threatens the newfound country tranquility.

Is it any good?

Hannah Montana: The Movie should leave tween fans feeling like they've gotten the best of, well, both worlds. Thanks to a cast of veteran supporting actors like Williams, Martindale, and Melora Hardin (The Office) as Robby Ray's potential love interest, Lorelai, the Cyruses and their TV crew are in good company on the big screen. The heart of the story is Miley reattaching to her roots, growing closer to her grandma, falling for Travis, and realizing how much her father has sacrificed (including romance) to keep her double identity a secret. There's not much of Oliver (Mitchel Musso) and Rico (Moises Arias), but hard-core Hannah fans shouldn't fret, because the movie has plenty of gags -- and chances for Cyrus to rock out as her alter ego.

Speaking of the soundtrack, it's surprisingly well connected to the story and enhances -- rather than distracts from -- the plot. It not only includes catchy Hannah and Miley songs (the show-stopping single "The Climb" and the tribute to her father, "Buttefly Fly Away," are particularly sweet) but also contributions from the elder Cyrus, Rascal Flatts (the beautiful "Bless the Broken Road"), and Miley's close friend Taylor Swift ("Crazier"). With a CD's worth of new songs, a cast full of likable characters, and a puppy-love romance at its core, it's sure to please fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. What does Miley/Hannah learn about family and herself? Do you think she's a good role model? Why or why not? Does your answer change depending on whether she's being Hannah or Miley?

  • Why do you think Hannah is so popular? Do kids really love the show for itself, or are they caught up in the Miley/Hannah phenomenon and marketing messages? Do you think Cyrus will be as successful once she steps out from under her Hannah wig?

Movie details

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

For kids who love girl-power movies

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate