Parents' Guide to

Pixel Perfect

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Disney hologram movie is mean-spirited and judgmental.

Movie NR 2004 85 minutes
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Disney's 2004 movie has some fun musical moments and captures the basement band to stardom path well, but these are undermined by its muddled messages. It bumbles towards being a satire of the early 2000s manufactured pop scene, but unlike Josie and the Pussycats from three years before, Pixel Perfect has no affection for its characters other than the near-sociopathic Roscoe. Pipes successfully wrings the best she can out of the badly written Sam, who has to step aside in her own band to make way for the high-kicking hologram Loretta Modern. So much of Roscoe's controlling behavior is brushed over, including a segment in which Sam finds out he screens her calls. It's hard to move along with the story when these issues need to be addressed.

Director Mark A.Z. Dippé comes from a visual effects background and Pixel Perfect was clearly a vehicle for him to showcase his skills. The holographic effects and extended cyberspace sequences are where the movie feels most alive. The film wraps up with the right messages, but all changes of heart come out of the blue, with no pay-off earned. Despite the cheery Avril Lavigne pop-punk tunes and attempt at a happy ending, the takeaway tone is a nasty niggling feeling of discomfort.

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