StarStruck

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Modern Cinderella story is clean musical fun for tweens.
  • G
  • 2010
  • 85 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 47 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids learn the danger of judging a book by its cover, since neither Jessica nor Christopher turns out to be exactly what the other assumed.

Positive Messages

The movie promotes positive themes of self-image, individuality, and honesty. A teen celebrity must make a difficult choice between playing to others’ impression of him to further his career and staying true to himself and treating the people he cares about with respect.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jessica’s honest, unpretentious style inspires Christopher to re-examine the direction his own life is taking and make some changes in the name of happiness, rather than success. Sara’s infatuation with Christopher is revealed as the shallow obsession that it is.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Lots of flirting, and a couple of innocent kisses between teens.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this squeaky-clean Disney movie is a worry-free choice for tweens. Sara’s infatuation with Christopher -- while possibly grating on parents’ nerves -- may resonate with viewers and raise some issues about our celebrity-obsessed society and the role the media plays in it. The story promotes strong messages about honesty, humility, self-acceptance, and strength of character, inspiring tweens to have confidence in themselves and their beliefs, even if it means going against the flow.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byandeverythingnice February 1, 2011

No good female role models.

A clean, fluffy, cornball movie that is appropriate for most kids, in the typical Disney fashion. However, I do NOT agree that the lead female character (Jessic... Continue reading
Parent of a 5, 7, and 9 year old Written byThe Glazers June 30, 2010

Good for older kids

its ok its not so bad I think that it has a little to much of the kissing thing you see I am onley seven so I don't no as much so I think that it is ok fo... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 June 17, 2010

Average DCOM

It was predictable to me. POSSIBLE SPOILER The only thing that is sexual is the romance, but the characters don't even kiss. END OF SPOILER But I think Jes... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMiranda B. February 3, 2011

Strong comeback for Disney after epically failing with the High School Musical movies.

A nice refresher from past Disney movies. The movie may not have the most original plot, but it was still really good. Who knew Sterling Knight could sing? I lo... Continue reading

What's the story?

A family vacation leads to the chance encounter of a lifetime when Jessica Olson (Danielle Campbell) runs into teen superstar Christopher Wilde (Sterling Knight) on a visit to Los Angeles. Despite the efforts of her celebrity-crazed older sister, Sara (Maggie Castle), to meet the singing sensation, it’s Jessica who accidentally makes his acquaintance -- and the unpretentious Midwestern girl’s nonchalance toward his status throws the pampered star for a loop. The more time Christopher spends with her, the more he likes who he becomes in her presence. But he faces a difficult choice between being true to his feelings and furthering his red-hot career.

Is it any good?

STARSTRUCK is bound to strike tween girls the right way with its tale of unlikely love between a handsome heartthrob and an “ordinary” girl. The modern-day spin on the Cinderella story is the stuff that girls’ dreams are made of, and Knight’s good looks and charisma certainly don’t detract from the story’s appeal.

True to Disney tradition, StarStruck manages to spin a romantic web without the trappings of anything sexually suggestive, so it’s mild enough for the tween set. Kids who tune in will also be inundated with positive messages about self-image, self-confidence, and strong character. The movie also raises a number of issues that tweens likely will relate to, including the repercussions of celebrity obsessions and the ability of the media to affect our impression of people and events.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss celebrities. Tweens: Can you relate to Sara’s obsession with Christopher? Do you have similar feelings toward a celebrity? What attracts you to him or her? How do you think their real personalities compare to your impression of them?

  • Tweens: How does the media influence your impression of stars? Why is our society so infatuated with celebrities? What are some examples of infatuation taken too far?

  • Talk about dating and romantic relationships: What are some essential qualities of a healthy relationship? What do you value most in a friend or partner? What characteristics could you not accept in a boyfriend or girlfriend?

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