A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Being true to yourself, not being fake.
Positive Role Models
Lizzie sometimes gets in awkward situations often started by her own clumsiness, but finds a way to keep a sense of humor about it. She pretends to be sick so she can sneak out to tour Rome.
Violence & Scariness
Lizzie endures mild verbal bullying from a popular "mean girl" who was once her friend but now makes fun of Lizzie's outfits and clumsy actions. Lizzie's brother wants his videos of Lizzie's humiliations to go viral online.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Tween hand-holding, flirting, kissing. One of the tween boys acts like he's an authority on what girls are looking for when dating, and what is and is not a "turn-on." Lizzie wears some skimpy clothing.
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Products & Purchases
Movie based on a Disney franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Lizzie McGuire Movie is a 2003 comedy based on the Disney Channel television series. In this movie, Lizzie and her classmates go to Rome to celebrate their graduation from junior high. Lizzie endures mild verbal bullying from a popular "mean girl" who was once her friend but now makes fun of Lizzie's outfits and clumsy actions. Lizzie also has a younger brother who wants his videos of Lizzie's humiliations to go viral online. There is some tween kissing, hand-holding, and flirting. Lizzie wears some skimpy clothing, especially when she nearly becomes a famous pop star in Italy. Overall, the movie teaches the importance of staying true to who you are. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of Lizzie McGuire are certain to love this fizzy tween tale. Lizzie is admired by a handsome international pop star, gets a makeover and tries on a lot of wild clothes, triumphs over the snarky popular girl, and gets to be a superstar with all her friends and family in the audience. It's all a tween dream come true.
It's not really a movie. It's just a 90-minute episode of the popular Disney channel television show, partly filmed in Rome. But we can be grateful that it's a nice, wholesome story created for an age group usually neglected by Hollywood. Duff has a warm, sweet presence, and the use of a little animated Lizzie to comment on the action adds liveliness to her adventures.
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