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The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Dueling personalities clash in likable series follow-up.

Movie NR 2013 59 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

I loved this movie!

With the exception of the hot and muscular Italian stud in the white tank top (who seems to bring out some degree of sexuality in Theresa Russo), the movie is safe to watch. It's fun, entertaining and humorous as the TV show. So go ahead and let your kids watch it.
age 8+

A mediocre story, but a must watch for long time fans

It's a must watch for long time fans of the show, it offers a good closure. However, if you're not a fan or if you haven't seen the show before, it's not recommended. David Henrie wasn't in the movie, so that was one of the major disappointments, however the story itself isn't that bad. The lesson that it teaches is surprising, as Alex was never the best Disney role-model, but she is the most relatable. It's a nice story of liking yourself for who you are, rather than who others want you to be. The best part of the movie would have to be the action sequence, it's surprisingly very different than what we've got in the past. The spells resemble something from Harry Potter (admittedly on a much lower budget scale), the fighting actually involved hand-to-hand combat, and was actually very well choreographed.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (7 ):

This is a comical, entertaining, and immensely likeable Wizards of Waverly Place entry. Alex vs. Alex marks the TV return of almost the entire Russo family, marred only by the notable absence of Alex's older brother, Justin, who is said to be too busy at WizTech to join the others. With everyone else in place, though, it feels as though no time has passed between Alex's victory in the wizard competition and these new adventures, and she's still the same indomitable, slightly self-absorbed teen whose frequent blunders continue to cause headaches for her family.

Happily, this story addresses this biggest personality flaw head-on, with Alex pulled between her own desires and the pressure she feels from her family to become more responsible with her new Family Wizard title. Her comical attempts to solve the problem with magic spiral into one disaster after another (which will be no surprise to viewers familiar with the show), but the eventual outcome reflect both Alex's strong adherence to her unique identity and the maturing process she's learning to accept, striking a pleasant balance that has some good messages for her fans.

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