In the grand tradition of Disney made for TV movies like High School Musical comes their newest addition, Radio Rebel! Now out on DVD Radio Rebel stars Debby Ryan from Jessie and Suite Life On Deck, so I’m sure every tween girl is going to beg for this film.
Debby Ryan stars as Tara Adams, who is a shy girl who lives her high school life going pretty much unnoticed. However, Tara has a secret life! She is the anonymous host of Radio Rebel the most popular radio show on the air… I didn’t think kids in high school listened to radio shows, but hey I can go with it…
In person Tara can barely speak to her fellow students but on the air as “radio rebel” she’s chock full of teen wisdom and is a confidant young girl. Tara’s stepdad discovers her secret and coincidentally works for a big radio station… Say What? So, he gets her a job and then she becomes a bigger hit.
Tara continues to rock it out as Radio Rebel but the principal doesn’t like Radio Rebels’ growing popularity. You would think she would be stoked people are listening to the radio again, but hey no judgement. For some reason, the principal decides that if she finds out who Radio Rebel is she’s going to expel her? And to make matters worse threatens to cancel senior prom until someone confesses! Doh! Ironically, I don’t think that’s really legal, but you know… it’s Disney right? lol…
So, with the student boy a tad ticked off Radio Rebel decides to put together a casual prom for her fellow classmates that you don’t have to wear a puffy gown at. Sounds pretty cool right?
All in all, for tweens this is probably a very cute movie, and being a tween at heart I liked it at points but the lack of realism kind of killed it for me. There is no way a principal can cancel prom and expel a student for having a radio show… Which technically was a podcast, but let’s not cut hairs here.
Still, if you are looking for a silly movie to pop in the DVD player that’s not going to ruffle any feathers, this is the movie for you. Plus, I will say the music isn’t half bad. It’s a little more rock/pop than say High School Musical which I really enjoyed. Plus, the Go-Go’s cover of We Got The Beat wasn’t half bad. So, bonus points for that!