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Feature 6.0
Video 7.5
Audio 7.5
Special Features 8.0
Total 6.5
Distributor: Disney
Classification: G
Running Time: 98
Reviewer:
Simon Black

6.5


Hannah Montana: The Movie
 

Those of us old enough to remember the year 1992 recall it with a shudder of dread, crossing ourselves and throwing back shots of whiskey in a futile attempt to erase it from our minds.  The reason for this is simple: 1992 was the year Billy Ray Cyrus released ‘Achy Breaky Heart’, an absurdly upbeat slab of country cornball that did for boot-scooting what Kurt Cobain would shortly do for sales of flannel shirts.  After ruling the charts for what seemed like months the song finally died and, for all we knew or cared, so did the man who inflicted it upon the world.  

Not so.  The would-be troubadour has been busy procreating this last decade and a half, and as it turns out has managed to produce himself an extremely lucrative little cash cow named Miley Cyrus.  At the ripe old age of 16, the young singer and actress is overseer of a business empire that reportedly nets her somewhere in the vicinity of $25 million a year.  The vehicle that started her on the path to stardom was the TV series Hannah Montana, in which she stars as a high schooler living a double life in an effort to experience ‘the best of both worlds’: regular schoolgirl Miley Stewart by day, pop sensation Hannah Montana by night, with only a few friends and family aware of her secret. 

It is this simple premise that forms the basis of Hannah Montana: The Movie, in which the irrepressible Papa Cyrus also stars as Miley’s father.  Whilst presumably happy to spend the fortune earned by Miley ‘Stewart’ on expensive belt buckles and having his perma-straight hair blow dried on an hourly basis in an attempt to look more like Keith Urban, the Southern patriarch eventually becomes concerned that his daughter’s personality is gradually morphing into that of her more famous alter-ego.  He insists she get back to her roots by spending time with family in rural Tennessee and passing the time as simple country folks do – riding horses, lounging around on hay bales and indulging in extremely frequent singalongs.  Throw in a wily British tabloid journalist, a hayseed with a crush and a neglected best friend and you’ve even got room for a moderate amount of character development.  Yee haw! 

Though perhaps not appealing to the broadest of audiences, Hannah Montana: The Movie is a fun and reasonably well-executed big screen debut for the popular star.  Yes it’s fluffy, stubbornly family-friendly fare, but you can hardly hold that against it – you know what you’re getting yourself into when you put this in the DVD player.  Cyrus the Elder and his superstar daughter play well off one another, there are some enjoyable cameos and the disc is chock full of worthwhile special features.  Having grossed more than $150 million worldwide on box office receipts alone and with a fourth season of the TV series recently commissioned the tween pin-up’s celebrity certainly shows no signs of abating.  It seems the Cyrus name is going to stick around for a while after all. 

Special Features

Deleted Scenes

Outtakes

‘The Climb’ Music Video

‘A Day in the Life of Miley Cyrus’ Featurette

‘I Should have Gone to Film School’ with actor Jason Earles

Audio Commentary With Director Peter Chelsom

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