The Lizzie McGuire Movie Let's face it: Lizzie McGuire (Hilary Duff) is just too darn polished to be a junior-high underdog, even by the standards of her 'luxe suburban… The Lizzie McGuire Movie Let's face it: Lizzie McGuire (Hilary Duff) is just too darn polished to be a junior-high underdog, even by the standards of her 'luxe suburban… 2003-05-02 PG PT97M Comedy Kids and Family Hilary Duff Alex Borstein Robert Carradine Yani Gellman Adam Lamberg Jake Thomas Hallie Todd Walt Disney Productions
Movie Review

The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)

MPAA Rating: PG
Hilary Duff, Yani Gellman, ... | TWEEN SPIRIT Duff catches a ride
Image credit: The Lizzie McGuire Movie: Philippe Antonello
TWEEN SPIRIT Duff catches a ride
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 02, 2003; Rated: PG; Length: 97 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Kids and Family; With: Hilary Duff; Distributor: Walt Disney Productions

Let's face it: Lizzie McGuire (Hilary Duff) is just too darn polished to be a junior-high underdog, even by the standards of her 'luxe suburban environs. But that hasn't tarnished her comeback-kid cred among the six-and-ups who faithfully follow her Disney Channel show -- and it doesn't make The Lizzie McGuire Movie, a clever, agreeably weightless theatrical outing, any less enjoyable.

On a class trip to Rome (where the locals and the location photography are suitably bella), Lizzie is mistaken for an Italian teen diva, sparking a spasm of girlish wish fulfillment. (Imagine mainlining Pixy Stix and you're almost there.) But you've got to root for a heroine whose perennial Prince Charming resembles a Blow Pop dipped in hair: Only a tween of true substance would recognize the merits of a skinny, mop-topped overachiever named Gordo (Adam Lamberg).

Originally posted Apr 30, 2003 Published in issue #709 May 09, 2003 Order article reprints