Lemonade Mouth is an original Disney Channel film about a band that is formed in high school and their struggles with life and their band. You watch the group of 5 form and face the world. You see their ups and downs, and the even ground that they roam. They storm the world with their loud message and bring a positive message to high school students. However, it does not come without a price to pay. Can they survive as a group and friends–or not?
I will admit that when I first heard about this movie, I thought, Great–another spin put on the high school musical theme. Yet I was surprised in a good way by it. I enjoyed it, and most of all the cast members have real talent, which I think is a huge selling point for them. They did not need to be auto-tuned. Also the story was not just thrown together, it seemed well thought out and planned. Those are just some of the bonus points with this movie. I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed the movie.
Disney chose an amazing cast to play out the roles. I think that each one added something to the movie, even if at times some of them were annoying–like Mo, for example. But you could still like them, and you end up relating to each one at some point in the movie. Like when Stella was taking a stand for what she believes in. That is something that everybody will find familiar and be able to think, “Hey, I know exactly what they mean.” That is important for a show or movie; otherwise fans may not relate or like the characters.
Lemonade Mouth is based on a book of the same name. However, I am not sure how well the movie followed the book. Many times Disney changes things up to make them more appealing. I think that it is safe to assume that it followed the base of the story, but likely skipped or added a few things to it. Either way, the movie still came out on a high note for Disney, the author, and the stars of the movie, even if some fans of the book may not be happy with the movie put out by Disney.
The movie was not filmed in LA, but in New Mexico, which provided the lovely scenery that you see in the movie. I loved the whole set, clothes, location, and everything. It really felt as if I was back in high school. They did an amazing job with it all. I sort of hope that Disney chooses to use New Mexico again for a movie. Maybe if they film a sequel for it they will reuse the location?
This is another example of a great movie for a whole family to watch. I was surprised that Disney would do a movie that is really for a whole family. The Disney corporation only rarely has rated “G” movies put out in theaters, so I was not expecting much of that from a made for TV movie. Yet Disney did pull it off, surprising well. So I will say all ages are okay to see it, just be sure that your tweens and teens try not to copy Stella.
To wrap up the whole movie, I will say that I do plan on watching it when Disney re-airs it. It is not a favorite or even a best ever movie–but it was highly entertaining and a good option for whole families. I give it a rating of 7 out of my 1 to 10 scale. A good option for those seeking some safe entertainment with an interesting story. While it is not an all-time best movie, it was well done, and I don’t think Disney will be able to top it off for some time to come. And I rarely say that about any movie or TV show.
What do you think about Lemonade Mouth? Do you hope that they film a sequel? Give us your thoughts in the comments!