Before I lay into it too hard, I have to remind myself that this is a G rated film and not really intended for the adult audience. Well believe me, I understand that. I think there is a shortage of family friendly films out there, so Iím appreciative whenever I see one get released. But címon people, we can do better than this. Surely this is not the best G rated film they could find.
So the basic premise is actually better suited for a PG-13 film. We have an overprotective father that also happens to be a police chief. Then we have the daughter who is as wholesome as can be considering sheís a senior in high school and the worst thing sheís ever done is lie to her father and go to a party. Thereís even a scene where he sneaks into a sorority. So, they really had to stretch to make this a PG film.
Of course, it seems that whenever you have an African American as the main star of a family film, all the white people in the film are extreme nerds that sing old 50ís songs all the time. Iíd be offended if I hadnít encountered similar parents during my college days. But of course they play it up and over-do it to the obnoxious extreme. Then thereís the pig. No, not Raven, thereís an actual pig that belongs to the little boy. The pig, I have to say, stole the show. He provides all the laughs and in my opinion, should have gotten top billing. He seemed to be the only one with a legitimate sense of comedic timing.
Commentary with Emi Mochizuki and Carrie Evans: This is their first movie, so they seem a little unprepared to give a full commentary. They offer a few cute tidbits here and there, but overall the track drags. Overall, they give a very basic commentary and donít give any new information.
Deleted Scenes (12:36): Most of these scenes revolved around the mother, but none of them were of any substance. It was a good decision for them to be cut as they would have slowed down the film and added unneeded filler.
Alternate Scenes (3:35): I donít think we would have lost much had these scenes been in the film as opposed to what we did get. I liked the ending at Georgetown better than the Thanksgiving ending, but other than that, I donít think it mattered.
Ravenís Video Diary (9:50): Raven actually seems a little obnoxious in real life, so watching her run around the set with a video camera is not my idea of a good time. I know she has her fan base on the Disney channel and maybe they will enjoy watching her talk to the cast and crew.
Gag Reel (2:49): This is your typical, run of the mill gag reel, except with way too much Donny Osmond.
On the Set Ė Double Dutch Bus (3:27): Even though I find Raven a little obnoxious, thereís no denying she knows what sheís doing. You have to respect the empire sheís built for herself and this little featurette is an example of how professional she is. She talks about the music video and how it was made and gives some decent information.
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