Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Mary Elizabeth “Lola” Steppe (Lindsay Lohan) is a 15-year-old girl who grew up in New York City and wants desperately to be a famous Broadway actress. Lola narrates the story. Much to her annoyance, she moves with her family to the suburbs of Dellwood, New Jersey, but she confidently tells the audience, “A legend is about to be born. That legend would be me.”

At school, Lola makes friends with an unpopular girl, Ella Gerard (Alison Pill), who shares her love for the rock band Sidarthur. Lola idolizes the band’s lead singer Stu Wolff (Adam Garcia). She also meets Sam, a cute boy who takes a liking to her, and makes enemies with Carla Santini (Megan Fox), the most popular girl in school.

When Lola auditions for the school play, a modernized musical version of Pygmalion called “Eliza Rocks”, she is chosen over Carla to play Eliza, and Carla promises to make her life miserable. Lola also beats Carla on a dancing video game at an arcade, where Carla reveals that she has tickets to the farewell concert of Sidarthur, who recently decided to break up. Afraid of being one-upped by Carla, Lola falsely claims that she and Ella have tickets, too. She loses her chance to buy tickets and new clothes when her mother takes away her allowance, and the concert is sold out by the time she persuades Ella to pay for the tickets. But Lola explains that they can buy tickets from a scalper, and she gets Sam to sneak Eliza’s dress out of the costume room for her to wear at the concert.

On the night of the concert, Lola and Ella take a train to New York City, but Lola loses the money for the tickets, and her plan to sneak into the concert doesn’t work. Lola and Ella finally give up and walk through the city to Stu’s after-show party. When they get there, Stu stumbles drunkenly out of the building and passes out in an alley. The two girls take him to a diner to sober him up, but he gets in trouble, and they end up at a police station, where Lola gives her father’s New York City address.

At this point, Lola’s dishonesty becomes a problem. When she met Ella, she tried to impress her by telling her a dramatic story about her father dying years earlier. Ella highly values honesty, so she becomes infuriated when she discovers that Lola’s story was a lie. After Lola’s father arrives, and they explain what happened, Stu gratefully takes them all back to the party, where Ella forgives Lola for lying, and the two girls see Carla, who sees them as well and looks upset. Lola talks with Stu about his work but is disappointed to discover that he is a drunk.

Back at school, Carla humiliates Lola by denying that she saw Lola or Ella at the party and calling Lola a liar. None of the other students believe Lola’s story about being arrested with Stu and leaving her necklace at his house.

Afterward, Lola goes home, depressed, and refuses to perform in the play, but she is spurred on by Ella’s encouragement and arrives backstage just in time to prevent Carla from taking over her part. As she is about to go on stage, her mother wishes her good luck and finally calls her by her nickname, “Lola”. The modernist interpretation of Pygmalion (Eliza Rocks) ensues. After a great performance that brings a standing ovation, the cast goes to an after-party at Carla’s house, where Stu arrives to see Lola. Carla tries to save herself from humiliation by saying he is there to see her but is proved wrong when Stu gives Lola her necklace in front of everyone. As Carla’s lies become apparent, she backs away from the crowd on the verge of tears and falls into a fountain, greeted by everyone’s laughter. In a conciliatory gesture, Lola helps her up, and Carla accepts defeat. After dancing with Stu, Lola dances with Sam, and they eventually share a kiss.

REVIEW:

We’ve all heard the term “drama queen”. Well, someone actually wrote a book about teenage girls being drama queens and it went on to become Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Are these confessions worth listening to? Is there too much drama in this comedy? Let’s find out!

What is this about?

Lindsay Lohan stars in this sparkling comedy, based on author Dyan Sheldon’s novel of the same name, about an avowed New York City teenager whose social life is uprooted when her family relocates to the suburbs of New Jersey. Determined to become popular at her school, she jostles with the reigning Queen Bee for supremacy. Does she stand a chance?

What did I like?

Youth movement. In 2004, Lindsey Lohan’s star looked like it couldn’t be stopped, but she wasn’t the only future star in this film. Allison Pill, who has gone on to do such films as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, had her big break, as it were, in this film and there was one more starlet. A raven haired beauty with steely blue eyes, we were introduced to her bending over an engine and showing her midriff in Transformers. Yes, Megan Fox is in this as well. What is impressive to me is how far these 3 girls have come from then to now. Lohan, had she stayed on track, would be a huge actress, but she let fame (and her mother) get in the way and is struggling to get roles. Pill is working steadily as an indie darling, which suits her. Fox has gone on to become one of the biggest actresses in the world (I’ll speak more on her later). See what happens when casting directors actually cast young talent, instead of recycling the same 3 or 4 actors/actresses in every film?

Drama Queen. If the word drama queen is in the film’s title and this is supposed to be more of a comedic, family type picture, then one would expect to see and exaggerated performance, correct? Lindsay Lohan didn’t disappoint. Her character has such overreactions to everything from moving to New Jersey, not getting tickets to a concert, her favorite band breaking up, etc. It really is fun seeing her play the drama queen, although I think we can all agree if we knew someone like that in person, we couldn’t take it! HA!

Little love. Female aimed films such as this usually have a love story in them. Sometimes that is on purpose and other times it is forced in there. I’m impressed that this film didn’t feel the need to shove a love story down our throats. We are introduced to the love interest and he makes an appearance here and there, but for the most part, he’s just background. As Lohan’s character says, “…I don’t have time for a boyfriend.” This film didn’t have time to deal with that drama, either, and I am glad!

What didn’t I like?

Rock band. There is so much talk about this fictional band, Sidarthur, but we never hear any of their songs. Not on the radio, not blaring out at the concert, nowhere. If these guys are so great, then shouldn’t we hear something by them somewhere? They could have even showed a fake music video of the guy before the break up similar to Music & Lyrics. They didn’t do that, though, and instead chose to focus on the stereotypical drunk rock star.

Young Fox. Megan Fox is a gorgeous woman, of that there is no question, but she can’t act her way out of a paper bag. Funny thing is, that statement doesn’t apply to young Fox, as she actually is somewhat capable. In the 3 years between this and Transformers, she apparently lost weight and acting talent, because nothing ive seen her in has been anywhere near this level. Now, don’t quote me as saying this is some Shakespeare-type performance. It just is the best she’s done.

Predictable. I guess a film of this level shouldn’t surprise me that it is so predictable, but I still desire something more. I wasn’t expecting to pretty much be able to tell everything that was about to happen, but I was and that took away from some enjoyment for me. I would wager the same goes for others that have or will watch this picture.

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen is not a bad movie. As a matter of fact, it is quite enjoyable! This is one of those pictures, though, that had a few things been tweaked, it could have been a great family film. Lohan does a great job with her role, the ending performance of a modernization of Pygmalion (don’t know why they just didn’t say it was My Fair Lady, instead) and the catchy theme song caught my attention, chemistry among the cast was great, Fox makes a great antagonist and, pardon me for this, mean girl, but there was just something about this film that kept it from reaching the next level. Do I recommend this? Sure, it is a good lazy afternoon watch, but don’t go out of your way to see it.

3 1/3 out of 5 stars

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