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Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Rating: 7 out of 10
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Cast:
Lindsay Lohan as Mary / Lola
Adam Garcia as Stu Wolff
Glenne Headly as Karen
Alison Pill as Ella
Eli Marienthal as Sam
Carol Kane as Miss Baggoli
Megan Fox as Carla Santini
Sheila McCarthy as Mrs. Gerard
Tom McCamus as Calum
Richard Fitzpatrick as Mr. Gerard
Ashley Leggat as Marcia
Barbara Mamabolo as Robin
Adam MacDonald as Steve
Gerry Quigley as Slimy Guy
Kyle Kassardjian as Andy

Summary:
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen is a fun movie for kids and adults. It's worth checking out.

Story:
Mary (who insists that everyone call her Lola) is a flamboyant teenager who has grown up in New York City. With dreams of acting stardom and fantasies about her favorite singer / poet Stu Wolff, Lola is prone to telling fantastic tall tales in order to make her life appear more interesting. Her tendency to emotionally blow everything out of proportion has earned her the nickname "drama queen" by her mother.

Imagine Lola's horror when she's forced to move to Dellwood, New Jersey. Pulled away from her cultural center of the universe, Lola does her best to stand out and make an impact at her new school (though she's viewed as an oddball). She tries out for the school play, a modern retelling of Pygmalion. She also finds a kindred spirit in Ella, a fellow fan of Stu Wolff. Lola also makes enemies with the local popular girl, Carla Santini.

Unfortunately, Lola's tendency to tell tall tales lands her in trouble when she brags that she and Ella are going to a "farewell tour" party for Stu Wolff. Lola has to find a way in or face humiliation by Carla Santini, who will be in attendance. It's then up to the Drama Queen to try and make her fantasies a reality. But what will happen when she must eventually face the truth?

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen is rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language.

What Worked:
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen is aimed straight at a teenage girl audience, but I actually ended up liking it quite a bit. It was funny, imaginative, and entertaining.

A large part of what makes this work is Lindsay Lohan as the quirky Lola. Lohan is a triple threat in this movie as she can sing, act, and be funny. It's easy to see why she's Disney’s new darling. Lohan is a lot of fun as Lola. She is so flamboyant and over the top that you can't help liking her character. Lola's flair for drama leads to some pretty funny scenes where she goes on a Gandhi-like hunger strike, mourns the break up of her favorite band, and retells the story of the rise and fall of her parents' relationship. Alison Pill is very good as Ella, Lola's best friend. As wild and quirky as Lola is, Ella is equally quiet, shy, and reserved. These two opposites make a great team for their bizarre exploits.

The rest of the supporting cast is pretty good as well. Carol Kane plays Miss Baggoli, the weird drama teacher. You can't help but think that she's what Lola will turn into in the future. Megan Fox plays the evil Carla Santini and looks like Jennifer Connelly's younger sister. Adam Garcia is also pretty funny as Stu Wolff, the drunk rock superstar that Lola adores.

The movie also reinforces some positive messages amid the laughs. Lola sets the drunken rocker Stu onto the path of sobriety in the film. Lola is also lovingly watched over by her father and mother. They give her just enough loose leash to feel reasonably unrestrained by them, but she's still well supervised. Ella is also shown to be encouraged to talk to her parents despite feeling otherwise. Overall, there are some good messages for kids.

What Didn't Work:
It was a little disturbing to see Disney sex up Lohan in this movie. She looks a lot older than she really is. She is shown in the movie dressed up as Marylin Monroe and she fills out the costume a little too well for a 15 year old. She's also shown in a really short mini-skirt that looks more appropriate for a hooker in New York than a 15-year-old let loose on the town. Maybe I'm being a stick in the mud, but I image other parents will notice this too. Meanwhile, creepy old men ogling Lohan should keep in mind she's 15 in the movie.

These 15-year-old girls are also shown going to a rock star's party in New York. While nothing bad is shown in the movie and Lola's father is there watching them, I can't help but think that a party like that isn't an appropriate place for a young teen. The girls are shown having pillow fights on the rock star's bed, but in reality you know there's a lot more unmentionable stuff happening in such a location. They're shown mingling at the party, but in reality there would be a lot of drinking and probably drugs. Yes, this is a Disney sanitized version, but I can't help but wonder if teen viewers will be given a mistaken impression that all such parties are wholesome places for them.

The Bottom Line:
Overall, with a funny story, good characters, and some decent music, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen is a fun movie for both teens and adults.

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