With the success of Disney Channel movies such as “High School Musical”, “Camp Rock”, “Princess Protection Program”, it’s no wonder that “StarStruck” was next in line. While not as memorable as the previous Disney Channel movies, “StarStruck” manages to bring together a story and several characters that younger tweens may enjoy and relate to.
Sisters Jessica (Danielle Campbell) and Sarah Olson (Maggie Castle) cant agree on whether pop star Christopher Wilde (Sterling Knight, “Sonny With a Chance”) is hot or not. Sarah is obsessed with Christopher and thinks he's amazing, talented and an all-around wonderful guy (in fact, she mentions that she texts him everyday, which must thrill her parents when the cell bill arrives.) On the other hand, Jessica thinks very little about him.
Of course, neither girl has met him - they live in Michigan and he’s in L.A. When Jessica, Sarah and their parents make their way to California to visit their grandmother, Sarah is determined to meet Christopher. She has mapped out all of his frequented locations and is determined to visit them all until she meets him. While Sarah spends her time thinking of Christopher, Jessica reads and thinks of anything but. Sure we may know how this is going to end, but it’s all about the journey, right? When Sarah convinces Jessica to go out with her at night to find Christopher, they get more then they expected.
Meanwhile in L.A., Christopher Wilde’s life isn’t perfect. His girlfriend Alexis (Chelsea Staub, “Jonas”) is self-obsessed and media-obsessed, his best friend Albert J. “Stubby” Stubbins (Brandon Smith, “Sonny With a Chance”) wants to hang out without Alexis, and his parents are his managers.
When Christopher is up for a role in a film, he’s disappointed to learn that not everyone thinks he deserves the part, due to his spoiled image and exposure in the tabloids. But when Christopher goes out to sing at Alexis’ birthday party (a promise he refuses to break), he literally bumps into Jessica and as a result ends up taking her to the hospital to have her head checked out before the incident makes the news. From here, a series of events keep Jessica and Christopher in each other’s company.
Jessica’s genuine disdain for Christopher is a bit overdone - especially considering she doesn’t know him - but with time Jessica starts to warm up to Christopher. The second half of “StarStruck” has a bit more energy than the first half and is more enjoyable. Watching Christopher and Jessica get to know each other has some endearing moments as well as a few minor laughs. While Christopher and Jessica try to go unnoticed, Sarah keeps finding clues that Christopher is nearby (never fully realizing he’s with her sister) and even ends up at his house.
The performances are enjoyable, with Maggie Castle leaving the best impression as the star-obsessed Sarah. It’s unfortunate that Chelsea Staub didn’t have a bigger role as she’s enjoyable on “Jonas” but felt underused here. There are some big unanswered questions and some scenes that feel cut short or unexplained, but despite that “StarStruck” is a decent. Younger viewers may appreciate the story and some of the wacky adventures Christopher and Jessica get themselves into. With lots of music (The Extended Edition includes an extended music scene for the song “Got To Believe”) and some Disney Channel regulars, “StarStruck” may not be one of Disney’s best efforts, but at 84 minutes younger tweens may enjoy.
VIDEO: "Starstuck" is presented by Disney in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. Picture quality was a few steps above broadcast quality, with satisfactory sharpness and detail. While the picture maintained respectable clarity and defintion during many scenes, some moments could look mildly softer.
Some slight edge enhancement was spotted in a few scenes, but the film otherwise looked clean and clear. Colors remained bright and well-saturated, with no smearing. Flesh tones looked accurate, while black level remained solid. Overall, this was a fine effort from the studio.
SOUND:The film's Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack largely comes from the front speakers, with the surrounds only providing light reinforcement of the music on occasion. Audio quality is perfectly average, with a bassy score and clear dialogue.
The 2-Disc Extended Edition includes the Full Length Soundtrack CD.
“Rock Along With The Movie” during the songs, the lyrics are displayed for viewers to follow and sing along with. There are also three music videos, “Starstruck”, “Something About the Sunshine” and “Party Up” on the DVD.
Also included on the DVD is information about Blu-ray (featuring Dylan and Cole Sprouse).
Trailers for “Beauty and the Beast”, “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam”, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “James and the Giant Peach: Special Edition”, “The Last Song”, “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue”, “Disney Blu-ray”, “Disney Movie Rewards” and “Genuine Treasure”.
Final Thoughts: With lots of music and some Disney Channel regulars, “StarStruck” may not be one of Disney’s best efforts, but at 84 minutes younger tweens may enjoy the story and characters.
The Film B-