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Geek Charming (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

February 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s one thing to review “Geek Charming” and enjoying the film but when you add ten episodes of “Shake It Up” as extras to this DVD release (which is unheard of when it comes to Disney releases), all I can say is that “Geek Charming” fans are getting their money’s worth. A solid DVD release that is definitely recommended for Disney Channel fans!

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DVD TITLE: Geek Charming

DURATION: 98 Minutes + 10 Episodes of “Shake It Up”

DVD INFORMATION: Full Screen, Dolby Digital – English Stereo, Closed Captions

COMPANY: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

RATED: NOT RATED

RELEASE DATE: February 7, 2012

Geek Charming

Directed by Jeffrey Hornaday

Screenplay by Hilary Galanoy, Elizabeth Hackett

Based on the Book by Robin Palmer

Executive Producer: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Paul E. Shapiro

Music by Nathan Wang

Cinematography by Robert Brinkmann

CAsting by Natalie Hart, Jason La Padura

Costume Design by Rebekka Sorensen

“Shake It Up”

Directed by Shelley Jensen, Joel Zwick, Eric Dean Seaton

Written by Chris Thompson, Rob Lotterstein, Eileen Conn, David Tolentino, John D. Beck, Ron Hart, Jenny Lee, Ron Zimmerman

Executive Producer: Frank Pace, Chris Thompson, Rob Lotterstein

Co-Executive Producer: Eileen Conn

Associate Producer: Steve Sandoval, Brenda Teague, Trevor Kirschner

Consulting Producer: Howard J. Morris, Ron Hart, Ron Zimmerman, John D. Beck

Music by Michael Corcoran, Eric Goldman, Zed Kelley

Cinematography by Bryan Hays

Edited by Kris Trexler, Kelly Sandefur

Casting by Howard Meltzer, Suzanne Goddard-Smythe

Production design by Greg Richman

Set Decoration by Daryn-Reid Goodall

Costume Dsign by Jessica Replansky

Cast of “Geek Charming”:

Sarah Hyland as Dylan Schoenfield

Matt Prokop as Josh Rosen

Sasha Pieterse as Amy Loubalu

Jimmy Bellinger as Steven

Jordan Nichols as Asher Dumetz

Vanessa Morgan as Hanna Mornell

Lili Simmons as Lola Leighton

David Del Rio as Ari

Andrew Airlie as Alan Schoenfield

David Milchard as Farley

Kacey Rohl as Caitlin

Andrea Brooks as Nicole Paterson

Brenda Crichlow as Nicole Paterson

Brenda Crichlow as Guthrie

Erica Van Biel as Amber

Cast of “Shake It Up”:

Bella Thorne as Cece Jones

Zendaya as Rocky Blue

Steve Monroe as Ralph

Davis Cleveland as Flynn Jones

Roshon Fegan as Ty Blue

Adam Irogoyen as Deuce

Kenton Duty as Gunther

Caroline Sunshine as Tinka

R. Brandon Johnson as Gary Wilde

When Dylan Schoenfield (Sarah Hyland), Woodlands Academy’s top girl, accidentally drops her expensive “it” handbag into the mall fountain, she is surprised that film geek, Josh Rosen (Matt Prokop), retrieves it for her. In exchange for rescuing her bag, Dylan must agree to be the subject of Josh’s documentary film. Dylan hopes the film will help her campaign for Blossom Queen – she claims that winning is her only life goal. Josh plans to make a hard-hitting expose about popularity, but, as he gets to know Dylan, he learns that the real Dylan is much more interesting than the persona she’s created. At the last minute, Josh decides that his film should introduce this awesome girl to the world, but how will Dylan react when she sees it?

It’s double the fun with Disney’s double DVD release of the 2011 Disney Channel Original Movie “Geek Charming” and 10 episodes of Disney Channel’s hit sitcom “Shake It Up”.

“Geek Charming” made its debut on November 11, 2011 and was watched by 4.9 million viewers, the fifth largest number for a cable show that entire week.  The film is an adaptation of Robin Palmer’s book “Geek Charming” and is directed by Jeffrey Hornaday (“Shout”, “Madonna: Ciao, Italia! Live from Italy”) and written by Elizabeth Hackett and Hilary Galanoy.

The film stars Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”) as Dylan Schoenfield, a rich, spoiled, self-centered and popular girl at Woodlands Academy.  She and her friends love sporting the latest fashion but also dislikes anything that isn’t cool.  Sarah’s goal is to become this year’s “Blossom Queen” and with her popularity, she hopes she can win!

One day, while Dylan and friends were going to eat lunch, film club president and fellow student Josh Rosen (played by Matt Prokop, “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”, “Furry Vengeance”) accidentally runs into her and needless to say, all three girls get food all over them.

Sarah cries out that popular people should not have to be in the same school as geeks.

Meanwhile, Josh is in a lot of pressure as he needs to submit his film/documentary for the school’s film festival.  After watching and observing Dylan, he decides to create a movie about the life of a popular girl and to explore if she’s actually that shallow of a person.

Dylan is delighted to be a star of a film but sees it as an opportunity for her to get more votes and be crowned Blossom Queen.

As the two try to make a film, Josh is turned off by her diva-attitude as they both fight over who’s move it is.  As Josh fires her, he eventually reconsiders when he finds out that Dylan had watched the sci-fi film “Flight of the Navigator”.

Despite Dylan feeling that popular girls and geeks can’t co-exist, like cats and dogs are too different, the two start spending more time each other while making the movie.  And that is when Josh starts to see the true Dylan, a teenager who is driven to win the “Blossom Queen” because her dead mother was also “Blossom Queen” back in high school.  She admits to Josh that she feels more of a connection to her mother when she accomplishes similar things that she did.  And being “Blossom Queen” makes her feel more connected to her mom.

But as she continues to film the movie, her popular boyfriend and her popular friends start to distance themselves away from her because she is spending more time with a “geek”.  Dylan feels so comfortable around Josh, but at the same time, she doesn’t want to lose her status as the most popular girl in school.

What will she do?

Disney’s “Shake It Up” is a sitcom which premiered back in November 2010 and was created by writer/producer Chris Thompson (“Laverne & Shirley”, “Bosom Buddies”, “The Larry Sanders Show”).

The film series focuses on two friends CeCe Jones (played by Bella Thorne, “My Own Worst Enemy”, “Dirty Sexy Money”, “Big Love”) and Rocky Blue (“Frenemies”), both are stars of a local show known as “Shake It Up Chicago” and somehow these two tend to get into a bit of trouble on and off the set.

Together with their friend Deuce Martinez (played by Adam Irogoyen), the three have big dreams of becoming professional dancers and with being hired on “Shake It Up, Chicago!”, they want to go big!  Meanwhile, CeCe’s little brother Flynn (played by Davis Cleveland) and his antics tend to get them into some trouble and are often in competition with brother and sister dance duo, Gunther (played by Kenton Duty) and Tinka (played by Caroline Sunshine).

A total of ten episodes (of the 21-episode first season) are included in the “Geek Charming” DVD release.

Included on this DVD are:

DISC 1:

  • Season 2, Episode 24A: A Shake It Up, Up and Away (Part 1) – CeCe and Rocky are touring but during a stop, CeCe and Rocky end up taking the wrong bus and the two including Flynn are stuck in Texas.
  • Season 2, Episode 24B: Shake It Up, Up and Away (Part 2)  – CeCe and Rocky agree on taking on a Texas performance but they find out their performance will take place in air.
  • Season 2, Episode 28: Double Pegasus It Up – CeCe and Rocky are excited that their idol, choreographer Theodore Vangorious  and creator of the dance move, the “Double Pegasus”, is a person that Deuce delivers pizza too.
  • Season 2, Episode 23: “Three’s a Crowd It Up” – A dancer named Julio comes to perform on “Shake It Up, Chicago!” and Rocky, CeCe and Tinka fall for him.

DISC 2:

  • Season 2, Episode 25: “Beam It Up” – Ricky and CeCe attend a Halloween party at the “Shake It Up, Chicago” and both CeCe and Rocky meet guys at the party.
  • Season 2, Episode 26: “Doctor It Up” – Rock’s father, Dr. Curtis Blue, returns from his trip overseas and is unhappy to find his daughter dancing on television.
  • Season 1, Episode 21: “Throw It Up” – CeCe and Rocky have the opportunity to perform a dance number with the English dance crew, “The Highlighters”.
  • Season 1, Episode 19: “Twist It Up” – CeCe and Rocky start a new dance craze and also start organizing Dina’s birthday party.
  • Season 1, Episode 10: “Match It Up” – Deuce and Savannah are in love but when Savannah finds someone who makes more money, she dumps him.
  • Season 1, Episode 6: “Age It Up” – Rocky and CeCe get the opportunity to dance with teen star, Justin Starr.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Geek Charming” is presented in widescreen 1:78:1 – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions and audio is presented in English 2.0 Dolby Digital.  The film looks good on DVD and considering it’s a newer film, picture quality is good especially since there are a good amount of outdoor scenes, and scenes are are well-lit.  Picture quality is also good for   “Shake It Up” which is comparable to the quality of series such as “Hannah Montana” and “Sonny with a Chance” and what one can expect from a DVD release.

Subtitles are presented in English sDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Geek Charming” comes with 10 episodes of “Shake It Up”.

“Geek Charming” is charming, heartwarming film, but be prepared to laugh but also shed some tears!

When I first began watching “Geek Charming”, the first thing that came into my mind was “is this another ‘Mean Girls’ type of film?”.   After all, the film focuses on a popular, self-centered girl who could care less about those who are not popular and her friends are the same.

But things start to change when the popular girl Dylan and the passionate film fan Josh (who Dylan thinks is a “geek”), decide to work together.  For Josh, he needs to submit a film before deadline and for Dylan, this is her chance to earn some points in order to become this year’s “Blossom Queen”.

The film is a high point in the career of “Modern Family” actress Sarah Hyland as it gives her the opportunity to play a character with a variety of emotions.  While in school, she does take the “popularity” diva-ish attitude to the extreme, it’s when she allows Josh into her life and he starts to discover that outside of school and her popular friends, she’s a kind, intelligent girl who wants to feel a connection with her mother that died years ago.

I enjoyed how the film transitioned from Dylan’s more obnoxious side to showing a more kinder and gentler person, and we see how she changes through her time spent with Josh, despite her thinking that popular people and geeks can’t get along.

But “Geek Charming” may seem like your typical banal teenage film, popular girl falls for geek guy and vice versa, but it’s how things come together for both people that I found heartwarming and endearing.

And as for the DVD release, this is what makes “Geek Charming” much more enticing and its the fact that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment included not one, not two but ten episodes of  Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up”.

I’ve been reviewing Disney video releases for a long time and you never get a DVD release which includes more than 2 bonus episodes, and the fact that you get ten episodes from season 1 and 2 of “Shake It Up”, definitely makes this DVD release even more enticing.

Granted, it would have been nice to have special features of some kind with the talent of the show but Disney made up for it by including these bonus episodes.

As for “Shake It Up”, it’s actually an interesting TV series.  Whereas “Hannah Montana” focused on a teenage pop star living two lives and hanging out with her best friend, “Shake It Up” features two dancers who dream of making it big!  And when both are cast for the local teenage dance show, we see the crazy antics that happen on and off camera. And similar to “Hannah Montana” which had Miley’s brother and Rico often being the clowns of the series with their crazy antics, “Shake It Up” has Ty Blue and Deuce who often get into trouble at the local pizza shop where they work at.

The episodes are fun, but also a bit farfetched as one episode features Cece and Rocky being strapped to an airplane while performing dance moves.    But at the same time, these episodes are full of humor and dancing that children will definitely enjoy this series.

Overall, it’s one thing to review “Geek Charming” and enjoying the film (as I do feel it is a good Disney Channel Original Movie) but when you add ten episodes of “Shake It Up” as extras, which is unheard of when it comes to Disney releases, all I can say is that “Geek Charming” fans are getting their money’s worth. Because this is a pretty solid DVD release.

Double the fun!  Disney’s “Geek Charming” + “Shake It Up” is a fun and exciting combination and a Disney DVD release worth recommending!


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