Diversity, Embracing Who You Are, Be Yourself, Believe in Yourself all things you want your kids and pre-teens thinking about and embracing. Enter the new Disney Channel Movie, Radio Rebel, stage right.
Tara, played by Debby Ryan, is perhaps one of the shyest characters I’ve ever seen played on Disney Channel. She can barely get a word out to anybody other than her BFF, Audrey (played by Sarena Parmar). however, like most teenagers, there’s more than one side to Tara. And it appears that she has “found her voice” doing an anonymous podcast as “Radio Rebel” that has become immensely popular at her high school long before the story picks up.
Her new stepfather, who happens to be a producer at the struggling Seattle radio station, SLAM, discovers that Tara is Radio Rebel and hires her, on the spot, to begin working at the radio station.
It seems as if Tara is growing as a confident person as quickly as her radio show popularity. When Tara gets paired to do a scene with her long-time crush, Gavin (played by Adam DiMarco), and her evil nemesis, Stacy (played by Merritt Patterson), is named director, she begins really coming out of her shell.
However, her hi-jinx to rebel against the “unfair” policies being enacted by Principal Moreno, get her into quite a pickle as Moreno decides to flush “Radio Rebel” out by cancelling the Prom unless RR reveals herself.
Radio Rebels convinces SLAM radio to sponsor a Morp (Prom spelled backward) where students can “come as themselves”. And, as in all Disney Movies, all’s well that ends well. The guy and the girl get together, and the villain is revealed. However, in this movie the villain is not humiliated, which is a change, however the authority figure (the principal) IS humiliated. Which is a trend in Disney shows I’m really starting to dislike. However, on the whole its a sweet, empowering movie.
Big shout out to the scene stealer of the movie, Kim the sidekick, played by Allie Bertram. She brings a lot of fun and wit to the movie.
Who is Radio Rebel – Break down of the film. Comments from the lead characters for the show. Secret Handshakes reveal.
From Prom to Morp – Main Characters talk about their own prom experiences and talk about the Morp in the movie.
Rockin’ Out with Radio Rebel – More behind the scenes clips from the actors
On the set with Debbie Ryan – Other actors talk about how great it was to work with Debbie Ryan and how great she is
Red Carpet Rebel- Pictures and videos from the Radio Rebel premier
Deleted Scenes -First scene is kind of redundant, and the second clip happens after the MORP reveal clip with all the main characters and the reciting of a mantra where everybody says “I reject the status quo”. (I’m very happy they cut that out its a terrible ending).
Bloopers – Which were not all that “bloopery”
They Got The Beat – Debbie Ryan’s re-release of a familiar song, including the music video.
So check out Radio Rebel on DVD yourself and find out if you can think like a rock star!
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