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"A no-body is about to become a somebody to impress everybody!"
  • PG-13
  • 2008
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • 5.1  (10,848)

Picture This is a romantic comedy film from 2008, directed by Stephen Herek, that stars Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Pollak, and Lauren Collins. The movie revolves around a teenage girl named Mandy Gilbert (Ashley Tisdale) who is a smart and talented high school senior, but is too shy to let her true self shine in front of her peers. Mandy has a secret crush on the popular and handsome Drew Patterson (Robbie Amell), who happens to be the boy next door. However, Drew seems to barely notice her despite their proximity, and sees her only as a friend. Mandy’s efforts to reveal her true feelings are constantly thwarted by her overprotective father Tom (Kevin Pollak), who is the police chief of their small town and has his own set of rules for his daughter. Tom believes that Drew is not the right fit for Mandy and constantly pushes her to go to college and focus on her studies.

Mandy’s life takes an unexpected turn when she gets a job at a clothing store and meets one of her co-workers, Tanya (Lauren Collins). Tanya is the exact opposite of Mandy - she’s confident, outgoing, and not afraid to take risks. What’s more, Tanya has a major crush on Mandy’s best friend, the lovable geek, Emmett (Shenae Grimes-Beech).

When Mandy’s father refuses to let her attend a big party hosted by Drew, she decides to take matters into her own hands and devise a plan to sneak out. Tanya and Emmett agree to help in exchange for Mandy’s assistance with their own love interests. What begins as a harmless plan quickly becomes complicated when Mandy accidentally sends a text message to everyone in her phone book, including Drew, declaring her love for him. Mandy’s worst nightmare appears to have come true but as she sets out to fix the mess she created, she finds herself on a wild and unexpected adventure.

The movie is a lighthearted and fun-filled comedy that explores the challenges of teenage life, first love, friendship, and family dynamics. Ashley Tisdale shines as the lead character, Mandy, showing a vulnerability and relatable awkwardness that many teenagers experience. Her chemistry with the other cast members is also impressive, particularly with Robbie Amell, who plays the seemingly perfect Drew Patterson. The interactions between the two are sweet and genuine, capturing the thrill and anxiety of first love.

Other notable performances include Kevin Pollak, who adds depth and humor to the role of Tom, Mandy’s overprotective father, and Lauren Collins, who steals scenes as the confident and sassy Tanya. Shenae Grimes-Beech as Emmett is also a standout, providing a comical and endearing portrayal of a socially awkward teenager struggling to find his place in the world.

The movie’s soundtrack is upbeat and catchy, featuring popular songs from artists like Rihanna, Britney Spears, and Miley Cyrus. The fashion and style of the characters are also worth noting, with Mandy’s fashion transformations showcasing her growth and confidence throughout the movie.

Overall, Picture This is an entertaining and heartwarming film that captures the essence of teenage life, love, and friendship. It’s a fun movie for anyone who wants to relive the drama and joy of their high school years or anyone who simply loves a good romantic comedy.

Picture This is a 2008 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 39 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.1.

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    5.1  (10,848)