The Lizzie McGuire Movie
- 1 hr 34 min
The Lizzie McGuire Movie is a 2003 film based upon the popular youth-oriented TV series of a similar name. Most of the regular characters from the TV series appear in this film as Lizzie and her school classmates take an adventurous trip to Rome, Italy. Lizzie, played by Hillary Duff, is a cute but clumsy teenager. She travels to Europe on an 8th grade graduation trip. Her parents, played by Robert Carradine and Hallie Todd, don’t tag along to Rome but leave her in the care of one of her teachers. Lizzie is thrilled to be traveling without her obnoxious younger brother Matt, portrayed by Jake Thomas, as well. Duff is not only an actress but also an aspiring pop singer, so the film has some upbeat musical numbers as well. The plot involves a case of mistaken identity as the title character looks just like Isabella, a famous Italian singer. Duff, in a dual role, plays both characters. Isabella’s singing partner, handsome Paolo, convinces Lizzie to sneak away from her school group to see the sights of Rome with him on the back of his motorcycle. Soon Paolo has Lizzie pretending to be one of the most famous people in Italy. She is loving the life of the paparazzi, popular fashion and pop stardom, but the pressure is building and she has to rely on her friends to protect her secret. Her best friend Gordo, played by Adam Lamburg, covers for her as does snobby school mate Kate, her hotel roommate. The Italian food and beautiful scenery of Rome prove to be good for Lizzie’s love life. She is wooed by Paolo and though she starts to fall for him Lizzie ends up getting romantic with another character in a surprising twist. Lizzie’s family makes it to Italy in time to see her perform for a live audience and she goes from awkward teen to one celebrating that dreams can come true.