Movie Review: Another Cinderella Story (2008)

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’d like to share a review for one of my all-time favorite rom-coms, Another Cinderella Story. The movie stars Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place) and Drew Seeley, and is a direct-to-video sequel of the teen classic A Cinderella Story starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray.

Whether you’re single and want a sweet movie to curl up to, or are dating a guy you want to annoy with a teen romance movie, this one is for you!

Premise

Mary Santiago is a high school senior and orphaned daughter of a former backup dancer for prima donna popstar Dominique Blatt. Since Mary’s mom passed away, Mary has been living in the garage of Dominique’s mansion, forced to clean and wait on Dominique and her celeb-crazed twin daughters, Britt and Bree. Mary’s dream is to get into a dance school in New York and get away from Dominique and the twins for good.

Insert teen heartthrob Joey Parker, who is taking a hiatus from music to go back to his roots for his senior year. Will Joey fall for one of the materialistic girls of their 90211 high school, or will he and Mary rediscover his love for dancing together?

Why I Recommend Another Cinderella Story

The Cast

Selena Gomez plays the perfect innocent, outsider Cinderella character with an edge. Jessica Parker Kennedy makes for an epic best friend as Tami. The actresses who play Dominique and the twins will make you both hate the characters for their obnoxious personalities all while laughing uncontrollably at their humor. Drew Seeley masters the role of Joey Parker, and Markus T. Paulk is a riot as Dustin, aka Da Funk. I don’t think anyone else could have played these parts better, and the cast has perfect chemistry together.

Great Quotes

Like Jack and Jill, Another Cinderella Story is a movie my sister and I quote on a daily basis. There are so many funny one-liners, as well as a few deeper golden nuggets. My favorite lines to quote are:

“JP, step over that.”

“Please connect me to the YouTube.”

“No mess… too messy.”

“Give me something with some edge.” -When trying to pick a song

And Da Funk’s entire rap about Joey trying to find his mystery girl. XD

The Soundtrack

For a direct-to-video film, the soundtrack is phenomenal if you’re a fan of the late 2000s Disney artist pop sound. Most of the songs are performed by Gomez and Seeley, who both have music careers outside of the film. Twelve years after the film’s release, I still listen to some of the songs from time to time.

Clean Romance

Ultimately, if you’re looking for a sweet teen romance with clean content, you might enjoy this movie. While there are some slightly suggestive jokes, the characters only kiss and it is not hinted that the characters ever go further than that.

Lack of Foul Language

There is no foul language in the film, with the exception of Tami (Mary’s best friend) saying lame-a** quickly during a rant. I honestly didn’t catch it until the second or third time I watched the movie. Because the word is easy to miss, I feel girls ages 10+ can safely watch this movie.

Overall

I’ve loved this movie since the first time I watched it as a freshman in high school, and still adore it into my mid-twenties. This film is by far one of the cleanest teen movies I’ve seen, which is a major plus in a world constantly pushes the f-bomb and promiscuity in movies for younger audiences.

Rating:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Talk to Me, Arrowheads!

Have you seen Another Cinderella Story? What are your thoughts on the movie? I hope to do a review of the original film, A Cinderella Story, sometime in the future.

Aim high, stay strong, and always hit your mark.

-Allyson 😀

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