Summer Movie Watching Program

Favorite Childhood DCOMs Vol. 1

Jessica Olsen (Danielle Campbell) gets dragged along on her starstruck sister’s quest to track down pop star sensation Christopher Wilde (Sterling Knight) Jessica and Christopher cross paths multiple times and end up on the run from the paparazzi. She learns that there’s way more to Christopher than his celebrity persona, and he rediscovers how to function like a normal human being when the cameras aren’t around.

I’m reminded that not every Disney star should’ve been handed a musical or singing contract (How the heck did Mitchell Musso get a record deal?! Why?). I don’t know why Disney thought if you can act, you can also sing. And even if you can’t sing well, we’ll get someone to do it for you. Aside from the title song, Sterling Knight doesn’t sing any of the songs, but hey, he can act and is cute! Two out of three ain’t bad I guess!

This movie is fun and cute. It was one of my favorites as a kid. I enjoyed it so much I bought it. Now 11 years later, the beginning is slow and harder to get into. Once the movie gets going, it’s funny, and enjoyable and the romance is sweet. It’s still one of my favorite DCOMs. Leaves me feeling nostalgic, and I don’t know why because being a teenager sucked, but at least the movies were fun and the boys were cute to look at. Stream Starstruck now on Disney Plus.

Carter Mason (Selena Gomez) and Rosie Gonzales (Demi Lovato) couldn’t be more different. Carter’s a tomboy. Rosie’s a princess. Two completely different girls from two completely different worlds. When Rosalinda’s country is attacked and her mother taken hostage, Major Mason (Tom Verica) rescues her and forces her into the Princess Protection Program. Carter and Rosie are thrown together when Rosie moves in with the Masons. Personalities clash as they learn how to get along. Carter teaches Rosie how to be a normal teenager, and Rosie teaches Carter that there’s more to being a Princess than crowns and fancy dresses.

Princess Diaries meets secret agents in Princess Protection Program, one of the best DCOMs when I was growing up. I enjoyed rewatching this even more than Camp Rock! Demi and Selena are at their best here playing characters who don’t get along even though they were best friends at the time (Their actual friendship shines through in several scenes). And Disney is at their best when making princess movies. This is my favorite DCOM that isn’t a musical or involve a pop star in any way. It’s almost too bad we never got a sequel. But why mess with perfection. You can stream it now on Disney Plus.

Favorite quote: “I am not a fool. And she cannot make something out of me that I am not.”~ Rosie

Blast From The Past, Summer Movie Watching Program

Camp Rock Duology

I was so excited for this movie! When it first premiered, it aired on 3 different channels. We didn’t have Disney channel, but we did have ABC. I able to watch it the night it premiered.

Shy singer/songwriter Mitchie (Demi Lovato) wants to go to Camp Rock, but her parents can’t afford it. All hope is lost, until her mom gets hired as the camp cook.

Shane Gray (Joe Jonas) is serving time at his uncle’s camp after letting the fame of being the lead singer of Connect 3 go to his head. While on the run from obsessed fans, Shane overhears Mitchie singing, but doesn’t know it’s her. He becomes obsessed with finding the person the voice belongs to, but Mitchie’s lies about who she really is might keep him from finding out!

So how well does Camp Rock hold up from 12 to 26?

It was more enjoyable for me to rewatch than High School Musical. The acting was more natural. Since it’s set at a music camp, all of the songs are performed during classes and talent showcases which makes more sense than bursting into a song and dance number in the middle of the cafeteria. But then Camp Rock was always my favorite because I was obsessed with the Jonas Brothers. I’d choose to rewatch this over the original HSM. You can stream it now on Disney Plus.

Shane (Joe Jonas) and Mitchie (Demi Lovato) and the rest of the campers are back for another Summer at Camp Rock, but things are different than last year. Camp Star, a flashier career minded camp owned by Brown’s rival, Axel Turner, has moved in across the lake. Camp Star is determined drive Camp Rock out of business. Things become so competitive between the camps that a Camp Wars is held to determine the winner. Mitchie becomes so laser focused she forgets that the real reason for Summer camp is to have fun.

I enjoyed the sequel just as much as the first. It has some great, and Nick and Kevin get bigger roles this time around. The story doesn’t end like you expect it will, and that’s what I like best about this movie. A good lesson on even if things don’t go the way you want them to, things can still end well or in some cases better than originally planned. Stream it now on Disney Plus.