ABC Family releases ‘unrealistic’ and ‘confusing’ T.V. musical
ABC Family is known for releasing many feel-good movies that highlight every genre including “Mean Girls 2” and “The Cutting Edge.” “LoveStruck: The Musical,” the channel’s latest addition, premiered on April 21.
The film opened with a rendition of Lady Gaga’s famous single “Just Dance,” featuring Jane Seymour as Harper, a retired Broadway star, which caught the audiences’ attention right away. Harper’s daughter Mirabella, played by Sara Paxton, quits her mother’s showcase for a future with her fianc?© in Italy. In response, Harper drinks an elixir found in an old theater trunk that turns her into her young self again.
Young Harper chases after her daughter all the way to Italy pretending to be a distant family member to get on Mirabella’s good side. With the elixir wearing on and off, there is a lot of running and hiding to keep her true identity a secret.
After a messy bachelor party, Mirabella is ready to leave and go back to her mother. But when her father visits, Harper’s cover is almost blown.
In the end, Harper and Ryan return to their old selves and see Mirabella get married.
While the storyline was unrealistic and slightly confusing, there was no doubt that “LoveStruck: The Musical” was entertaining and feel-good. Performances of popular songs from different decades including “DJ’s Got Us Falling In Love” by Usher and “Everlasting Love” by Robert Knight further emphasized the fun, albeit unbelievable, nature of the film.
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