CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN
When 15 year-old Lola (Lindsay Lohan) hears from her mother Karen (Glenne Headly) that the family is uprooting from New York to New Jersey, she is distraught. Lola's real name is Mary, but she finds her name, like many other things in her life, boring and spends much of her time in her own fantasy world, dreaming about clothes, music and becoming a famous actress. Lola tries to adapt to her new school and surroundings, making friends with the impressionable, mousy Ella (Alison Pill), but finds herself in the line of fire from the popular Carla (Megan Fox), who is used to being the centre of attention. For her own self esteem and survival, Lola needs to beat Carla for the coveted lead role in 'Eliza Rocks', the school musical revival of Pygmalion, and get an invitation to an ultra-cool party by her idol, English rock star Stu Wolff (Adam Garcia).
Review by Louise Keller:
Fresh on the heels of Freaky Friday, 17 year old Lindsay Lohan shows that she can do it all: she sings, dances, acts like a dream. There is no doubt we're going to see a lot more of this likeable and talented red-head, who first charmed us in the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. But Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen is little more than a vehicle for Lohan, albeit an upbeat and colourful one.
British director Sara Sugarman (Very Annie Mary, Mad Cows) embraces the material and even tells members of the press that she too was a teenage drama queen. ('I was a teenage actress in London, but in my mind I was a superstar!'). Enthusiastic she may be, but she gets too close to the project, allowing key performances (such as Adam Garcia's drunk rock-star, and Carol Kane's drama teacher) to be much too over-the-top and unbelievable.
Teenage girls may be less critical, and there's no questioning the appeal of the film: Lohan's's irrepressible Lola, whose inexhaustible energy and chutzpah is ticket enough to enjoy the ride. The look and tone of the film is as lollypop pink as the credits, and one of the joys is the variety of splendidly imaginative costumes that Lohan gets to wear.
Perhaps the best and most endearing part is the mood that is created in both Lola's room and her world. For 90 minutes, we are superficially 15 again (albeit surrounded by abundantly curvaceous 15 year olds), and Sugarman concentrates on the fantasy elements, rather than anything too realistic.
The development of the relationship between Alison Pill's lacking-in-confidence Ella and Lola works well, but Megan Fox's prissy Carla is pretty much a stereotype of a caricature and the script's resolution never satisfies.
The songs are terrific and Lohan sings beautifully - the unaccompanied song that she sings in the school audition is a knockout. Best of all, there's something real about Lohan. Her energy seems boundless, and she exudes a fresh, puppy-like vigour, that feels uncontrived and un-Hollywood. Let's hope she can keep it.
I quite enjoyed Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, but always had the deep-down feeling that there was a much better film struggling to come out.
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CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN (PG)
CAST: Lindsay Lohan , Adam Garcia, Alison Pill, Megan Fox, Glenne Headly, Carol Kane, Kyle Kassardjian, Adam MacDonald, Barbara Mamabolo, Eli Marienthal
PRODUCER: Jerry Leider, Robert Shapiro
DIRECTOR: Sara Sugarman
SCRIPT: Gail Parent (book by Dyan Sheldon)
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Stephen H. Burum
EDITOR: Anita Brandt-Burgoyne
MUSIC: Mark Mothersbaugh
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Leslie McDonald
RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: BVI
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 8, 2004