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Hannah Montana The Movie
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Directed By
Peter Chelsom
Run Time
1 hour 42 minutes
Cast
Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Emily Osment, Jason Earles
Theatre Release
April 10, 2009

You've probably heard of Hannah Montana—and if you have a child under the age of 14, you may even have heard a bit too much. The smash Disney channel sitcom stars Miley Cyrus as Miley Stewart, a fun-loving American teen whose secret alter ego, Hannah Montana, just happens to be a global pop star. With the series in its third wildly successful season, Disney decided it was time to take Miley/Hannah to the big screen in a full-length feature. Hannah Montana The Movie is the tween-pleasing result.

In the film's opening scenes, we learn that Hannah's soaring popularity—and the ensuing perks—is threatening to take over Miley's more grounded life. Vita (Vanessa Williams), Hannah's dangerously proficient publicist, nurtures the diva side of the Miley/Hannah equation, much to the consternation of the young star's widower father, Robby Ray (Miley's real-life dad, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus), brother Jackson (Jason Earles), and jilted best friend Lilly (Emily Osment).

When Hannah's Hollywood hijinks climax at a Beverly Hills boutique in a much-publicized catfight over a pair of shoes with Tyra Banks, Robby Ray decides some "Hannah Detox" is in order. He diverts his daughter's New York-bound jet and forces a return to the family homestead in Crowley Corners, Tennessee. There, an initially resentful Miley gradually rediscovers her roots, thanks to her horse, her grandmother, her guitar, and a hunky cowboy named Travis (Lucas Till).

Eventually, Miley finds such contentment away from the spotlight that Hannah's future becomes uncertain. Miley is contemplating saying goodbye to her pop star life, until the impending urbanization of idyllic Crowley Corners by a smarmy developer (Barry Bostwick) forces her hand. A "Save ...

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