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Raise Your Voice [VHS]

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Product details

  • Actors: Hilary Duff, Oliver James, David Keith, Rita Wilson, Rebecca de Mornay
  • Directors: Sean McNamara
  • Producers: Sean McNamara, David Brookwell, A.J. Dix, Anthony Rhulen, Sara Risher
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Momentum
  • VHS Release Date: 23 May 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007URSSK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,512 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Teen drama starring Hilary Duff as Terri Fletcher, a small-town teenager with a great musical talent. Following the death of her brother, Terri decides to make the most of her life and talent for singing and heads off to spend the summer at a performing arts academy, even though her father is against the idea. Terri soon realises that following her dreams isn't always easy.

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Perky teen starlet Hilary Duff wholeheartedly embraces the kind of earnest innocence all parents wish their daughters had. In Raise Your Voice, Terri Fletcher yearns to go to a prestigious music conservatory in Los Angeles. Her father won't let her because L.A. is a bad place, but her loving mom and kooky aunt sneak her away. Once there, she gets a sassy roommate-of-colour, geeky cool friends, a snooty rival, and a sexy British boyfriend. Of course, all conflicts with family and friends come to a head at a big competition at which Terri rediscovers herself. Formulaic? Yes. Bland? Yes. Will preteen girls enjoy it anyway? Maybe, because Duff plays it so sincere. --Bret Fetzer, amazon.com --This text refers to the DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charlie-CJ HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
This film is aimed pretty squarely at the Lizzie McGuire audience of young teenagers (I'd say 10 to 14 year old girls would go for it most), and it has the feel of a decent Disney TV movie. Hillary Duff stars as Terri Fletcher, a small town singer chosen to attend the Los Angeles performing arts academy summer school after her brother secretly submits a DVD of her. Naturally her dad strongly disapproves. At the final show put on at the end of the summer school the best student wins a scholarship. So there's everything to sing/play/dance for. The final show does present some real young talent and the build up to it is largely well acted and entertaining, if a little bit clichéd at times.

My daughter (13) has enjoyed watching this movie 4 or 5 times already over the last few months, so the underlying sad theme obviously didn't put her off, and clearly the storyline attracted her - whereas she found the far classier film 'My Girl' great, but simply too sad to watch again. This film is pretty much a rip off of FAME (no bad thing) with perhaps a shallow hint of 'Ordinary People'. It's tolerable enough for adults in their daughter's company though, jolly enough for repeat viewing by the kids, and obviously hits the spot for the intended audience. Like many others here, I preferred 'Cinderalla Story' and perhaps even 'Cadet Kelly', but my daughter found this DVD to be £5 well spent as well. The DVD also has the usual few 'behind the out-takes' bits as well. So as a young Andy Hardy used to say many years ago 'Lets put on a show'...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "babygirly_lou" on 28 April 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Raise your voice is an emotional challange for a young girl persuing her dreams.When her family suffer a huge loss she finds it hard to go through but just as she is about to give up everything she has done there is hope and a step forward.Her dad is not so suppoertive of her choice therefore forbidds her but with the help of her mum and aunty they help her.Times are hard and all she can do is look forward as that is the only way.there is not one but two main difficulties for her and many confusing situations she has to face.I would recomend it to anyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ramos on 6 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
I found this movie to be well done. It takes you through the range of emotions, and you feel them. Hilary Duff plays a promising young songwriter who over protective father becomes even more so when she loses her brother. And some of the reviews think that the movie forgets about the boys' death and moves on. I think the opposite.

This movie shows that regardless of your age, tragedy can come into your life. And even if you are young, you cannot give up. You have to continue on with your life and follow your dreams. This does not mean you have forgotten about your loss. We watch Hilary's character deal with this loss in her life and grow up in spite of it. It also shows parents that it is important to let go a little and let their children follow their dreams.

On the lighter side, the acting is fine as is the casting. And the film has a fantastic soundtrack I think teens will love. Yes this is a chick flick, but it has a good plot and message.
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Format: DVD
**MAY cONTAIN SPOILERS**

This is one of the few movies that I can relate with. It's not even been a month since my sister passed away; and I considered watching this film again to help with my feelings. It helped me more than I would like to admit, the protagonist (Hilary Duff) goes through exactly the same emotions that I have had: - sadness, guilt, anger, etc. The film made me realise that it's important to remember all the positive memories and not to dwell on the negative.

Raise Your Voice is a coming-of-age story centered around a small-town singer (Hilary Duff), brokenhearted by the death of her brother in a car crash; Terri spends her summer secretly at a performing arts academy with the help of her loving mother and free-spirited aunt, after her strict father refuses to let her attend. At her new summer school, Terri experiences a whole new way of life in the big city compared to her small-town lifestyle. The film revolves around her efforts to stop her father from learning the truth about her whereabouts, confront her lack of formal classic training, deal with a romantic entanglement and find the courage to raise her voice.

Raise Your Voice appears to be a predictable 'chick-flick', however - it's nothing of the sort. The film provides many large suprises:- the death of Terri's brother and Denise (Terri's friend) winning the scholarship instead of Terri herself. The storyline has various shining moments; Terri trying to find her confidence to perform; the family dealing with Paul's death and Terri's relationship with Denise were a few of my personal favourites. I found enjoyment in watching Terri and Jay's relationship develop throughout the movie, however - I felt their relationship was rather rushed towards the end especially Jay's kiss with Robin.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Patrick-john O' Connor on 15 April 2005
Format: DVD
Hilary Duff is today's girl you love to hate. With movies like "Lizzie McGuire", "Agent Cody Banks" and "A Cinderella Story" it's easy to claim that she's chessy with virtually no talent but you couldn't be more wrong. "Raise Your Voice" sees a new direction for Hilary in her acting and singing ability. Losely based around "Fame", "Raise Yoir Voice" tells the sweet and sad story of Teri a small-town girl who dreams of going to the most prestigious music school in L.A. Unknowingly to her, her brother, Paul sends in a DVD entry on behalf of his sister which gets her in. However, tragedy strikes and a freak car accident loses Teri her loving brother forever. Teri must now get to the school without her dad finding out, make new friends and sing her solo. Can she pull it all off? Well, you have to watch to find out. Filled with joy, laughter, music and saddness "Raise Your Voice" shows that Hilary Duff can indeed sing and do a more dramatic film without it falling flat of a note.
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