Now on DVD
From Disney to the streets
Raven-Symone (“That’s So Raven,” “Cheetah Girls,”) is all grown up and off to college.
Symone stars as Melanie, a high-spirited young woman ready to take on the world, with her friends of course. She has dreams of going to college half-way across country, but her dad has different plans for his “baby girl.”
Martin Lawrence (“Wild Hogs,” “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins”), stars as Symone’s dad, who also happens to be the police chief in their small town. He has dreams of her attending college at a university near by, thereby killing any idea of her independence.
“College Road Trip,” is a Disney movie in its truest form, sprinkled with the antics of Martin Lawrence, a cute pig, and the surprisingly funny Donnie Osmond.
When Lawrence and his not so thrilled daughter take to the road, it instantly becomes a battle of wills. Melanie is determined to get with her friends, and dad is determined to watch every move she makes. But when dad makes a detour and ends up at the college of his choice, Melanie knows she’s got to use her brain to out think her father and get him back on track. Things get even more complicated when her younger brother and his pig decide to go along for the ride; once discovered, the road trip goes downhill literally.
A police vehicle ends up in a ditch and the family, along with the pig, is forced to find lodging at a hotel that is also hosting a costly wedding. Mix in a very smart, frisky pig, and an already frustrated Lawrence, and you’ve got one messed up nuptial.
Donnie Osmond is the dad of another college hopeful, and unlike Melanie and her dad, he and his daughter are truly enjoying their road trip experience. From singing very silly road songs, to kisses on the cheek and lots of big hugs, Osmond gives Martin Lawrence the opportunity to participate in some very funny scenes. But the most hilarious scenes occur when Symone and Lawrence become a team and do whatever it takes to get her to the school of her choice on time.
Another Disney film takes you to the streets, deep into the world of east coast street dancers. “Step Up 2 The Streets,” continues the story of classically trained teen dancers ready to battle at dance clubs.
This multi-cultural, high energy film is one of the hottest dance films to date, starring newcomer Briana Evigan as Andie, a street dancer involved with a notorious group of street dancers that are really tops in their game. When Andie’s guardian becomes disturbed by her antics, she threatens to send Andie down South to live with her mother’s relatives.
Andie gets a break when she’s accepted into a prestigious performing arts high school that immediately causes a rift between the two groups. To add insult to injury, at her new high school she’s an outcast until she meets Chase (Robert Hoffman), the hunk that secretly aspires to battle as a street dancer. Gathering together the other misfits in the school, they form a remarkable dance crew that is threatened to be dismantled by Chase’s brother who happens to head the school and is very straight-laced. Andie’s old crew, except for one person, thinks she’s a sellout and shun her. With her strong singular alliance, Andie and her crew step up to the challenge and set the streets on fire.
The dancing is mad-furious, coupled with the fact that the soundtrack is hot, hot, hot; featuring the likes of Flo Rida featuring T-Pain; Missy Elliott; Cherish featuring Yung Joc and many more.
Both of these films are from Walt Disney Studios and are available on DVD. They both come loaded with lots of extras; great preteen, teen and family movies, wonderful additions to your library.
- Gail Choice can be contacted at email@example.com.
What do you get when you combine the zany, physical comedy of Martin Lawrence, and the high energy and spirited antics of Raven-Symone’s pure comedy magic.
“College Road Trip” is a universal story of children leaving the nest, and in this particular movie of a daughter headed for college with an over protective father planning her every step.
Yes, indeed we are at war—with Hollywood. It’s our call to arms. Make history at the box office on opening day and/or weekend for “Red Tails.” A major email campaign has been on the way since December, and honestly, any and everywhere Black folks are gathered, including church, they should be asked to go to the theaters to see and support it.
Say what you want, but Tyler Perry is doing his thing/his latest film, “Medea’s Big Family Reunion” landed in the number two spot with an opening weekend of $25.1 million only bested by the very popular “Rio” at $26.3 million.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—"Saw 3-D'' scared up the most bucks at the weekend box office.
The latest installment in the "Saw'' fright flick franchise sold an estimated $24.2 million during its debut weekend, according to ticket tracker Hollywood.com.
Another scary movie sequel, "Paranormal Activity 2,'' came in second, with an estimated $18.5 million in sales.
The action comedy "Red'' came in third, with a projected take of $10.8 million.
Rounding out the top 10:
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—"Paranormal Activity 2'' surprised Hollywood with a $41.5 million opening weekend.
"Jackass 3-D'' held on to second place, despite a 57 percent drop in ticket sales from its smash debut last weekend. The film is estimated to make $21.6 million this weekend.
"Red'' was in third place with $15 million this weekend.
The Clint Eastwood movie, "Hereafter,'' moved from limited to general showings this weekend, and is expected to gross $12 million in receipts to the $320,000 it took in last weekend.