A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
  • PG
  • 1h 25m
  • 2011
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Overworked, harried and terrified of being put back in foster care, 17-year-old Katie Gibbs (Lucy Hale) does her stepmother and step-siblings' bidding without complaint. However, vocally gifted Katie finally gets upset when she is forced to lay down singing tracks so her untalented stepsister, Bev Van Ravensway (Missi Pyle), can hopefully win a recording contract from Massive Records--whose company president is scouting for spectacular new voice at a talent showcase for the Performing Arts Department of a prestigious private school.

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Common Sense Says
Entertaining tween fairy tale has obvious happy ever after.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is the third take on a familiar tale, A Cinderella Story. Like the first two movies, this one follows a talented-but-put-upon Cinderella stand-in who lives under the tyrannical rule of a mean stepmother. The teen romance is mild and only includes two sweet kisses, but the protagonist endures quite a lot of emotional -- and verbal -- abuse from her humorous-but-cruel parental figure. The stepmother character, however, gets hers in the end, and at the very least, this Cinderella has unexpected allies who help her triumph.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Family, Fantasy
  • Release Date:September 6, 2011
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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