A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
|A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song|
|Directed by||Damon Santostefano|
|Produced by||Dylan Sellers
Nicole C. Taylor
|Written by||Erik Patterson
|Music by||Braden Kimbell|
|Editing by||Tony Lombardo|
|Studio||Dylan Sellers Productions|
|Distributed by||Warner Premiere|
|Release dates||September 6, 2011|
|Running time||88 mins|
A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song is a 2011 romantic comedy film, based on the character created by Leigh Dunlap. Directed by Damon Santostefano, director of Another Cinderella Story and starring Lucy Hale, Freddie Stroma and Missi Pyle. The film released in direct-to-DVD distributed by Warner Premiere on September 6, 2011. Premiered on ABC Family on January 22, 2012.[dated info]
It is a thematic sequel to the 2004 film A Cinderella Story and the 2008 sequel Another Cinderella Story again reprising the same themes and situations but not containing any characters from the original films.
Filming took place in Wilmington, North Carolina at notable locations such as Airlie Gardens, downtown Wilmington, St. James Parish, the Graystone Inn and the campus of UNCW.
Over-worked, bullied and terrified of being put in foster care, seventeen-year-old Katie Gibbs (Lucy Hale) does her stepmother and stepsiblings' bidding with no complaints. She's constantly harassed by Gail, her stepmother. The film starts in a dream where she records a music video for her hit single "Run This Town". Victor (Matthew Lintz) then wakes her up and she makes breakfast. In the scene, it's revealed how badly she's treated by Gail (Missi Pyle) and her stepsister Beverly, also known as Bev (Megan Park). At school, Guy Morgan, the owner at the Massive Records Company President enrolls his son into the school where Gail is headmistress. Katie wanting to make a change in her life sneaks her own-made tape into Guy's briefcase. Guy wants his son, Luke (Freddie Stroma), to produce the showcase and start following in his footsteps which Luke is less than excited about.
Back at home, Bev, Katie's stepsister, starts to practice singing so she can win a recording contract with Guy, but realizing she is terrible. Gail gets a call from Guy and is shocked to hear that he loves Katie's demo CD. Gail lies and says that it was Bev's demo CD and that Katie stole it. Meanwhile, Victor, Katie's stepbrother, steals her clothes while she showers and takes her towel, locking her outside of the house naked. Katie then tries all the ways she know to go back in, but fails. She ends up wearing the welcome mat while waiting outside, meeting Luke for the second time, who gives her his jacket. Bev opens the door and invites Luke in, while Gail goes to Katie's room and forces her to sing. Gail drives Luke out of the house with a funny excuse and starts planning to use Katie's voice to get Bev a record deal. Bev, at first reluctant, gives in to Gail's urging and agrees in order to win Luke's affection.
At school, Katie and her best friend Angela (Jessalyn Wanlim) hear Luke singing his song and Katie is entranced. Katie writes a song in response to his song and admits she kind of likes him. Angela tells her to sing it to him at the Bollywood Ball that night and gives Katie a costume to wear. They hear Gail shouting outside and Angela hides just as Gail opens the door. Seeing the costume Katie has, Gail makes her stay home and babysit Victor for the night. After Victor reveals to Katie by hidden cameras, that Bev wants Luke and is going to try to win him over at the ball, she asks Ravi, Gail's guru to watch him. Ravi reveals he's not actually a guru but a method actor from New Jersey, named Tony, who couldn't refuse Gail's money and is only actually half Indian. At the party, Katie leads Luke outside and sings, which makes Luke fall for her. Meanwhile Angela distracts Gail by challenging her to a dance off. After the dance battle, Gail feels sick and leaves. Katie escapes and hurries home, only to find Gail already waiting for her. Gail threatens to expel Angela so she won't get into Juilliard if Katie does not sing for Bev, Katie agrees to save Angela.
Luke tries to find "The Girl with a Beautiful Voice" but instead walks in on Bev lip syncing using Katie's voice in the music room and mistakes her for the girl. Luke falls for Bev and invites her to write a song with him. The two go out on a date that same night and Luke is amazed by Bev's love for music, unaware that Katie is there and is texting to Bev, telling her what to say. The next day at the house, Luke is greeted by Victor and gives him a little guitar lesson after playing off-key, much to Victor's surprise just wanting to see Bev. Katie reconnects with Luke and heads out to throw away Gail's ruined painted portrait after Victor cut off the face with a special knife. Luke tells Katie he doesn't like her disappearing. Bev sweeps him away and diverts his attention from Katie to her instead. She somehow gets Victor to help her trick Luke. Her brother gives her and Katie devices that allow Bev to hear Katie, so that she can help her during the date. Katie creates a song on the spot and while Luke sings her song to Bev, she falls harder for him. Bev and Luke kiss, breaking Katie's heart. Victor tries to cheer Katie up, seeing her distress. Luke believes he is in love with Bev because of her voice and talent for song writing, unaware that he's actually in love with Katie as Bev has stolen her voice and is pretending to be her. Later, Gail admits to Katie that she can have access to her dad's savings account, forcing Katie to submit under her stepfamily's will. By this time, Victor has had enough of the way both his mother and Bev had treated Katie and he becomes determined to expose them for their fraud. He also reveals to Katie that she is the only one who cares for him and that he 'sort of' loves her. Katie is touched by this and tells Victor that she 'sort of' loves him back.
At the showcase, Victor sabotages Bev in the middle of the song with Tony's help by crashing the Ipod having Katie's recorded singing voice, much to Katie's shock, forcing Gail to make Katie sing live backstage. Luke sees Katie being dragged by Gail and questions her, finally realizing that Katie was the girl with the beautiful voice all along and Bev has been pretending to be her by having Katie help her write a song with him and on their date. Luke steals the camera and films Katie, having Bev exposed. Gail tries to shut the camera but is stopped by Tony, who shocks her with the cables. Katie finishes her hit song "Bless Myself" with Victor's assistance. Guy tells Luke he wants him making Katie's album with her and she and Luke kiss again. Gail escapes and tries to make Guy see reason, but fails. He says they'll see what the schoolboard thinks when he "gives them a ring". Katie and Luke admit their feelings for each other and kiss. Bev tells Gail to "Give it up" as she too has had enough of her mother's manipulation. On the backscreen, Katie and Luke kiss again. Gail is then seen singing Katie's song "Make You Believe" at a ranch just to be laughed at by the people, a reference to a scene earlier in the movie of a similar situation. At the end of the film, the cast are all seen dancing to Katie's hit song "Run This Town", Tony chases Luke around for stealing his clothes for a funny gag.
- Lucy Hale as Katie Gibbs, the Cinderella character in the film.
- Freddie Stroma as Luke Morgan, the Prince Charming character in the film.
- Missi Pyle as Gail Van Ravensway, the Stepmother character in the film.
- Megan Park as Beverly "Bev" Van Ravensway, the Stepsister character in the film. Manipulative, vindictive and cruel, Beverly is more favored by Gail than Victor.
- Jessalyn Wanlim as Angela, Katie's best and only friend since both her mother and father died, the Fairy Godmother in the film.
- Matthew Lintz as Victor Van Ravensway, the Stepbrother character in the film, and the first Stepbrother. He is kinder to Katie, but acts mean around her out of fear of how Gail and Beverly would treat him. In the end, Victor realizes what they were doing to Katie was wrong and exposes them for the fraud with Ravi's help.
- Manu Narayan as Tony (Ravi) Gupta.
- Titus Makin Jr. as Mickey O' Malley, the Duke character in the film.
- Dikran Tulaine as Guy Morgan, the Kingly character in the film.
- Onira Tares as Crazy Girl, the Obsessed Fan.
|A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song|
|Soundtrack album by Various artists|
|Released||December 11, 2011|
|Genre||Dance pop, electropop, teen pop|
|Label||Warner Bros. Records|
The soundtrack was written by Antonina Armato, Tim James, Devrim Karaoglu and Adam Schmalholz and was produced by Rock Mafia. It was released by Warner Bros. Records, it reached #112 on the Billboard 200 on December 27, 2011. It also reached number seven on Billboard's Soundtrack chart.
|1.||"Run This Town"||3:55|
|3.||"Make You Believe"||3:31|
|6.||"Oh Mere Dilruba"||3:24|
|Songs not listed on soundtrack|
|1.||"Not My Color, Not My Size"||3:56|
|2.||"I Aint Gonna Leap"||3:11|
|5.||"Party All Night"||3:01|
|6.||"I Love the Way You Love Me"||3:30|
The film received mixed reviews although it did not get criticized by Metacritic. It achieved 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten audience also rate the film 3.3/5 with the 254 users. Mike McGranaghan of The Aisle Seat scored the film one and 1/2 out of four, said: "A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song is like a movie version of iCarly or Victorious or any of those other tween girl shows that combine broad physical humor, mild expressions of pubescent sexuality and fantasies of becoming famous". The DVD Sleuth gave the film 1 out of 2.
- "ABC Family - A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song - A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song". Abcfamily.go.com. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song at the Internet Movie Database
- Warner Bros "Behind the Scenes" video