The Clique (film)
|Directed by||Michael Lembeck|
|Produced by||Bob Levy
Tyra Banks (executive)
|Written by||Lisi Harrison (novel)
Liz Tigelaar (adaption)
Sophie Anna Everhard
|Music by||George S. Clinton|
|Editing by||David Finfer|
|Distributed by||Warner Premiere|
|Release date(s)||November 11, 2008|
|Running time||87 minutes|
The Clique is a direct-to-DVD film based on the popular teen novel series by author Lisi Harrison. The film is produced by Alloy Entertainment, released through Tyra Banks' company Bankable Productions and is a production of Warner Premiere with Tyra Banks as executive producer. Filming began in February 2008 in Rhode Island and ended in March 2008. The film was released on November 28, 2008. The movie was partially filmed at Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, RI.
||This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. (January 2012)|
The movie begins with Massie screaming at her mother and father for ruining her original plans of going to an "end of the year" party because of the arrival of her father's best friend and his family, the Lyons, who are moving from Orlando to Westchester to live in the Block's guest house while they find a new house. Her mother later makes a deal that if Massie is nice to the Lyons' daughter Claire, she could go to the "end of the year" party. When the Lyons arrive, Massie immediately dislikes Claire. At dinner, Massie rushes the family just so she could leave for the party, but is annoyed when her mother invites Claire to go to the party. Claire convinces her mother to take her shopping for new clothes to fit in with the people in town. The next day, while shopping Claire meets Dylan in the high-priced store offering her advice on how to get a pair of jeans when her mother refuses to because she wasn't a certain size. Dylan was nice and sweet to Claire, but was unaware of the fact that she was living in Massie's house and didn't approve. Claire finds a pair of white jeans that she loves, which she finds to be a very fashionable outfit and worthy for Octavian Country Day School.
The next day, while riding her horse, Massie meets a boy named Chris Abeley, who she instantly develops a crush on. Chris is a high-school student at Briarwood, and he knew Massie from her parents' annual charity auction. After flirting with Chris, they both agreed to meet the next week for riding in her parents' private trail. On the first day of school, Claire goes to school with Massie and her driver. After being asked by Massie to switch for the backseat, the driver picks up Dylan, and they instantly recognize each other, but Dylan stops being nice to Claire because of Massie's disapproval. Alicia and Kristen are later picked up along and when Kristen asks Massie if they "like her" and Massie states with a firm, "No." While walking into the school, Claire runs into Chris Abeley, who is riding his skateboard and falls on top of Claire and the two talk. Massie sees this and storms into the school, furious at Claire. Claire comes by minutes later and asks Massie for a room location and Massie replies with a snide remark. Claire asks why is she acting like "a bitch", leading up to a fight. The girls then begin to plan a way to "ruin" Claire in result. Alicia starts it saying "done" and the rest of the girls following.
During art class, Alicia spills red paint all over Claire's jeans and texts the other girls saying how it looks like Claire got her period. After seeing the red paint, the art teacher tells Claire to go to the nurse office, without telling her why. After looking for the office, Claire asks Dylan for directions who is outside, and she gives her false directions leading her to the class Massie is in (also with advice to speak loudly, as the nurse is half deaf), and laughing at her stain when she leaves.
Claire arrives at Massie's yoga class and embarrasses herself in front of the class. She then finds the real nurse's office; and after discovering Alicia had spilled paint over them, changes her outfit into the lost and found clothing brought by the nurse. At lunch, Claire leaves the cafeteria after Massie mocks her outfit. Later, Massie and her friends go to Chris's school to watch him leave, leaving Claire to walk home.
The next day, on the ride to school, Kristen talks about an important assignment and they decide to create a makeup company, reluctantly using Claire's suggestion of naming the company "Glambition". At school, Claire decides to make a new friend and sits with Layne at lunch seeing her alone. After getting into a conversation, Layne talks about how everybody wants to be like Massie and that Massie, Alicia, Dylan, and Kristen's group is known as the "Pretty Committee." Claire lies and says she is best friends with Massie, and after passing by Layne comments on Massie is jealous of her when she is actually angry at Claire, but Claire says she'll talk to her later.
Layne and Claire make plans to hang out on Friday night, but their plans are ruined when Massie's mother invites Claire to Massie's weekly sleepover. Claire accepts, oblivious to the fact that Massie didn't want her there. Claire calls Layne and lies that she has to babysit her brother Todd, and makes plans to hang out on Saturday instead. The night of the sleepover, the girls are donating old clothes for the annual auction, and when Claire comes they make rude comments about how she dresses. After Massie's mom hears Massie saying those comments, Massie and her mother talk privately in the kitchen, where she tells Massie to be nice to Claire. After seeing Claire alone, folding clothes for the auction, Massie invites her to the cabana, where they sleep. Alicia asks the girls if they'd rather be A) a friendless loser or B) a person with lots of friends who secretly hate you; they all chose B, except Claire, who preferred to be a friendless loser (although in the book this is switched, and Massie admires her for her honesty; this was probably changed to send a "better message"). Alicia then makes a rude comment about how she "got her wish", implying that she is a friendless loser.
Later while playing truth or dare Alicia asks Massie if she ever kissed a boy and Massie says to ask her after the auction, an it will be a definite yes, because of Chris Abeley. Massie then asks Claire who she likes, and Claire admits she likes Chris Abeley. Dylan points out that is the boy that Massie was talking about kissing and Claire assumes he's her boyfriend, to which Alicia makes a snappy comment. Kristen suggests they go to sleep. They shut off the lights, but Alicia makes a farting noise with her hands and frames Claire for the incident. Claire shoots a comeback saying it was the sound of Alicia's boobs rubbing together, knowing that she is sensitive about them. Claire soon after leaves, even though Massie says she doesn't have to. Claire shoots back with "Have to? I want to." Massie then lets Claire leave.
The next day Layne arrives at the guest house to see Claire; where all the girls including Massie learn Layne is actually Chris Abeley's sister. To make Massie jealous, Claire purposely caresses Chris' hair after being told he already has a girlfriend. Furiously, Massie goes horseback riding to meet with Chris and says to his surprise, that she has always liked Layne, and takes his cap saying she will auction it, so he'd have to go to the auction. At school Massie pretends to be friends with Layne. Layne deserts Claire after being told by Massie that Claire ditched her to go to Massie's sleepover. Massie tells Layne that they will be secret friends and they hit the spa together, where Massie presses her for information about Chris, and if he ever talks about her. To which Layne replies he has never once mentioned her. Massie is embarrassed by Layne and her loud and obnoxious behavior in the spa.
While waiting for Massie to arrive at their Glambition meeting at the Block's pool, Claire decides to go for a swim. She lies to the girls about the brand of her bathing suit ( she tells them it is an "Astrid" from Brazil, when truthfully she got it at a local retail store) and they all decide to have fun swimming until Massie arrives and shoots down Claire, seeing through Claire's lie of her bathing suit brand. Claire's mother notices something is wrong, after seeing her daughter come home in tears, but Claire says not to worry because she'll talk to Massie about it. Claire goes to the Block's house to talk things out with Massie, and after seeing that the room was empty she hijacks Massie's I.M. and starts I.M.ing with Alicia pretending to be Massie; she says she now likes Claire and assigns the next day's wardrobe, shorts over tights; which everyone wears but Massie.
The next night, Claire goes up to Massie's I.M. again, and insults Dylan saying her legs would not look good in a miniskirt. Dylan becomes mad at Massie and starts to wear long skirts to hide her legs. The next night, Claire hides Massie's dog, Bean, to gain more time at hijacking Massie's I.M. While I.M.ing Kristen her brother walks in to Massie's room to her surprise and starts looking at Massie's things while Claire was at the computer. She finds out Kristen's secret: her parents are actually poor and Kristen attends OCD on a scholarship. In exchange for Kristen's secret, Claire (as Massie) tells her that she has befriended Layne and actually likes her. Claire escapes in time to get away from Massie by the aid of Todd.
The next day, Kristen, Dylan and Alicia befriend Claire and ditch Massie, because they believe that she is friends with Layne instead of them now. Claire accepts, and even hangs out with them after school. They go to a designer store, and Alicia offers to buy her a dress for the charity auction and gives Claire her old phone, so they can keep in touch to hang out. Dylan invites Claire to her house, but Claire protests and says she has to be home by 5:00. However, Claire goes to Dylan's house anyway. Claire gets home to her mother, who had been worried sick for Claire. Her mom ends up banning her from hanging out with Alicia, Dylan, and Kristen because she felt her attitude has changed and demands her to return the expensive dresses.
That night, Massie I.M.s all of her friends, but only Kristen replies after she told her the lip gloss tubes for Glambition had arrived. Kristen arrives to pick up the package when she and Massie get into a heated argument and find out about Claire's scheme. Afterwards the four hook up Claire in a conference call, telling her that her fun, as well as her, is over. The next day the girls come over and start working on a makeup recipe together to hand out at the school field trip to NYC. The girls suggest Massie jump out of a cake with a special outfit to surprise Chris Abeley on the day of the auction, since his birthday is the same day, and Massie decides to wear a custom-made t-shirt reading "I ♥ Chris" while popping out of the cake. Claire then comes down with a long and somewhat guilty face and asks to borrow an egg, which Massie agrees to, throwing it at Claire, who runs out crying; Massie reassures her position as the leader of the Pretty Committee.
Before departing for the school's field trip, Claire makes up with Layne. Massie and her friends start selling their lip gloss, causing many of the girls' lips to swell after an allergic reaction to the peanut oil in the glosses (peanut oil being the most common allergy, which they already knew). Unbeknownst to Claire, Massie anonymously sends Claire a text that oatmeal will help with the swelling; Claire and Layne are able to save the day. Kristen thanks Claire for saving the day and admits that Claire was better off knowing her secret than Massie. The next day at the auction, Claire meets Chris Abeley's girlfriend, Fawn. Claire returns Alicia's possessions back to her and learns that Alicia too, had tried to oust Massie; Claire rekindles her friendship with Dylan.
Later, Claire stops Massie from popping out of the cake after announcing Fawn was Chris's girlfriend before the feat. Massie is ushered backstage, where she and Claire reconcile their friendship. It is then that Massie reveals that she too would pick "A) A friendless loser."
It then cuts to a scene of Claire in bed, smelling her rose and telling her mother about the auction. She says she's not sure how long it's going to last. When her mother asks if she was talking about her friendship with Massie or the flower, Claire replies both.
The film ends with Massie writing her State of the Union saying that Claire is both in and out.
Cast and characters 
Massie Block (Elizabeth McLaughlin) - Is the Alpha of the Clique. Massie's family is rich, as her parents own a huge estate and 4.6 acres of property. She has witty comebacks, enjoys creating word games to play with the girls including "Juicy sweat suit, no punch backs" (in the books it's Burberry), likes expensive fashion, and owns a black pug named Bean (based on Lisi Harrison's black hairy chihuahua named "Bebe"). Massie is very fashion-forward - she has tons of magazines, a to-die-for designer wardrobe, and always writes up her infamous "State of the Union" list. She wishes for a Claire-free life, which is mostly because she sees Claire as a threat to her and because her friends were willing to leave Massie for Claire in an instant. Massie is an angel to her friends, but is extremely critical and rude to others. Massie is also very closed-minded in the sense that she doesn't like to make new friends or be friends with anyone else besides the girls in The Clique. She had a crush on Chris Abeley until she discovers he has a girlfriend, Fawn. Massie enjoys horseback-riding on her horse Brownie.
Alicia Rivera (Samantha Boscarino) - Is the Clique's second in command. She is as sneaky as she is beautiful. She is described in the books as being much prettier than Massie. She has always wanted to start her own clique but was always stuck as beta. Alicia wanted to take down Massie but never did and remarked to Claire, "Nice job trying to oust Massie. You got closer than I ever did." Her mother is an ex-Spanish model named Nadia Rivera and her father is a lawyer named Len. Alicia can sometimes be nicer than Massie by nature. She loves to dance, is a cheerleader and almost always has the most gossip points. She hates anything to do with sports because of sweat except for dancing and cheerleading. She is very sensitive about her large breasts (described as "c cups" in the books) and has her own signature scent - "Angel Perfume".
Kristen Gregory (Bridgit Mendler) - A super-smart star athlete who attends OCD on a scholarship (a secret only known by Claire Lyons) and is one of Massie's best friends and is in the Clique. Both of her parents are extremely strict and not as rich as the parents of the other girls. Despite worrying about her grades and flunking, she is a straight A student. Kristen tries to act normal and once outside the house, away from her mother and father, she trades in her simple styles for trendy skirts, blouses, dresses and high heels. She tries her best to keep her grades up to stay at OCD. She likes soccer but is by no means a tomboy, but in the books, she is a bit of a tomboy with a love for Puma sneakers. In the books, Kristen's first kiss was a cute surfer boy named Dune Baxter, who gave her a shark tooth necklace as a present.
Dylan Marvil (Sophie Anna Everhard) - The daughter of Merri-Lee Marvil, host of the popular talk show The Daily Grind. Dylan gives the Clique access to the celebrity and showbiz world. She is an outgoing and loud red-head. She is weight-conscious, partly because of pressure from her mother, but can't help but eat fast food. She loves eating and burping. She makes everyone in the Clique laugh and likes to wear black or dark colors so she will look more slim. Dylan likes having fun and is very laid-back, relaxed and bubbly in her personality. While Dylan was nice to Claire, she stopped due to Massie's disapproval.
Claire Lyons (Ellen Marlow) - A smart blue-eyed blonde who relocates from Orlando, Florida to Westchester, New York. Her father went to college with Massie's father. Upon their arrival, Massie's parents offered their guest house to Claire and her family, much to Massie's dismay. She is immediately disliked by Massie mostly because Massie disapproves of her clothing and invades her life. She is somewhat shy, wears Keds and clothes from Gap, enjoys taking pictures, and loves to eat gummies and just about any kind of sweets. She tries her best to be herself while trying to fit in with the Clique so she can have a great time in Westchester. However, because of her parents' financial problems, all of that is difficult to achieve. Her goal is to win Massie's respect and/or take her place as well as join the Clique. In the books, Claire has an on-off relationship with Cam Fisher, who, like her, loves to eat gummies and doesn't care much for designer labels.
Layne Abeley (Vanessa Marano) - Known as "Layme" or "Lame" Abeley to the Pretty Committee. Also Claire's oatmeal-obsessed best friend. She can be described as a combination of a rebel and a geek. She is Claire's first friend at OCD, and ultimately her only true one for the most part. Massie often refers to her and her friends as LBRs (Losers Beyond Repair). Her older brother is Chris Abeley, Massie's crush in the first book. Layne has always wanted to know what happens in the Clique and wants to be them - though she never let it show.
Chris Abeley (Keli Price) - A freshman who attends Briarwood and meets Massie while accidentally riding on Massie's private trail. His good looks make him popular with the girls. Massie quickly falls for him, not knowing he already has a girlfriend, Fawn. Chris is also Layne's older brother. Massie now refers him to be on the "Out" section of her "State of the Union" list at the end of the movie.
Todd Lyons (Dylan Minnette) - Claire's younger brother. Often described as "a freak" and other insulting names by Claire, Massie and the Clique, he has a crush on Massie and dislikes all of her friends. He helps Claire get out of situations that she can't get out of herself, while trying to ruin Massie's life at the same time, mostly because he likes her. Even though it isn't mentioned in the movie, Todd is known for being a snoop and is always listening in on other peoples conversations, especially Massie's. Much like Claire, Todd wants to try to fit in with The Clique and win Massie's respect, such as offering to go to their sleepover. However, he usually fails in the long run.
Supporting Characters 
Judi Lyons (Elizabeth Keifer) - Claire's mother who worries that Claire won't believe in herself. Judi doesn't like Claire's new attitude that she's adopted from hanging out with The Clique while Massie was temporarily ousted.
Jay Lyons (Neal Matarazzo) - Claire's father who was having financial problems in Orlando and moved to New York from Florida with his family to live with his old friend from business school, William Block.
William Block (David Chisum) - Massie's father. He makes a lot of money and tries to help out the Lyons. He also loves spoiling his daughter.
Kendra Block (Julie Lauren) - Massie's mother. She tells Massie to be kind and nice to Claire and hates to see her daughter act so mean. Regardless of being married to one of the wealthiest men in the world, she's still the stereotypical Mom who tries to make sure her children are always good.
Isaac (Boris McGiver) - The Blocks' driver. He knows what the Pretty Committee talks about and sometimes gives Claire advice especially when she needs it most. Mostly in the first book.
Fawn (Camila Vignaud) - Chris' girlfriend. Described by Layne and many others who have met her as "perfect in every way".
Nurse Adele (Angel Desai) - The Octavian Country Day school nurse. She helps Claire out by offering Claire some clothes from her office, when she has paint spilled on her.
Shelby Wexler (Elizabeth Gillies) - A popular eighth grader who throws the last party before winter break starts. Massie lied to her friends about Shelby owning a pair of orange crocs and having headlice so that they won't go to the party like Massie.
Jenna Drezner - The girl who in the book Kristen made fun of because of her shirt came up to her rib cage. In the movie she walks up to Massie and talked about her "NBF" (new best friend) from Florida. The movie subtitles say her last name is Dressler.
|2.||"Break It Down"||Free & Easy|
|3.||"Heaven On Earth"||Free & Easy|
|4.||"Hypnotique"||Free & Easy|
|5.||"Get Up and Go"||Alana D.|
|6.||"Ur Perfect"||Juliet Shatkin|
|7.||"Look But Don't Touch"||Juliet Shatkin|
|8.||"Commit Me"||Alana D.|
|9.||"So Dangerous"||Alana D.|
|10.||"Find My Place"||Samantha Boscarino|
|11.||"My Own Band"||Mellow Dee|
|12.||"What You Say"||Mellow Dee|
|13.||"Psycho 4 U"||CanDee Land|
|14.||"That Girl"||CanDee Land|
|15.||"Get Ur Good Time On"||CanDee Land|
|16.||"Ayo Ayo"||Chris Classic|
|17.||"Here With Me Now"||The Clique Girlz|
|18.||"String Quartet No. 18"||Franz Schubert|
- The Clique at the Internet Movie Database
- Official Warner Brothers website
- Media.www.ramcigar.com discusses the filming last February
- Pawtuckettimes.com speaks toward filming last March
- Videobusiness.com speaks of how production wrapped last March and tells the interest producers had in making this a series
- Celebcards.com is pre-release blurb