The Lizzie McGuire Movie

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The Lizzie McGuire Movie
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jim Fall
Produced by Stan Rogow
Written by Susan Estelle Jansen
Ed Decter
John J. Strauss
Starring Hilary Duff
Adam Lamberg
Robert Carradine
Hallie Todd
Jake Thomas
Yani Gellman
Music by Cliff Eidelman
Cinematography Jerzy Zielinski
Edited by Margie Goodspeed
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • May 2, 2003 (2003-05-02)
Running time 94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $17 million
Box office $55,534,455 (worldwide)

The Lizzie McGuire Movie is a 2003 comedy film, released by Walt Disney Pictures on May 2, 2003. Serving as the series finale to the television series Lizzie McGuire, it was the first theatrical film based on a Disney Channel Original Series. The film stars Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, and Yani Gellman and tells the story of protagonist Lizzie McGuire's graduation trip to Rome. Upon release, the film peaked at number two in the domestic box office behind X2: X-Men United.[1] It was released August 12, 2003 on VHS and DVD.[2]


The film begins with Lizzie McGuire (Hilary Duff) preparing for her junior high graduation with her best friend, David "Gordo" Gordon (Adam Lamberg). During the ceremony, Lizzie trips on stage and accidentally brings the curtains down on her fellow graduates, which causes her to be teased mercilessly by her nemesis, Kate Sanders (Ashlie Brillault) and her younger brother Matt (Jake Thomas). After graduation, Lizzie and her class embark on a trip to Rome chaperoned by their strict high school principal, Ms. Angela Ungermeyer (Alex Borstein). Lizzie and Kate are assigned to stay in the same hotel room, much to their dismay.

The class first stops at the Trevi Fountain where Lizzie is approached by Paolo (Yani Gellman), a famous Italian pop star, who mistakes her for his singing partner Isabella (also played by Hilary Duff). Paolo asks Lizzie to meet him at the Trevi Fountain the next day and she pretends to be sick in order to sneak away. He explains that he and Isabella are booked for the Italian Music Awards but Isabella left Italy after their break up. Paolo confides in Lizzie that Isabella lip synchs and begs Lizzie to pose as her for the concert. Lizzie reluctantly agrees but soon begins to enjoy the life of an Italian pop star, embracing the designer clothes, dance rehearsals, and adoration from fans.

Lizzie continues to fake being sick in order to spend time preparing for the concert, but Kate quickly figures out her secret. Much to Lizzie's surprise, Kate agrees to help her and the two become closer. Lizzie begins to fall in love with Paolo, much to Gordo's dismay. Kate and Ethan encourage him to declare his love for Lizzie, but Gordo refuses. Meanwhile, Ms. Ungermeyer interrogates the students to find out who has been sneaking out. Gordo takes the blame and is sent back to America as punishment. Lizzie is shocked to hear that Gordo sacrificed himself to protect her. Kate then reveals that Gordo is in love with her.

At the airport, Gordo meets the real Isabella, who has returned for the concert and is upset after finding out that Lizzie is impersonating her. She and Gordo realize that Paolo is planning to cut Lizzie's mike at the concert to convince the crowd that Isabella is a fake, which would ruin Isabella's career and embarrass Lizzie. They rush to the concert to stop Paolo. Meanwhile, back in America, Matt browses the Internet and finds Italian gossip sites that posted pictures of Lizzie as Isabella. Matt tells his parents and the family flies to Rome to confront her. Ms. Ungermeyer also realizes that Lizzie is missing once again and Ethan accidentally reveals she is at the Italian Music Awards. The class rushes to the concert to find Lizzie. Gordo and Isabella find her backstage preparing for the show and try to warn her of Paolo's scheme. At first, Lizzie refuses to believe them but Isabella reminds Lizzie that Gordo can be trusted and Paolo is just using her.

When it's time for the performance, Isabella and Gordo expose Paolo by turning on his microphone, showing his terrible singing voice. Paolo runs off, embarrassed, and is ambushed by the paparazzi outside. His bodyguard, Sergei (Brendan Kelly) tells Paolo that it's time to face reality and quits, going off to flirt with Ms. Ungermeyer who has gotten the class as well as Lizzie’s family into the concert by beating up the bouncers. Isabella then introduces Lizzie to the crowd and has her sing "What Dreams Are Made Of". Lizzie is a talented singer in her own right and she gains a confidence she previously lacks. Later, they all celebrate at the after party at the hotel. Ms. Ungermeyer lifts Gordo's punishment while Lizzie's parents tell her that she's grounded for the rest of the summer. Lizzie and Gordo sneak away from the party to go up to the roof. They promise to never let things change between them and Lizzie kisses him. They go to rejoin the party.


  • Hilary Duff as Elizabeth "Lizzie" Brooke McGuire/Isabella Parigi
    • Haylie Duff provides the singing voice for Isabella, which is uncredited in the movie.
  • Adam Lamberg as David "Gordo" Gordon, Lizzie's best friend
  • Robert Carradine as Sam McGuire, Lizzie's father
  • Hallie Todd as Jo McGuire, Lizzie's mother
  • Jake Thomas as Matthew "Matt" McGuire, Lizzie's mischievous younger brother
  • Yani Gellman as Paolo Valisari, a handsome, famous Italian pop star and the film's main antagonist who plans to use Lizzie to avoid getting sued for breach of contract
  • Alex Borstein as Miss Angela Ungermeyer, the abrasive school principal who chaperones the trip
  • Clayton Snyder as Ethan Craft, Lizzie's crush who later decides to date Kate
  • Ashlie Brillault as Katherine "Kate" Sanders, Lizzie's rival who helps Lizzie and becomes her friend by the end
  • Brendan Kelly as Sergei, Paolo's bodyguard who eventually quits and forms a relationship with Ms. Ungermeyer in the end
  • Carly Schroeder as Melina Bianco, Matt's friend
  • Daniel R. Escobar as Mr. Escobar
  • Jody Raicot as Giorgio
  • Terra MacLeod as Franca DiMontecatini
  • Claude Knowlton as Stage Mana

Miranda Sanchez, Lizzie's other best friend, does not appear in the film. She is said to be in Mexico City. Lalaine left the series near the end of the second season.


The film was directed by Jim Fall, with the screenplay penned by Susan Estelle Jansen and Ed Decter & John J. Strauss. The film was produced by Stan Rogow. It was filmed in Rome, Lazio, Italy, and at the Trevi Fountain.[3] All characters from the TV series reprised their roles except for Lalaine, who portrayed Miranda Sanchez, because she was busy filming another Disney Channel Original Movie called You Wish!. Miranda's absence was explained as being on vacation with her parents in Mexico City.



Based on 96 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film received mostly mixed ratings, earning an average 40% overall approval rating.[4]

Ultimate Disney reviewed the DVD saying "I didn't expect much from this movie and would have never paid to see it, but maybe I should have because it's a great movie for what it is. I can forgive and forget the corny scene when she's singing at the end, since the rest of the movie makes up for it. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who watches and enjoys the TV series; it's like a feature-length show. If you're not familiar with the show, it's a nice feel-good movie you should check out. Gus' Movie Score (1 to 10): 812 (Italian cinema reference intended? You be the judge.)"[5]

Scott Brown of Entertainment Weekly magazine gave the film a B+ and commented in his review saying "Let's face it: Lizzie McGuire (Hilary Duff) is just too darn polished to be a junior-high underdog, even by the standards of her 'luxe suburban environs'. But that hasn't tarnished her comeback-kid cred among the six-and-ups who faithfully follow her Disney Channel show — and it doesn't make The Lizzie McGuire Movie, a clever, agreeably weightless theatrical outing, any less enjoyable."[6]

Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $17,338,755 in 2,825 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking #2 at the box office, behind X2: X-Men United. By the end of its run, The Lizzie McGuire Movie grossed $42,734,455 domestically and $12,800,000 internationally, totaling $55,534,455 worldwide.[7]


  • 2004 - Nominated; Leo Awards for Feature Length Drama: Best Visual Effects (Gary Gutierrez, Jayne Craig, Bruce Woloshyn, Simon Ager, Wes Sargent)
  • 2003 - Won; Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Breakout Star - Female (Hilary Duff)
  • 2003 - Nominated; Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie - Comedy
  • 2003 - Nominated; Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Actress - Comedy (Hilary Duff)


The Lizzie McGuire Movie
Soundtrack album by Hilary Duff & various artists
Released April 22, 2003
Recorded 2002–2003
Genre Teen pop, pop rock
Length 47:35
Label Walt Disney
Producer Matthew Gerrard, Bill Padley, Jem Godfrey, Pop Rox, Jill Cunniff, Mark Hammond, Christian Hamm, Robbie Bunchanana, Stephen Lironi, Marco Marinangeli, Chico Bennett, Lee Gillette, Charlie Midnight, Cliff Eidelman
Lizzie McGuire soundtracks chronology
Lizzie McGuire
The Lizzie McGuire Movie
Lizzie McGuire Total Party!
Singles from The Lizzie McGuire Movie
  1. "Why Not"
    Released: June 23, 2003

The Lizzie McGuire Movie is a soundtrack album for the film, released on April 22, 2003.[8]

It is mostly composed of songs from or inspired by the film, including Hilary Duff's "Why Not" and sister Haylie's "Girl in the Band". "Why Not" was released as a single outside the United States on June 23, 2003 and later included on Hilary Duff's second album, Metamorphosis, with different lyrics in the first verse. The album has been certified platinum by the CRIA[9] and 2x platinum by the RIAA has sold 2,000,000 copies in the U.S.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Performer(s) Length
1. "Why Not"   Charlie Midnight, Matthew Gerrard Hilary Duff 2:59
2. "The Tide Is High (Get the Feeling)"   John Holt, Garth Evans, Howard Barrett, Brian Padley, Jermey Godfrey Atomic Kitten 3:22
3. "All Around the World"   Samuel Hollander, David Schammer, Jill Cunniff Cooler Kids 4:12
4. "What Dreams Are Made Of" (Ballad Version) Dean Pitchford, Matthew Wilder Yani Gellman, Haylie Duff 1:44
5. "Shining Star"   Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn Jump5 3:17
6. "Volare"   Mitchell Parish, Francesco Migliacci, Domenico Modugno Vitamin C 3:00
7. "Open Your Eyes (To Love)"   David Friedman LMNT 2:29
8. "You Make Me Feel Like a Star" (Lizzie Mix) Candice Beu, Christie Beu, S. Peiken, R. Neigher The Beu Sisters 3:05
9. "Supermodel"   RuPaul Charles, Jimmy Harry, Lawrence Thom Taylor Dayne 3:45
10. "What Dreams Are Made Of"   Pitchford, Wilder Hilary Duff 4:02
11. "On an Evening in Roma"   A. Taccani, U. Bertini Dean Martin 2:24
12. "Girl in the Band"   Chico Bennett, Midnight Haylie Duff 3:02
13. "Orchestral Suite from The Lizzie McGuire Movie"   Cliff Eidelman Cliff Eidelman 7:31
14. "Why Not" (McMix) Midnight, Gerrard Hilary Duff 2:50


Chart (2003)[10][11] Peak
Australian Albums Chart 6
Canadian Albums Chart 8
Chart (2004)[10] Peak
US Billboard 200 6
US Billboard Top Kid Audio 4
US Billboard Top Soundtracks 1


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