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Hannah Montana: The Movie
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPeter Chelsom[1]
Written byDan Berendsen[1]
Based on
Hannah Montana
Produced by
CinematographyDavid Hennings
Edited byDavid Moritz
Music byJohn Debney
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date
  • April 10, 2009 (2009-04-10)
Running time
102 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
Budget$30 million[3]
Box office$169.2 million[3]

Hannah Montana: The Movie is a 2009 American teen musical comedy drama film based on the Disney Channel television series of the same name. The film is produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Peter Chelsom and written by Dan Berendsen, the film stars series regulars Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Emily Osment, Moises Arias, Mitchel Musso and Jason Earles, as well as Lucas Till, Vanessa Williams, Margo Martindale and Melora Hardin. The film tells of how Miley Stewart's popularity and alternate celebrity persona begins to take over her life, so her father convinces her to take a trip to her hometown of Crowley Corners, Tennessee to get some perspective on what matters most in life.

Hannah Montana: The Movie is the second theatrical film based on a Disney Channel Original Series after The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003), and is the second theatrical release of the Hannah Montana franchise, its predecessor Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert being released a year prior in 2008. It is also the first, and so far only, theatrical film produced by It's a Laugh Productions and Millar/Gough Ink, who is also known from producing the long-running hit series Smallville. Filming began in April 2008,[4] much of it occurring in Columbia, Tennessee,[5] and Los Angeles, California,[1][6] and was completed in July 2008.[7]

Hannah Montana: The Movie was released theatrically by Walt Disney Pictures on April 10, 2009, in the United States,[8] and it was later made available for streaming on Disney+. Despite mixed reviews, the film achieved commercial success, grossing $155 million in worldwide box office revenue against a $30 million budget.


Miley Stewart and her best friend Lilly Truscott arrive at a concert and race through the crabdoor just in time for Miley to perform as her secret alter ego: pop superstar singer Hannah Montana. After filming a music video for her song "The Best of Both Worlds", Miley – as Hannah – is confronted by Oswald Granger, an unscrupulous tabloid reporter. Hannah's publicist Vita sends Oswald away, but he manages to record her alluding to Hannah's "secret", which he becomes determined to uncover.

While shopping as Hannah, Miley fights with Tyra Banks over a pair of shoes she plan to give as a gift to Lily, making her late for Lilly's Sweet Sixteen birthday party. Oswald records the incident and follows her to the party, forcing Miley to attend as Hannah in order to prevent him from learning her secret. Hannah's presence steals the entire party's attention, as does her performance of "Let's Get Crazy". Lilly leaves dejected and is stopped and questioned by Oswald, to whom she reveals that Hannah is from Crowley Corners, Tennessee.

Already upset with Miley for prioritizing her celebrity life over her family and friends, her father Robby is infuriated when her fight with Tyra makes headlines. He allows Vita to book a private jet for Miley to attend an awards show as Hannah, but instead flies her to Crowley Corners to spend two weeks there for her grandmother Ruby's birthday. Miley is eager to return to being Hannah, but Ruby chastises her for neglecting to spend time with her family.

Miley gradually reconnects with small-town life, her grandmother, and her childhood friend Travis Brody, while Robby is drawn to a local woman named Lorelai. Oswald arrives, and Miley is forced to misdirect him by claiming to know Hannah. The town holds a fundraiser to prevent developer Mr. Bradley from turning local land into a shopping mall, organizing a barn party where Taylor Swift makes a cameo with a performance of "Crazier." Robby also performs "Back to Tennessee" and Miley performs "Hoedown Throwdown" as herself, making the crowd go wild. When Mr. Bradley tells the crowd they will never raise enough money, Travis suggests Miley ask Hannah to hold a concert.

Lilly arrives disguised as Hannah to throw off Oswald and reconciles with Miley. Travis asks Miley out on a date, but she has already been invited by Lorelai to a dinner as Hannah with the town's mayor. Miley tries to run back and forth between both dinners, but Travis catches her mid-change and deduces her secret before angrily leaving. Miley then overhears Robby rejecting Lorelai in order to protect Miley's double life. Miley finishes writing "Butterfly Fly Away", which she and her father sing together. She stays up all night to complete the chicken coop she and Travis were building; touched by this, he attends Hannah's concert.

As the town prepares for the concert, Miley receives her late mother's necklace from Ruby. Miley stops performing mid-song when she sees Travis and Lorelai in the audience and announces that she can no longer live a lie before removing her blonde wig, revealing her true identity to the crowd. After she sings "The Climb", the crowd pleads with her to continue being Hannah and promises to keep her secret. Oswald takes a picture of Miley, but before he can publish it, his daughters arrive – flown to the concert by Vita – and their admiration for Hannah convinces him not to sell the story; instead, he rebukes his editor Lucinda and quits. Miley reconciles with and kisses Travis and returns to the stage to finish the concert with "You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home", as Lorelai and Robby reunite and kiss. During the credits, the cast dances to "Hoedown Throwdown".




The best idea is that I miss home. So if we could maybe film in Nashville and everyone could see our house and where we live, that we have a farm, that would be really exciting.

—Miley Cyrus[10]

While attending the premiere of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus said they were planning to make a film adaptation for their TV series Hannah Montana, which debuted on Disney Channel on March 24, 2006, and expected it to be a feature film produced by Walt Disney Pictures, rather than a Disney Channel Original Movie.[10]

Since writers were still working on the script for the movie, Cyrus was free to share whatever ideas she had for the upcoming project. She said that, at the time, the best concept she thought of involved returning to her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.[10] Cyrus spent most of her time away from her beloved home since Hannah Montana was taped at Tribune Studios in Hollywood. She spent up to eight and a half hours a day working on the set.[10]

Billy Ray Cyrus shared further details about the script: "There'll be a lot of similarities [to the show], and the fact that Miley is so real, her music is real, we'll keep a lot of that realism. But I think we'll go a little further with the comedy. And it's going to be on the big screen, so we'll try to make everything look bigger."[10] The movie went into production on an estimated $30 million budget.[11]

On the April 2 episode of The Miley & Mandy Show on YouTube, Miley spoke to Ryan Seacrest on flying to Tennessee in "two weeks" and would be staying for several months. She went on to say there would be many guest stars, and she'd ride horses and attend school.[12]


Filming began in April 2008 in Los Angeles, California and Columbia, Tennessee.[4] It entered production in May 2008[13] and post-production in July 2008. The beginning of the film was shot in Los Angeles including, Kia Forum where the concert was, Franklin High School and Santa Monica Beach. Several of scenes were filmed in Nashville, Tennessee, based on Miley's and her father's hometown, for the scene that Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana's travels back home, with Fairground scenes filmed near the end of the movie.[14]

There is a carnival scene filmed at Smiley Hollow in Ridgetop, Tennessee where Peter Gunn's character hunts for the real Hannah in the crowd. He finds Jackson selling "Hannah wigs" and everyone around him looks like Hannah from the back so he turns them all around looking for the real one.[15]

The songs "Backwards" (co-written by Marcel and Tony Mullins and recorded by Rascal Flatts) and "Crazier" (by Taylor Swift) were featured in the movie as well as "Game Over" and another hit song by UK rocker Steve Rushton.[16][17] There were also a few musical numbers filmed, including "The Climb" and "You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home". 500 paid extras and 1500 volunteer extras were on hand during filming of these scenes.[15] In some scenes, Miley rode horses.[12]

A scene was filmed in the Cool Springs Galleria Mall (south of Nashville). It was filmed in the women's shoe department of the Belk store. Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Williams, and Tyra Banks were all in the scene, where Hannah fights with Tyra over a pair of shoes.[6] Scenes were also filmed at Franklin High School. The school stood-in for the fictional Seaview High School which Miley and Lilly attend.[6]


On June 3, 2008, there was an accident on the set during the filming. A huge wind blew a projection screen into a Ferris wheel full of passengers, who were extras for the movie. There was no serious injury. "When the wind caught it, all the cables were loose. It started [flying]," extra Brenda Blackford told Nashville station WKRN-TV. "I was watching to see which corner of it was gonna hit the Ferris wheel, because it was unavoidable". Miley Cyrus and her father Billy Ray were not on the set when the accident happened. Disney stated: "During a break in the filming of Hannah Montana: The Movie, a minor accident occurred involving a piece of production equipment. Fortunately, there were only a few minor injuries. Medical personnel have treated the extras and crew involved. None of the cast was on the set. Filming has resumed."[18]


Walt Disney Records released the soundtrack on March 24, 2009, on the third anniversary of Hannah Montana's 2006 debut, with songs by Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana, Billy Ray Cyrus, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, and Steve Rushton.[19] The score was originally to be written by composer Alan Silvestri, and he penned a new song with Glen Ballard, "Butterfly Fly Away", which is sung in the film. Due to a scheduling conflict with G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which he was also signed to score, he had to drop out. (However, a cue from Silvestri's score to The Mexican is tracked into the movie.) Stepping in was composer John Debney, who recorded his score with the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the Sony Scoring Stage.[20] The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 137,592 sold in the first week, and after four weeks claimed the No. 1 spot. A karaoke version was released on August 18, 2009.

Marketing and release[edit]

The film was issued a G-rating from the MPAA for all ages admitted.[3] The premiere of Hannah Montana: The Movie was held on April 2, 2009, in Los Angeles.[21] The UK premiere was held in London on April 23, 2009; it was released in British and Irish cinemas on May 1, 2009.[22] Play Along Toys released dolls and toys based on the film. The film made its world premiere on the Disney Channel on Friday November 19, 2010, where it drew 4.6 million viewers.[23]

On January 15, 2009, the film's official trailer was released, along with the official poster on a website,[24] as a sneak peek of the film was released in December 2008 on Disney Channel, including on New Year's Eve.[citation needed] On February 16, 2009, an exclusive Disney Channel preview was premiered alongside the music videos "The Climb"[25] and "Hoedown Throwdown"[26] from the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack previewed by Miley Cyrus. Cyrus also promoted the film and performed the film's lead single "The Climb" on various talk shows including, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, The Tyra Banks Show, and Rachael Ray. She also performed her song on American Idol on April 16, 2009.[27] A video game based on the film was released on April 7, 2009, three days before the film's release.[28] The game was revealed by ESRB.[29] The game was released for 7th gens.

Home media[edit]

Hannah Montana: The Movie was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray on August 18, 2009.[30] Hannah Montana: The Movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 7 in the UK. It was also released on DVD, Blu-ray and Disney Digital in Australia on October 21. First week sales were strong with 1,232,725 DVD copies sold and over $20 million in revenue. Total DVD sales to date stand at 3,610,964 and $61 million in revenue.[31] Extras include behind the scenes, bloopers, sneak peeks and more.

There were 3 editions released:

  • The 1-disc DVD (the normal DVD)
  • The 2-disc DVD (normal DVD and digital copy)
  • The 3-disc Blu-ray (the Blu-ray disc, the normal DVD and the digital copy)


Box office[edit]

Miley Cyrus at the premiere for the film

On its opening day, the film grossed $17,436,095, and earned $32,324,483 on its opening weekend, with a $10,367 average from 3,118 theaters, earning the No. 1 spot. However the film lost 58% of its gross its second weekend, falling to No. 3, earning $13,406,217 and $4,300 average and gaining 113 theaters. The film ended up grossing $79,576,189 in the U.S., and $75,969,090 overseas, and a total of $155,545,279 worldwide.

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 44% based on 129 reviews, with an average rating of 5.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "While youthful Miley fans won't complain, Hannah Montana the Movie is little more than a formulaic Disney Channel episode stretched thin."[32] Metacritic gives a score of 47 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[33] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.[34]

Entertainment Weekly praised: "The surface lesson of the movie is that celebrity life looks easy but it's hard. The real lesson, as always, is that since even Miley has to work overtime to be Hannah, every girl in the audience – if she tries hard enough – can become the star she longs to be."[35] Peter Hartlaub from San Francisco Chronicle praised: "Hannah Montana: The Movie isn't an abomination. The characters are wholesome, the plot is easy to follow and the songs all sound the same, so you can really only get one stuck in your head at a time. But even as adults give their blessing for prepubescent moviegoers to see the film, they should be plotting to stay as far away from the theater as possible. If you're no longer old enough to carry a Hannah Montana lunch box, this movie will feel like punishment."[36]

Atomic Popcorn stated: "Hip-hop and country. Like the Hannah Montana's theme song says, "You get the best of both worlds." Ten minutes before the movie started, the two rows of what looked to be 14-year-old girls started singing the TV show theme song. Over and over again. The little 6-to-10-year-old girls that filled the rest of the theater were singing along and dancing in their seats. My 16-year-old daughter said with a big smile on her face, 'Isn't this fun?' I said, with as much of a smile as I could muster, 'A little bit.'"[37] Blogcritics noted: "This movie definitely hit the target audience mark with the best opening day for a live action, G-rated movie. The predictable ending strays from the fun tone to address drama from the two main character arcs. Some stereotypes and commercialism weaken the movie, but target and general audiences can find a wide variety of appealing elements here while Hannah fans won't be disappointed."[38]


MTV Movie Awards[39]
Year Category Recipient Result
2009 Best Song from a Movie Miley Cyrus (for the song "The Climb") Won
Breakthrough Performance Female Miley Cyrus Nominated
Teen Choice Awards[39]
2009 Choice Movie Actress: Music/Dance Miley Cyrus Won
Choice Hissy Fit Won
Choice Movie Actor: Music/Dance Jason Earles Nominated
Choice Movie Fresh Face Female Emily Osment Nominated
Choice Movie Liplock Miley Cyrus and Lucas Till Nominated
Choice Music Single Miley Cyrus(for the song "The Climb") Won
Choice Movie: Music/Dance Movie Nominated
Choice Music Album: Soundtrack Nominated
People's Choice Awards[39]
2010 Favorite Family Movie Cast Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards[39]
2010 Favorite Movie Actress Miley Cyrus Won
Golden Raspberry Awards[39]
2010 Worst Actress Miley Cyrus Nominated
Worst Supporting Actor Billy Ray Cyrus Won

See also[edit]


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