The Even Stevens Movie
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|The Even Stevens Movie|
|Based on||Even Stevens
by Matt Dearborn
|Written by||Dennis Rinsler
|Directed by||Sean McNamara|
Christy Carlson Romano
Steven Anthony Lawrence
|Theme music composer||Mark Mothersbaugh|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producer(s)||Stacey Korsier Box
|Running time||93 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Brookwell McNamara Entertainment|
|Distributor||Walt Disney Home Entertainment|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Original release||June 13, 2003|
|Preceded by||Even Stevens (2000-2003)|
||This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. (November 2015)|
After the graduation had been disrupted by Louis and Beans and Ren getting dumped by her clueless boyfriend, the Stevens family and Beans are tricked into going on a "vacation" which turns out to be the set of a new reality tv show called "Family Fake Out", which all of their hometown friends and other locals are watching back in Sacramento. It is set on the fictional island of Mandelino, which, however exotic the producers make it up to be, is really only a short distance off the California coast.
When they first arrive on the island via Beaver floatplane, Louis is tricked into destroying the house they were meant to live in, thus making the island's "natives" (who are really actors for Family Fake Out) shun them and forcing the Stevens to live on their own. The family eventually separates into two groups pitted against each other. Both groups encounter various situations, such as facing starvation, encountering a "killer squirrel," and so on. Ren, during all this chaos, seeks solace with one of the "natives," Mootai, and they start to fall in love with each other; although the "native" is really an actor named Jason who is supposed to fall in love with her in order to boost ratings for the show, Jason realizes that he has genuine interest in Ren.
Eventually, Louis' friends Twitty and Tawny make their way to the island with help from Tom - another friend of theirs, to rescue the Stevens and (in Twitty's case) to make up for betraying them, as he was the one who sold the family out to the show. Twitty is caught by the Family Fake-Out staff though he manages to escape and shuts down the equipment monitoring the Stevens' groups. Meanwhile, Donnie (the oldest Stevens' son) finds Tawny (although suffering from a little bit of amnesia, from getting hit on the head by a coconut upon her arrival), and the newly reconstituted family finally comes together and learns the truth. They unite with Twitty and Tawny to stop Ren from killing Louis, because she believes he sold her and her new boyfriend out after being told by one of the island's "natives". Ren corners him on a cliff, and despite the protests of the family and Miles McDermot, the show's host who tells her the truth and the person who earlier set the family up, she pushes him off to his apparent death, much to the viewers' and Miles' horror.
As Miles breaks down in guilt, a Bell 206 helicopter from another reality show called "Gotcha" (a show that Miles was the producer for before he was fired) appears and reveals that Louis is safe and that the Stevens family had tricked Miles - the family found Ren and Louis, told them it was all a reality show, then planned a charade to get back at Miles for all he had done to them on the island. Twitty and Tawny caught Louis in a net after he fell off the cliff, and the family was only acting shocked when Ren pushed him off. After "Gotcha" reveals that they pranked Miles on his own show, Miles says that he should be getting back to the studio, at which point the "Gotcha" host says, "What for? Your career is over!" The Stevens then chase Miles away in an effort to attack him for all of his torment.
Reunited with their possessions and no longer wearing the same clothes they wore for days, Louis tells Ren that as his sister, he loves messing with her, but he would never do anything to hurt her. He then suggests she start a relationship back on the mainland with Jason. Jason comes and apologizes to Ren for stringing her along, but Ren forgives him and says she understood he was just doing his job as an actor. But Jason confesses that when he told her he loved her, he wasn't acting, his feelings were real.
A sea plane arrives to take the family home, and Twitty, wanting to make up for setting up the Stevens on Family Fake-Out, suggests that he just swim home. The family tells him that he can ride in the plane, but he has to sit next to Beans, who was "feeling a little gassy".
Later the family returns home and Beans explains in a voiceover what happened to everyone afterwards, (i.e. Donnie attending college, Steve returning to work, and Ren and Louis starting new relationships with Jason and Tawny, respectively) as he pops up at the Stevens' dinner to disrupt it yet again.
- Shia LaBeouf as Louis Stevens
- Christy Carlson Romano as Ren Stevens
- Donna Pescow as Eileen Stevens
- Tom Virtue as Steve Stevens
- Nick Spano as Donnie Stevens
- Steven Anthony Lawrence as Beans
- Tim Meadows as Miles McDermott, the main villain of the movie. He is the host of Family Fakeout; though he was originally the producer of Gotcha until he got fired by Lance LeBow.
- A.J. Trauth as Alan Twitty
- Margo Harshman as Tawny Dean
- Fred Meyers as Tom
- Dave Coulier as Lance LeBow
- Keone Young as Chief Tuka
- Lauren Frost as Ruby
- Walker Howard as Laylo / Patrick Green
- Josh Keaton as Mootai / Jason
- Kyle Gibson as Gil
- George Anthony Bell as Principal Wexler
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