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
Music by Cliff Eidelman
Cinematography Jerzy Zieliński
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 $55.5 million

The Lizzie McGuire Movie is a 2003 American teen comedy film which was released by Walt Disney Pictures on May 2, 2003. The film serves as the finale of 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, Robert Carradine, Hallie Todd and Jake Thomas, and narrates Lizzie's graduation trip to Rome. At its release the film peaked at number two in the domestic box office, behind X2: X-Men United.[1] The Lizzie McGuire Movie was released on August 12, 2003 on VHS and DVD.[2]


The film begins as Lizzie McGuire (Hilary Duff) prepares for her junior-high graduation with her best friend, David "Gordo" Gordon (Adam Lamberg). During the ceremony, Lizzie trips onstage and accidentally brings the curtain down on her fellow graduates; this causes her to be teased by her ex-best friend, 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 future high school principal, Angela Ungermeyer (Alex Borstein). To their dismay, Lizzie and Kate are assigned to the same hotel room.

Their class visits the Trevi Fountain, where Lizzie is approached by an Italian pop star named Paolo (Yani Gellman) who mistakes her for his singing partner, Isabella (also played by Duff). Paolo asks Lizzie to meet him at the fountain the next day, and she feigns illness to sneak away. He explains that he and Isabella are booked for the Italian Music Awards, but she left Italy after their breakup. Paolo tells Lizzie that Isabella lip syncs, and begs her to pose as Isabella for the concert. Although she reluctantly agrees, she begins to enjoy the life of an Italian pop star: designer clothes, dance rehearsals, and adoration from fans.

Lizzie continues to fake being ill to prepare for the concert, but Kate quickly figures out her secret. To Lizzie's surprise, Kate agrees to help her and the two become friends again. Lizzie begins to fall in love with Paolo, to Gordo's dismay. Ethan suspects Gordo is jealous of Paolo, though he insists otherwise. Meanwhile, Ms. Ungermeyer interrogates the students to learn who has been sneaking out. Gordo takes the blame, and is sent back home as punishment. Lizzie is shocked when Kate says that Gordo sacrificed himself to protect her.

At the airport Gordo meets Isabella, who has returned for the concert and is upset to hear that Lizzie is impersonating her. She and Gordo realize that Paolo is planning to cut Lizzie's microphone at the concert, demonstrating to the crowd that Isabella is a fake. Paolo is planning on ruining Isabella's career and embarrassing Lizzie again. Gordo and Isabella rush to the concert to stop him. Back home, Matt browses the Internet and finds Italian gossip sites with pictures of Lizzie as Isabella. When he tells his parents, the family flies to Rome. Ms. Ungermeyer realizes that Lizzie is missing again, and Ethan accidentally reveals that 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 warn her about Paolo's scheme. Lizzie refuses to believe them at first, but Isabella insists that Gordo can be trusted and Paolo is using her.

During the performance Isabella and Gordo expose Paolo by turning on his microphone, revealing his real voice. Embarrassed, Paolo runs off and is ambushed outside by paparazzi. His bodyguard, Sergei (Brendan Kelly), tells him it is time to face reality and quits. Sergei flirts with Ms. Ungermeyer, who has gotten the class and Lizzie's family into the concert by beating up the bouncers. Isabella introduces Lizzie to the crowd, and has her sing "What Dreams Are Made Of". As a singer, Lizzie gains a newfound confidence. Later, they celebrate at the hotel's after party. Ms. Ungermeyer rescinds Gordo's punishment, and Lizzie's parents tell her she is 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. The two kiss and rejoin the party.


  • Hilary Duff as Elizabeth "Lizzie" McGuire and Isabella Parigi
  • Adam Lamberg as David "Gordo" Gordon, Lizzie's best friend
  • Robert Carradine as Samuel "Sam" McGuire, Lizzie and Matt's father
  • Hallie Todd as Joanne "Jo" McGuire, Lizzie and Matt's mother
  • Jake Thomas as Matthew "Matt" McGuire, Lizzie's little brother
  • Yani Gellman as Paolo Valisari
  • Alex Borstein as Ms. Angela Ungermeyer
  • Clayton Snyder as Ethan Craft, Lizzie's crush
  • Ashlie Brillault as Katherine "Kate" Sanders, Lizzie's ex-best friend who she later reconciles with
  • Brendan Kelly as Sergei
  • Carly Schroeder as Melina Bianco, Matt's friend
  • Daniel R. Escobar as Mr. Escobar, the drama teacher/choir director at Hillridge Junior High School.
  • Jody Raicot as Giorgio
  • Terra MacLeod as Franca DiMontecatini
  • Claude Knowlton as the stage manager

Credits adapted from The New York Times.[3]


The film, produced by Stan Rogow, was directed by Jim Fall from a screenplay by Susan Estelle Jansen, Ed Decter and John J. Strauss and filmed on location in Rome, Italy in the fall of 2002.[4] All the series characters reprised their roles except for Lalaine (Miranda Sanchez), who left the series late in the second season to film the Disney Channel original movie You Wish!. Her character was said to be on vacation with her family in Mexico City.



The film had a mixed critical reception based on 96 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 40% overall approval rating on the site.[5] Scott Brown of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B+: "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] Conversely, Roger Ebert gave the film two stars out of four, but praised Borstein's performance, calling her work "the only really delightful element in the movie; everything else is simply slick and professional."[7]

Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend the film grossed $17,338,755 in 2,825 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking second 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 for a worldwide total of $55,534,455.[8]


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


The Lizzie McGuire Movie
Lizzie McGuire OST.jpg
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 Move‍ '​s soundtrack was released on April 22, 2003.[9] It is composed primarily of songs from (or inspired by) the film, including Hilary Duff's "Why Not" and her 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,[10] and 2x platinum by the RIAA for selling 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)[11][12] Peak
Australian Albums Chart 6
Canadian Albums Chart 8
Chart (2004)[11] Peak
US Billboard 200 6
US Billboard Top Kid Audio 4
US Billboard Top Soundtracks 1


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