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(2010) (Kayla Jackson, Joei DeCarlo) (PG)

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Musical: Two rival girl groups go on TV to compete for a $1 million prize and recording contract.
The Five Ovations are a group of junior-high school girls who dream of making it big in the music industry. Brittany (KAYLA JACKSON), Maya (NAJEE WILSON), Blaze (PILAR MARTIN), Cameron (KAYLA RAPARELLI), and Tatiana (ALEXIS BIESIADA) do not come from wealthy families. So, they have to perform at assisted-living facilities and even on the Atlantic City boardwalk to get money to fund their dreams.

By contrast, their chief rivals are the Wiggies, a group of five interchangeable, mean girls who are funded by the wealthy Mr. Wiggs (SAL DUPREE). They are very talented, but their quest to succeed at all costs causes them to play multiple dirty tricks on the Five Ovations such as sabotaging their van and putting pepper in their microphones. One of the girls has even made eyes at Brittany's songwriting brother, Mark (AUSTIN POWELL), who now pens tunes for the Wiggies and not his sibling's group.

At the same time, a shrill pre-teen named Alanna (ALANNA PALOMBO) demands to be taken seriously by the older girls as a performer. She's always trying to impose her will and join them on stage. Eventually, she tries to make it on her own with the help of her supportive father. All of the girls dream of competing for a $1 million prize and a recording contract on a nationally televised talent competition.

Meanwhile, the Five Ovations tough, Italian pre-teen manager Joei (JOEI DECARLO) sets off on a quest to find Kenny Rich (MARIO MACALUSO), the man who stole $90,000 from her father years earlier and caused him to eventually die a penniless failure. She suspiciously enlists Brittany, in particular, to help her as she has deep-seeded regrets about her own father abandoning her when she was very young.

OUR TAKE: 1 out of 10
Our reviewing policy for films that aren't shown in advance to critics is that we'll only provide a few paragraphs about the film's artistic merits.

"Standing Ovation" isn't a movie. It's an endurance test for anyone over the age of 13. The people who made this need to seriously question what their purpose is on this planet, because it's not to inspire young people and it's certainly not to make good films.

The story focuses on two rival, all-girl singing groups who dream of getting on a network TV show and winning a $1 million prize and recording deal. The "bad" group looks to have an average age of 17, are funded by a wealthy wig maker named Mr. Wiggs, and believe in winning by constantly sabotaging their rivals.

The "good" group is made up of five poor girls who look to have an average age of 13, raise money by singing at assisted-living facilities, and believe that they can win with just the right amount of hard work and dedication. Can you guess which group wins the cash and the contract? Can you guess which group's lead singer finds out that her long-lost daddy is the billionaire head of the network? Can you guess what I'm rating this film? Oh yeah. 1 out of 10! (T. Durgin)

Reviewed July 16, 2010 / Posted July 16, 2010

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