Movie Review: Pixel Perfect

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Pixel Perfect Summary

Teenager Roscoe is trying to help his best friend, Samantha. Sam’s band, the Zetta Bytes, are struggling. Despite her vocal talents and guitar skills, Sam is told that she needs to dance in order for their band to succeed. Roscoe uses his father’s computerized holographic equipment to create a sentient, autonomous humanoid hologram called Loretta to dance for the band.

At their first gig, a school dance, Loretta is a big hit with the audience. The entire band loves her, except for Sam, who is jealous of Loretta’s “perfection,” and suspects that Roscoe likes Loretta more than her. Despite her feelings, Sam agrees to take care of Loretta to keep Roscoe’s father from finding and deleting her. The Zetta Bytes second performance goes well – until the very end when Loretta starts to lose her pattern, and the crowd realizes she is a hologram. After a moment of silence, the crowd erupts in applause. The novelty of a holographic rockstar catapults the Zetta Bytes to fame. Sam becomes jealous of the attention Loretta is receiving while Loretta struggles with her identity as a software computer program and hologram. She wants to experience life as a real human being. After a major argument with Roscoe, Loretta escapes into the internet, and emails herself to Sam’s computer. Roscoe becomes frantic, and rushes to Sam’s place for help.

During which, Sam confronts him on his real feelings for Loretta. Sam reminds him that Loretta is not real. When Roscoe rebuffs her statement asking “What is real, anyway?” It’s then that Sam states that she’s real and she’s always been there. Sam tries to make it more obvious that she has romantic feelings for Roscoe by kissing him. But when he doesn’t respond to her affection, Sam’s left hurt. She gives him Loretta and leaves. Later on, Roscoe realizes that Sam was right and soon realizes he may return his feelings for Sam.

Roscoe and his father attend a meeting with Harshtone Records, the company that is recording The Zetta Bytes’s first CD. Harshtone informs Roscoe that they have decided to team up with Skygraph, his father’s company, and make more holographic rock stars. But when Roscoe realizes that they are planning to rob the holograms of their individuality, he argues that Loretta is not just a computer program, but a sentient, autonomous person with a mind and will of her own sensations, thoughts, personality, feelings, and emotions. Despite Roscoe’s father siding with him, Loretta is taken from them. At the last moment Daryl Fibbs, an employee at Harshtone, has a change of heart and decides that every performer, including holograms like Loretta, should have a choice. He gives her the option to stay at Harshtone or escape into the internet. Loretta goes into the internet a second time, and Fibbs quits Harshtone.

Unfortunately, the Zetta Bytes cannot find Loretta before their next concert. Sam tries to replace Loretta on stage, but falls, slipping into a coma. When Loretta comes back out of the web and sees that Sam is unconscious, she enters Sam’s brain through an EEG machine in an effort to help her. She arrives in Sam’s mind, finding Sam caught in her own depression. Loretta shows Sam that she hates that everyone thinks she is perfect, and that she envies Sam’s ability to learn. They discover that there is only enough room for one of them in Sam’s brain at a time. Sam wakes from her coma, with Loretta inside of her mind. In a real body for the first time, Loretta goes outside into the rain. A lightning strike hits Sam and when she wakes up, it appears that Loretta is gone forever.

At the Zetta Bytes’ final performance, Sam sings about Loretta’s death. She and Roscoe are finally together. After Sam finishes singing, the band realizes there was an extra voice singing the harmony. Roscoe sees Loretta’s ghostly figure in the spotlight, and he comments that The Zetta Bytes have a guardian angel.

Pixel Perfect Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Another great Disney Channel Movie that hits on a great lesson. Body dysmorphia is the theme, even when not diagnosed, everyone has parts of them that they are uncomfortable with. It is okay to accept that no one is perfect. Great for teens to watch.

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