Movie Review: Lemonade Mouth

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Lemonade Mouth Summary

Five high school freshman students Olivia White, Mohini “Mo” Banjaree, Charles “Charlie” Delgado, Stella Yamada, and Wendell “Wen” Gifford all meet after ending up in detention for different reasons. Miss Reznick, the music teacher supervising detention, leaves to argue with the principal Mr. Brenigan about his decision to move all extracurricular activities to the basement to make room for a new gymnasium. The five then tap out a beat and play instruments, and Olivia sings “Turn Up the Music.” Miss Reznick returns and says that they would make a great band, and encourages them to enter a music competition called “Rising Star,” in which a popular band, Mudslide Crush, planned to enter.

The following day, Stella sends a text message to the members stating that they need to meet. The group agrees to chat at a pizza shop called Dante’s Pizza where Stella reveals she signed the band up for Rising Star and the Halloween Bash.

The band forms with Olivia as lead vocalist, Stella as lead guitarist/backing vocalist, Mo as bassist/backing vocalist, Wen as keyboardist/keytarist/rapping vocalist, and Charlie as drummer. At school, Olivia gets cornered by Ray Beech, lead singer of Mudslide Crush. Stella spits lemonade on Ray in defense, and he refers to Stella as “Lemonade Mouth”, giving the band its name. The band later discovers the lemonade machine they love is being removed from the school.

When Mo sees her boyfriend Scott Picket, Ray’s best friend and the guitarist of Mudslide Crush, flirting with one of the cheerleader girls Jules, she leaves him. At the Halloween Bash, Lemonade Mouth performs “Determinate.” After the performance, Stella makes a speech opposing Brenigan’s decision to remove the lemonade machine, and encouraging self-expression to the supportive crowd. Angered, Principal Brenigan forbids them from playing at school. The next day, the band sees posters and banners all around the school supporting Lemonade Mouth, raising their spirits. Mo sings “She’s So Gone” at the regular gig they have every Thursday night at Dante’s Pizza. They also discover that “Determinate” is being played on the local radio. Shortly after, however, things go downhill: Mo gets the flu, Charlie breaks his fingers, Wen injures his eye, and Olivia loses her voice, leaving only Stella that doesn’t have an injury.

Stella calls the band to the school, where she is protesting the removal of the lemonade machine. The group gets into a heated argument with the men removing the lemonade machine. Police arrive and they are brought to a holding cell to wait for their parents. They slowly come together singing “Turn up the Music.” The band agrees to perform at Rising Star, after contemplating quitting. As each of their parents come to pick them up from the police station, all members of Lemonade Mouth and their parents sort out their various problems at home. Wen finally gets to like his Dad’s girlfriend, Olivia gets the courage to send a letter to her Dad in prison, Mo gets her Dad to let her be herself not the perfect Indian daughter he wants, Charlie’s older brother picks him up and Charlie finds out that his brother isn’t as perfect as his parents always make out, and Stella’s Mom makes her realize that she doesn’t have to be a genius like the rest of the family to fit in with.

At Rising Star, Mudslide Crush performs “Don’t Ya Wish U Were Us,” but Lemonade Mouth unsuccessfully performs “Determinate” because Olivia’s stage fright comes back and Mo’s flu gets worse. Lemonade Mouth is about to walk off the stage when the audience begins to sing “Determinate” in support of the band. Scott gets his guitar and is going to help them when Ray threatens that he will never be in their band again if he helps Lemonade Mouth, but he goes onto the stage anyway and plays the guitar alongside the audience, which makes the Lemonade Mouth members come back onto the stage again and finish their performance. The next day at school, Mo and Scott get back together, and Charlie who had liked Mo during the time together, accepts that she is with Scott and begins talking with another girl who likes him.

At Wen’s father’s wedding, Stella recognizes the man sitting next to her as Mel, the owner of the lemonade machine company. He donates a music theatre to the school, which Mr. Brenigan accepts. Olivia mails the entire story to her father, who is in prison. The film closes with Lemonade Mouth performing “Breakthrough” at Madison Square Garden, with Scott as their new rhythm guitarist.

The extended edition includes an interview with Moxie Morris on “All Things Musical”, in which Mo and Scott’s relationship is nearly exposed by Moxie in front of Mo’s father, but is stopped by Olivia, who says that she and Wen are dating. The band then performs “Livin On A High Wire”.

Lemonade Mouth Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A modern day Breakfast club but as a Disney Channel Movie. It was fun, cute, great for the whole family to jam out too and Naomi Scott who plays Mo later becomes Jasmine. There was a lot happening that were typical of the High school movie plot but they still made it fun. Signing off with my favorite song.

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