>The Hannah Montana Movie’s Muddled Message

>We were so excited to see the Hannah Montana movie this weekend that we headed out of the house early. Although this may not sound like a big deal, anyone who knows me IRL can attest to the fact that I am always late, something I blame on my Brazilian heritage. We piled into the movie theater, ready and eager for a full motion picture length dose of Miley Cyrus on the big screen. 

The movie starts out with Miley pulling a number of bratty stunts, stealing a golf cart to get into her show, hijacking best friend Lilly’s sweet sixteen, and getting into a cat fight with Beyonce over a pair of striped stiletto shoes. Miley clearly has a bad case of star attitude, and she’s losing touch with her real country girl Miley Cyrus half.

Miley’s misguided publicist, Vanessa Williams, enables her negative tendencies by taking her on swag shopping sprees and encouraging her to miss her grandmother’s birthday to star in the MTV music awards. Thankfully, Miley’s daddy, Billy Ray Cyrus, has enough common sense for both of them. He kidnaps Miley’s jet to the MTV awards and orders her to spend two weeks with family in Tennessee so that she can get back in touch with her roots.

I won’t get into the details of the rest of the movie so as to not ruin it for you. I wouldn’t want you to be bored as you sit through it with your daughters. But I will say that there is a boy, a cowboy to be exact, and that their romance is long on musical montages and thankfully short on kissing (there is only one kiss).

Because the entire Hannah Montana franchise is based on the dual identity, Best of Both Worlds theme, I should have suspected that the movie would not end with the retirement of Hannah Montana. Otherwise, how could there be a movie sequel? But the Hannah Montana movie really focused on the ethics of Hannah Montana’s fake identity, questioning whether she should be lying to the entire world about who she is, in a different way than the TV show does. The pressures of her double life were making her into a spoiled girl with terrible values. So at the end, when Miley accepts her fans’ request to put her wig back on and to go back to keeping her secret, I couldn’t help but be disappointed. The moral of the movie was essentially, lying is okay if you’re a big star and you make people happy with your singing.

The movie was fun, we all enjoyed the singing and the story, but the moral was lost on all of us. Just to make sure I wasn’t missing anything, I polled my kids to see if they got it and was met with blank stares. They restated what happened, that Miley decided to keep on being Hannah, and agreed with me that it was a big lie. When I asked them the leading question, “but isn’t lying bad???” They told me, “Relax Mom! It’s just a movie.” Hopefully that means they didn’t take the muddled message to heart and instead just enjoyed the movie, something I would have done if I wasn’t so busy being a worried mom!

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