Do you like to watch the Disney Channel? Even if you don’t like horror movies, you might be interested in Forget Me Not: Former Disney actors Carly Schroeder (Lizzie McGuire), Cody Linley (Hannah Montana), Jillian Murray (Sonny With a Chance), and Chloe Bridges (Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam), as well as Shake it Up! star Bella Thorne all have roles. Although the film could have easily made a nice chunk of change had it been granted a wide release, it was played at a few film festivals in 2009 and finally released on DVD in the United States today.
The film follows Sandy Channing (Schroeder), a popular high school student who seems to have a great life; she is valedictorian and class president, dating the quarterback, and has been granted a full scholarship to Stanford, along with her equally intelligent brother, Eli (Linley). But as these movies always go, everything is not what it seems. During a party, Sandy and her friends decide to play a game in a graveyard and are joined by a mysterious young girl. The girl runs off and later vanishes in front of Sandy, setting off a chain reaction. Now, all of the kids in the cemetery that night are being killed off one by one. But this isn’t your average supernatural slasher: Once they are killed, nobody but Sandy can remember that they ever existed. Desperate to get her friends back, Sandy desperately looks for the mysterious girl (who we learn from flashbacks was a childhood friend who she had forgotten about until then) for some answers. But can she get her friends, and everyone’s memories, back to normal?
In some ways, Forget Me Not is a typical teen movie. The cast of mostly one-dimensional characters is confusing to keep up with, at least until they begin dwindling. But once the audience figures out exactly what is going on, the story moves along smoothly. It’s not uncommon for former child stars to make the transition into horror movies. None of these stars were ever squeaky clean A-listers like the Jonas Brothers or Miley Cyrus, so it’s not difficult to buy them in their new, more grown-up roles. Those beyond their 20’s might get bored with the typical teen behaviors of partying, sex, drugs, and the like, and the former child actors certainly won’t draw them in (Schroeder was on Lizzie McGuire way back in 2001, but the rest of the Disney kids will only be recognized by those who have watched the channel in recent years). But the movie is a fun and entertaining (though hardly perfect) Saturday night movie for the younger crowd. Hattiesburg residents can pick it up at Blockbuster in Laurel.
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