Read It and Weep (2006)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Family-Oriented Comedy  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

Read It and Weep is an amiable little Disney Channel movie that its target audience -- female tweeners -- will likely find irresistible. Adults may be a bit more resistant to its charms and cognizant of its flaws, but even so they will likely find Read It a fairly agreeable way to pass the time with their kids. The film is filled with the "not-quite-the-real-world" school milieu that is typical of Disney TV films, in which the setting is squeaky-clean and the social hierarchy is regimentally defined on the surface but a bit more porous underneath than seems logical. It's both real enough and fake enough that young viewers can identify with it and still accept some of the more ridiculous plot and character twists (something their parents may have a bit harder time doing). Credibility issues aside, the screenplay works itself out in a pleasing fashion and the whole film percolates along at a nice pace. If it abandons some interesting but potentially disturbing possibilities that it raises (such as, what does it really mean that Jamie is becoming so influenced by Is?), that's probably exactly what its audience wants. Besides, Read It is blessed with a fine cast of young talent. Kay Panabaker is winning and believable as Jamie, Dana Panabaker has just the right edge as Is, Allison Scagliotti has the teen-meanie routine down pat and Jason Dolley is appealingly sensitive as Connor. They and the rest of the players should help adults get over some of Read It's rough spots.