|Rated: TV-G (US) / G (Canada)|
Starring: Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Calum Worthy, and Raini Rodriguez
Released: June 18, 2013 (DVD)
Sure, they're a bit silly, but that's typical for situation comedies, even ones outside of the Disney Channel. Unlike VICTORiOUS, where the storyline is sacrificed for the sake of the performances at times, every episode is enthralling, amusing, and hilariously zany.
Between the catchy, danceable theme song and Austin's various performances, the music is outstanding. Even the interludes during scene changes sound great and aren't annoyingly repetitive.
An old friend once told me that on the Disney Channel, "you have to be silly and overact." To a degree, that's true, but it seems like the adult actors are the sillier ones here. Both Ross Lynch and Laura Marano do quite well here, as do Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy.
Positive Elements: 5/5
Disney Channel is the one network where you can almost count on their series' and movies' characters to either do the right thing, or get vilified for their inappropriate actions. That is exactly the case here. Though some characters wrong each other, they apologize and are forgiven (Matthew 6:14-15). Overcoming fears (Isaiah 41:10) is also a theme here.
Sexual Content: 4.5/5
As bad as it gets is Ally saying, "Is that guy really wearing a thong?", when she is asked to imagine a beach.
Ally wears some skirts that are a bit short, and she is also seen in an off-the-shoulder dress. Austin is seen shirtless in one episode. A grown woman wears a low-cut outfit in one scene. The scene transitions show the Miami Beach, complete with people--both men and women--in rather skimpy swimsuits, though they are only seen at a distance.
Comedic violence is the rule here. Falls, accidents, and the typical physical/slapstick comedy is mostly all you get. There is a scene where Austin, as part of a movie, stabs a "lobster" with an umbrella and gets splattered.
No way! This is Disney Channel, people!
Usage of slang words such as "butt" is present. Probably the worst part in this department is, after Austin, Trish, and Dez complain about not being able to read Ally's handwriting, she writes something we don't see on a note and says to Dez, "Can you read that?", to which he replies, "Yes, and that is not a nice word!"
Some viewers may not like the near-lack of parental presence. Also, Trish bounces from job to job due to irresponsibility, which is played for laughs.