12 March 2014

Quickie Movie Review: "Now You See It..."

Rated: TV-G
Starring: Alyson "Aly" Michalka, Johnny Pacar, and Frank Langella
Released: January 14, 2005 (Disney Channel premiere)
Synopsis: Aspiring reality TV producer Allyson Miller (Alyson "Aly" Michalka, Phil of the Future) joins the crew of a show looking for the world's greatest kid magician.  After finding nothing but fakes, she stumbles upon Danny Sinclair (Johnny Pacar, Flight 29 Down), whose magic skills are uncanny.  When the competition starts, strange things begin to happen, and everyone, including the show's emcee (Frank Langella, Robot and Frank) and Danny himself are surprised.  Is Danny a mere magician, or is he really a wizard? Allyson is determined to find out.
As seen on the Disney Channel.

My Review: I had such high hopes for this movie.  When it premiered nearly a decade ago, I really wanted to see it, but never got around to it, and only was able to watch it recently thanks to a late-night airing on the Disney Channel that I recorded with my DVR.  Though it starts off interestingly enough, it isn't long until it starts to become rather tedious, so much so that, while trying to finish it last night, until the big finale improved matters a bit, I couldn't wait for it to be over.  There are plenty of other Disney Channel Original Movies that are a better use of your time than this one.

Content Concerns:
  • Sex: None. 5/5
  • Nudity: Allyson wears a short skirt in one scene; a girl's midriff is partially visible in another scene. 4.5/5
  • Language: Nothing worse than "gosh". 4.5/5
  • Violence: (Spoiler Warning) The finale has a duel between magicians where the main character nearly gets crushed, and another character is blasted. (End Spoilers) 4/5
  • Drugs: None. 5/5
  • Frightening/Intense Scenes: See "Violence". Also, the main villain is a bit chilling. 3.5/5
  • Other: The whole theme of the movie is wizardry. 2.5/5
Score: 2/5

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