OMG. She’s, like, so undercover. Miley Cyrus’s transition from music to movie star continues apace with this rather formulaic romp. While the movie might be crap, the truth is Cyrus comes out on top and shows she has a future in fronting teenybopper movies for some time yet.
Cyrus plays a teenage private investigator who, used to snooping on cheating husbands, graduates to the big leagues when Jeremy Piven’s FBI agent asks her to go undercover at the local college. Her mission is to infiltrate a sorority to protect the daughter of a mobster (McKnight) who may or may not have evidence that can put a mob boss away. Or something like that. But the potential killer could be anyone and some serious poking about is needed to uncover the imposter.
From the off it’s all rather obvious who the imposter is and there isn’t enough fun and games to distract from the inevitably of it all. The romance with Joshua Bowman is tossed in for the sake of it and Cyrus’s ward, McKnight, might as well not exist. Honestly, when something happens to a girl called Alex midway through, I had no idea that Alex was the girl Cyrus was meant to protect. Roommate Kelly Osbourne shows up every so often with the worst English accent for some time. With a Brummy dad in Ozzy, Kelly opts for a toff Chelsea lilt. But in some scenes it looks like her lines have been dubbed by someone else. So how much is her and how much is the voiceover? And how bad was her original stab?
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The film gets a release in the UK and a smattering of other European territories pre-Christmas, though goes the straight-to-DVD route in the US, where it is set to debut in early February. With a festive box office dominated by the last Twilight film, Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, it seems unlikely that So Undercover will make much of a dent at the UK box office, though stronger home entertainment figures would seem probable.
Miley Cyrus, now aged 20, remains an engagingly feisty personality and brings a good deal of charisma to her rather clichéd role. But while the film is very much a by-the-numbers ‘going undercover’ story much used in film and television for years, she does at least get the chance to fight bad guys, wield a gun, kiss a boy and frolic in her underwear in a mildly suggestive manner. There is no bad language or overt sexuality to shock her fan-base, but So Undercover does help her move into the young adult role category.
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The last role you’d expect from Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus now resembling a well-fed Suzi Quatro) is that of a street-smart gumshoe tracking cheating partners with a long lens.
And for the first few scenes of this easy-going comedy it really feels too much of an ask for the young actress who made gazillions warbling about a Party in the USA and living down the fact she was the daughter of the bloke who inflicted Achy Breaky Heart on the world.
So it’s with some relief when Jeremy Piven’s FBI spook persuades her to infiltrate a fancy-dan sorority house which means a complete makeover courtesy of a fashion idiot and the plump American equivalent of Gok Wan.
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