- DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
- Run Time: 89 minutes
- Rated: Unrated
- Number of discs: 1
- Language: English
- Studio: Image Entertainment
- ASIN: B007I8KXDQ
Shy seventeen year old Lincoln Bay High senior Tara Adams (Debby Ryan) has a secret identity. Her alter ego is Radio Rebel, the podcast DJ who inspires everyone to be themselves.
Seattle’s Slam FM Radio picks up her show and it becomes a big hit but decides to publicly keep her identity a secret. Tara lacks confidence in herself and fears messing up. Kids unsuccessfully try to track her. They also unsuccessfully use a voice modulator to crack her identity. Tara may be able to change the world, but she can’t follow through on what she feels, namely that like is about taking risks.
A special boy Davin (Adam DiMarco), a lost demo of his song, supportive family, and DJ Cami Q (Mercedes de la Zarda) motivate her to get good things done. However, her principal who hates Radio Rebel threatens suspension and cancels the prom. Rebel’s fans call in voicing their anger. They blame her for their crushed dreams. She thanks them and gets an idea. MORP! It will be a come as you are and be yourself.
Bratty Stacy (Mettitt Patterson) plots to discover who Radio Rebel is by having her fellow students attend a party while RR is broadcasting. While Stacy attempts to get Tara, Tara’s mom and best friend (Serena Parmar) use tapes to cover for her. These chase scenes are pretty funny. Stacy’s plan to blackmail Tara is foiled by the janitor. Eventually Tara gains enough confidence to tell Stacy and everyone else she is Radio Rebel.
When Principal Moreno (Nancy Robertson) announces, “You are expelled,” the audience protests chanting, “I am Radio Rebel.” Since she cannot expel every student, she gives in. The MORP is a huge success and ends in Davin dedicating a song to Tara. (He knew her secret all along but respected her secret.)
Radio Rebel is a family friendly movie. Audiences need more positive themes. Even though the plot is predictable, I like the message: Don’t be afraid. Embrace life. It is what parents and schools should be teaching.
Originally a Disney Channel Movie (89 minute running time) the cast of Radio Rebel are all talented, likable leads. Now released to DVD it includes extras:
Who Is Radio Rebel?
From Prom to Morp
Rockin Out with Radio Rebel
On the Set with Debby Ryan
Red Carpet Rebel
Music Video of They Got the Beat
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