The Girl Can Rock (NTSC/ Hollywood/Buena Vista) Rating: NNN
I haven't seen Hilary Duff's new movie, Raise Your Voice, and I hear that it's pretty formulaic and lame, but still - I'm sorry - she's fucking adorable.
Duff is like the good girl of the bubblegumsters. Where Britney and Christina are the obvious hos and Jessica Simpson is the new era's disconcertingly vapid version of Marie Osmond, Hilary is the Debbie Gibson. At 16, she's way younger than the others she gets lumped in with, still just a kid and a cute one at that.
Her tunes aren't great, or even very good. And, nah, the girl can't really rock. Here you get pop rock with the emphasis on pop, but she's got a nice little voice and is just so sweet when she's thanking everyone for coming to see her at this live show, on, like, her first tour ever! She treats the audience like they showed up for her birthday party, and she's so grateful. She doesn't go through 40 costume changes - not even one - and she doesn't hump any backup dancers. Actually, there are no backup dancers.
Also features a mini-doc about the tour and some videos.