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A boy becomes intrigued by a mysterious and quirky student named Stargirl and spends his time trying to know more about her.

Also Known As: Stargirl: Anders ist völlig normal, Старгёрл, Stargirl, A Extraordinária Garota Chamada Estrela

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  • kopylova-varvara-stanislavovna
    kopylova varvara stanislavovna

    Although it is very different from the book, it was a pleasure to watch. the role perfectly fit grace and she portrays her in a perfect way.

  • rok-zver
    rok zver

    Excellent beginning to Grace’s acting career. This movie made me want to return to high school. The acting was good but it’s still a good movie. Great for anyone who loves the slice-of-life genre.

  • heghine-parhavyan
    heghine parhavyan

    Ignore the stupid rants of these so called critics! It was sweet, sad, happy and loving. My husband and kids loved it. Take the time and watch it. It touches all ages.

  • vorobeva-liudmila-arkadevna
    vorobeva liudmila arkadevna

    It was cute, but it was a little slow. I’m confused on what message the movie was trying to get across.

  • sigrid-moe
    sigrid moe

    Stargirl is an amazing movie that encourages you to be yourself and not let anyone tell you who else to be. This movie could make a great impact on the world and it has such a powerful and positive message with the ability to inspire many people.Stargirl is about a boy named Leo Borlock (Graham Verchere) and a girl, Stargirl (Grace VanderWaal) who, after many years of being homeschooled, decides to attend a regular school and the two of them begin a connection. When Stargirl shows up at the school, positive things start happening, like the football team winning games, which it hadn’t for YEARS)! But, when Stargirl makes a choice that causes the school to lose the championship football game, everyone turns on her and it’s up to Leo to save Stargirl and win back everyone’s love for her.One of my favorite parts is when Stargirl sings Happy Birthday to Leo at the beginning of the movie, because that’s when he starts noticing that this girl is different and wonders what she knows about him. What a surprise to have a complete stranger serenade you on your birthday, in front of the whole school! I also love the moment when Stargirl runs out of her house as Leo is leaving and kisses him. She’s like, “Oh no, what do I do now?” and runs back into her house. I think that’s so cute and funny and I love that he gets so giggly and happy about it. It is so adorable.The message of this film is simple enough – be true to yourself and never let anybody tell you who to be or what to do, because you’ll be unhappy with yourself in the end.I love Stargirl and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 10 to 18. If you’re in high school you’ll be able to relate to at least one of the many likeable characters in this movie. And, Disney fans, as well as adults will LOVE this movie too. There’s something for the whole family in this film. Make sure to have a box of tissues near by when you watch it. You just may need it for both the heartwarming and joyful moments. This movie is streaming on Disney+ beginning March 13, 2020.Reviewed by Lindalee R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews by tweens and teens, visit kidsfirst dot org

  • hannele-toivonen-tanskanen
    hannele toivonen tanskanen

    This film is the heart that is missing in most movies. Well done Disney! This is the best movie that has ever captured my sense of child and first love. It actually reduced me to tears on several occasions and inspired me with the courage to admit it! Well done! You would be sorely remiss to overlook Grace in any role that required integrity,, soul, talent and courage. Bravo!!

  • pan-piotr-naczk
    pan piotr naczk

    So happy to see the film let Grace shine in the talents she has and explore other aspects of her potential. She had to play this part. Like Stargirl she keeps a grasp on who she really is and how she can share it with others the best way she can. Can’t help but feel they could cast a better actor to portray Leo. Couldn’t really feel emotion, but that could have been the writing or director. Don’t believe I’d have wanted to see this movie if it weren’t for Grace. Genuinely found the story charming and I will watch it again, but initially will be skipping to Grace’s songs.

  • diego-leandro-henriques
    diego leandro henriques

    Disclaimer: I had never heard of the book, so I am reviewing only what is on the screen, in relationship to itself, not some 20-year old book.Of course, many would say the “magic” scenes, and the magical quality of Stargirl’s persona, are undrealistic, but this would miss the point of the story: SHE is intended to be a magical presence intruding and elevating the lives of others. So her magic is within the “willing suspension of disbelief” we are expected to bring the viewing.That being said, yes, there were tropes that we’ve all seen before (the quirky “outsider” girl, the nerdish or shy boy who connects with the girl, etc. “Because of Winn Dixie” touched the same “new girl who sees the delight in life” shading.However, I really liked this film. The actors understated their performances and the director held the tone down to allow the story to develop. I did think some of the supporting characters could have been more fully drawn, so they were more than backup singers, but the movie could not go on forever.The camera was unobtrusive, with lighting and movement intended to be little-noticed in the background. The only really awkward part of the film are the scenes in which there is a single woman singing (in a low voice) on a football field, without a mic, and is somehow heard by every person the stands. That was awfully unnerving it was so unrealistic.Overall, I will watch this again and highly recommend it. Bring tissues!

  • boris-lowsparonyan
    boris lowsparonyan

    I liked the book and was looking forward to seeing the film. The plot in small details, especially the end, changed a little, but this did not harm the picture. Of course, it would be better if the picture paid more attention to Stargirl as in a book, making it a little longer and adding more points, but it turned out very well anyway. In general, the picture is perceived pleasantly and the viewer who did not read the book will also be able to enjoy the film and possibly be inspired to read. The film has a pretty good selection of actors who have pleasant voices, vocal abilities and play very lively. This film is ideal for viewing with family, it gives a lesson on how to fully enjoy life with a true self without paying attention to the opinions of others.

  • gunhild-nordstrom
    gunhild nordstrom

    This film does not have an “in your face” plot and it is not an action flick or a thriller. There are subtle sci fi elements but they are not defined and this is not the focus. It builds a story about the qualities that make us uniquely who we are and thus lead us to be able to inspire the world and achieve something special (versus conformity and an absence of magic and true authenticity). It discussed conforming and “hiding” versus shining our light, personality and gifts. It is a simple and sweet story with a great message for young people and lovely young cast. Such a nice surprise!

  • sue-ellen-caputo
    sue ellen caputo

    I’m the kind of grown-up that likes to watch kids movies while I work. Since we’re all socially distant right now, I’ve been watching everything that exists to stave off the boredom. Stargirl came up on my Disney Plus account, I like quirky coming of age, so I put it on excitedly. Somewhere around eight minutes in I got worried. Hoping maybe this would turn out to be plot-twist-filled scifi or some kind of surreallist look at young love. It’s not. It’s Manic Pixie Dream Girl turned up to 11 with no real plot to even try to prop her up. I’m tempted to say that if you have adolescent children, showing them this movie will genuinely do irreversible damage to their social skills and self-esteem. So, maybe don’t. The two stars are for cinematic quality and music. The movie is really nice visually. Soft edges and bright colors. Shifts in visual tone are done really, really well. The bits that read like a musical are fun, well danced and sung. Honestly, not worth the effort of pressing play on a thing you’re already paying monthly for.

  • mikelis-licis
    mikelis licis

    This film has zero connection to the childhood experience.Kids aren’t like this.Be more relatable.2/10 for doing the assignment.Go out into the world & meet the people.

  • ricardo-kim
    ricardo kim

    I get it, girl helps boy to become who he should be and to be open and who he wants but the whole movie just seemed pointless and bland

  • lorenzo-pauwels
    lorenzo pauwels

    Why must we indulge the manic pixie dream girl trope in the year of our lord, 2020, and worse yet, pilfer it upon the new generation? Stargirl is immediately celebrated, albeit incredibly unrealistically, and yet is woe is me about supposedly being alone? Seems like the character only exists as an escapist fantasy for the male lead and contains misguided internalized misogyny surrounding self identifying as “quirky and different”. I don’t see teens relating to this film in any healthy way.

  • patricia-tome-berenguer
    patricia tome berenguer

    I’m a big fan of Grace, and I watched the film because of her. I also think Karan might have a good future career. So, I even found and read the book on which the film is based. The book was ok, although I don’t understand its popularity – there are much, much better books for children and teens, that have more substance, more depth and less cliches. Perhaps young teens who haven’t been exposed to any better literature enjoy it, and that’s fine.But no matter how much I wanted Grace’s debut to be a success, I can’t lie to myself or others – it’s a really, really badly made film. Being a filmmaker myself, it almost makes me angry that someone actually got paid for directing and producing it. I mean, for someone who has all these resources to produce a result like this is mind-boggling. If I hadn’t read the book, I don’t think I’d even fully understand what was going on.It’s like they completely disregarded all of the emotional impact of the events in the book, all of the buildup, and just skimmed though a series of events for the sake of putting them on screen. Aside from her meticulously designed colorful outfits, you get zero sense of how quirky Stargirl is (the most important trait of her character), how involved the guys are in the talk show that they’re hosting, and basically anything else that’s supposed to matter. It’s like they weren’t even trying to create an emotional connection to any of the characters, because not one of them is even remotely interesting.Another huge problem with the film is the sound design. I’m not sure why it is like it is, but it’s bad. It’s flat, the actor’s lines are mumbled, and there are very little atmosphere sounds. This makes for very awkward viewing.Lastly, I doubt that young people will like the film, except for maybe very young teens or children (but even they probably won’t have the patience to watch it till the end because it’s so emotionally flat). This is because no teens are the way they are portrayed in the film. It feels like a really old person’s vague idea of how teenagers talk and behave. There’s one place in particular that made me snort loudly, it was when Leo asked Archie “is she magic?” It was so completely random and silly, mostly because, like I mentioned before, there was zero sense of Stargirl’s quirkiness or the profound impact she’d made on everyone. It’s not completely unrealistic that a 16 year-old guy would as a question like this, but there should be a really, really good reason for it and a serious buildup to the moment where he asks it. Here, it was like: wait, what?Lastly, for anyone who’s looking for a film on a similar topic, I suggest to skip Stargirl and watch “Bridge to Terabithia” (2007) instead. Very similar story, but a much, much more engaging film that will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

  • mamontova-olga-makarovna
    mamontova olga makarovna

    I very much enjoyed this movie, but I never read the book, so I have no idea how true it is to the original. Anyway, some are already complaining Stargirl here is not quirky enough. Others are saying the whole quirkiness thing is old. You can’t win. In reality, it seemed a lot of the stuff that was in the book – Stargirls quirky tendencies and the students reactions to it, was simply left out. Maybe you don’t like that, but it seemed to make for a less cliched movie to me, one not obsessed with typical teen bullying, mocking the outcasts, etc. Both Stargirl and everyone else seemed to be given less outrageous or more tolerant personalities. I expected Hillari Kimbell to be like a typical bully, for example. She absolutely was not, and there was so much dignity to her character. Are Hollywood’s bully tropes changing?Yeah, so the movie Stargirl focuses more on visuals and music rather than on encounters between Stargirl and students. In fact, Stargirl has almost no interaction at all with any students outside of Leo. Be prepared for this as I wasn’t. What this means is that Stargirl’s popularity and then fall from grace is expressed somewhat obliquely, through football cheers, high fives, or through Leo only. The other students are pretty much invisible as supporters or detractors (save Hillari) And is football your only road to popularity in high school? Good question. In some schools, football is still God, I suppose.OK, but now on to the love story which dominated the film more than I expected. Leo’s backstory was a bit cheesy, but maybe I’m not a porcupine tie kind of guy. Thats OK – otherwise, I very much appreciated his character and how he was grounded in reality unlike Stargirl who’s idealism made her prone to making occasional errors in judgement. And Stargirl – this was singer songwriter Grace VanderWaal’s film debut – she was wonderful. The vast majority of her time on screen she is engaging, smart, buoyant and childlike in her joy, or just plain mesmerizing. And somehow her pet rat Cinnamon comes to embody her adorable qualities as you will see in one particular early scene. Later, she changes somewhat and you see her sadness and loneliness, as well as stubborn insistence on being herself. At times, it was compelling. Overall, the love story blossomed nicely (after an improbable start (a little too much of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl coming out of nowhere) and both Leo and Stargirl are given plenty of screen time.Finally, the movie for me peaks midway through as we delve more deeply into Stargirls character and her vulnerabilities are exposed. She tries to conform, but never really shows she knows how to make friends (showing her actually trying to do this might have been good, BTW), something she says she wanted to do. That was sad – I know the experience. It is actually a trait common in autistic people, and possibly Stargirl might have been on the spectrum. So, but this is what made the ending appropriate but also a bit unsatisfying, because she never really got to know any of the people she was dancing with so gleefully. I guess they saw her as a somewhat mystical power rather than a friend. It was a little kooky though, and it seemed there were some words that where left unsaid or a little awkwardly expressed perhaps.Overall, in conclusion much of this movie I didn’t expect, but in a good way. In talking about it, I bring up the occasional negatives, but in reality i loved most of it. And what are the lasting effects likely to be on Stargirl after her experience at Mica? I doubt she will remember anyone there besides Leo, and what did she take away from that relationship? Hopefully we will find out in a sequel. But I think Leo did teach her a little about the benefits of conforming – it makes the world go a little smoother at times. Its funny, because the movie is suppose to be all about being yourself, but does Stargirl FEAR conforming as it would cause her to lose herself in other people? Would that scare her? These questions and themes were never really explored and they might have been also. Its food for thought.Oh yeah – I almost forgot – I’m all for cell phones and social media, but is the future of movies going to involve actors and actresses spending a lot of time staring down at their devices??? Help!!

  • stankevicius-markas
    stankevicius markas

    The movie took a good book and removed all the important plot points so it’s just a collection of sunsets and singing and weirdly out of place emotional outbursts. The characters lack a depth that seems to have been replaced by quirky outfits, and the movie is insulting to the intelligence of youth using a vernacular that is obviously fabricated by adults. And of course in typical Disney fashion, the movie stars white people set against a backdrop of people of color in a brashly obvious act of tokenization.

  • tore-lunde
    tore lunde

    Stargirl is not perfect; some scenes are perfect, and they are the ones with Grace in centerscreen or with Graham. But there were some where her novice acting ability was apparent. Those are few and far between. For those scenes I fault the director – I wish Ms. Hart would have used a different take on those occasions.I’m glad the movie doesn’t follow the book exactly. The book was much darker, nastier, and meaner than the movie. I did miss the pebble wagon though. I thought that was an integral part of Stargirl’s thought process and how she lived her life. The essence of the story remains, however.I don’t understand some of the negative reviews; although the supporting characters are necessary and provide much-needed distraction, I don’t feel it necessary to give them any more airtime than they got. Karan Arjun did a great job as Graham’s antagonist and comes off as the better actor; that’s likely due to more experience in front of the camera. The 2000 vs. 2020 comparison is sort of meaningless if you understand the true theme of the movie.Which, in my opinion, is redemption. Without giving too much of the plot away, the penultimate scene at the Winter Ball was subtle yet historic. I can’t recall any other film that expresses the love of one person for another as what Stargirl does for Leo. This was not in the book; Ms. Hart did take some liberty here but it’s well worth the difference.

  • wojciech-labus
    wojciech labus

    I read this book several times with students and really enjoyed the fun upbeat characters. Loved the story. Loved the coming of age tale. The movie cut short the story to the point that the characters had little appeal. Stargirl is a tough person to cast. The casting was good but the feel of Stargirl was not there. The audio had some weird things going on, the editing was choppy and had a feel of throwing things together over a weekend. Love the book, wanted to love the movie.

  • valerie-bennett
    valerie bennett

    Almost like the story itself, Grace (Stargirl) is a spark of character and wonder surrounded by average characters and directing.I’ve met people like Stargirl in the real world, and it is amazing how much one person can transform everyone around them. And when they’re gone, the magic escapes. This film tried to portray that but sometimes dumbed it down to be a little too literal. It also made a couple character leaps, especially in the second act that just didn’t sit right, they were poorly timed or portrayed.Overall, solid effort. And great start for Grace in an acting career.

  • david-burton
    david burton

    I read Stargirl in school as a class in eighth grade and loved it. The characters and story were so good. Apparently from this movie though, the narrator was a boy named Leo. I didn’t know that. This movie though… If Grace VanderWaal isn’t playing the uke and singing while the camera is spinning around her, then the movie is just… okay. I didn’t really care for Leo. Stargirl was the only character I liked. I liked how Stargirl finished her fight with the “mean girl” at the dance in the book better than the movie. I don’t feel like watching the whole thing again but I would watch the scenes where Grace plays her uke with the cheerleading squad.

  • karl-amaryan
    karl amaryan

    A beautiful movie, full of little moments. Grace was a joy to watch. Timeless it is.

  • ricardo-griffin
    ricardo griffin

    The character development in this movie is outstanding. You really fall in love with each character. Try not smiling when Kevin smiles- you can’t. Grace vanderwall was absolute perfection in this role.I loved the concept of everyone coexisting in high school regardless of what activity you’re in but some of it didn’t make sense. Some girl comes out in the middle of half time and sings a song and everyone loves it without even pausing to realize how really random and weird that is. The school accepts and loves her so easily and then hates her so easily. Also, that whole, we know hate stargirl thing wasn’t exactly clear in the beginning. You hear how the school isn’t happen and then you see pure hate. People really wouldn’t care that much.

  • kyle-molina
    kyle molina

    Every so often there comes a film or film franchise where people say they can’t imagine anyone else in the role, or it’s as if the role was meant for them. You know who I’m referring to: Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods, Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow… the list goes on.Well, in the midst of the exuberant young career helmed by one Grace VanderWaal (who became an overnight sensation from a talent show with her uplifting lyrics, raw vocal talent and a wooden ukulele), in comes a film whose screenplay is adapted from a 20-year-old novel that hearkens closely to the livelihood of a then 15-year-old girl.Grace, much like Stargirl (and hereon out I can simply use the pronoun “she” to interchangeably refer to both), has a magic touch: in she comes, out she goes, and everyone is positively affected by her presence and actions. Always humbled, the cogwheels in her head turn differently where she sees light as the spark and answer to all of life’s secrets, even if it means that normalcy falls into the wayside of obscurity. She lives in the moment, for the moment. She is never seeking instant gratification, and although she yearns for acceptance, she will not allow herself to be ill-fated by what others deem to groom her to be.And yet, this film is not even about Stargirl. We see the film through the lens of the other co-star named Leo, who spends the early parts of the film settling for what small role he can blend into in his small school in a small town, all of which are notorious for accomplishing next to nothing. Stargirl’s arrival is something of a stroke of magic to some, yet thematically we can all agree that she merely taps the potential that every character instills inside of them.As far as the movie itself goes, it’s pretty decent. It held my attention, and even though it works through minimalistic plot development, it is meant to serve the characters more than anything else. Unfortunately, I think some of the character structure was a bit off with the pacing, and I think the best thing that would have saved it is if this went the way of a TV series instead. I’m fine with it being a film so long as I can feel the passage of time within a few minutes span and fill in any gaps, but otherwise this had some weird off-beat moments.Anyway, Grace really starts to disappear as Stargirl. When I first heard she was cast for the role, I thought for a while this would be one of those cutesy “Aww look at little Grace doing her thing in a movie!” Nope, instead she played a character (who could sing and play the uke, but that’s okay) and she played it quite strongly. I was proud to see that, and would love to see her in other roles again. They don’t always have to be leads and they don’t have to involve music, and I would most certainly like to check it out for myself.Sit back and enjoy this one, but don’t expect the world of it. Just let it happen. That’s exactly how Grace would want you to watch it, too.

  • blokhina-anastasiia-kuzminichna
    blokhina anastasiia kuzminichna

    I have to disagree heartily with most of the reviews previously posted. This movie is a quiet testament to what adolescents all face every single day- the simple, and extremely complex, daily tug of war between being whom you truly are and whom others want to see. I am a HUGE fan of the books, and, while a lot of things were changed for the movie, I felt the necessity of the changes. The movie offers a quiet, simple space for contemplation of who the viewer truly is. A question more adolescents-and adults-need to be asking themselves. Beautifully done.