I loathe people who use their cell phones during films. I have literally told dozens of people to turn off their phones at the movies in my day. However, movies like Standing Ovation … well, flicks like this are the reason smart phones and cyanide capsules were invented: If I hadn’t been able to distract myself by using mobile Internet, I probably would have found some way to kill myself while watching this. Starring a whole bunch of people I’ve never seen before and will probably never see again, Ovation focuses on a group of tween girls who form a singing ensemble and enter some lame contest against a group of rich sisters. They hire a fellow 12-year-old girl (who has a pretty fantastic mustache) to manage them, and blah, blah, blah. It’s all one big, terrible cliché, in which the underdogs win, and everything goes great for them in the end. Please, even if you have kids, avoid this at all costs.
Director: Stewart Raffill
Producer: James Brolin, Diane Kirman and William Lewis
Cast: Al Sapienza, Mario Macaluso, Michael Pericoloso, Jeana Zettler, Krystal Tini, Austin Powell, Cory Kastle, Monique Impagliazzo, Devon Jordan, Sal Dupree, London Clark, Alexis Biesiada, Madeline Barrows, Pilar Martin and Anthony Carney