A modest middle-school musical bursting with immodest exuberance, Standing Ovation is the story of a network music-video competition pitting the "mean girls," a quintet called the Wiggies, against the "nice girls," the Ovations.
The Wiggies are rich and self-satisfied, and play dirty. (Hiss!) The Ovations are working-class, self-doubting, and sportsmanlike. (Hurrah!)
Who are you rooting for?
Set in Atlantic City, Philadelphia, and Manhattan, the tween-targeted film from writer/director Stewart Raffill (Mannequin: On the Move) is a glittery string of backstage conventions. Backstabbing! Pushy parents! Precocious stars! Blind ambition! But if you're a tween (and don't watch Glee), the cliches will be new to you.