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This film is about a girl, Molly, who is a private investigator that specialises in uncovering and taking photos of infidelity. She lives with her father who is an ex-FBI agent and a heavy gambler who has racked up $17,000 worth of debts. Molly is then approached by a FBI agent who offers her money to go undercover in a sorority house to protect a girl, Alex, who is a target by many because her father is a key witness in a trial and uncover any dangerous people that may be undercover around campus. Although reluctant at first, she decides to take the job in order to pay off her father's debts. Molly is a bad-ass, motorcycle riding girl who answers to nobody and is suddenly transformed into a high heel, skirt wearing soririty girl who says 'totes' and 'amazeballs'. Quite the transformation. Things are a lot harder than she thought they would be at the sorority house, and to make matters worse, she's been instructed to do some digging about Nicholas, the guy that she's kind of into, but not sure about. There are a few twists and turns later with lots of people who are 'so undercover' and you don't know who's a good guy and who's a bad guy. The plot was actually quite good in that respect, as I had no idea who to trust and who not to trust. That's about the only good thing though. Everything about this film just screamed 'high school' and 'amateur'. Even Miley Cyrus' camera (see above), is a titchy little thing, not what I'd expect an experienced PI to have. Her character also speaks into her collar a lot, and I've watched enough spy movies to know that speaking into your collar or your sleeve is going to get you caught. There are lots of holes in the plot and I think that perhaps the movie tried to jam too much into too little time. The ending is awfully sweet and predictable, but the teenage girl in me still loved it.
Cyrus' acting left a lot to be desired but I thought that everyone else's seemed to be pretty decent. At least, they fulfilled the roles they were supposed to be playing, which, in most cases, were Blonde and superficial sorority girls, so I'm not sure that much talent went into those roles anyway. I don't think that Miley Cyrus was really the best person for this role as she just looks too 'high school' and either gets it really right, or really wrong. Unfortunately, she got it really wrong in this film and her character did the oddest things that just isn't how a normal human being would react to these situations (though I suppose, that's not Cyrus' fault so much as the script writer's). Kelley Osbourne has a small role in this film though she doesn't really add anything to this film at all, in fact, I'm not really sure what her character's purpose was at all. Also, Kelley Osbourne's British accent was awful, which is strange, because she is British! As I stated before, my main reason for watching this film was because Josh Bowman stars in it and although he wasn't on screen for much, the moments that he was made this film worth watching. I don't think his acting was too sappy or over the top, despite the fact that there were cheesy moments.
I feel that perhaps the director tried to give this film a 'deeper' level by including more 'action' when in fact this sort of film is marketed towards teenage girls who love nothing better than a sappy romance. If the romance had been a more prominent part of this film I think it would've been much better than what it was, or maybe this is just the disappointed Bowman fan girl talking. What little 'romance' that there was was also rather rushed and deep attachments were formed in something like ten minutes, which is the total amount of romantic scenes in this film.
All in all, I'm not surprised that I hadn't heard of this film before now, nor am I surprised that it's being released straight to DVD in the US. There's nothing really special or good about this film so if you're not a Cyrus/Bowman fan then there's really no point in you watching this. I can't say that I thought it was awful because these films speak to the cheesy teenage girl inside of me and make it impossible to hate them, but it's pretty bad. I wouldn't recommend wasting one and half hours of your life watching this film.
About the film
So Undercover is a 2012 action/ comedy film. It was released at the cinema on 7th December 2012 in the UK while the film went straight to DVD in America. The film has a run time of 94 minutes and is rated 12A.
Instead of going to high school like she should have done, Molly Morris decided to drop out in order to work with her ex-cop dad. The duo spends most of their days chasing down petty thieves and people who cheat on their partners. However, when an FBI agent approaches her to work undercover and an extremely important mission, Molly doesn't have much choice about accepting. The only problem is, Molly has to go undercover in a sorority in college. She isn't a girly girl and knows nothing about sisterhood or even friendship. Molly is going to have a harder job than she thought if she's going to crack this case.
Miley Cyrus as Molly Morris
Jeremy Piven as Armon
Mike O'Malley as Sam Morris
Josh Bowman as Nicholas
Kelly Osbourne as Becky
Eloise Mumford as Sasha
Megan Park as Cotton
Lauren McKnight as Alex Patrone
Autumn Reeser as Bizzy
Matthew Settle as Professor Talloway
What I thought
Having a Cineworld Unlimited card, I will pretty much go and see anything at the cinema if I have the time. This includes films I'm not overly interested in just on the off chance they are better than I thought they would be. However, some films are exactly as bad as I thought they would be.
Miley Cyrus stars as Molly Morris, a girl working with her dad chasing down criminals of a kind. Molly is a grungy kind of girl, not really caring about how she looks or make-up etc. She rides a motorbike, wears hard leather boots and never bothers with her hair. When she gets approached by the FBI to go undercover in a college sorority, Molly knows she is out of her depth. As Molly is a PI before going undercover, I was surprised to see her doing so many terrible things in regards to the way she acted. At the beginning of the film, she had a microphone in her collar and spent a lot of time clearly talking into it. Surely, if you had an ex-cop for a dad and was a PI yourself, you would know that doing that would easily give you away. The detective actions were just really bad and not believable at all.
Cyrus isn't the best of actresses and unfortunately, this film shows it. Her performance as a sorority girl is awkward and not easy at all to watch. While I assume she was picked for the role for being young and cute, filling the necessary looks to play an undercover teenage, she was just really bad. I definitely wasn't expecting an Oscar worthy performance from Cyrus but I wasn't expecting her to be quite so bad either. Character development for Molly isn't strong either. I don't feel as though anything about her character changed or developed over the course of the film apart from maybe that she decided to keep wearing dresses at the end.
As for other characters, they are mostly shallow, superficial, blonde sorority girls who are extremely stereotyped. However, the cast members playing these roles somehow do a lot better than Cyrus does. Maybe this is because their characters aren't supposed to be anything special and really, they just have to act like they really like pretty things, make-up and boys. Can't be that hard can it? Then there is the FBI agent Armon who is played by Jeremy Piven. Honestly, he was one of the best performances in the film although that wasn't exactly a hard thing to achieve. There is also love interest Nicholas played by Josh Bowman although he doesn't get nearly enough screen time to make his character convincing enough or to justify him being there at all.
Although the cast and characters were pretty terrible, some of the plot wasn't bad at all. There were quite a few twists and turns concerning the bad guys and this kept me guessing over the course of the film. I liked not really being sure about who everyone was and whether or not they were actually telling the truth. Not all of the plot was great though as there were some especially predictable moments as well as the ending that probably everyone knew was coming. Even though not everything about this film was close to being good, the plot did make up for quite a lot of things. Unfortunately, I think too much was put into a short amount of time so some things weren't explained as well as they could have been.
So Undercover is an okay teen movie but not one of the best there is.