The Lizzie McGuire Movie

The Lizzie McGuire Movie is a 2003 American teen comedy film directed by Jim Fall. The film serves as the finale of the Disney Channel television series of the same name, and was the first theatrical film based on a Disney Channel series. The film stars Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Robert Carradine, Hallie Todd and Jake Thomas, and tells the story of Lizzie's graduation trip to Rome. It was released on May 2, 2003, by Buena Vista Pictures,[3] peaking at number two at the domestic box office behind X2.[4] The events of the film take place after the second and final season of Lizzie McGuire.

The Lizzie McGuire Movie
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJim Fall
Produced byStan Rogow
Written by
Based onLizzie McGuire
by Terri Minsky
Music byCliff Eidelman
CinematographyJerzy Zieliński
Edited byMargie Goodspeed
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • May 2, 2003 (2003-05-02) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
  • English
  • Italian
Budget$17 million[1]
Box office$55.5 million[2]


Lizzie McGuire prepares for her junior-high graduation with one of her two closest friends, David "Gordo" Gordon. Her other best friend, Miranda, has chosen to skip the graduation ceremony in favor of a trip to Mexico City to visit her relatives. During the ceremony, Lizzie trips onstage and accidentally brings the curtain down on her fellow graduates; this causes her to be teased by her younger brother Matt and her former best friend Kate Sanders. After graduation, Lizzie and some of her class embark on a trip to Rome, chaperoned by their future high school principal, the rude and stern Angela Ungermeyer. To their dismay, Lizzie and Kate are assigned to the same hotel room.

Their class visits the Trevi Fountain, where Lizzie is approached by an Italian pop star named Paolo, who mistakes her for his singing partner, Isabella. Paolo asks Lizzie to meet him at the fountain the next day, and she feigns illness to sneak away. He explains that he and Isabella are booked for the Italian Music Awards, but she left Italy after their breakup. Paolo tells Lizzie that Isabella lip syncs, and begs her to pose as Isabella for the concert. Lizzie reluctantly agrees but soon begins to enjoy the experience and to fall in love with Paolo.

Lizzie continues to fake being ill to prepare for the concert, but Kate quickly figures out her secret. To Lizzie's surprise, Kate agrees to help her and the two become friends again. Meanwhile, Ms. Ungermeyer interrogates the students to learn who has been sneaking out. Gordo takes the blame and is sent back home as punishment. Lizzie is shocked when Kate says that Gordo sacrificed himself to protect her. Back home, Matt browses the Internet and finds Italian gossip sites with pictures of Lizzie as Isabella. When he tells his parents, the family flies to Rome.

At the airport, Gordo meets Isabella, who is upset that someone is impersonating her. She and Gordo realize that Paolo is planning to have a nervous Lizzie unknowingly sing live at the concert (as Isabella actually does), creating the impression that Isabella is a fake, which would damage Isabella's career and embarrass Lizzie. Gordo and Isabella rush to the concert to stop him. When Lizzie's parents arrive in Rome, Ms. Ungermeyer learns that Lizzie is missing. Ethan reveals that she is performing at the Italian Music Awards, and Lizzie's family and the class also rush to the concert. Backstage, Gordo and Isabella find Lizzie preparing for the show and warn her about Paolo's scheme. Lizzie refuses to believe them at first, but Isabella convinces her that Paolo is using her. Ms. Ungermeyer gets the class (and Lizzie's family) into the concert by pushing her way through the bouncers.

During the performance, Isabella and Gordo expose Paolo (who is actually the one who lip syncs) by turning on his microphone, revealing his real voice. Embarrassed, Paolo runs off stage and is ambushed outside by paparazzi. Isabella introduces Lizzie to the crowd, and the two of them sing "What Dreams Are Made Of". When Isabella leaves the stage, Lizzie finishes the song solo, displaying a newfound confidence. Later, they all celebrate at the hotel's after party, where Ms. Ungermeyer rescinds Gordo's punishment. Lizzie's parents tell her she is grounded for the summer, but they still are proud of her. Lizzie and Gordo sneak away from the party to go up to the roof, where they promise to never let things change between them. The two kiss and then rejoin the party before they get into more trouble. The film ends with fireworks spelling "The End" and the animated Lizzie, doing a parody of Tinker Bell, winking at the audience and closing the film.


  • Hilary Duff as Lizzie McGuire and Isabella Parigi
    • Singing voice for Isabella Parigi provided by Haylie Duff
  • Adam Lamberg as David Zephyr "Gordo" Gordon, Lizzie's best friend
  • Robert Carradine as Samuel "Sam" McGuire, Lizzie and Matt's father
  • Hallie Todd as Joanne "Jo" McGuire, Lizzie and Matt's mother
  • Jake Thomas as Matthew "Matt" McGuire, Lizzie's younger brother
  • Yani Gellman as Paolo Valisari, an Italian pop star who is Isabella’s former singing partner and the main antagonist
  • Alex Borstein as Ms. Angela Ungermeyer, Lizzie, Gordo, Kate and Ethan's chaperone and their future high school principal
  • Clayton Snyder as Ethan Craft, Lizzie's classmate
  • Ashlie Brillault as Katherine "Kate" Sanders, Lizzie's popular ex-best friend
  • Brendan Kelly as Sergei, Paolo's bodyguard
  • Carly Schroeder as Melina Bianco, Matt's best friend
  • Daniel Escobar as Mr. Escobar, the drama teacher/choir director at Hillridge Junior High School
  • Jody Raicot as Giorgio
  • Terra MacLeod as Franca DiMontecatini
  • Claude Knowlton as the stage manager


The film, produced by Stan Rogow, was directed by Jim Fall from a screenplay by Susan Estelle Jansen, Ed Decter and John J. Strauss, was filmed on location in Rome, Italy in the fall of 2002.[5] All the series characters reprised their roles except for Lalaine (Miranda Sanchez), who left the series late in the second season to film the Disney Channel original movie You Wish!. Her character was said to be on vacation with her family in Mexico City.[citation needed]


Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval 41% based on reviews from 99 critics. The site's consensus stated it was a "harmless piece of fluff that ought to satisfy fans of the TV show".[6] On Metacritic the film has a score of 56 out of 100 based on reviews from 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[7] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade B on scale of A to F.[8]

Scott Brown of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B+: "Let's face it: Lizzie McGuire (Hilary Duff) is just too darn polished to be a junior-high underdog, even by the standards of her 'luxe suburban environs'. But that hasn't tarnished her comeback-kid cred among the six-and-ups who faithfully follow her Disney Channel show—and it doesn't make The Lizzie McGuire Movie, a clever, agreeably weightless theatrical outing, any less enjoyable."[9] Roger Ebert gave the film two stars out of four, but praised Borstein's performance, calling her work "the only really delightful element in the movie; everything else is simply slick and professional."[10]

Box officeEdit

In its opening weekend the film grossed $17.3 million in 2,825 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking second behind X2: X-Men United. The Lizzie McGuire Movie grossed $42.7 million domestically and $12.8 million internationally for a worldwide total of $55.5 million.[2]

Home mediaEdit

The film was released on VHS and DVD on August 12, 2003

As of November 12, 2019, the film, along with the series, is available to stream on Disney+


  • 2003 (won): Teen Choice Award for Movie Breakout Star, Female (Hilary Duff)
  • 2003 (nominated): Teen Choice Awards for Movie Comedy, Movie Comedy Actress (Hilary Duff)
  • 2004 (nominated): Leo Award for Feature-Length Drama: Best Visual Effects (Gary Gutierrez, Jayne Craig, Bruce Woloshyn, Simon Ager and Wes Sargent)


Cancelled sequelEdit

Following the film, there were plans to continue the Lizzie McGuire series, one of which included a planned sequel film. Nothing came to this due to creative differences with Duff and Disney.[11] In August 2019 it was announced that Lizzie McGuire to be entering production for Disney+, with Duff reprising her role and Minsky returning as showrunner. Lamberg, Thomas, Todd and Carradine will also return to the series in their original roles. The series began production in association with Disney Channel, but entered a hiatus after Minsky's departure and did not resume, being officially cancelled in December 2020.


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  5. ^ "The Lizzie McGuire Movie". Archived from the original on 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
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  7. ^ "The Lizzie McGuire Movie". Metacritic.
  8. ^ "Cinemascore". Archived from the original on 2018-12-20.
  9. ^ Scott Brown (2003-05-09). "The Lizzie McGuire Movie Review | Movie Reviews and News". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
  10. ^ Ebert, Roger (May 2, 2003). "The Lizzie Mcguire Movie Review (2003)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  11. ^ "Cable TV talk". Retrieved December 10, 2018.

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