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Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie - TV Review

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Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie
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Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie TV Rating: TV-G
Genre: Comedy
Network: Disney Channel
Premiere Date: August 28, 2009

Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie - Synopsis

Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie follows the Russo family as they embark on a vacation to the Caribbean resort where Jerry and Theresa first met. Alex, upset that she was forced to accompany her family on the trip, conjures a spell that erases her parents' fateful first meeting and puts the Russo family’s very existence in peril.

In order to reverse the spell, Alex and Justin set out on a journey through the jungle to find the all-powerful 'Stone of Dreams,' which can grant any wish or reverse any spell. Guided by a hapless magician who claims his parrot has been enchanted, the siblings have no idea what perils are in store. Meanwhile, Max stays behind to keep his parents in check. Unfortunately, if the kids don't succeed in about 48 hours or less, they will disappear forever.

Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie - Guide Review

The Russo kids' fun little adventure reminds me of the time the Brady Bunch went to Hawaii. The interplay between family memebers is the foundation of both the humor and the heart of the movie. Just like in the Brady's adventure, the Russo kids find themselves in trouble and the family has to work together to find a way out of it.

Kids, especially those who are fans of Wizards of Waverly Place, will likely enjoy the familiar banter in an exotic new setting and the full-length magical adventure. Plus, a surprise twist at the end adds some interest to the otherwise unconvincing and predictable made-for-TV plot line.

Parents should know that, as usual, Alex begins the movie acting sarcastic and rude to her family, even disrespectful to her mother, and she tries to find "loop holes" to break her parents' rules. During the movie, characters use words such as "idiot," "stupid," and "liar," and one of the kids says about a woman at the resort, "She's a dog."

The movie also contains some innuendo, as the parents flirt with other people not realizing they are or were ever married. Also, Alex takes a liking to a good looking wind surfing teacher, and his invitation for her to join him at a party creates some mother-daughter discord.

Overall, Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie takes the usual themes and elements of the TV show and kicks it up a notch to make this feature-length TV movie. The Russo kids learn about the importance of family and the irreplaceable contribution each family member makes. Although Alex begins the movie as her usual sarcastic self, she does experience a change of heart that prompts her to act nicely toward her family -- at least for a little while.

Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie - Cast & Characters

Selena Gomez as Alex Russo
David Henrie as Justin Russo
Jake T. Austin as Max Russo
Jennifer Stone as Harper Finkle
Maria Canals-Barrera as Theresa
David DeLuise as Jerry. *See more of the characters in photos from Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie.

Wizards of Waverly Place - The TV Show

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Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie Now on DVD

Now available on DVD, Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie: Extended Edition features an extended edition of the movie and contains a behind-the-scenes bonus feature which reveals movie-making magic. Kids will really enjoy taking a look at how the movie was made, and watching more footage of their favorite stars. The DVD (for a limited time) also includes a Color-Changing Wishing Stone (kind of like those mood ring things) and a "Guide to Wishing."

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