Starstruck
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Extended edition US DVD cover
Also known asStarStruck
GenreMusical Teen drama
Screenplay by
  • Barbara Johns
  • Annie DeYoung
Story byBarbara Johns
Directed byMichael Grossman
Starring
Theme music composerDavid Lawrence
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
ProducerDouglas Sloan
CinematographyHoracio Marquínez
EditorTara Timpone
Running time81 minutes
Production companiesClose to Home Productions, LLC
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkDisney Channel
Original releaseFebruary 14, 2010 (2010-02-14)

Starstruck, stylized as StarStruck, is a 2010 American teen musical drama television film starring Sterling Knight and Danielle Campbell that premiered as a Disney Channel Original Movie on February 14, 2010.[1]

Plot

Kalamazoo, Michigan teenager Jessica Olson is annoyed by her older sister Sara's obsession with teen pop idol Christopher Wilde, and is unhappy to have her spring break used visiting her widowed grandmother in Hollywood, California. She is even more disgusted by Sara's plans to drag her along to stalk Christopher. Meanwhile, behind the scenes of celebrity, Christopher has earned a reputation as a "spoiled punk" who often scuffles with paparazzi. He is on the brink of landing a movie deal, despite the director's reluctance to give him the role due to his reputation and celebrity. In order to prove that he is serious about landing the role, Christopher agrees to remain out of the tabloids for a while.

Sara convinces Jessica to sneak out with her to crash the birthday party of Christopher's girlfriend, famous model Alexis Bender, where Christopher is scheduled to perform. Christopher sneaks in and out of the party to avoid being caught, and hits Jessica with the exit door while she searches for Sara in the crowd. He takes Jessica to a hospital to make sure she hasn't suffered a concussion, then brings her to his Beverly Hills mansion so that he can make an appearance for the film director before taking her home. Jessica allows Christopher to stay in her grandmother's garage for the night when he learns the paparazzi have followed him. The next day, Sara brings Jessica to Malibu in the hopes of finding Christopher there. Jessica recognizes a disguised Christopher on the beach and approaches him, but the two are forced to make a quick exit from the beach when the paparazzi arrive; once they get away, Christopher shows Jessica around Los Angeles.

While attempting to return to Malibu, they are again spotted by the paparazzi, but manage to elude them by driving off the main road, losing Jessica's grandmother's car in a mud pool quicksand in the process. While walking back to Malibu, they get into a heated argument after Jessica calls Christopher out on his superficiality. Eventually, Christopher confides that he enjoyed hanging out with Jessica because she appreciated him for who he was as a person rather than his fame. They eventually return to the beach, where they almost kiss until Christopher realizes he could be recognized and panics. He tells Jessica that they can never speak to each other again, and that no one can know what happened between them that day. Heartbroken and angry, Jessica returns home to Kalamazoo with her family. Alexis finds out about Jessica and breaks up with Christopher.

Christopher later finds out that paparazzi have documented his and Jessica's relationship, and is persuaded by his managers to lie and say she was just a fan. Meanwhile, as Jessica is flocked by paparazzi at her house in Kalamazoo, she watches him tell a talk show host that he has never met Jessica. Angry at the way the media has forced Christopher to suppress his real self, she confronts the paparazzi and reprimands them for their dehumanization and objectification of celebrities. Jessica then becomes notorious for supposedly "lying" about having met Christopher. Christopher's best friend, Stubby, encourages Christopher to make his own choices. Christopher then turns down the movie role and fires his parents as his managers.

Later, Sara takes Jessica to a school dance with her. Christopher makes an appearance at the dance and apologizes to Jessica on stage as well as singing a song he had written for her. When the paparazzi appear at the dance, he confesses that he was the one who lied, and admits his feelings for Jessica. She forgives him and the two agree to go out on a proper date.

Cast

Production

The film was shot in 2009 on location in Los Angeles, California.

Reception

The movie premiere generated 6.0 million viewers, the first to debut on a Sunday night, becoming the channel's most-watched February original movie premiere in Total Viewers, Kids 7-11 and Teenagers.[2] Disney Channel's highest numbers ever in the time period among teens (2.3 million), and second-highest on record in Total Viewers (6.0 million) and Kids 7–11 (2.4 million), behind only the August 19, 2007 encore of High School Musical 2.[2] There were 987,000 viewers when it premiered in the UK and Ireland on May 14, 2010.[3]

Soundtrack

Starstruck
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedFebruary 9, 2010
Recorded2009
GenrePop rock, teen pop
Length37:43
LabelWalt Disney
ProducerVarious artists
Singles from Starstruck
  1. "Starstruck"
    Released: January 27, 2010
  2. "Hero"
    Released: February 12, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[4]

The soundtrack was released on February 9, 2010 by Walt Disney Records.[5] The soundtrack peaked at number 23 on the U.S. Billboard 200. It debuted at #98 on Billboard 200 chart with the sales of 8,257 copies. For the week ending of March 6, 2010, the soundtrack faced a surplus in sales, selling 19,058 copies (up 131 percent), it rose from #98 to #23 on Billboard 200 chart. Sterling Knight, who portrays Christopher Wilde in the film, only sings the title track on the soundtrack with the rest of the songs being performed by then Varsity Fanclub member Drew Ryan Scott. Knight stated that the reason for this was because he had joined the film's cast late.

Track listing

Standard edition[5]
No.TitlePerformed byLength
1."Starstruck" (voiced by Sterling Knight)Christopher Wilde2:58
2."Shades" (voiced by Drew Ryan Scott)Christopher Wilde & Stubby3:03
3."Hero" (voiced by Drew Ryan Scott)Christopher Wilde3:17
4."What You Mean to Me" (voiced by Drew Ryan Scott)Christopher Wilde4:17
5."Something About the Sunshine" (voiced by Drew Ryan Scott)Christopher Wilde & Anna Margaret3:07
6."Party Up"Stubby3:16
7."Got to Believe" (voiced by Drew Ryan Scott)Christopher Wilde3:20
8."Hero (Unplugged)" (voiced by Drew Ryan Scott)Christopher Wilde2:33
9."Something About the Sunshine (Solo)"Anna Margaret3:06
10."New Boyfriend"Anna Margaret3:05
11."Welcome to Hollywood"Mitchel Musso2:29
12."Make a Movie"Jasmine Sagginario3:10
Total length:37:43

Charts

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Mexican Top Albums Chart[6] 25
Spain Top Albums Chart[7] 79
Greek Top Albums Chart[8] 23
Polish Top Albums Chart[9] 49
U.S. Billboard 200[10] 23
U.S. Kid Albums[11] 1
U.S. Top Soundtracks[12] 3
U.S. Top Digital Albums[4] 6
UK Soundtrack Albums Chart 1

References

  1. ^ Bonner, Julie (September 24, 2009). "Production Has Begun on DCOM "Starstruck"". Disney Society. Archived from the original on October 1, 2009. Retrieved January 8, 2010. The story follows Jessica Olson (played by Campbell), a down-to-earth girl from the Midwest who collides (literally) with Hollywood’s teen heartthrob, pop star Christopher Wilde (played by Knight).
  2. ^ a b "Disney's "Starstruck" Shines in Debut With 6.0 Million Viewers". TV by the Numbers. February 15, 2010. Archived from the original on August 29, 2016. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  3. ^ BARB, via [1] Archived 2013-01-13 at archive.today
  4. ^ a b Starstruck - Billboard Charts Allmusic
  5. ^ a b "Starstruck: Various Artists: Music". Archived from the original on 2016-01-10. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  6. ^ Mexican Albums Chart Archived 2007-12-02 at the Wayback Machine AMPROFON
  7. ^ "Spain Top Albums Chart" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
  8. ^ Greek Top Albums Chart Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Polish Top Albums Chart". Archived from the original on 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
  10. ^ "Billboard 200 as of 25 February 2010". Billboard magazine. 2010. Archived from the original on 13 March 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  11. ^ "Billboard Kid Albums Chart, March 3rd 2010". Billboard magazine. Archived from the original on 2016-11-25. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  12. ^ "Soundtracks". Billboard magazine. 2013. Archived from the original on 2010-03-13. Retrieved 2010-02-20.