Picture This is a 2008 romantic comedy film released on July 13, 2008 on television by ABC Family, branded as an ABC Family Original Movie, and on July 22, 2008 on DVD. The film is produced by MGM Home Entertainment and drew 5.3 million viewers, one of the top movie ratings of the night.[2]


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[edit] Plot and castEdit

Mandy Gilbert (Ashley Tisdale) is an unpopular teenager at Nottingham High School. She lives with her overbearing father Tom (Kevin Pollak) and has only two friends, Alexa (Lauren Collins) and Cayenne (Shenae Grimes). Mandy is constantly bullied and embarrassed by the popular girls of school, specifically Lisa Cross (Cindy Busby). However, it so happens that she is in love with Lisa's boyfriend, the popular Drew Patterson (Robbie Amell). She is about to turn 18 and wants her life to change. She wants to be noticed by Drew.

When she discovers Drew is on the school swimming team, she decides to apply as well. At the pool, she loses her glasses and hits her head then falls in the swimming pool. It results in Mandy being knocked unconscious and falling into the water. When she awakens, she finds out Drew gave her CPR. Drew now gets to meet Mandy and they talk to each other. Lisa thinks Mandy is a threat and tries to humiliate her, by taking Drew to the pet shop where Mandy works. Because Mandy is a clerk there, Lisa hopes Drew will laugh at her. Things take a different way, as Drew doesn't care she's a clerk. They, yet again, converse and Drew invites her to go to the Commons the next day.

Meanwhile, Mandy is annoyed with having an old mobile phone which doesn't seem to work all the time. The next day, Mandy turns 18 and is surprised by her father with a new and expensive video phone. She also receives contacts and thinks her life couldn't be any better. However, she is scared when Tom reveals his intentions in moving with her when she goes to college at UCSB next year. She is too afraid to say anything about it, though. Later that day, she flirts with Drew at the lake near school which her dad mentioned not to go to. When Lisa is informed that Mandy is with Drew, she is outraged and uses Mandy's video phone to film it, which she dropped by accident. Tom sees the film and confronts his daughter. Before going home, Drew asks her out as his date at his party on Saturday. Mandy happily accepts. At home, Tom is furious and grounds his daughter. He says she can't go out or use the phone, television or Internet. Mandy is shocked with her totalitarian father, since she now can't go to Drew's party.

Mandy is able to manipulate her father into letting her go to study at Alexa's place. There are some conditions, though. Tom checks in with her every half an hour with the video phones. Mandy was told by her dad to video Alexa's mom. She asks Alexa if she has any home videos of her mother. Alexa and Cayenne search for home videos. They find a home video and Mandy videos the television trying to persuade her father that they are supervised by an adult her dad was convinced.

On their way to the party, Mandy discovers her dress is destroyed by Lisa. They head to the mall, where Lisa secretly slips Macadamia nuts, to which Mandy is allergic, into Mandy's drink. This results in Mandy's head swelling up but luckily, Alexa has an antidote. They later find a dress and Tom yet again calls. Mandy's signal is falling away and Tom announces he will call Alexa's line. Mandy gets her signal back just in time and knows to convince him she is studying.

Back at their parking lot, Mandy, Alexa and Cayenne witness their car being towed away. They enter a singing competition to win the money to get the car back. Alexa however has stage fright, so Mandy takes over and stuns the public. Her father calls her in the middle of her performance. She begs the audience to help her out and convinces her dad the audience is the screen of a DVD they're watching. They later win the competition and pay the fine for her towed car. Lisa has bought the same dress as well and tries to stop Mandy from going to the party by giving a guard money to not let them in. She also calls Mandy's dad and tells him she is expected at a party bringing booze. Tom is worried and calls Mandy immediately. They are yet again able to mislead him, but this results in them almost being involved in a fatal car accident.

Tom has his own problems as well, though. His sister Marsha dropped off her trouble making son Peyton to be babysat. Peyton destroys his model apartment of the place where he and Mandy are supposed to live when she is at college. He is crushed and thinks he failed as a father. Meanwhile, the girls are able to cross the guard. In Drew's house, Mandy notices Lisa is wearing the same dress. She wants to give up and go home and Alexa now reveals Drew's intentions in using her. However, Cayenne tells her what she has been through to be here and says that it is fate. Mandy listens to Cayenne and slow dances with Drew. When he wants to go to a private place with her, she excuses herself for a minute.

Mandy tells Alexa and Cayenne she wants to admit the truth to her father about her whereabouts. When she does, Tom tells her he trusts her and asks her if he has been a good dad. Mandy responds he is a great dad and decides not to tell she is actually at a party. She next goes to a private room with Drew. Since Alexa and Cayenne have told Mandy about the Patterson legend, she expects the worst. The private room turns out to be Drew's photography studio. It is filled with pictures of his family, friends, pets, and one of Mandy that he took at the lake which he calls his favorite. Mandy is relieved that he just wants to spend time with her. Drew says his palms are sweaty, and goes to the bathroom to wash his hands, but does not tell her what he's doing. When Mandy hears the running water she thinks that it is the shower, and that Drew does in fact plan to have sex with her. She is crushed and leaves to get her car. Meanwhile, Lisa and her friends are attempting to place a curse on Mandy. Lisa has been drinking all night, and Alexa films her vomiting from under a glass table. The clip is playing on the video screens as the girls exit the party.

Back at home, Tom shows Mandy the updated detachable version of the model of the home he built for the two, but Mandy sees this as a metaphor for her relationship with her father and tells him that she doesn't want to be detachable. Tom says that he trusts her and should let her go. He is aware that she went to the party, but is not disappointed. He is also pleased to know that Mandy walked out on Drew's advances, which Mandy says would result in social suicide.

At the end of the film, Mandy and her friends attend their Senior Prom. Prom king Drew is about to crown Lisa as Prom Queen, but realizes that he loves Mandy, not Lisa. After spotting Mandy, Drew brings her up to the center stage and crowns her as his queen. They share a passionate kiss in the light as the prom goers (including Alexa and Cayenne) snap photos of the kiss on their camera phones.

[edit] ProductionEdit

The film was executive produced by Tisdale’s company Blondie Girl Productions and is directed by Stephen Herek.[2] Tisdale said, "When I read the script for Picture This!, I just fell in love with the lead character Mandy, this goofy, unpopular, girl next door who knows what she wants, but isn’t willing to sacrifice who she is to get it... Mandy’s real and I think a lot of kids will relate to that. It reminds me a lot of when I was in high school. I wasn’t really in the popular group, but I wasn’t in the nerdy group. I was somewhere in the middle, too."[2] Tisdale performs the hit 80's single, "Shadows Of The Night" in the film.

The film was shot on location in Montreal, Quebec, during the summer months of 2007. Fender instruments, Juicy Couture, and Swiss Army all contributed props to the film. The scene where the "girls" swerve out of control on "the freeway" was actually shot in the borough of Verdun, on a residential street. The scene shot at the "mall" when they were shopping is Fairview shopping mall in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, a large residential area in Montreal.

[edit] Critical receptionEdit

Amazon stated that "Technology is the way of the future and every high school student needs a video phone, at least according to Mandy and her friends Alexa and Cayenne. When Mandy's overprotective Dad finally gives her a video phone and a pair of contacts for her 18th birthday, Mandy feels like her image, and her entire world, is about to change for the better—especially when her long-lived crush Drew Patterson actually notices her. What Mandy doesn't count on is that her father will use her new phone to track her every move and that Drew's attention will inspire Lisa, the hottest, most popular girl in school, to begin plotting against Mandy with a vengeance. A full 90 minutes of serious attitude, technological obsession, deception, and just plain meanness, this film appeals primarily to the preteen and teen audience and manages to convey the message that goodness and trust will prevail despite enormous odds. Parents will most likely find the film distasteful, though they could potentially learn something about letting go, and it should be noted that there are a fair number of sexual references like "hump and dump," virgins being "deflowered," and "do her and dump her.".[3]

Common Sense stated that: "Parents need to know that the teens in this movie are inseparable from their video phones and sometimes border on voyeurism with their exploitation of peers' embarrassing moments. In one scene, for instance, a girl snaps a photo of her classmate's partially exposed thong underwear and emails it to the entire student body to humiliate her. While there's nothing beyond a kiss and slow dances to see, teens use terms like "do her and dump her" and "hump and dump" to refer to potential casual sex. The main character's rebellious teen behavior (sneaking out to attend a party, lying to parents, etc.) is cast in a humorous light, but she does learn valuable lessons about listening to her conscience". ()[4]

[edit] Music and soundEdit

In 2008, the official soundtrack of Picture This was available to download in digital stores, featuring the song "Shadows of the Night", performed by Ashley Tisdale. Also the song "4ever" by The Veronicas was released with the promotional movies spots.

[edit] SoundtrackEdit

Track listing
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Shadows Of The Night" (D.L. Byron) Ashley Tisdale 3:32
2. "That Stuff" (Molly Mostek, Larry Cooper) Molly M 3:05
3. "Sincerely Me" (Jay Condiotti, Danielle McKee, Eddie Galan, Andrew Lane) Danielle McKee 4:01
4. "Better" (Cori Yarckin, Jimmy Robertson Landry) Cori Yarckin 3:35
5. "All So Different" (Jessica Penner) Chandelle 3:11
6. "Welcome To The Party" (Molly Mostek) Molly M 5:46
7. "You Are Part Of Everything" (Josh Kelly) Josh Kelly 3:27
8. "Day In The Sun" (Kevin Savigar, David Nicholas, Michael Stangel) Angie Hilton 3:42
9. "Unstoppable" (Joel Wachbrit, Michael Sokolis) Buddah Belly 2:20
10. "Come To The Night" (Joe Faraci) Faraci 3:22
11. "Because I'm Awesome" (Kelly Ogden, Luis Cabezas) The Dollyrots 4:39
12. "Through My Eyes" (David Osborne) Autumn's Descent 2:24
13. "Symphony No. 9: Ode To Joy" (Beethoven) Beethoven 4:16
14. "I'm Just Like You" (Adam Derborn) Deadstar Assembly 3:09
15. "Drive" (Darren Reynolds) The Humidiflyers 4:26
16. "Let Me Fall" (Joe Faraci) Faraci 4:15
17. "Dale Que Dale" (Rafael Torres, Edgard E. Jaude, Michael Garcia) Mikeyton 4:47
18. "Tell Me You Love Me" (Daniel Cage) Daniel Cage 3:45
19. "Shiver" (Genzo, Cheryl Yie, Julian Medeiros) Cheryl Yie 3:04
20. "Soft Place To Fall" (Michael Maslin, Paul Gordon) Joelle James 3:66
21. "Your Ride" (Nadia Fay, Jay Condiotti) Girls Love Shoes 4:00
22. "Pictures of You" (Jeffrey Mark Blue) The Last Goodnight 4:00
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