Lizzie McGuire (Hilary Duff) graduates from junior high school and embarks on a class trip to Italy with series pals Gordo (Adam Lamberg), Kate (Ashlie Brillault) and Ethan (Clayton Snyder). On the street she is mistaken for a pop star named Isabella, who looks just like her, except for the dark hair. Isabella has split from her singing partner and former flame, Paolo (Yani Gellman), who convinces a smitten Lizzie to join his act. When Lizzie's wacky parents and little brother get wind of this, they make their way to the Italy to fill out the rest of the regular cast. In the meantime, Lizzie is transformed from a gawky teen to a beautiful celebrity, and Gordo struggles to understand his true feelings for her. It's a very special "Lizzie" in which lessons are learned and the moral is clear.
Lizzie is charming character--not nearly as serious as the kid on "The Gilmore Girls," and spunkier than the kid from "Sabrina"--but she's clearly a TV creation. One might call her a kind of "Punky Brewster" turned "Blossom," with a dash of post-modern "That Girl." With just a bit of "James at 15." Starring Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Yani Gellman and Alex Borstein. Directed by Jim Fall. Written by Susan Estelle Jansen, Ed Decter and John J. Strauss. Produced by Stan Rogow. A Buena Vista release. Comedy. Rated PG for mild thematic elements. Running time: 90 min