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Stacy Barthe is a Grammy-nominated Universal Music Group songwriter.

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OMG. She's, like, so undercover. Miley Cyrus's transition from music to movie star continues apace with this rather formulaic romp. While the movie might be crap, the truth is Cyrus comes out on top and shows she has a future in fronting teenybopper movies for some time yet.

Cyrus plays a teenage private investigator who, used to snooping on cheating husbands, graduates to the big leagues when Jeremy Piven's FBI agent asks her to go undercover at the local college. Her mission is to infiltrate a sorority to protect the daughter of a mobster (McKnight) who may or may not have evidence that can put a mob boss away. Or something like that. But the potential killer could be anyone and some serious poking about is needed to uncover the imposter.

From the off it's all rather obvious who the imposter is and there isn't enough fun and games to distract from the inevitably of it all. The romance with Joshua Bowman is tossed in for the sake of it and Cyrus's ward, McKnight, might as well not exist. Honestly, when something happens to a girl called Alex midway through, I had no idea that Alex was the girl Cyrus was meant to protect. Roommate Kelly Osbourne shows up every so often with the worst English accent for some time. With a Brummy dad in Ozzy, Kelly opts for a toff Chelsea lilt. But in some scenes it looks like her lines have been dubbed by someone else. So how much is her and how much is the voiceover? And how bad was her original stab?

But So Undercover surprisingly throws up the odd funny moment. When told her name will be Brooke Stonebridge, Cyrus reckons it sounds more like a gated community than a name; the ditsy Cotton's (Megan Park) stupidity gets the sniggers it's after; and Bowman has one of the lines of the year: when told the French can be forgiven, he comes back with 'tell that to the Algerians!' What? Where did that come from?

Cyrus herself is immune to the crap. She's watchable, and not just a substitute for Amanda Bynes.

Miley Cyrus gets to play on her genuine perky charm and solid sense of comedy timing

As a transitional film aimed at helping singer-actress Miley Cyrus make the move from teen icon from her Hannah Montana television series to fully-fledged adult film star the fan-friendly So Undercover only manages to work on a very limited level. It is amiable and accessible enough for her core audience who have grown with Cyrus and followed her career in TV/music/tabloids, though not unique enough to find an audience who don’t buy into her perky and cheerful charms.

The film gets a release in the UK and a smattering of other European territories pre-Christmas, though goes the straight-to-DVD route in the US, where it is set to debut in early February. With a festive box office dominated by the last Twilight film, Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, it seems unlikely that So Undercover will make much of a dent at the UK box office, though stronger home entertainment figures would seem probable.

Miley Cyrus, now aged 20, remains an engagingly feisty personality and brings a good deal of charisma to her rather clichéd role. But while the film is very much a by-the-numbers ‘going undercover’ story much used in film and television for years, she does at least get the chance to fight bad guys, wield a gun, kiss a boy and frolic in her underwear in a mildly suggestive manner. There is no bad language or overt sexuality to shock her fan-base, but So Undercover does help her move into the young adult role category.

The film’s premise that she is a street-smart, tough-as-nails, private eye may be a dramatic leap too far (in truth her character Molly takes photographs for her investigator father, though the opening scene sees her involved in a little action as she has to escape a man she is snapping), but this is just a set-up so she can be approached by an FBI agent (Jeremy Piven, who delivers his exposition dialogue with a straight face and also brings his familiar innate charm) with an offer.

He wants her to go undercover within a college sorority so she can protect one of the college girls who holds some vital information which will be used at a trial where her father is about to turn state’s evidence and testify against the mob. It is all rather clumsily set-up, but the main device is to turn gritty biker-chick Molly into a dress-wearing sorority girl (now named Brook) who can fit in with the materialistic sisterhood. Cue an extended section where she gets a full makeover and has to learn the lingo of college life.

There are some mildly amusing fun-and-games as Molly/Brook has to try and get on with her new sorority friends (such as dressing up as a red lobster to sell toys and hanging out at a pyjama/pool party) with Cyrus entering into things with a game enthusiasm. These scenes – so familiar to any regular watchers of college comedies – are gently entertaining and at least allow Cyrus to play on her genuine perky charm and solid sense of comedy timing, but also help to emphasise how plodding the whole crime subplot is.

Kelly Osbourne – daughter of rocker Ozzy and host of E!’s series Fashion Police – makes an unlikely roommate for Cyrus’s character (Osbourne, now 28, looks a tad too old to play a college girl), though at least offers some dry cynicism in amongst the pink fluffiness of the other characters. Joshua Bowman (from TV series Revenge) has the thankless role of the sweet student who aims to romance Cyrus, though Megan Park perhaps has the most fun as the super-dumb Cotton.

Miley Cyrus made a name for herself on the small screen in the dual role of Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana, and she's pulling double time again in comedy So Undercover. Here, riffing on Miss Congeniality, Cyrus plays Molly, a teen working as a private eye to cover her dad's gambling debts. Her skills at photographing cheating spouses catch the eye of FBI agent Armon (Jeremy Piven), who hires her to go undercover at a sorority to protect a girl whose father is about to testify against mobsters.

In a whirlwind makeover by a camp hair stylist and hipster fashionista (both, bizarrely, on the FBI payroll!) she's remade as Brooke Stonebridge, the latest inductee to Kappa Kappa Zeta house. Her sisters include Alex (Lauren McKnight), the girl Molly has to survey, entitled princess Sasha (Eloise Mumford) and smart-mouthed roommate Becky (Kelly Osbourne). Outside of the girls' house, there's a love interest for Molly in the form of Revenge's Josh Bowman.

Billed as an action-comedy, So Undercover suffers by virtue of having little in the way of action set-pieces, and even less when it comes to laughs. Excruciating phrases like "amazeballs" are thrown around with gleeful abandon as the movie casually chugs along hitting every clichéd plot twist going.

Cyrus plays the lead as a tough cookie teen, injecting a little artificial ditziness to her college-going alter ego. Outside of that and her more fashionable attire, though, there's barely a difference between the two personas.

It's hardly an acting stretch for the leading lady, who's yet to really test herself since waving goodbye to her signature Hannah Montana role.

So Undercover also struggles by trying to serve Cyrus's tween fans while attempting to be a bit edgy.
 The film's perky, bubblegum tone gets an abrupt shake with few swear words, while a gag at the expense of the French - the only one in the film that's vaguely amusing - will likely fly over the heads of the target audience.

That the movie is slated for a straight-to-DVD release in the US next year is probably indicative of its cinematic potential. It all feels a little bit sitcommy. From the by-the-numbers direction to the strained one-liners, everything about it feels small screen. The punky, rebellious streak Cyrus has shown by losing her locks is nowhere to be found in So Undercover, an unadventurous vehicle that's in desperate need of some original wit and spark.

The working title for Miley Cyrus’s latest outing was ‘I’m, Like, Sooo Undercover’ until someone surely decided it sounded too obnoxious even for her fanbase. Given that the film is now headed straight to DVD in the US, perhaps the studio shouldn’t have held back: if anything, this anodyne ‘Miss Congeniality’ rip-off could use more bratty fizz. The ageless tween-pop star – she recently exited her teens, but still seems 13 going on 50 – is at least on sparkier form than she was in ‘LOL’ earlier this year. Still, as a tomboyish private eye drafted by a shadowy FBI agent (Jeremy Piven) to infiltrate a super-girly college sorority and protect a witness’s daughter, she’s miscast: where we might believe Sandra Bullock as a tough-talkin’ gal more threatened by lip-gloss than a gun, Cyrus seems to be playing dress-up when she dons the biker gear that is supposedly her second skin. Not-especially-high high jinks ensue. Kelly Osbourne is on hand as a feisty roommate, presumably to make Miley look more appealing by comparison.

The last role you'd expect from Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus now resembling a well-fed Suzi Quatro) is that of a street-smart gumshoe tracking cheating partners with a long lens.

And for the first few scenes of this easy-going comedy it really feels too much of an ask for the young actress who made gazillions warbling about a Party in the USA and living down the fact she was the daughter of the bloke who inflicted Achy Breaky Heart on the world.

So it's with some relief when Jeremy Piven's FBI spook persuades her to infiltrate a fancy-dan sorority house which means a complete makeover courtesy of a fashion idiot and the plump American equivalent of Gok Wan.

She's to protect Alex (McKnight, who looks like Cher before she was remodelled by Mattel), the daughter of a supergrass who's about to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob.

But first she's got to blend in with the rich girls of Kappa Kappa Zeta, a sort of junior version of the Playboy Mansion minus the implants, the sex and an octogenarian lecher in a dressing gown.

Predictably, they're a bitchy bunch - which is where most of the laughs come - but there is some welcome relief from wearisome materialism from Kelly Osbourne's mouthy room-mate, whom we could have done with more of.

The humour is aimed squarely at petulant teens although some gags seem to belong to another film altogether. "Maybe the French deserve a chance," says Molly only for her love interest to reply "Tell that to the Algerians." It's a bit like hearing a knob gag in a Michael Haneke film.

It's target audience will lap it up...but the rest of us will be searching for deep cover.

As Miley Cyrus vehicles go, this is entirely watchable fluff, enlivened by likeable performances and some decent one-liners.

What's it all about?
Directed by Tom Vaughan, So Undercover stars Miley Cyrus as Molly, a tough, street-smart, motorbike-loving private eye (stop sniggering at the back there) who's drafted by shady FBI agent Armon (Jeremy Piven) and asked to go undercover in a college sorority in order to protect the daughter (Lauren McKnight as Alex) of an important witness. Aside from trying to fit in without blowing her cover, Molly also has to try and figure out which of Alex's close acquaintances might be working for the enemy. But is it the professor (Gossip Girl's Matthew Settle) who seems to be taking a keen interest in her, snooty sorority queen bee Taylor (Alexis Knapp) or her hunky platonic male friend Nicholas (Revenge's Joshua Bowman)?

The Good
Cyrus is an appealing screen presence and has a nice line in witty self-deprecation that serves her well; to that end, it doesn't really matter than she's less than convincing as a street-smart private eye, though it is admittedly amusing to imagine her many fans deciding to go into the detection game as a result of this film. There's also strong work from a likeable supporting cast that includes Jeremy Piven (on top snarky form, as befits his post-Entourage screen persona), Kelly Osbourne (as a fellow fish-out-of-water at the sorority), Alexis Knapp (channelling Kim Cattrall) and Megan Park, who steals every scene she's in with some impeccable comic timing as ditzy sorority sister Cotton.

It's fair to say that not all the jokes work, but the script has several decent lines and there are a number of amusing small moments, such as Miley casually punching an annoying partygoer in the face while in conversation. The film is also commendably aware of the subtle messages it wants to send to its audience, for example, there's a minor, but notable sub-plot involving ditzy Cotton realising that her verbally abusive, no-good (but rich and good-looking) boyfriend is a wrong'un.

The Bad
The film's biggest problem is that there's never much of a sense of danger, so the thriller elements don't really work, though it does at least pull off a couple of surprises, even if certain other elements of the finale are predictable. On top of that, there's very little chemistry between Cyrus and Bowman (who seems to specialise in playing blank-faced hunks who don't know about their love interest's secret lives), so the romance doesn't quite work either, though she does chain him to a radiator at one point, which probably counts as quite risqué for a Miley Cyrus movie.

Worth seeing?
Despite going straight to DVD in the States (never a good sign), So Undercover is entirely watchable fluff that should play well to its target audience of Miley Cyrus fans.

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