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A musical from the producers of High School Musical, American Mall has an abundance of great music and large choreographed dances, though many of the big production scenes seem forced and abruptly placed, especially compared to the seamless flow of its Disney predecessor. Pursuing one's dreams is seldom easy, and that's certainly the case for budding musician Ally (Nina Dobrev), having grown up in the mall at her mother's music store with a gift for songwriting and music aspirations, despite her mother's more practical plan for her to pursue a business degree. Ally's biggest problem is that she can't seem to finish her musical compositions, but that all changes when she meets night janitor Joey (Rob Mayes), a struggling rock musician who creates lyrics for her music and becomes her inspiration. The two develop a close relationship, but when the mall owner's daughter Madison (Autumn Reeser) threatens to close down Ally's mother's music store and steal Joey, his band, and one of Ally's songs to promote her new clothing line, Ally's life seems destined to fall apart completely. The storyline of typical girl, hot boy, and self-absorbed girl parallels High School Musical, Camp Rock, and a host of other popular movies, but tweens and teens will nonetheless find both story and music compelling. Bonus features include two separate commentary tracks: one with the director and "The Janitors" and the other with eight cast members including Dobrev, Mayes, and Reeser. There are also deleted scenes, bloopers, a learn to dance segment with choreographer Bonnie Story, extended performances of "Every 10 Seconds" and "At the Mall," four music videos including "You Got That Light" by The Janitors, and an alternate film ending. If you liked High School Musical and Camp Rock, you'll enjoy American Mall. (Ages 10 and older) --Tami Horiuchi