Top 10 Movies Like 'Starstruck' Everyone Should Watch at Least Once
What Films Are Like Starstruck?
Disney has created massive film franchises over the years. Other than animation flicks, they have also built a niche genre of teen movies. For decades, the studio has produced a multitude of teen movies like Starstruck and High School Musical. The former has gained some popularity over the years.
Following the life of a pop star named Christopher Wilde, the film deals with the negative effects of stardom, namely the lack of privacy. Two teen sisters try to meet the elusive pop star and only the younger one, Jessica, manages to gain an audience with him.
As the two hang out, she comes to understand the hardships a star faces on a daily basis, thanks to the paparazzi. The film nicely combines great production values with an intriguing love story. If you enjoy movies like Starstruck, you must check out these teen movies.
Movies Similar to Satarstruck
- Camp Rock
- Jump In!
- Read It And Weep
- Halloweentown High
- Let It Shine
- The Suits Life Movie
- Radio Rebel
- The Swap
1. Camp Rock
Considered to be one of the most popular teen movies, Camp Rock is high on fun and drama. The film traces the story of Mitchie Torres, played by Demi Lovato, who wants to participate in a music camp called Camp Rock.
However, owing to her ordinary family background, she has to pretend to be a caterer to enter the camp. Here, she meets pop sensation Shane, who has been assigned to train all the students at the camp. Love blossoms between the two in the most unlikely fashion. Will Mitchie succeed in fulfilling her dreams? Will Shane still like her if he knows about her true identity?
One of the biggest highlights of the film is the soundtrack. Since the film is set in a music camp, songs are an integral part. The sheer love that these tracks received is astonishing. In fact, a number of songs from the album have gone on to become chartbusters.
On top of melodious tracks, it has Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas as the leads. Need I say more?
2. Jump In!
When it comes to teen movies produced by Disney, most follow a template. But if you're looking for some variety, Jump In should fit the bill! This story isn't about singing or dancing, but about jumping rope!
Izzy is a young boxer, who takes on his bully and earns a chance to participate in a big boxing tournament. Coached and mentored by his father, it is clear this is the direction his life will take.
Destiny, however, has other plans for Izzy. He soon finds a new passion, thanks to his crush, Mary, who plays jump rope. Fascinated by the sport, along with the added advantage of hanging out more with his crush, Izzy devotes all his time here, neglecting his boxing practice. Whether he chooses one sport over the other and how he confronts his father about it makes up for the rest of the tale.
Jump In! has a lot of inspiring elements such as standing up to your bullies, staying true to your dreams, and to not be embarrassed if your passion doesn't match the status quo. All these concepts are dealt in a lighthearted manner.
Coming to films in the fantasy realm, Twitches is a fine example of Disney's versatility. Starring real-life twins, Tia and Tamara Mowry, the story follows the tale of two twin sisters, Alex and Caryn.
Belonging to a magical kingdom called Coventry, the two are brought to Earth as infants and separated at birth. Growing up, they realize that one is a morning lark and the other is a night owl. On their 21st birthday, they finally meet each other. It's finally revealed that they're twin sisters with magical powers. Now reunited and discovering their powers, they must return to their kingdom and find out why they were forced into hiding in the first place.
The film is quite enjoyable, even if you're not a fan of teen movies. Watching the two sisters act in sync on screen is a surreal experience. As you watch the film unfold, you will understand why these two were the perfect choice for this role.
4. Read It And Weep
Disney has produced many pop stars and actors over the year, one being Kay Panabaker, who now features in The Flash series. One of the earliest films in her career was Read It And Weep.
Following the life of a high school student named Jamie, the film revolves around a journal written by her and how it creates a massive ruckus. Unhappy with her school life, Jamie chronicles everything into a journal where she changes the names of all the characters. She builds an imaginative and exciting world from her mundane life. However, one day, she accidentally submits her journal, instead of an essay for an English assignment. Assumed to be fictitious, her journal lands her name and fame. The real trouble begins when people in her life begin to put two and two together.
It might be cliched and predictable in places, especially with all the usual high school drama, but it is an interesting watch nonetheless. There's something fascinating about high school culture which makes us want to revisit it.
If you're looking for some spellbinding movies like Starstruck, Read It And Weep should be your best bet.
5. Halloweentown High
A part of the Halloweentown movie series, this is the third installment of the franchise. However, it isn't necessary to watch previous films to enjoy this one.
Marnie Piper is a witch and a high school student. Turns out, there's a place called Halloweentown - a magical world hidden from the plain site. She requests some students from the magical realm to join the real world. After much convincing, the Halloweentown council grants her wish.
Giving human forms to the creatures, she introduces them to the school as foreign exchange students. Things, however, don't go according to the plan. The noble goal of letting the mortal and magical world mingle isn't appreciated by all.
Knights of the Iron Dagger, a fanatic cult, despise all things magic and wish its destruction. Can Marnie save her students from these fanatics?
If you like a dash of the supernatural in a typical teen movie, this is your best bet. There's romance, drama, magic, and mayhem - every ingredient for making this sly feature a compelling watch.
6. Let It Shine
One great thing about Disney and their never-ending list of teen movies is that they have films for every demographic. Not everyone can croon like a lark; some just like to rap. Let It Shine is a story of one such rapper.
Cyrus is a shy high school student who has a hidden talent; he can write some really good raps and has great flow and rhythm. In the hopes of landing a record deal, he submits one of his works in competition. But when his best friend is mistaken to be the rapper, he decides to go ahead with the charade.
Let It Shine is all about being brave and revealing your true self to the world. Fearing ridicule and criticism, Cyrus refrains from following his dream and he regrets it immediately. Fret not. It's a Disney movie. There seldom are any tragic endings. Our protagonist has plenty of time for redemption.
He finally gets to step up and share his amazing talent with the whole world. it's a truly inspirational tale - one that'll empower many struggling artists.
This teen movie takes us on a zany adventure where an app can control the lives of all the boys! Zoey is a sixteen-year-old high school student whose family just got considerably bigger. Her mom remarries a basketball coach and now she has three stepbrothers.
They're messy, mean, and they annoy the hell out of Zoey for one reason or another. Fed up with them, she downloads a magical app that controls the actions of all the boys in her life. Soon, not only her brothers but all the boys in her school also start behaving in a better manner. Whether her secret will ever come out and will she ever get along with her new family makes up for the rest of the tale.
In the midst of all the magic and chaos, the film also has a beautiful message. Through Zoey, it makes us realize that sometimes, letting people be who they are is the best course of action. You can't control everyone's actions and trying to do is a futile exercise.
8. The Suite Life Movie
A lot of us have grown up watching the famous Disney show - The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Following the shenanigans of two twin brothers who live with their mother in a hotel, a lot of fond memories are attached to it. So, a film adaptation of the famous show is the best thing that can ever happen, right?
Set a few years after the series, Zack and Cody are now teenagers who still don't get along with each other. However, things come to a head when the duo has a big fight during a vacation, and they go their separate ways. But, when they discover a diabolical plan that involves them switching personalities, the two brothers unite and fight against the new threat.
While most problems in the series were simple, the sci-fi angle is what makes them enjoyable. Cole and Dylan Sprouse have always been talented as actors and comedians, and it's evident that they've only gotten better with age. Let the nostalgia hit you.
The Suite Life Movie is probably the closest you'll get to finding a movie like Starstruck. Don't miss out on this gem.
9. Radio Rebel
A sweet, endearing drama about a girl stepping out of her shell, Radio Rebel is empowering for a number of reasons.
Tara Adams is a high schooler who is shy and mostly keeps to herself. Although timid in real life, she's a whole different person on her podcast. Following her passion of being a radio jockey, she makes a name for herself as DJ Radio Rebel. In the booth, she's fierce, fearless, bold, and speaks her mind, making the whole school fall in love with her. The students are dying to meet this rockstar in real life, and as the pressure increases to reveal her identity, Tara now has to make a choice.
The story is pretty simple. There aren't a lot of twist and turns, but it conveys the message of not succumbing to social pressure quite conveniently. You don't need to be the star quarterback or the head cheerleader to have a good time in high school, as there's a hidden talent in each one of us, making us special. If you ask me, it's a message many teenagers could use these days.
10. The Swap
A PG-13 version of It's A Boy Girl Thing, The Swap is a movie about understanding different people. This teen movie is set in a high school where a girl named Ellie and a guy named Jack are students. Each thinks that the life of the other is easier. Then, the two inexplicably switch bodies and must now live the other person's life. Ellie will now play sports and Jack will learn ribbon dancing, leading them to understand each other thoroughly.
Although fun and comical on the surface, The Swap is a great lesson on empathy and how to be content with your own life. As they often say, the grass is greener on the other side, and the film only substantiates this proverb.
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