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I love The Slumber Party. It is a heartwarming Disney film that brilliantly captures the essence of teenage friendships and the journey of self-discovery. With its enchanting storyline and captivating moments, the movie celebrates the power of friendship while encouraging viewers to break free from insecurities, making it a genuinely empowering cinematic experience.

The storyline follows best friends Megan (Darby Camp), Anna Maria (Valentina Herrera) and Paige (Emmy Liu-Wang) at a sleepover celebrating Anna Maria's birthday before high school begins. However, things take an unexpected turn when Anna Maria's soon-to-be stepsister is included, causing tensions among the girls. The night takes a magical twist when the party entertainer, Mesmer, hypnotizes them and leads them on a hilarious and life-changing adventure that makes them put aside their self-consciousness and embrace their true selves.

This heartwarming Disney film is a delightful and empowering experience for youth and family audiences that offer valuable life lessons and an enchanting adventure. The Slumber Party weaves a captivating tale of friendship and self-discovery through the remarkable performances of Megan, Anna Maria and Paige. The film's nostalgic sets and locations immerse the audience in the world of teenage camaraderie; while the imaginative costumes, complemented by an impressive soundtrack, add depth to the characters. Mesmer's hypnotic scenes and seamless special effects contribute a touch of magic, all masterfully directed. A standout moment is when the girls steal a hedgehog car float, showcasing youthful rebellion and friendship, leaving viewers exhilarated. The Slumber Party delivers an enchanting cinematic experience, celebrating the power of friendship and the joy of embracing one's true self. The film is uplifting and leaves viewers with a heartwarming feeling at the end, reminding us that true friendships and self-acceptance can lead to extraordinary and magical adventures.

The message of The Slumber Party is about the power of friendship, self-discovery and embracing one's true self as the girls learn to break free from their insecurities and support each other through the challenges of adolescence. There are no concerning elements present in the movie, making it a delightful and family-friendly film.

I give The Slumber Party 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. It releases July 27, 2023 on Disney Channel and July 28 on Disney+.

By Hanadie K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Sure you have been to a slumber party before, but trust me you have never been to one like this. This film has a great message that anybody no matter what age they are, can take away. This movie is fun, enjoyable, and it kept me wondering throughout the whole movie. So sit back, relax, and enjoy The Slumber Party.

This film is about Megan (Darby Camp), Anna Marie (Valentina Herrera), Paige (Emmy Liu-Wang), and Veronica (Alex Cooper Cohen) who have a slumber party for Anna Marie's birthday. Anna Marie wants to get her mind off of her dad's wedding so to help her live without thinking, she hires a hypnotist. After waking up with no memory of what happened last night, they can't seem to find out where Anna Marie is. The friends have to follow clues to try to where Anna Marie is.

An aspect of the film that I really enjoy is the comedy. All the characters in this film have such a great sense of humor which keeps you laughing the whole time. The audience can relate to many of the characters because they are going through real life situations. For example, Anna Marie's dad is getting remarried and she is not happy about it. She doesn't want to accept that he is moving on and this is a topic that many kids can relate to. My favorite character is Megan because she has a good sense of humor and I enjoyed her character development. Megan is afraid to try new things and to put herself out there. But with the help of her friends she is able to push past her anxiety of trying different things.

The message of The Slumber Party is that trying something new may not be easy but sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone. And who knows you may even enjoy trying something new. This film is completely appropriate and is a great movie to watch with the family in your free time.

I give The Slumber Party 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. This film is out now and you can find it on Disney+. Be sure to check it out!

By Giana N., Age 12, KIDSFIRST! Film Critic

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The Slumber Party depicts the hilarious aftermath of a sleepover birthday party hypnotism gone wrong as best friends Megan and Paige, along with soon-to-be step-sister Veronica, wake up with absolutely no memory of the night before. Now they must retrace their steps to find missing birthday girl Anna Maria and explain why there's a flock of baby ducks in the bathtub, what happened to Megan's eyebrow, and why she's wearing unattainable hottie Jake Ramirez's signature black hoodie.
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