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Hating Alison Ashley (2005)

  Directed by: Geoff Bennett
Written by: Chris Anastassiades, Robin Klein, Christine Madafferi
Starring: Saskia Burmeister, Delta Goodrem, Jean Kittson
Links: Hating Alison Ashley on the IMDb
Genre: Children's
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Film 2005 (nominee)

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Luckily, this isn't aimed at me" - a review by pearly

Robin Klein's novels were a staple in the literary diet of most kids at my primary school, especially the young lasses. I gather the situation was similar in most schools in Australia at the time. Hating Alison Ashley was one of the more popular ones, and quite possibly the most surprising thing about this film being made is that it hasn't been done earlier.

The story is written for kids and/or young adults, and tells the story of Erica Yurken (Saskia Burmeister), a girl who is struggling to find acceptance at her school, surrounded by other students who she thinks are odd and stupid. She has all but resigned herself to the life of a loner, when a new teacher, Miss Belmont (Jean Kittson), and a new student, Alison Ashley (Delta Goodrem), turn up and change the whole dynamic of the class.

Full of little lessons to be learned, Hating Alison Ashley is the kind of story where even the heroine has more than her fair share of flaws, but everyone manages to come out looking squeaky clean at the end. As far as entertainment goes, the film is harmless enough, but it really aims at the teenage market, and does little to appeal to anyone in a higher age bracket. Some of the jokes are pretty low-brow (i.e. everything involving Craig McLachlan's character), and portions of the story now seem a little dated, or perhaps a bit juvenile.

Also, unfortunately, there's Goodrem as the title character: the girl that Erica loves to hate, Alison Ashley. Looking permanently beatific, and coasting her way through the whole film as though she has some kind of halo hovering above her head, she came across to me as a character I would just simply hate, rather than love to hate. The resolution portion of the story, in which a montage is shown of the times when Ashley really did try to be nice to Erica didn't ring at all true with me, and really, the success of the whole film kinda hinges on this moment of truth. Goodrem may have captured the nation's heart (though not mine) with her trilling and "acting" on Neighbours, but I'm really not sure I understand what all the fuss is about.

pearly gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 20 Sep 2005

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  1. I enjoyed this movie, though it was a bit boring in some bits.( Of course I can't say bad things about it since my friends Dad was the libarian)!

    Rating given: 7

    A comment from Angela on Fri 23 Sep 2005 23:47 #

  2. it was a very good movie
    this movie

    Rating given: 5

    A comment from vincion geneste on Tue 04 Oct 2005 16:14 #

  3. The movie Hate Alison Ashley is so good.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Isabel Alban on Sun 18 Dec 2005 15:24 #

  4. ae3qwr

    Rating given: 2

    A comment from lkjkk on Tue 13 Jun 2006 10:19 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 6.00 (4 ratings)

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