I’m talking about Free Style (rated PG) the new movie that came out on October 9th starring Corbin Bleu from High School Musical. Not only was Corbin Bleu amazing, but the storyline was way more gritty and dramatic than I expected.
Corbin Bleu plays Cale Bryant, a young man who works two jobs to help his single mom and younger sister. His dad left when he was young and never came back. Cale is a motocross racer (basically motorcycle racing and stunts on a dirt course) who dreams of making it big one day. He and his friends compete in races, and he gets a shot at an empty spot in the US National Motocross Pro-Tour. Along the way he has to deal with his girlfriend’s betrayal, trying to figure out his future, the test of friendships, jealousy, and going after his dreams vs. being realistic. (His mom in the movie has a line, “You don’t always get to be what you want to be when you grow up, Cale.” – agh – it was heart-wrenching!)
I liked this movie for so many reasons. As previously mentioned, Corbin Bleu was awesome. But also, the story was emotional, and the lines felt real (not sugar-coated). I could also relate because I was raised by a single mom, and there are a lot of kids out there going through the same thing. I was totally engaged in the story the whole time, and I didn’t know where it was going to end up. I experienced a few LOL moments, and I also teared up at a few points. (Ok – DON’T tell my friends that!)
Corbin had this to say about his character:
“I think my fans will be surprised when they see me in this film because it is different from everything else I’ve done. It definitely has its emotional low points and it was important for me to take on a serious role like this. I didn’t want to go out and make something edgy for the sake of being edgy – I’m not trying to freak people out but I am growing up.”
I also like the look of the movie a lot. It was shot in Vancouver, Canada on a very low budget. It got dark each day at 4:30pm, so they had to shoot all the scenes before then! Plus, it was all very “in your face” with the motocross racing – you felt like you were up close and about to get hit by flying dirt and mud.
Co-starring in the movie were Madison Pettis as Cale’s super-cute little sister, and beautiful Mexican soap opera star, Sandra Echeverria, as his love interest.
BONUS: The STACKS got some exclusive video of the cast talking about their favorite books. Who knew Corbin Bleu was a Percy Jackson fan?
Anyways, if you couldn’t tell by now, I loved this movie! So if you’re looking for action/drama, but also comedy, romance and tons of action-packed motocross scenes Free Style is for you.
Let me know if you check it out, and tell me what you think in the Comments!
—Ratha, STACKS Writer
UPDATE: Scholastic Kid Reporter Caitlin got an exclusive interview with Madison Pettis where she tells what it was REALLY like to work with Corbin Bleu! He actually baked her cookies!
Photos courtesy of MGM