Cow Belles

Cow Belles

The DVD cover
Directed by Francine McDougall
Produced by Kevin Lafferty
Sheri Singer
Written by Matt Dearborn
Stu Krieger
Starring Aly Michalka
AJ Michalka
Jack Coleman
Michael Trevino
Chris Gallinger
Music by Aly & AJ
Kenneth Burgomaster
Budget $5 million
Country United States
Language English
Original channel Disney Channel
Release date August 19, 2006[clarification needed]
Running time 88 minutes

Cow Belles is a 2006 romantic teen comedy film inspired by the Fox series The Simple Life which formerly starred Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. The filmed starred Aly Michalka and AJ Michalka, better known as sister duo Aly & AJ. The movie was filmed in Toronto, Canada.[1] It premiered on March 24, 2006 on the Disney Channel and was watched by over 5.8 million viewers.[2]

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Plot

Aly Michalka and AJ Michalka star as Taylor and Courtney Callum, two thoroughly spoiled yet well-intentioned sisters whose widower father Reed Callum, (Jack Coleman) owns Callum Dairy. Taylor has just gotten her license, after almost failing it at the beginning of the movie. But then their lives turn upside down. One day they leave the house to depart for a shopping trip, but leave a towel on the stove, starting a house fire. Shocked by their carelessness, and deciding the girls should start making their own cash, Reed puts them to work at the dairy to show them responsibility about running a business. Their dad goes out of town, looking for a rare butterfly to add to his collection. This leaves the girls to look after the dairy.

When the girls start working at the dairy, they are at their worst nightmare. They mess up almost every step of the way, such as tripping and splashing blueberries on themselves, and then dropping Courtney's cell phone into one of the full yogurt cups. All the employees think they are stuck up and don't believe that they can do their job. Soon after they start working there and doing their jobs better, someone steals all the money out of the businesses' bank account. It is then up to the girls to come up with a plan to save the dairy, and the jobs of those who are working, but no one believes in them. Taylor has changed her nature and asked Courtney if she could use her party money to for the employees' paycheck or else they will leave Callum Dairy. When Taylor tricks Courtney into getting her cell phone, she says that she will get the money, but still no one believes her. Without consulting Courtney, Taylor uses her party money for the employees, thus causing a very big fight between the two of them.

Courtney totally ignores Taylor in every possible way. They have a fight at work when Courtney is putting in the numbers for the expiry dates. Even though they have the money to give the employers' paychecks, money still goes missing, but they have worst problems. Their milk is going bad. Just when things are about to go sour (both the situation and the milk), Reed comes back along with volunteers as they managed to pull through the evening.

Cast

Release

  • The DVD was released on June 27, 2006 with special features such as behind-the-scenes featurette and music videos.[3]
  • Family in Canada first aired Cow Belles on June 30, 2006.
  • Cow Belles premiered on Disney Channel Asia on August 6, 2006 (original ending version) and November 19, 2006 (alternate ending version).
  • Its premiere was watched by over 5.8 million viewers, making it the fifth most viewed Disney Channel Original Movie as of 2007.[4]
  • Cow Belles debuted on U.L[clarification needed] television on March 29, 2006 to 2.04 million viewers.
  • Cow Belles debuted on Disney Channel Latin America on June 12, 2009.

Reception

The film received mostly positive reviews from critics. Jeff Swindoll of the Monsters and Critics website said, "Not too bad and a perfect time killer for the kids. I’d suggest a rental for family movie night. Maybe the lessons the girls learn in the [film] will cross over to the audience."[5] Kevin Carr of 7M Pictures said, "Cow Belles follows the Disney formula perfectly. It stars two hot, young singing sensations, who have a contract with the Disney recording branch. If you frequent the Disney Channel often on the dial, you’ll recognize Alyson Michalka as Keely from Phil of the Future. These girls are next in line to take over where Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan left the stage. Overall, Aly and AJ are decent actors and carry the film as best they can. Aly has a stronger, more mature part, and it shows that she at least has a little more camera time on her sister. However, the casting of the sisters works well as they have good chemistry. Ultimately, these two make a better pair than Haylie and Hilary Duff ever did."[6] Commonsense Media said, "Parents need to know that this film might at first seem to tell kids that the sisters' frivolous lifestyle is desirable and that their carefree, irresponsible behavior is something to aspire to. But things turn around when the girls finally realize the value of hard-earned money, learn about responsibility, and gain respect for people who must work for a living. While adults may not find this quick turnaround believable, the movie's overall intention is good."[7] Ultimate Disney reviewed the DVD saying "Cow Belles has its fair share of flaws but redeems itself with a solid story and a surprise or two by the end. Like the milk in the movie, the bonus features are skim, and the audio/video presentation could use some improvement. The price tag for this one is a little higher than your average DCOM too, so a purchase may not be quite warranted. Still, those who have taken a liking to Disney Channel features in the past should give this one a try, so a rental is recommended."[8]

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