(Alyson Michalka, Amanda Michalka, et al / DVD / G / 2006 / Disney)
Overview: Spoiled rich sisters, Taylor and Courtney Callum, have had it made. Their father owns a successful dairy that allows them to live comfortably. They can have anything they want: the latest designer clothes, cool cars, and an endless supply of money to spend. But then things take an unexpected turn ...
DVD Verdict: In the past, Disney Channel has rolled out some fairly decent made for TV movies that they call DCOM's (Disney Channel Original Movies). But, the past few months have brought some of televisions, and the entertainment worlds, most successful films to date; these include the hugely successful 'High School Musical' and 2003's novel to film 'The Cheetah Girls'. Now comes this equally successful film starring none other than Disney's own Alyson and Amanda Michalka, more commonly known as musical act Aly & AJ. The movie, 'Cow Belles', is somewhat of an extended episode of the Paris Hilton/Nicole Richie reality series 'The Simple Life', where two spoiled rich girls learn about life when they are forced into the real world. Though this idea may sound unoriginal and fairly simplistic, the movie has enough surprise twists up its sleeve to keep the viewers hooked. The movie focuses on Courtney (Amanda Michalka) & Taylor (Alyson Michalka) Callum, two wealthy heiresses to their father's dairy business. After one clumsy mistake after the next and nearly burning down their home, their father forces them to work in his dairy factory for a week (while he goes off on a much needed vacation) - with the girls' opposition of course. As they start working, mayhem ensues when the company's funds go missing - and with the employee's ready to protest for payment, Courtney's costly sweet sixteen party, and Taylor's struggle to keep the dairy on top while dealing with her sister's issues, it's no wonder one problem occurs after the next. The film's acting is both tolerable and enjoyable, with Aly & AJ bringing liveliness to their roles with much enthusiasm. Aly, being no stranger to the Disney Channel crowd (she stars on Disney's 'Phil of the Future'), never disappoints. Sister, Amanda, in her first major acting role, does an equally excellent job playing a spoiled, yet eventual hero, Courtney. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Exclusive alternate ending
Aly & AJ music video: "On the Ride"
Aly & AJ music video: "Rush"