If you’ve exhausted all of your options on Netflix, take things back to simpler times…Disney Channel in the early 2000s. And VALLEY’s not talking about the classics like “High School Musical” or “Camp Rock,” we’re bringing you the most underrated Disney Channel Original Movies from way before Zac Efron was even a thing. Grab some popcorn and a quarantined buddy and get ready feel nostalgic.
Stuck in the Suburbs
If you’re really stuck in the suburbs, why not start off your Disney+ binge with the 2004 hit, “Stuck in the Suburbs.” Starring Brenda Song; Danielle Panabaker; and SNL alum, Taran Killam, this underrated DCOM tells the story about what happens when you accidentally switch phones with your favorite celeb. This movie features everything from the every 2000s — soccer ball purses, butterfly clips and the iconic Aaron Carter haircut.
Before there was FaceTune, there was a holographic software created by none other than Phil of Future star, Raviv “Ricky” Ullman, in the 2004 DCOM, “Pixel Perfect.” To help save his best friend’s band, Ullman’s character Roscoe creates the “perfect” lead singer, Loretta Modern, to help the Zettabytes become world wide pop stars.
Go figure that the underrated DCOM, “Go Figure,” was such a hit. Released in 2005, this story broke the ice when it talked being honest about who you are and finding who you were meant to be. In order to be coached by a world renowned ice skating coach, Katelyn must to whatever it takes to become a champion — even if it means she needs to pretend to be somebody else.
Read It And Weep (2006)
Starring the early 2000s queens of Disney, sisters Danielle and Kay Panabaker came together for the first time in the DCOM “Read it and Weep.” Released in 2006, the movie the story of what happens when Kay’s character Jamie accidentally submits her personal diary for a writing competition. When her story wins and becomes a best-selling book, she starts to see “IS,” her story’s main character and her own alter-ego brought to life by her sister, played by Danielle.
Gotta Kick it Up!
Based on a true story, this 2002 DCOM, “Gotta Kick it Up!,” follows the story of a middle school teacher coaching an underdog dance team to victory. You might even recognize your favorite “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” star, America Ferrera. By the end of the movie, you’ll be chanting their go-to phrase, “Si, se puede,” which means, “Yes, I can.”