Hatching Pete/Dadnapped Reviews
Pete Ivey (Jason Dolley) is a teenager who is almost painfully shy. While he has many friends, he prefers to keep company with his best friend Cleatus Poole (Mitchel Musso) who is a goofball who prefers to say exactly what is on his mind, no matter the consequences.
Due to a longstanding family tradition, Cleatus' family encourages him to become the school mascot for the Brewster Roosters, nicknamed affectionately as "The Chicken," which he reluctantly agrees to do. Pete, haboring a small crush on Cleatus' sister, Cammie Poole (Madison Riley), goes to a basketball game practice to ask her out for a date.
At the game, Pete runs into some frustration when his Biology teacher does not recognize him and when he finally approaches Cammie to ask her out, he struggles to get the words out, only to discover that she has a boyfriend, the captain of the basketball team Dill (Crawford Wilson). Rejected, Pete goes home. He displays brilliant gymnastics on a trampoline and his father tells him that to get Cammie's attention, he has to give her something to notice.
On their way to the Brewster High basketball game, Cleatus comes over to ask Pete for a favor. He has two problems with being the mascot; the first is that few people seem to think that he is funny, and his lackluster performances only match the team's dismal performances on the court because the team is on a losing streak (at one point, the coach even remarks that they only had 20 points in the entire previous season). Cleatus' second problem is that he has an allergy to the suit, which causes him to sneeze violently every time he puts it on. Uncomfortable with the sweating, congestion, and swelling joints that he gets whenever he dons the suit, he pleads for Pete to wear the chicken mascot suit instead. As part of the bargain, Cleatus tells Pete he will get his sister on a date with Pete, and he agrees.
Pete's first game as "The Chicken," gets off to a rocky start. He gets to the door and is knocked over, and initially wants to go home. However, when the audience (and cheerleaders) laugh at his recovery, he realizes he has gotten Cammie's attention and starts to be more adventurous inside the suit. During the game, he annoys the players on the team and Coach Mackey (Brian Stepanek) but becomes a favorite with the audience, the students and the cheerleaders. With the team itself performing badly, Pete's antics as the mascot are the most entertaining part of the game.
The next day, Cleatus is congratulated on "his" performance as mascot, and finally noticed by his crush, head cheerleader Jamie Wynn (Tiffany Thornton), but he is nearly beaten up by the basketball team in retaliation for his distractions the night before. Before it gets out of hand, Cleatus is saved by Coach Mackey, who will be fired if there is no mascot. Afterwards, Cleatus comes to see Pete and asks him what he did. Because Pete cannot describe it, Cleatus decides Pete can still be the chicken while he hides in the stands. By hiding in plain sight (with a face painted in team colors and a wig), Cleatus can keep track of "The Chicken's" performances and be on standby if the two need to switch places in a hurry.
During one of the biology lessons, Pete meets cheerleader Angela Morrisey (Josie Loren) and starts crushing on her. They are both chosen for the parade float committee. Angela comes up with an idea for the upcoming float's theme using "The Chicken" as the centerpiece for a dance number with the cheerleading team and some children dressed like baby "chicks" who will hatch out of their shells. Even so, the project is ambitious logistically, so the two start trusting each other as Pete starts to find ways to make it work and build the actual props. The two start spending increasing amounts of freetime together, initially talking about the float, but later sharing more personal details, becoming fast friends in the process.
On the way to a mid-season game, the basketball team and the cheerleaders begin to wonder why "The Chicken" has suddenly gotten so good at working the crowd. In a close call, the team forces "The Chicken" to unmask on the bus, revealing a sneezing Cleatus underneath. Later, once Pete and Cleatus have switched outfits, Pete does a lengthy performance with the cheerleaders, and as he prepares to leave the court, notices that he is standing next to Angela. Realizing that while he sees her every day, as "The Chicken" he can be more aggressive with his affections, and pretends to "kidnap" her in front of the audience as one of his stunts, which the crowd cheers on. Outside the gym, Pete briefly makes a few romantic advances to Angela, surprised that "Cleatus" is acting this way. As Pete charms her with humor and with flower, he rushes back to the game before his identity can be compromised.
After a streak of games with building popularity for "The Chicken" at the games, Pete then notices that Cleatus is getting the perks of being the mascot,including Jamie Wynn, which angers him at first. As the two talk it over, they realize that they are both actually getting what they want out of the deal. Cleatus gets to keep the family tradition going and get the social perks, whereas Pete really enjoys being "The Chicken" and is surprised to discover his own sense of accomplishment and newfound confidence.
During the game a player is about to run into the cheerleaders. Pete picks up Angela, like an impulse while Jamie is knocked over and then begins to cry because her nose is bleeding. As the first time that "The Chicken" (presumably Cleatus) has snubbed his "girlfriend" in favor of Angela, both Pete and Cleatus worry that they may have revealed too much. Afterward, Angela thanks Poole and is about to kiss him, but Pete stops it.
Later, at the float committee, Angela is missing. Pete finds her crying. She got dumped in a text message. She tells Pete her boyfriend dry heaves a lot. Pete worries that he may have dry heaved around her, which he didn't.
The town shows up en masse for the festival and "The Chicken" is a big hit-along with the float-and the cheerleaders perform alongside Pete in a choreographed dance number. During the song, Cleatus (in disguise as Pecos Bill) is pulled onto the float and his identity is accidentally revealed. With his parents in shock, and the townspeople slowly realizing that they have been fooled, the situation causes Pete to panic and he runs only to have almost the entire town in pursuit.
Pete gets away by stealing the Sheriff's car, which was being used in the parade. He changes out of the suit and leaves it hidden away to rejoin the town. Shortly after, Angela sees him walking and offers him a ride. When the two talk, Pete considers coming clean when Angela expresses relief that "The Chicken" is not Cleatus after all because of her developing romantic feelings for whomever is inside. However, when she confesses that she is not sure about how finding out who is inside the suit will affect these feelings, Pete decides to keep the mystery alive by retiring.
Meanwhile, Cleatus is being questioned by the sheriff about who was really in the suit. Cleatus doesn't confess and is confronted by his father, who is upset that his son has been lying. When Cleatus admits his allergy, his father forgives him, and reveals that he had the same allergies when he was "The Chicken" in high school. Instead of being disappointed, his father actually praises Cleatus for choosing not to suffer under the pressure and to find his own way out. Apparently, his father always felt like a coward for having continued despite the discomfort.
Afterwards, Cleatus and Pete discuss the future of "The Chicken." Cleatus explains that Pete can continue if he wants to, but that they can leave it alone as a joke that they confess at a future date instead. Based on the adoration that the town shares for "The Chicken" and due to the financial incentives of having people attending the games, The sheriff decides to drop the charges to get the chicken to return, and the principal and basketball coach call an assembly to let "The Chicken" know that there will be no reprisals or formal charges. Pete considers revealing himself, but at the last second remembers that it might mean losing Angela's affections.
The town is disappointed when "The Chicken" does not appear for the next game, but a local journalist gives him the chance to explain himself on television. When he does, he mentions that the magic might be gone, comparing his unmasking to that of The Lone Ranger once the mystery is gone, it does not come back. At this moment, Angela realizes that Pete is "The Chicken," but chooses to do nothing.
Pete does return during the final game with a high-flying wire stunt to rally both the players and the crowd. With the team facing an undefeated team (and having never won a game during the season), they are close to having their first victory in years. As "The Chicken" rallies the crowd and the team, they start fighting back and closing the gap. During a time out, the audience cheers for the chicken to remove the mascot head, and Pete, remembering what Cleatus said earlier about hiding in his "shell" forever or "hatching" decides to remove the mask and take his chances. As he removes the mask, Angela runs to him and helps revealing that she has known for a while and was hoping that he would reveal himself on his own. Pete is shocked that she knows, but grateful that she never pressured him. The crowd is initially silent, because no one recognizes him, until Cleatus yells, "That's Pete Ivey!" and the crowd cheers the instantly famous mascot. In the audience, Pete's parents are shocked and proud that it is their son, and Cleatus' father compliments them on how good Pete is in the role.
The team finishes with a last second score to win the game, and when the cheerleaders tumble in their celebration, Angela falls on Pete, joking that she had mentioned she was "falling" for a guy in a chicken suit. He then kisses her, and the Brewster Roosters celebrate their only win of the year.
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Brain Stepanek from Suite Life of Zack and Cody and a huge rooster costume. Brewster High School was about to change big time. I
think 'Hatching Pete' is one of Disney's best movies yet.
Pete Ivey (Jason Dolley) has a crush on Cammie Poole. Who is also his best friend Cleatis (Mitchel Musso)'s little sister. Cleatis
(mostley called by his last name Poole), is the school mascot. As his Dad, Uncle, his other Uncle, Aunt and his Grandfather. So, when the
principal get's a new costume for Poole, he's allergic to the head. So, Poole comprimises with Pete into being the rooster until he saves
up for a new non-allrgic rooster head and all Poole has to do is get his sister to dump her boyfriend and take Pete as her new boyfriend.
Pete turns out to be a really great mascot. He even chased and mimicked the coach (Brain Stepnek) onto the court in the middle of a
play! The other team ended up getting a foul because the coach went onto the court. Pete is the rooster for about 2 or 3 games and then
he finds out that the non-allergic head Poole's saving up for doesn't exist and that he's not trying to get Cammie for Pete. Pete says
that he's over Cammie. He gets a new crush on the new girl Angela ( Josie Loren) instead. They end up signing up to design and make the
school's float for the parade in town. They end up liking eachother a lot. She ends up loving the chicken though and since Poole and Pete
didn't tell anyone about the swich, she thinks it's Poole when it's really Pete. Poole also gets the cheerleading captain, Jamie Wynn
(Tiffany Thorton) as a girlfriend. So, in a game when Pete has to choose between saving Angela or Jamie from a running basketball
player who can't stop, when Pete chooses to save Angela, when everyone thinks Poole is in the suit, Poole get's dumped because Jamie
gets her nose broken. When the parade comes up, people find out that Cleatis Poole is NOT in the chicken suit. Then, things get
interesting. The rooster doesn't show up for games, apperences, or anything because Pete doesn't want people to know that he's the
chicken or they might want him to be a crazy guy all the time. And Pete doesn't really want that. He likes being the shy guy in the back
of the class that his teachers barely know about him.
I personally think Hatching Pete is an exellent movie and has a great messsage. I think the message is as Poole says himself in the film 'You can live your life in a shell. Or, you can hatch'. Disney Channel Original Movies always have great messages like 'Don't Fit in, Stand Out!' from Camp Rock, to 'There's a hero in everyone of you even if you don't know it' from Dadnapped. Hatching Pete is no different. The rooster makes the movie a comedy as well as the people who play the characters.
For most of Hatching Pete stars have been in other movies. Like Jason Dolley who in Hatching Pete played Pete Ivey. In Minutemen, Jason played Virgil Fox. In Read It And Weep, Jason played Conner Kennedy. For Mitchel Musso, playing Cleatis Poole in Hatching Pete has also played Raymond Figg in Life Is Ruff. He also helped in bringing his TV show Hannah Montana to the big screen by playing Oliver Oken in Hannah Montana The Movie. For Tiffany Thorton, Hatching Pete as Jamie Wynn was her movie debut! She plays Tawni Hart on a television show Sonny With A Chance but, this was her first movie. Josie Loren, right before playing Angela in Hatching Pete, played as Nicole in 17 Again.