I told myself I would never watch a show entitled The Naked Brothers Band. I mean, come on, it's called The Naked Brothers Band. Well, I just finished watching the season two premiere, "Sidekicks." At first I was like, what have I gotten myself into? I started to relax though; it wasn't the worst thing I've ever seen (see: Pocahontas 2, a shame to Disney).
It wasn't the best thing I've ever seen either. It's probably a lot more appealing to 12- or 13-year-olds. My twin sister, who watched it with me, said, "I'd probably watch it again if there was nothing else on."
The show is about these two brothers — Nat and Alex Wolff — who have a band. They have music videoes and recorded songs. Sound familiar? I noted it was extremely similiar to Hannah Montana in the way that it's about famous musicians, and the actors release their own albums. It is not as good as Hannah Montana though. Not even close.
Anyway, season two starts with the episode "Sidekicks." Amigos Middle School, where the brothers attend on the show, is having a school dance where everyone dresses up as Superheroes and Sidekicks. The Naked Brothers Band — as the boys call themselves (horrible name if you ask me) — are scheduled to perform. The boys' band also includes real-life friends Thomas (Thomas Batuello), David (David Levi), Qaasim (Qaasim Middleton), Cooper Pillot (Cooper), as well as Nat's love interest Rosalina (Allie DiMeco). There are two new songs in the premiere: "Mystery Girl" and "I Don't Want to Go to School."
Rosalina (who is two years older than Nat and is in high school) gets invited to prom by a senior, Donnie Timmerman (Adam Draper). Prom is the same night as the middle school dance, but Nat encourages her to go anyway. He gets invited (more like forced) to take Patrice (Sarah Livingston), a sour lonely freshman jealous of Rosalina's senior date. She figures a rock star is just as good as some stupid senior.
Meanwhile, Qaasim invites four girls to the dance. Classy, right? One of them has to say yes, right? Of course, all of them say yes. Next time, ask one and wait for the answer. That boy is more hopeless than me about dating. And that's scary. This is the girl who's been asked out four times (that I know of, of course) and didn't realize it. See, that's sad. Alex plans to take his 23-year-old babysitter, Jesse (Jesse Draper). Yep, a sixteen year age difference doesn't mean anything. He finds a new date.
David and Thomas think they are so cool by not bothering with girls for the dance. They insist on leaving a mark on the school. Principal Schmoke (Tim Draper) used to be the star football player when he was a teenager, and there was some graffiti about how great he was in the boys' bathroom. The two decide it's time to erase the graffit. That'll leave people talking, right?
The best part of this movie was Nat Wolff. God, that kid is amazing. He's easily the best actor on the show. He also is the lead singer and song writer. At thriteen, he's written more than 150 songs. Ten of 14 songs featured in season two were written by him. On the Naked Brothers Album, 13 of 15 were written by Nat. After September 11, Nat performed a tearful song, "Firefighters", raising $46,000 for families affected by this tragedy. He's going far in Hollywood. Oh, and I'm sure 12-, 13-, and 14-year-old girls are going crazy for the boy. He's quite a stud. Great actor. Great songwriter.
Alex Wolff is pretty good, but nowhere near his brother. He plays the drums. He's best when he's in scenes with his brother. I assume this is due to the chemistry between them. Rosalina's fine, but she would be better on the news. She apparently wants to be a broadcast journalist, so that would work out. I'd study that, if I was her. Cooper, the band manager, is fine as well, but they don't really give him much to do. Jesse kind of bugs me. I don't really know why. I think it's her character. Actors to ditch: David, Qaasim, and Thomas. The three are absolutely horrible. Get rid of them. No talent. They are worse than Jamie Lynn Spears! Now, that is saying something.
Another thing that impressed me was their music. Now, I'm not going to run out and buy their CD, but I wouldn't mind watching their music videoes once in a while. "Mystery Girl" is absolutely amazing. Nat's voice and lyrics are great. It's amazing he's only thriteen. I don't believe it. "I Don't Want to Go to School" is good. However, I think I've heard stuff like it before. It sounds like a song in the Suite Life of Zack and Cody episode, "Battle of the Bands."
There were a couple of things that I really liked. First of all, Donnie was absolutely obsessed with his hair, which is decked with highlights. Nat and Cooper talk about how it was weird, and they didn't get it. But then Nat goes over to his brother and laughs at him, because he didn't know popular senior boys get highlights. I know a senior guy with highlights. He's incredibly hot with them, but I'm not too fond of him right now, so this whole highlights thing wasn't as great as it should have been. Not the show's fault though. The brothers' scenes together are really good. Alex, who's nine, is giving his brother girl advice — what tux to wear and how you need to get that flower pin thing for a girl when you go to a dance with her. Is it called a courset? I think it may be called a courset. Whatever. Doesn't matter. I'm not googling it. I don't really understand the concept of a flower pin, but, according to Alex, it's a must. I don't agree, but if a guy bought me a flower thing I wouldn't complain.
Anyway, the movie wasn't as terrible as I thought it would be. I probably won't watch it again, but my sister, who's sixteen and still obsessed with Disney princesses, says she might see it again. Also this season has some impressive guest stars, including Joel Madden, Tony Hawk, George Lopez, and Phil Collins. Pretty sweet. It all starts January 21 at 8 PM ET. Be there.