Cow Belles Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
Rich and spoiled sisters, Taylor and Courtney Callum (played by actual sisters Aly and A.J. Michalka), are happily oblivious to the realities of life. Freely spending their daddy’s (Jack Coleman) hard earned money, the blithe blondes have learned to bat their heavily-mascaraed lashes to get whatever they want, and artfully apologize whenever their selfishness comes under condemnation.
Although their father voices his frustration at having to pick up the tab and patch up the frequent thoughtless mistakes, an expensive mishap in the kitchen proves to be the last straw. Demanding the girls learn some responsibility, he arranges to have his daughters take a summer job at his milk processing plant.
Coincidentally, the duo’s first day of work is also the day Mr. Callum is scheduled to fly out on a long overdue vacation, so he leaves the incapable pair in the hands of his business partner (Michael Rhoades). Neither he, nor the rest of the staff at the factory are all that pleased at being asked to babysit the pampered princesses. Their worst fears are confirmed when they assign the girls to work on the assembly line and their “help” slows down production.
However, the pair’s bumbling soon proves to be the least of the company’s concerns. Shortly after the boss’s holiday departure (to a destination out of cell phone reach) a string of unfortunate events, including some missing funds, puts the family business and the teens’ lifestyle at risk of financial ruin. With the cash cow run dry, it is up to the dairy queens to save the day. But do they have the compassion to make the necessary sacrifices required to keep things afloat until their father returns?
Originally made as a feature movie for the Disney Channel, Cow Belles requires the audience to believe the situation really can work as a wake-up call for the self-centered sisters. While older and more cynical viewers may have a hard time buying their reformation, at least they will not have to worry about any other objectionable content. The storyline steers clear of everything except some handholding and brief kisses with inevitable love interests, as well as some slapstick antics and name-calling. The sentimental script is clearly aimed at the female ‘tween crowd, and is certain to satisfy them and anyone else with an appreciation for a little cheese.
Starring Alyson Michalka, Amanda Michalka. Running time: 90 minutes. Updated May 2, 2009
Rating & Content Info
Why is Cow Belles rated Not Rated? Cow Belles is rated Not Rated by the MPAA
Two well-heeled sisters blithely spend their father’s hard earned cash with no understanding of the value of money. Their thoughtless disregard for others results in some property damage, lost productivity and selfish acts (these incidents sometimes include slapstick style antics). A young man’s bare chest is shown when he is getting dressed. A couple of kisses and handholding between teenagers are depicted. Fraudulent activity is discussed. Some name-calling and bullying occurs.
Page last updated May 2, 2009
Cow Belles Parents' Guide
At one point in the movie, the girls reflect upon their deceased mother and the qualities she possessed that made the family business so successful. What do they identify as her most important character trait? How did it help her work with other people? Do you feel the girls learn to follow her example?
What do you think are the positive and negative affects of having money? What are the pros and cons of having less? Can a person choose how they will react to either situation?
Besides acting, Aly and A.J. (who play Taylor and Courtney) have also recorded some music together. A couple of their music videos are included on the DVD version of Cow Belles.
The most recent home video release of Cow Belles movie is June 26, 2006. Here are some details…
DVD Release Date: 27 June 2006
If you are moo-ved by this moo-vie, then you’ll be delighted by the DVD extras included with this release. Go behind the scenes of Cow Belles, enjoy two music videos featuring the musical sisters, or check out the alternate ending to the film. The English audio track is recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, and the picture is presented in full screen.