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In So Undercover, Miley Cyrus plays an detective infiltrating ties to the Georgian mafia - no, I'm not joking....
Millennium / 94 Minutes / 2012 / Rated PG-13 / Street Date: February 5, 2013
I don’t mean to shock you, but this new Miley Cyrus undercover detective sorority movie isn’t very good. I know, I know: it’s hard to see this kind of thing coming. But So Undercover doesn’t just mess up its shape and design as a Miss Congeniality for the aging tween crowd – it’s the kind of thing that, in a better world, would just be a snippet on SNL’s The Miley Cyrus Show as a gag.
Our setup goes a little like this: Molly Morris (Miley Cyrus) is an undercover operative (stay with me, folks) who has to take whatever assignment she can get because of her dad’s deep gambling debts. A fellow FBI man (played by Jeremy Piven!) sends her to the Kappa Kappa Zeta sorority house near a college in Louisiana to tail a sister there whose daddy has vague connections to a clandestine Georgian mafia institution.
It’s clear from the get-go that Miley Cyrus’ behind-the-scenes team wants a movie like So Undercover to work. It’s not edgy or brash enough to betray the star’s onetime child star sensibility, but it’s also no kiddie adventure (Hannah Montana never packed, as far as I know). Yet while this might be total conjecture, Cyrus herself never seems all that into the movie during her time on screen – she breezes through So Undercover like it was a college midterm she didn’t study for.