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Cory in the House: Newt & Improved Edition (DVD Review)

25 May, 2008 By: Anne Sherber

Street 5/27/08
$19.99 DVD
Not rated.
Stars Kyle Massey, Jason Dolley, Maiara Walsh, Madison Pettis.

The premise of this first spin-off series from the Walt Disney channel is that Cory's father has been hired as the head chef for the president of the United States, so the family moves into the White House.

Cory, who was a recurring character on the channel's popular “That's So Raven,” finds himself living down the hall from the leader of the free world. Even though his new digs are crawling with secret service agents, not to mention the president's status-obsessed daughter, Cory still attends the neighborhood public school and has the same teenage problems and struggles as the kids from the 'hood.

“Cory in the House” is a little bit of a throwback to the sitcoms of the 1970s and '80s, such as “The Facts of Life” and “Diff'rent Strokes.” Kids who represent a rainbow of ethnicities seem to have the run of the White House, getting into and out of scrapes and sticky situations.

In one episode, Cory's band is scheduled to play at the library until the librarian declares on the morning of the performance that they have to have a great new song written and ready to play by that afternoon. In another, Cory wants to show a girl the Oval Office.

The disc also includes an interesting documentary that features interviews with the cast and creators.

Fans of “That's So Raven” will be keen to see what became of Cory. With a cast that includes teenage boys to suit virtually every taste, even pre-teen girls who aren't “Raven” fans will find something to like about “Cory in the House.”

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