A Disney ChannelOriginal Moviebased on a book of the same name by Mark Peter Hughes. It premiered on April 15, 2011.Five high school studentsmeet in detention and discover a shared love of music and organic lemonade. Despite a rocky start and constant interference from an arrogant, self-important rival band and a Jerkass principal, they manage to form an anti-establishment rock band that takes off like a rocket.It's about making friends, growing up, and saving a lemonade vending machine.Not to be confused with Mountain Dew Mouth.A sequel movie was planned by Disney but later canceled. That hasn't stopped Mark Peter Hughes from writing his own sequel: Lemonade Mouth Puckers Up which was published in late 2012.
See the main article above, referring to saving a vending machine. The band actually make a pretty big deal about it.
Asian Airhead: Blown all the way to hell and back by Stella, who is visionary, leader and driving force of not only Lemonade Mouth, but in the effort to give the students a voice, and the one who gets Mel to build the music hall for the school.
Played straight and entirely subverted at once in the book: it's revealed that Stella only scored an IQ of 84 and was later diagnosed with a number of learning disabilities. She still acts exactly the same as she does in the movie - and in fact this is what drives her to act with vision and leadership.
Berserk Button: Doing anything that defaces the school, or the new gym, will put you in hock with the principal, whether you did it or not. (See the "Lemonade Mouth banner" incident in the cafeteria.) Also, "a school dance is no place for a political tirade."
Stella has a few berserk buttons, from being able to express herself to the aforementioned drive to save the vending machine. Both end up being critical to the formation of the band.
Elaborate University High: A plot point in both book and movie, the latter was shot on location in several with Ms. Resnik's actress commenting that she'd never seen such nice high schools before coming to Albuquerque.
Establishing Character Moment: the scene where the kids sing "Turn Up the Music" neatly defines the members of Lemonade Mouth and their personalities.
Expy: Lemonade Mouth themselves are expies of the detention gang from The Breakfast Club, especially Charlie and Wen.
Stella and Mo come across as Spear Counterparts to John Bender and Brian Johnson, while Olivia seems very much a Deconstruction of Claire Standish, and Charlie and Wen are inversions of Andrew Clarke and Allison Reynolds.
Stella also is quite similar to Stevie only without magic and less sociopathic, as well as musically inclined.
Even we can't really say if she was bad, Jules appears to be part of the crowd singing 'Determinate'
Held Gaze: Happens between Wen and Olivia while writing 'Determinate'. They then go back to awkwardly writing the song.
Heroes Want Redheads: Olivia's attraction towards Wen; it really shows when he comes over to Olivia's house and she shows him her songs, and when she admits that he's the only reason she even got involved with the band.
Heroic BSOD: Olivia suffers this on stage at Rising Star (arguably, it's the entire band that does), and has one averted just before their first performance.
Insult Backfire: Ray calls Stella 'lemonade mouth' after she stops a fight between him and Charlie by spitting a mouthful of lemonade into his face. That's how the band got its name.
Ironic Echo: When Scott finds out that Mo is in Lemonade Mouth, he tells her that if she wants to be in a band, she can play backup guitar for him (in Mudslide Crush). Fast forward to the last line of the film, when Olivia says that she hopes their new guitar player (Scott) can keep up... and we see Scott playing backup guitar for them.
The Power of Rock: The secondary message of the film - that a good rock band can change the world. It's even the very last line in the book.
Which could be a incidental Shout-Out to Macross 7's Fire Bomber, which did the same thing.
Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Played with, as aside from the rapping, Wen comes across as a normal, average suburban kid with average problems. Also played with in the case of Stella, in that while she wants to be special and an individual, she also wants her family to love and accept her, regardless of what she's into or does.
Confirmed by Word of God that the song was modified to better reflect Mo and Scott's relationship.
The Runner Up Takes It All: Olivia says that they didn't won Raising Star, the last scene of the movie shows them playing at Maddison Square Garden.
Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Directly stated as to how Scott gets off with just a warning when he and Mo sneak off, while she gets detention. Implied as to how the popular students get away with so much.
Serious Business: Do not mess with the lemonade machine. However, some fans would note that most of their annoyance has to do with the fact that the machine is being removed to further the principals favoritism of the jocks over other students, which is a legitimate thing to take seriously. Also, as far as the principal is concerned, do not step out of line.
Stealth Parody: If one is bored enough and only viewed the movie once, you might believe that this movie is a social commentary on life within school districts that focus on the principal. In scenarios like this, said Principal could be very irresponsible with his power by focusing the limited budget on those programs he enjoys (i.e. sports). In the process, all the other programs and the students belonging to them find themselves neglected (i.e. being forced into the school basement). These students dislike their position, and use the ignored programs to rally the students against the principal and rebalance the school resources so that everyone is treated equally.
Oh, and there's something about growing up in there, but you get the idea.
The Southpaw: Hayley Kiyoko (who plays Stella) appears to be left-handed.
Which makes it awfully convenient that there just happened to be a lefty guitar in the music/detention room...
Take That: Combined with Biting-the-Hand Humor in the book's sequel. Charlie complains about his frustrations at the state of what Lemonade Mouth has become to which Olivia responds, "Charlie, this isn't a Disney Movie." To which Charlie responds, "But still, it would've been pretty cool, don't you think?"
There's even a shot at the Adaptational Attractiveness that was applied to the movie of the first book. It ends up defining a big part of the second book's plot.
Took a Level in Badass: Played with in Mo's case, because her on-stage personality is the opposite of who she is in everyday life.
Troubled, but Cute: Charlie has the look, but not the personality. He comes off as the most normal member of the cast.