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Cadet Kelly (2002)





Critic Consensus: Hilary Duff is at her best in Cadet Kelly - an inspiring story about female friendship and overcoming the odds.

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Two of the Disney Channel's brightest young sitcom stars, Hilary Duff (Lizzie Maguire) and Christy Romano (Even Stevens), team up for laughs and tears in the made-for-cable Cadet Kelly. The life of cool, artistically inclined 14-year-old Kelly Collins (Duff) is turned upside down when she is uprooted from Manhattan and whisked off to the campus of George Washington Military School in upstate New York. The move was instigated by Sir (Gary Cole), a retired general and the new husband of Kelly's mother. Hoping to impress her stepfather, Kelly enlists in the school, where her freewheeling eccentricities immediately run afoul of her hard-hearted, 17-year-old squad leader, Jennifer Stone (Romano). Though Kelly does her best, the pressure brought to bear upon her by military protocol is enough to have her contemplating desertion -- and even her growing fondness for upper classman, Brad (Shawn Ashmore), may not be enough to bring her back. Originally broadcast by the Disney Channel on March 8, 2002, Cadet Kelly made its ABC network debut on July 14, 2002, as an episode of the weekend "Wonderful World of Disney" anthology.

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Hilary Duff
as Kelly Collins
Gary Cole
as Gen. Joseph `Sir' Maxwell
Christy Carlson Romano
as Jennifer Stone
Shawn Ashmore
as Brad Rigby
Andrea Lewis
as Carla Hall
Aimee Garcia
as Gloria Ramos
Linda Kash
as Samantha
Nigel Hammer
as Adam Collins
Joe Matheson
as Gen. Archer
Christopher Tai
as Sr. Cadet Officer
John Wittig
as Cadet Bugler
Edie Inksetter
as Math Teacher
Stewart Arnott
as Capt. Lawrence
Desmond Campbell
as Lt. Col. Ross
Tim Post
as Col. Mikkelson
Martin Roach
as Drill Instructor
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Critic Reviews for Cadet Kelly

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

"Cadet Kelly" isn't 21-gun-salute material, but as a glossy kids' entertainment, it manages to put across a positive message and hit its target.

September 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Wholesome Hilary Duff movie has simple, positive messages.

May 23, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

...extraordinarily predictable, utterly routine...

July 5, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cadet Kelly

It was nothing special, but coming from the family channel it was good enough to be called "GOOD", in a small way!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

It was nice. I like Hillary Duff.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer


As much as I hate Hilary Duff, my heart goes out to her when she's out there in the mud jumping through logs or whatever because that brunette bitch is jealous of her man.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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