Eldest child Jamie (Elizabeth Hart), the only one with a singing voice, refuses to sing in public because of a once-disastrous experience; spirited Marnie (Emily Hart) and brother Chase (Brian Hart) are eager to win, and 3-year-old Kaila (Alexandra Hart-Gilliams) agrees to jump onstage.
Bragg decides for his own reason to help the family without the mother knowing. He coaches them, even gets his swell-guy manager (Meshach Taylor) in on the goings-on. (Scenes between Taylor and Hammer are painfully awkward.) Bragg also helps them with personal problems, including Jamie’s preoccupation with no-gooder Eric (Scott Vickaryous), who tries making her miss the show.
Will she show up? Or does unrehearsed cabby Melanie (Melissa Joan Hart of “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” sister of all the Harts herein and best femme in this cast by a long shot) have to go on in her place? Could be, but the suspense is bearable.
Vidpic needs more vigor, more adventurous plotting, characters with more depth. Cast members are OK — Hammer and Melissa Joan Hart are above average — but director Vinson and writer Bernbaum have overlooked any family vitality that could have been there. Too bad, but, as showcased here, the Tompkins aren’t an interesting enough family to be the subject of a telefilm.
Tech credits are good.