CORY IN THE HOUSE: ALL STAR EDITION
MOVIE: **1/2 (out of 5)
DVD EXPERIENCE: * (out of 5)
Kyle Massey as CORY BAXTER
Rondell Sheridan as VICTOR BAXTER
Maiara Walsh as MEENA PAROOM
Jason Dolley as NEWT LIVINGSTON
Madison Pettis as SOPHIE
John D’Aquino as PRESIDENT RICHARD MARTINEZ
Lisa Kushell as SAMANTHA SAMUELS
Created by: Jeff Davis
Studio: Disney Channel
BY KEVIN CARR
The greatest thing that I can say about “Cory in the House,” the spin-off series from “That’s So Raven” is that there is no Raven in the show. The show follows Cory Baxter as he moves into the White House with his father Victor (Rondell Sheridan), who has recently been hired as the White House chef. Like “The Suite Life with Zack and Cody,” this Disney Channel show puts a mischievous kid in an upscale location, allowing him to cause havoc.
Without Raven (who unfortunately does appear in one episode as a guest star), the cast is far less annoying. Kyle Massey has a knack with slapstick and humor. Co-stars Maiara Walsh and Jason Dolley play Cory’s friends, who end up in messy situations with him. Jason Dolley channels Jason Earles from “Hannah Montana” while Brazilian cutie Maiara Walsh forces her accent a little too much without quite hitting a stride like Anneliese van der Pol from “That’s So Raven.”
Still, like “The Suite Life,” “Cory in the House” hits a broad audience and scores with plenty of physical humor and slapstick. Episodes featured include “Never The Dwayne Shall Meet” (guest starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson,” “That’s So In the House,” “Air Force One Too Many” and “Just Desserts.” Also included are revealing interviews with Massey and Raven, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at The Rock’s guest appearance.