In this romantic comedy, Luke (Steven Strait) and Brier (Pell James), a singer/songwriter and a model, are young adults searching for love and success. Each moves to Los Angeles hoping to be discovered. Luke performs in a club, and fellow singer Clea (Ashlee Simpson) brings Brier to the club and introduces her to Luke. A spark is kindled even though Brier has a rock star for a boyfriend. Clea and Brier decide to create a buzz to help Luke’s career. Brier gets out-of-work actors to impersonate famous people at the club and then act like they want to sign Luke. His picture ends up in the tabloids, resulting in a contract with a recording company who later drops him, leading him on a downward spiral. On the day Brier boards the plane to go back home, Luke realizes he can’t live without her.
Undiscovered is a better-than-average tale of love found, love lost, love found again. There are several clever twists in this story of a successful model who tries to help boost the career of an undiscovered, but talented musician.
For all its earmarks as a typical romantic comedy, Undiscovered was uniquely entertaining and well cast. Steven Strait looked and sounded like a true rock star. Carrie Fisher was believable as the powerful agent to model, Brier. When I saw Ashlee Simpson’s name in the credits, I expected her to show up in a cameo singing role, with one or two lines of dialog. Actually, the demur sister of more famous Jessica did a credible job in her rather substantial part as the confidant and sidekick to the central couple in the story.
Unfortunately, as a family-friendly movie, Undiscovered barely failed the test due to unsavory language and sexual references, mostly uttered by greedy agent, Garrett Schweck, played by Fisher Stevens. That, coupled with too much skin to be tasteful, pushed the movie over Dove’s 12+ age limit. (See the chart and content section for specific details.)