However, the plans failed because Duff's representatives said she was not being paid enough for the proposed series.
In the movie, she plays a free-spirited girl who is enrolled in a military school and finds it hard to adjust to its strict and disciplined environment.
Duff won a Young Artist Award for "Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot (Supporting Young Actress)" for her role in the movie.Accompanied by the Disney Channel-only single "Tell Me a Story (About the Night Before)", it peaked at 154 on the U. The film received positive reviews and was successful enough to spawn a sequel, in which Duff did not participate.The same year, Duff reprised her role as Lizzie Mc Guire for The Lizzie Mc Guire Movie. Later that year, she starred in the film Raise Your Voice, her first role in a drama film.In the same year, she acted opposite her sister Haylie in American Dreams, while in 2005, she played a classmate and idolizer of the title character of Joan of Arcadia. In the same year, Duff was again nominated for a Razzie Award, for The Perfect Man and Cheaper by the Dozen 2.It was released on her seventeenth birthday (in September 2004) and debuted at #2 in the U. Later that year, the Duff sisters lent their voices to the computer animated comedy Foodfight!