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From Justin to Kelly

From Justin to Kelly

I can almost see the inception of From Justin to Kelly; they're hot let's make a quick simple script while they are still on top.  The script doesn't matter, just put some musical numbers in, have a lot of girls in bikinis, (not Kelly Clarkson) and grab a quick buck.  That's what we get in the beach party From Justin to Kelly.

The non script takes from the old beach films such as: Beach Party and How To Stuff A Wild Bikini from the sixties with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.  That series played well at least at the box office (to a teen audience) as young couples fell in love and everyone danced on the beach while the two leads sang.  Instead of Annette and Frankie we get Kelly and Justin doing about the same thing.  The theme from the 1960 Where the Boys Are is also used in that the three girls Kelly (Kelly Clarkson), Kaya (Anika Noni Rose), and Alexa (Katherine Bailess) head to Florida for spring break.

The love affair between Justin and Kelly is on and off as misunderstandings and the handy work of Alexa work against the two getting together.  But this not a complex story; they will get it together in the end.

Kelly wearing more cover-up than any other woman in the film sings and dances in her relative modest costumes.  Justin reforms his wild life the moment he sees Kelly.  Justin Guarini's Justin with his two pals Eddie (Brian Dietzen) and Brandon (Greg Siff) have a plan to make money during the spring week by setting up various contests involving girls on the beach which guys will pay a fee to see.

No one is in danger of receiving attention at award time.  Katherine Bailess is so terrible she performs even more shallow  that her selfish Alexa character.  As for Justin and Kelly they would have been served far better taking a chance and waiting for a good script even if some of us might have forgotten their "Idols" role over time.

Justin to Kelly

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