FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY

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Release Date: June 20, 2003

Starring: Kelly Clarkson, Justin, Guarini, Katherine Bailess, Anika Noni Rose, Greg Siff, and Brian Dietzen

Genre: Musical/Romantic Drama

Audience: Teenagers and young
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY is
a musical starring Kelly
Clarkson and Justin Guarini,
the top two singers from the
first AMERICAN IDOL contest on
Fox TV. The contest, and other
reality programs, have helped
the Fox Network beat out
Disney’s ABC Network for the
Number Three spot among the
top television networks. This
movie, however, won’t do
much for the Fox movie
studio’s standing among the
big seven movie
studios. Clarkson, a former
Texas waitress in real life,
plays Kelly, a college student
working as a waitress in
Texas, who goes on spring
break in Florida with her two
friends, a blonde bombshell
named Alexa and a beautiful
black woman named Kaya.
Guarini plays Justin, a
college student from
Pennsylvania who earns money
by planning events and parties
for the spring break students
with his two friends, Brandon,
who fancies himself a playboy,
and Eddie, an Internet nerd
trying to meet the young lady
he writes to on the web. Kelly
and Justin are immediately
smitten with one another, but
Alexa gets jealous and
deviously keeps trying to
break them up. Alexa’s
deceit causes friction between
Kelly and Justin, who each
think the other person is just
laying mind games. Meanwhile,
Kaya develops a bumpy romance
with Carlos, a handsome Cuban
waiter. Brandon and Eddie
serve as the comic relief.
Brandon keeps getting in
trouble with a female
policeman, and Eddie just
misses meeting his Internet
flame in a series of
miscues. FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY
is a frivolous, but relatively
harmless, piece of fluff. Its
low budget shows in the cheap
cinematography and poor sound
quality of some of the
musical/dance numbers.
Clarkson and Guarini sing
fairly well, but their singing
is more reminiscent of the
operatic musicals made by such
Hollywood luminaries as
Jeannette Macdonald and Nelson
Eddie, which is probably too
slow and boring for today’s
hyper-kinetic teenagers. The
movie is fairly clean,
however. The dirtiest parts
include a few light
obscenities, brief suggestive
dancing, light references to
male sexual urges, and the
bikini clad young females
gracing the musical laced
scenes on the beach and by the
pool. Thus, there are no
drunken orgies in FROM JUSTIN
TO KELLY, despite Florida’s
reputation for wild spring
break parties. In fact, the
two leads in the movie are not
interested in promiscuous
philandering, so, in a way,
the movie actually rebukes the
licentious behavior of
today’s society.
Furthermore, Alexa gets her
comeuppance in the end and
actually apologizes for her
bad behavior. Please address
your comments to: Peter
Chernin, Chairman & CEO The
Fox Group Tom Rothman & Jim
Gianopulos, Chairmen Fox
Filmed Entertainment 20th
Century Fox Film Corp. A
division of Fox, Inc. & News
Corp. 10201 West Pico
Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
90035 Phone: (310)
369-1000 Website: www.fox.com

Rating: PG

Runtime: 81 minutes

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(B, Ro, PC, Ho, L, V, S, N, A, M) Light moral worldview with jealousy and deceit rebuked, some Romantic elements, politically correct subplot about class envy, and one light homosexual joke; six Hells and one light profanity; light violence such as small boat competition results in one boat turning over and young man needing stitches on his head, punch thrown, girls scramble for tickets to party, and man runs into cart; some brief suggestive dancing and light references to playboy’s promiscuity but; young women in skimpy bikinis revealing parts of breasts and rear ends and upper male nudity; brief alcohol use and verbal references to planned “Margarita Madness” party; and, lying, jealousy, and deceit rebuked, and gambling.

GENRE: Musical/Romantic Drama

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Summary:

Rated PG, FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY is a musical starring Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, the top two singers from the first AMERICAN IDOL contest on Fox TV, who play college student on spring break whose love affair is interrupted by a devious, jealous friend. The low budget FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY is a frivolous, but relatively harmless, piece of fluff, which includes very little of the promiscuous hijinks usually associated with spring break in Florida.

Review:

FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY is a musical starring Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, the top two singers from the first AMERICAN IDOL contest on Fox TV. The contest, and other reality programs, have helped the Fox Network beat out Disney’s ABC Network for the Number Three spot among the top television networks. This movie, however, won’t do much for the Fox movie studio’s standing among the big seven movie studios.

Clarkson, a former Texas waitress in real life, plays Kelly, a college student working as a waitress in Texas, who goes on spring break in Florida with her two friends, a blonde bombshell named Alexa and a beautiful black woman named Kaya. Guarini plays Justin, a college student from Pennsylvania who earns money by planning events and parties for the spring break students with his two friends, Brandon, who fancies himself a playboy, and Eddie, an Internet nerd trying to meet the young lady he writes to on the web.

Kelly and Justin are immediately smitten with one another, but Alexa gets jealous and deviously keeps trying to break them up. Alexa’s deceit causes friction between Kelly and Justin, who each think the other person is just laying mind games. Meanwhile, Kaya develops a bumpy romance with Carlos, a handsome Cuban waiter. Brandon and Eddie serve as the comic relief. Brandon keeps getting in trouble with a female policeman, and Eddie just misses meeting his Internet flame in a series of miscues.

FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY is a frivolous, but relatively harmless, piece of fluff. Its low budget shows in the cheap cinematography and poor sound quality of some of the musical/dance numbers. Clarkson and Guarini sing fairly well, but their singing is more reminiscent of the operatic musicals made by such Hollywood luminaries as Jeannette Macdonald and Nelson Eddie, which is probably too slow and boring for today’s hyper-kinetic teenagers.

The movie is fairly clean, however. The dirtiest parts include a few light obscenities, brief suggestive dancing, light references to male sexual urges, and the bikini clad young females gracing the musical laced scenes on the beach and by the pool. Thus, there are no drunken orgies in FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY, despite Florida’s reputation for wild spring break parties. In fact, the two leads in the movie are not interested in promiscuous philandering, so, in a way, the movie actually rebukes the licentious behavior of today’s society. Furthermore, Alexa gets her comeuppance in the end and actually apologizes for her bad behavior.

Please address your comments to:

Peter Chernin, Chairman & CEO

The Fox Group

Tom Rothman & Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen

Fox Filmed Entertainment

20th Century Fox Film Corp.

A division of Fox, Inc. & News Corp.

10201 West Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90035

Phone: (310) 369-1000

Website: www.fox.com

SUMMARY: Rated PG, FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY is a musical starring Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, the top two singers from the first AMERICAN IDOL contest on Fox TV, who play college student on spring break whose love affair is interrupted by a devious, jealous friend. The low budget FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY is a frivolous, but relatively harmless, piece of fluff, which includes very little of the promiscuous hijinks usually associated with spring break in Florida.

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