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.
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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.
(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