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From Justin to Kelly Review

By Reggie McDaniel 07/09/2003

I did not see From Justin to Kelly, and chances are that I won’t see it until it premieres on premium cable.  Based on its box office performance, none of you cared about seeing the quickie cash-in to the highly successful FOX series “American Idol” either.  It never saw the box office top 10 (it peaked at #11), but in case there are a few of you who still want to check it out, I have tracked down at least one person who has seen it. First, here is a short synopsis of the plot (reprinted from www.screenit.com):


Kelly Taylor (Kelly Clarkson) is a performer who usually sings to mostly empty beer halls.  Accordingly, her friends Kaya (Anika Noni Rose) and Alexa (Katherine Bailess) want her to join them on a trip to Miami for a little spring break R&R.  Although initially reluctant, she agrees to go.  Also heading there are party promoters Justin Bell (Justin Guarini) and Brandon (Greg Siff) who’ve brought along their techno-geek friend Eddie (Brian Dietzen) who’s hoping to meet the girl of his dreams that he’s only known over the Internet.  Justin and Brandon, however, hope that their wild parties will allow them to hook up with some beautiful babes.  Yet, when Justin and Kelly run into each other, it’s love at first sight.  Unfortunately, a number of circumstances as well as Alexa’s repeated attempts to sabotage the budding romance put a crimp in them getting together.  As Kaya starts seeing local waiter Carlos (Jason Yribar) and Brandon has repeated run-ins with the local law, Officer Cutler (Theresa San-Nicholas), Justin and Kelly go through the throes of early romance.


Reggie McDaniel, a local Denver critic and colleague of mine, actually checked it out.  He is a man of very few words, but he gets right to the point (whereas I like to go the lengthy, geeky route of long-winded reviews.)  Here is Reggie’s review of From Justin to Kelly:


I saw it!  I thought it was rather good, in a Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello sort of way.

There ya go!  Therefore, if you liked those old beach movies of the ‘60s, I suppose you could try this movie.  It comes out on DVD on August 26 if you don’t want to see it in the theater.


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