From Justin To Kelly Review

by Steve Rhodes (Steve DOT Rhodes AT InternetReviews DOT com)
June 23rd, 2003

A film review by Steve Rhodes
Copyright 2003 Steve Rhodes
RATING (0 TO ****): * 1/2

FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY, set during spring break, is no REAL CANCUN. Starring "American Idol" finalists Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, the would-be romantic comedy is a PG-rated musical that's as dull as dishwater. Clarkson and Guarini, who conveniently play characters named Justin and Kelly so that you can remember their names, have pleasant enough voices. The same can not be said of their acting abilities. But, to be fair, the actors in most such throwaway teen comedies can't act either. The only difference is that the actors in those films usually get their parts because of the quality of their bodies rather than their vocal chords.

The relatively plotless picture has the Miami beach crowd periodically breaking into song, sometimes accompanied by dancing as well. None of the numbers are especially melodious or memorable.

Justin and Kelly are each on spring break with two of their friends of the same sex. All four of the supporting actors play their clichéd parts with even less charisma than the two leads, which isn't easy. Clarkson and Guarini are no Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.

"Heck yeah," one of Kelly's pals says to her date, until she realizes that she will have to spice up her lingo if she is to be taken seriously. In another of the movie's typical lines, Justin tells Kelly, "I promise, I'm slightly less dorky than you think." That's certainly a line to win any girl's heart. This movie will definitely not win yours.

FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY runs a long 1:21. It is rated PG for "thematic elements, sensuality and brief language" and would be acceptable for kids of all ages.
The film is playing in nationwide release now in the United States. In the Silicon Valley, it is showing at the AMC theaters, the Century theaters and the Camera Cinemas.

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