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From Justin To Kelly

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All-Reviews.com Movie Review: From Justin To Kelly

Starring: Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini
Director: Robert Iscove
Rated: PG
RunTime: 81 Minutes
Release Date: June 2003
Genres: Comedy, Music


*Also starring: Greg Siff, Katherine Bailess, Brian Dietzen, Brandon Henschel, Adam Klitzner, Anika Noni Rose, Lavi Rubinstein



Review by Steve Rhodes
1½ stars out of 4

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 clich‚d 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.

Copyright © 2003 Steve Rhodes

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