If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds.
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When a movie has you begging for it to end not even half way through it's pure crap. We've all seen this movie and this characters millions of times, nothing new in it. Don't waste your time.
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There are moments in this movie where the great movie it could've been peek out... They're fleeting, here, but they're worth savoring, and they happen often enough to make it worth your while.
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Actress is magnificent and exudes a hypnotic screen presence in this affecting drama.
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the story line is not too strong, but Garrett Clayton made this film a total 8. i just enjoy watching him acting so gay in the film, it was just crazily funny. he fits this role so perfectly. it is too funny to see him acting all silly and cute. his lines were too funny, he performed very well. i don't know if the director made him doing that, or he thought it himself, i think that this film was funnier than teen beach movie. and Garrett Clayton is just so good looking to look at. but his role just seems so gay that they should have given him a boyfriend to play with in this film, that girlfriend relationship obviously doesn't work. i would watch teen beach 3 if he is in it again.
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There comes a time when one decides to watch a Disney Channel movie because they want to watch something upbeat, cute and fun to pass the time. That's how I ended up watching Teen Beach and was pleasantly surprised. I really liked the choreography, songs and the plot (though highly unlikely) was pretty good. I liked it for what it was and was definitely interested in checking out the sequel.However, the sequel completely strips away everything I liked about the first, especially by canceling out the first movie by making the end of Teen Beach 2 rule out the complete existence of "Wet Side Story" and the leads (Mack and Brady) knowledge of the other's existence until they re- meet. I liked the premise of the movie though of Mack and Brady going back to school and realizing the couple version of them in the summer is different from who they are in school. Except, when the cast of "Wet Side Story" entered the scene - the whole movie went downhill. Don't get me wrong, I like the characters from "Wet Side Story" but the writers didn't know how to juggle the two alternate worlds very well and the objectives for the characters could have been better. I hated how I felt this movie went in circles and didn't progress forward. Like how the songs from the first were re-featured, not in a new feeling way that could be applicable to a new situation but more for the sake of singing the song. Or how the cast of "Wet Side Story" left the real world, then came back to the real world, only to have to leave again. Was that necessary? The earlier tensions between the leads basically dissolved on their own or had no substantial backing. And, of course, I hated the ending! Mostly because the adventure of the first and second movie is completely wiped from the memory of the leads and they have to start all over again in their relationship because the movie "Wet Side Story" changed. A Whole New Alternate Reality? SMH.In my opinion, this movie missed the mark. They had all the right tools (formula of acting, singing, and dancing) but didn't know how to use the equipment... Sad, really. I wish that Teen Beach Movie was left as a stand-alone or instead the "Wet Side Story" cast was drawn to the real world to show Mac and Brady they are meant to be together in their school lives, through substantial plot, while simultaneously learning about the real world themselves. Oh Well! Another one bites the dust.
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It is the eve of the first day of school for Mack (Maia Mitchell) and Brady (Ross Lynch), who spend it at Dolphin's Cove celebrating their "meet-iversary" and reminiscing about the summer and the day they met at Dolphin's Cove over Brady's favorite movie, Wet Side Story, the movie Mack and Brady got stuck in during the events of Teen Beach Movie ("Best Summer Ever"). After surfing, Brady asks Mack if things will change between them at school. Mack says no; she then notices she lost the necklace she received while in Wet Side Story's universe. Thinking it is lost forever, they swim away.The next day, Brady reunites with his friend Devon (Raymond A. Cham, Jr.), while Mack reunites with her friend Alyssa (Piper Curda); both are shocked about their new relationship due to their polar opposite personalities. Brady then runs into Mack, and both are taken aback by how they act at school. Later, in marine biology class, Brady is working on designs for a surfboard, but hides it when Mack asks him what he's up to. Mack then bumps into Spencer Watkins (Ross Butler), who Alyssa said was the cutest guy in school, and Brady becomes defensive. After school, Brady tries asks Mack to hang out, but Mack is too busy preparing for a "Save the Beach" dance. Mack reminds him about a college fair, and he promises he'll be there with Mack. Brady struggles with a college application, so goes to work on a surfboard with Wet Side Story on in the background.The movie turns to Wet Side Story, where Tanner (Garrett Clayton) is preparing to go to the lighthouse to save Big Momma's. Lela (Grace Phipps) suggests she could help, breaking the movie's plot line, but Tanner gets Lela to back down, and the movie returns to normal, albeit with a visibly shaken Lela.Later, Brady realizes he's late for the college fair, but by the time he gets there, the fair has ended. Mack and Brady argue about how Mack is so busy and Brady hides things from Mack, and they agree not to see each other until next summer ("On My Own").Meanwhile, in the Wet Side Story universe, Lela sings "Fallin' For Ya," but ultimately can't take it anymore and leaves Big Momma's, breaking the movie's plot line. Tanner rushes out to see what's wrong with Lela, and she says she was changed by her encounter with Mack. Lela then finds the necklace she gave Mack washed up on the beach, and Lela and Tanner go into the ocean, ultimately winding up in the present day real world, where they are stunned by all of the modern day advances.Brady and Mack run into each other on the beach, still with tension, but they spot Lela and Tanner and reunite with them. Mack and Brady tell them they're in the future, exciting Lela and Tanner ("Right Where I Want to Be"). Mack and Brady debate telling them the truth after noticing that Tanner and Lela's hair can't get wet, but decide instead to show them that the real world isn't as great as it seems.Back in Wet Side Story, the characters are confused without Lela and Tanner. Butchy (John DeLuca) has Cheechee (Chrissie Fit) sing "Fallin' For Ya," but she is constantly interrupted by Seacat (Jordan Fisher) ("Fallin' For Ya"). Nobody notices that a background character disappears as he enters Big Momma's.Brady and Mack bring Lela and Tanner to school, where their movie characteristics come out against Mack and Brady's cautions, culminating in a big musical number in the cafeteria ("Turn That Frown Upside Down"). Lela becomes too enthralled with math homework to hang out with Tanner after school and goes to Mack's house, so Tanner hangs out with Brady, and they have a heart to heart – Tanner was worried that Lela came to this world because he wasn't enough for her. Brady then alludes to his rough patch with Mack, and reveals that he's been working on unique surfboards; he says that Mack can't know because she might not get it, given her plans to go to college. Mack, meanwhile, tries to convince Lela that the movie world was better, but when she suggests that Lela only needs a boy who loves her, Lela uses Mack's words against her. When Mack notices Lela wearing normal clothes, something she couldn't do before, she calls Brady, and they both discover that the two are becoming part of the real world. They then tell Lela and Tanner that they are just characters in a movie, showing them clips from Wet Side Story ("Silver Screen"). This doesn't sit well with Lela, who throws the necklace into the ocean, prompting Mack and Brady to search for it; this leads to another argument between them, which disturbs Lela and Tanner.While this all is happening, in the Wet Side Story universe, the gang sees people disappearing. Butchy, realizing that all of this started after Tanner and Lela left, notices the necklace washed up, and leads the gang into the ocean to get Tanner and Lela back. They come out into the real world and everyone reunites. When Lela resists their calls to return, Butchy tells her about the disappearing characters; Brady and Mack realize that with no movie stars, there's no movie. Lela agrees to leave, and the movie characters retreat into their world, and Mack and Brady
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I came into this movie expecting a low-quality high-school-music-imitation like the last movie but I was pleasantly surprised.The choreography experienced a major improvement. While High School Musical showed up Teen Beach Movie in it's choreography intricacy Teen Beach Movie 2 matched it. Ross Lynch stepped up his dancing too - seen in the school dance off - he must have worked his butt of for that quadruple pirouette and barrel turn. It was a little cheesy at points - the frown/smile song - but I think they made it clear in this movie they weren't taking themselves too seriously.The humour in the movie flowed better then the first movie - or at least for me it did. I actually found myself laughing out loud at this movie compared to the eye rolls I experienced during the first movie.I feel like the content dealt with in the second movie was also more mature then the first movie - excluding the ending. The characters had to deal with greater sacrifice then simply friendship, they had to deal with coming to the reality of teenage relationships and most importantly independence. Seeing Lela so excited to be able to follow her dreams and "do anything even if you're a girl" was really great to see. Women being treated like damsels and simply objects of romance in old musicals was a real problem so this movie subtly calls that out with Lela's pursuit of happiness. I remember how angry I was that Mack gave up her schooling opportunity to surf with Brady in the first - considering how intelligent Mack is supposed to be - so seeing this new focus on independence was awesome.I see a lot of reviews claiming the 60s and 70s vibes are gone in this movie, as if it's a bad thing. I thought it was pretty clear that was on purpose. They did that old vibe for the first movie and did modern for the second as to not recreate the first movie but still keep the characters alive. I really appreciated this because I don't know if I could handle another surfer-vibe movie because I, along with the thousands of other kids watching it, don't have that nostalgia towards surfer movies. So by having this movie less surf-ery it gives the audience something they're familiar with while still relating it to the classic movie.Now some bad things. Of course the whole forgetting each other because they met in the movie spin made little to no sense so that was a major downfall of the movie. I also wish they hadn't added the concept of the disappearing movie but I understand why they wanted to keep the idea that each world balances off each other so they can't intermingle or something along those lines. It was also strange how Mack said that Lela could do all these things such as start a math club in the movie world yet it seems plausible that the movie world is confined to only the locations and resources contained in the movie, making some things impossible and being trapped in a confined world unbearable for Lela. But that's probably a little nit picky. I would recommend it if you're in for a silly, light movie to lift your spirits. Just don't come into it expecting a seamless homage to your favourite 60s musical because that's not what this is. Just enjoy it and don't be a grumpy parent about it either, please.