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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie intends to entertain rather than educate, but there are some good messages about self-expression and getting along with others.
Strong messages about self-expression, integrity, and empowerment, particularly in the case of women. The idea that you can create your own destiny, even when it seems like your script is already written, stands out. Brady and Mack struggle to find common ground as their personality differences take a toll on their relationship, but they get a second chance to prove that opposites do attract.
Positive Role Models
Mack is opinionated and self-assured, which causes problems in her relationship with Brady but has an overall positive effect on the rest of the characters. Brady's self-confidence suffers a blow, but eventually he discovers there's no prototype for success; it's all about following your heart and excelling at your passions. Lela and Tanner evolve into more modern, less gender-stereotypical characters over the course of the story.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mack and Brady are a couple, but their physical contact stops at a kiss on the cheek. Other teen girls get swoony in the presence of attractive boys.
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Products & Purchases
This movie continues the story of characters introduced in Teen Beach Movie, so those who haven't seen the original will want to after watching this. The exceptional soundtrack will be a hit (and a must-buy) with fans.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Teen Beach 2 brings viewers more of the dynamic musical theater that made the original Teen Beach Movie a smashing success. This story sees the fictional movie characters who hosted Brady and Mack in the original tale dropping in on their real-life counterparts in the real world, setting up many hilarious moments that emphasize the cultural and technological differences between the two times and places. Even better, it inspires empowering changes in '60s symbol Lela, who takes increasing confidence in asserting herself and standing up to the status quo. The story stumbles in a few spots, and a late plot twist may cause some dismay for fans, but that pales in comparison to the lively song-and-dance numbers and worry-free content that make this movie a fun watch for the whole family. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Lest we forget how masterfully Disney can capitalize on a good concept, this TV movie makes a solid case with a second round of energetic song-and-dance numbers guaranteed to delight fans. From the opening scene to the closing credits, this sequel strings together one far-out musical theater number after another, culminating in a visually impressive production that kids and tweens will love and parents will tolerate with ease. The topsy-turvy plot, which brings the fictional-yet-flesh-and-bones characters into Brady and Mack's real world, creates some logistical hurdles and dialogue that's flimsy in spots, but that's easily overlooked in light of the hilarity that follows two '60s movie icons experiencing 21st-century life (motion-sensor showers, Segways, and Siri!) for the first time.
One particularly bright spot in Teen Beach 2 concerns its prominent message of female empowerment. Inspired by having met self-assured Mack in the first movie, Lela starts thinking for herself and questioning her role in the carefully choreographed movie story, causing all kinds of comical chaos on the Wet Side Story set and eventually leading her to Mack's world. What ensues changes her for the better but has unintended consequences for Brady and Mack, setting up a surprising last-minute plot twist for both leading couples.
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