From Justin to Kelly



Idol film expands 15 minutes of fame.
  • Review Date: August 24, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Musical
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know


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Mild sexual references and double entendres, whipped cream bikini contest


Very mild

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking in bar

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some mild swearing and sexual references. Kelly objects when Justin and his friends organize a whipped cream bikini contest. Some characters talk about "party" behavior (in mild terms), but the behavior they exhibit would impress even Annette and Frankie. Justin and Kelly share just one kiss. Characters drink in a bar. It is worthwhile to note that there are inter-racial friendships and romances, positively portrayed.

What's the story?

American Idol celebrities Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson star in this light romance. Kelly's namesake character is a waitress/singer in a Texas country and western bar who is persuaded by her two friends, scheming party girl Alexa (Katherine Bailess) and smart, loyal Kaya (Anika Noni Rose) to go to Miami for spring break. Also arriving in Miami are party promoter Justin and his two friends, party boy Brandon (Greg Siff) and nerdy Eddie (Brian Dietzen). The ensuing romantic intrigue includes jealous Alexa's attempts to derail the romance between Justin and Kelly, Kaya's dates with a poor but proud busboy, Brandon's encounters with a stern female cop, and Eddie's missed meetings with his online dream date.

Is it any good?


FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY isn't a terrible movie. It just isn't a very good one. A slight story about spring break romances is the excuse for a series of forgettable musical numbers, each delivered with the same shake-the-rafters power ballad punch. This film tries to be an updated Frankie and Annette beach party movie with cell phones and whipped cream bikini contests, but Frankie and Annette showed more energy, charm, and heart before the opening credits than this movie can manage in all of its seems-longer less-than-90 minutes.

Guarini and Clarkson are game and clearly like each other, but there are no romantic sparks between them, and if there was an American Idol for acting, they would not have made it to the finals. The musical numbers are mildly enjoyable, but at about the level of a theme park variety show.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Alexa was jealous of Kelly and why it took Kelly so long to figure out that Alexa was disloyal?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 20, 2003
DVD release date:August 26, 2003
Cast:Justin Guarini, Katherine Bailess, Kelly Clarkson
Director:Robert Iscove
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Topics:Music and sing-along
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:thematic elements, sensuality and brief language

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Teen, 17 years old Written bytluap2 April 9, 2008

Time's up!

This is a bad example of how 15 more minuets of fame can go completly and udderly wrong. Lots of achohol is consumed
Teen, 13 years old Written bysara4ever95 February 18, 2009
Kid, 10 years old May 22, 2012


I admire Kelly's atempt at a film career but come on we all know this is the worst movie ever.Music is her calling so she should stick to music JUST MUSIC
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