What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is little more than a garden-variety teen romance flick filled with misdirected love interests, catty female rivals, bikini-clad beachcombers, and one super-nice guy who's always passed over by girls for flashier models. Its predictable plot, sensual overtones, and one-dimensional characters will have parents groaning, and the weak female characters -- who spend most of their time falling over themselves to win the affection of a self-absorbed pop star -- may make them pause before giving the thumbs-up to impressionable tweens.
What's the story?
Recent high school graduate Jenny Taylor (Amanda Bynes) is infatuated with hunky pop singer Jason Masters (Chris Cormack) -- much to the chagrin of nice guy Ryan (Jonathan Bennett). Ryan hopes that spending the summer working with Jenny at a Caribbean resort will lead to love, but the tides turn against him when Jason arrives. Jenny steals away aboard Jason's ship, and when he falls overboard in bad weather she grabs a life raft and hops in after him as the ship sails away. When they wash up onshore with no one in sight, Jason's outlook is bleak, but Jenny sees the romantic potential in having him all to herself and sets out to impress him with her improvised survival skills. But after she discovers that they're really only a stone's throw away from the resort, she turns to heavy scheming to keep him to herself. But then her snobby rival, Alexis (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), drifts up on their beach, dead set on winning Jason's heart for herself, and Jenny's plans begin to unravel.
Is it any good?
Though Lovewrecked's premise is fairly cute -- and Bynes' sparkling personality and comedic timing are in top form -- the end result is a predictable story that's brimming with back-biting, bikinis, and batting of eyes. The weak female characters often pose their half-naked bodies to turn guys' heads -- and, unfortunately, most of the time it works. In one memorable scene, for example, Jenny and Alexis wind up brawling on the beach, and, rather than attempt to separate them, Jason just sits back with his island munchies and grins happily while he watches.
In the end, Jenny faces a tough choice and discovers a lot about herself and what she really values in a romantic relationship, but all in all, Lovewrecked is steeped in the same skewed messages about self-respect and desirability that already bombard tween and teen girls.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about dating and romance. How do you know when a relationship is more than just friendship? Is it important to be friends first before dating? Why? Why are people attracted to each other? Parents with teens who have started dating can ask them which characteristics are important to them in a boyfriend/girlfriend. Is their ideal affected by the media/society's definition of what's attractive and desirable?