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Parents' Guide to

Teen Beach Movie

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Heavily marketed musical is wholesome fun for tweens.

Movie G 2013 110 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 8+

Great movie

Great! Love the songs!
age 8+

Fun, catchy musical with great singing and a retro twist

A fun, silly romp with great dancing and singing - the film and its soundtrack are my child's new favorite. As an adult, I love the dash of kitschy nostalgia (along with Barry Boswell as Grandpa) - it's a hoot. With a kid who loves musicals, it is wonderful to have one that is squeaky clean. So many times musicals can be problematic (such as Grease, one of her favorites). I would agree with the people who said they resented that the main female character chose surfing and staying with her boyfriend over academics. That message is balanced out a bit by showing the character as a modern girl teaching her 1960's peer that she can be her own person.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (85 ):

TEEN BEACH MOVIE does more than pay homage to beach-party classics; it re-creates one into which it can drop modern-day characters and watch the fun begin. And begin it does, thanks to crafty writing and charismatic stars who light up the screen from the get-go. It's hard to pick a favorite between Brady's childish glee over partaking in his beloved movie plot and McKenzie's comical exploitations of classic movie cliches. The push-and-pull between the two is a delightful dynamic, setting the tone for other fantastic character interplays and some entertaining -– if predictably sanitized -– turns of events. Add to that a couple of bumbling villains with an ill-fated evil plot, and toe-tapping musical numbers aplenty, and you've got a story guaranteed to delight.

There's no doubt Disney knows how to design a quality product, but Teen Beach Movie also illustrates how adept the company is at marketing those products. Reassigning established stars ensures a pool of existing fans; tying the brand name to everything from bedding to lunch boxes promises it stays in the public eye; and linking it to a soundtrack of brand-new songs yields multiple platforms on which today's tweens can make it part of their vernacular. Happily, though, this is the only concern in an otherwise delightful offering for tweens, and it doesn't waste the opportunity to promote some great messages about listening to your heart, respecting others, and being true to your individuality.

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