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Teen Musical - The Movie

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Technical flaws make faith-based teen musical hard to watch.

Movie NR 2020 126 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 4+

Innocent movie that is hilariously bad. This belongs on the Mount Rushmore of "B" movies. Watch and play a game on how many times you spot the cameraman!
age 3+

Thumbs Up!

I really enjoyed the modest movie. Reminded me of my high school days on stage in Godspell. Loved the music. You don’t see to many new musical soundtracks any more. I would recommend to a friend.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Despite its positive depiction of teenagers and a Christian worldview that could resonate with some viewers, this movie is hard to watch. This is mostly due to technical flaws, like clumsy editing that sometimes cuts speakers off, and uneven sound from scene to scene. There are narrative problems as well, including sequences that wander needlessly far from the story at hand, like when Dr. Park takes temporary work as a kids' costumed birthday party entertainer, or a violent plot twist toward the end that abruptly changes the tone of the movie.

Other scenes in Teen Musical - The Movie are simply awkward. In one, Dr. Park seems to be hocking a book written by the filmmaker himself. In another, she's talking on a phone we can see has not yet dialed a number. In yet another, the psychologist complains about her thighs in a voiceover. Some of the teen actors feel more natural on screen than the adults, and their moment to shine comes in the musical they put on about Jesus, which is filmed at great length. The teens offer heartfelt performances, but that won't keep some viewers from fast-forwarding directly through to the end.

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