“Teen Beach Movie” DVD Review

Teenage surfers Brady (Ross Lynch) and Mackenzie (Maia Mitchell) have spent their summer doing two things: flirting and having fun. Unfortunately for the two, the summer fun is ending as Mack, as she is commonly called, is being taken to a prep school by her aunt and guardian. While we don’t know exactly where the main story is taking place, there are references to the east coast for the prep school, leading us to believe that it’s quite a distance from the fun.

Before she leaves with her aunt and heads to the prep school, a large storm is on the horizon and Mack is drawn to the ocean to face a once-in-a-lifetime wave. Brady takes a jet ski out to try to help her but they both get overtaken by the storm, and end up in the world of “Wet Side Story,” which happens to be his favorite movie. He’s excited about their new location, but Mack immediately longs to return home.

They inadvertently change the course of the movie when they accidentally disrupt the romantic plot between stars Lela (Grace Phipps) and Tanner (Garrett Clayton). The longer they stay in the movie, the more like the movie they become, and they begin to think they will not make it out of the movie unless they get the movie back on track by getting the couple back together again. Along the way, there are a number of singing and dancing routines as they encounter a rival gang and a couple of bumbling villains.

“Teen Beach Movie” is definitely a must watch, especially if you have young family members. When my family and I watched “Teen Beach Movie,” we were reminded of some of the best movies from years past — “Back to the Future” meets “Greece” meets “West Side Story” sort of rolled up into one very nice package. The DVD comes with a bonus feature that showcases some of the rehearsals for the dance numbers along with a surf board zipper pull. The only thing I would have liked to see were maybe some bloopers and deleted scenes on the DVD. I always enjoy those types of extras, and with the choreography and dancing that takes place in the movie, I’m sure there were more than a few available.

The movie is certainly very well done, and the only thing we were left wondering is if we will get a sequel?

“Teen Beach Movie” stars: Ross Lynch (“Austin & Ally”) as Brady, Maia Mitchell (Australia’s “Trapped,” “Castaway”) as McKenzie, Garrett Clayton (“Shake it Up”) as Tanner, Grace Phipps (ABC Family’s “The Nine Lives of Chloe King”) as Lela, John DeLuca (“Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Ugly Betty”) as Butchy, Chrissie Fit (“General Hospital”) as Chee Chee, Tony Award-nominated Kevin Chamberlin (“Jessie,” Broadway’s “The Addams Family”) as Dr. Fusion, Jordan Fisher (“The Secret Life Of The American Teenager”) as Seacat, Kent Boyd (“Bunheads”) as Rascal, Mollee Gray (“High School Musical” series) as Giggles, William T. Loftis as Lugnut, Jessica Lee Keller as Struts and Steve Valentine (“Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie,” Disney XD’s “I’m In The Band”) as Les Camembert. Suzanne Cryer is Aunt Antoinette and Barry Bostwick makes a special appearance as Big Poppa.


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Amy Crooks

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