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From Justin to Kelly (2003)

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A waitress from Texas and a college student from Pennsylvania meet during spring break in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and come together through their shared love of singing.

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Kim Fuller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Clarkson ... Kelly
Justin Guarini ... Justin
Katherine Bailess ... Alexa
Anika Noni Rose ... Kaya
Greg Siff ... Brandon
Brian Dietzen ... Eddie
Jason Yribar Jason Yribar ... Carlos
Theresa San-Nicholas ... Officer Cutler
Justin Gorence Justin Gorence ... Greg
Christopher Bryan ... Luke
Kaitlin Riley Kaitlin Riley ... Ashley
Renee Robertson Renee Robertson ... Brianna
Yamil Piedra ... Darren
Marc Macaulay ... Mr. O'Mara
Toi Svane Stepp Toi Svane Stepp ... Lizzie
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Storyline

Spring break in Miami is the scene. It's where surf-drenched guys cruise girls in bikinis and raucous parties rule day and night. It's the perfect time and place for three young women from Texas and a trio of college guys from Pennsylvania to find adventure and maybe even fall in love. In a Texas dive bar, Kelly is singing her heart out to a few local yokels when her best friends Kaya and Alexa try and tempt her away for some fun in the Florida sun. It's an easy sell--even for the cautious Kelly - and the three head for Miami. Making their way to the same destination is the "Pennsylvania Posse": college students Justin, Brandon, and Eddie. Justin and Brandon are smooth-talking party promoters, while Eddie's primed to meet Lizzie, the cyber dream girl he's been e-mailing for months. Miami Beach, beating with a rhythm all its own, is teeming with beautiful people. Kelly's friends are drawn into the beachside fun, while Kelly tentatively navigates a sea of strangers. When her eyes meet ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The tale of two American Idols


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, sensuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

American Idol Website | Fox

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

From Justin to Kelly: A Tale of Two American Idols See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,715,848, 22 June 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,922,166, 20 July 2003
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Company Credits

Production Co:

19 Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When distributor 20th Century Fox announced plans to release the film on VHS and DVD six weeks after its opening weekend, some theater chains threatened not to screen it at all. Fox ultimately pushed the video release back a few months. After it flopped opening weekend, Fox reinstated the original video release schedule date. See more »

Goofs

When the girls are leaving the beach, Alexa gets the first text message from Justin. They show her phone up close, and you can see her phone has no antenna. When she puts her phone back in her purse, the phone has an antenna. See more »

Quotes

Alexa: You're interested in Kelly?
Justin: Yeah.
Alexa: You're the mayor of Spring Break, and she's one-bonnet-shy-Amish!
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Soundtracks

Brighter Star
Written by Matt Berntoft and Jocelyn Mathieux
Performed by Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini, Katherine Bailess, Anika Noni Rose,
Greg Siff and Brian Dietzen.
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Why, God? Why?
14 February 2006 | by Josh GibbsSee all my reviews

Unlike some of the entries in the endless parade of crap reviewed on this site, you might actually have heard of "From Justin to Kelly: The Tale of Two American Idols". This name recognition could potentially raise two problems. First is the prospect that you might already be familiar with the movie and thus take issue with something incorrect I might write. This differs from a review of "Idiot Vampire Movie #277" or whatever other nonsense I write about, where only four people on the planet have seen the movie in its entirety and I could have written the entire thing using a Ouija board without anyone knowing better. The second problem might be that you have actually seen the movie and so this review is redundant. Of course, anyone who watched this movie probably had enough pent up self loathing that they have already ridden the vein pain train in a lukewarm bathtub. In which case, congratulations on being dead! It is obvious you didn't quite make it into Heaven, which has a standing gag order against anything related to "American Idol". Better luck next time.

What do you get when you take two flash-in-the-pan celebrities from a reality TV show and fling them in front of a camera without any lessons in screen acting, line reading, or simulating basic human emotion? "From Justin to Kelly" decided to find out. I suppose it's fitting that one of the worst shows on television today would have managed to spawn a Hollywood film that manages to raid the lint traps of sheer ineptitude so severely that it makes "Battlefield Earth" look like a sci-fi epic for the ages. Not only could neither Justin nor Kelly act their way out of a paper bag, but they wouldn't be qualified to deliver bag lunches to the other soap actors on set. Thankfully, one half of the dynamic duo has already returned to blissful obscurity. We can only hope this movie will soon follow. I am not sure if this movie is taking place in an alternate timeframe where Kelly was never discovered and instead was forced to perform to audiences numbering in the single digits, or if it's supposed to take place in 2007 when the same will probably be true.

I suppose I can't fault the producers of "American Idol" for wanting to make another quick buck off their inexplicably popular TV show. Nor can I really fault two okayish singers lucky enough to land a starring role in a movie out of the blue because they weren't as horrible as everyone else. Someone has to be responsible for this mess, though, and I guess the most obvious blame falls on the people who voted Justin and Kelly into their positions as the final two American Idols: namely, the American public. This is all your fault, jerks. You should be ashamed.


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