Two surfing lovers, whose doomed relationship is nearing to a close, find themselves swept into a dimension-traversing wave that sends them into a beach movie musical in the 60's.


Jeffrey Hornaday


Vince Marcello (story by), Mark Landry (story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ross Lynch ... Brady
Maia Mitchell ... McKenzie / Mack
Gracie Gillam ... Lela (as Grace Phipps)
Garrett Clayton ... Tanner
John DeLuca ... Butchy
Chrissie Fit ... Cheechee
Suzanne Cryer ... Aunt Antoinette
Barry Bostwick ... Big Poppa
Kevin Chamberlin ... Dr. Fusion
Steve Valentine ... Les Camembert
Jordan Fisher ... Seacat
Kent Boyd ... Rascal
Mollee Gray ... Giggles
William T. Loftis William T. Loftis ... Lugnut (as William Loftis)
Jessica Lee Keller ... Struts


Life's a beach for surfers Brady and McKenzie -- until a rogue wave magically transports them inside the classic '60s beach party flick, Wet Side Story, where a full-blown rivalry between bikers and surfers threatens to erupt. There, amidst a sea of surfing, singing and dancing, Brady and Mack accidentally change the storyline, and the film's dreamy hero and heroine fall for them instead of for each other! Written by The Disney Channel

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Getting trapped in a movie,,, is no day at the beach


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In the last moment of the number "Surf Crazy", Tanner does a somersault onto his surfboard, landing with his bottom half not on the surfboard. The camera flashes to Mack, then back to Tanner, where his body is fully on the surfboard. See more »


Lela: We're gonna surf.
Tanner: What, you like to surf?
Lela: I know! It's like riding a cloud. Except the cloud is water.
Tanner: No way! I said the same thing! Except, well... Not right now.
Lela: I know that Bikers aren't supposed to like surfing, but I don't care. Oh, my gosh. I don't care!
Tanner: You don't? Hey, you know what?
Lela: No, I don't know that either.
Tanner: I've always wanted to ride a motorcycle.
Lela: Are you serious?
Tanner: No, I'm Tanner.
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes play during the end credits, followed by an additional scene: the characters from the 1960s are transported to the 2010s and are frightened by modern artifacts such as camera-phones, leading into the story of Teen Beach 2 (2015). See more »


References West Side Story (1961) See more »


Coolest Cats in Town
Written by Mitch Allan, Jason Evigan, and Nikki Leonti
Produced by Mitch Allan and Jason Evigan
Performed by Gracie Gillam and Jason Evigan
Courtesy of Walt Disney Records
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Fun '60s Inspired Beach Party Flick
7 March 2014 | by je_and_laSee all my reviews

Back in 2009 Disney Channel brought us "Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie" from the shores of Puerto Rico. Now they bring us "Teen Beach Movie", a fun beach party inspired film. McKenzie (Maia Mitchell) and Brady (Ross Lynch) are two surfers who are magically transported inside a classic '60s beach party film, Wet Side Story, where a surf-and-turf war between the surfers and bikers is in full swing. After accidentally changing the film's plot causing the film's hero and heroine to fall for them instead of each other, Mack and Brady must find a way to change the plot back whilst also finding a way back home.

The storyline progressed at an easy pace for the audience to follow, while still taking the time to learn about each of the four main characters in detail. The plot line of Wet Side Story, a spoof off of the popular film "West Side Story", was both funny and enjoyable to watch. McKenzie's insistence that girls can do anything boys can do provided a great message to the audience, as well as adding extra conflict to the plot.

The acting was typical for a Disney Channel Original Movie and most of the cast did a terrific job at over-acting their parts when it came to the Wet Side Story characters. Lynch and Mitchell had very believable chemistry, while Grace Phipps (Lela) and Garrett Clayton (Tanner) did a great job at over-acting their own character's relationship.

The film was let down as it was laced with continuity errors. One such error occurred towards the end of the film when Mitchell's hair changed from being up to down from shot to shot. Other errors occurred throughout the film, though this was the most noticeable.

The costumes for this film were very similar to those that were used in beach party movies in the '60s. The girls in this film wore high-waisted bikinis which covered their navels, a nod to Ms. Annette Funicello to whom the film was dedicated.

The movie's soundtrack was reminiscent of '60s beach party tunes, and contained tracks that were catchy and fun to listen to. 'Can't Stop Singing', sung by Lynch and Mitchell, reflected the plot and worked to parody the genre of movie-musical with lyrics such as 'this can't be happening' and 'don't tell me it's a song'.

As we saw back in 2009, Puerto Rico has some beautiful beaches which we got to see again in this film. It's a shame however that in the 'Can't Stop Singing' scene, there was a modern city visible in the background although this part of the film was set in the '60s.

With catchy tunes, a progressive storyline and a beautiful location, Disney Channel has once again produced a thoroughly enjoyable film, deserving of the 8/10 rating given.

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19 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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