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From Justin to Kelly

  • compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2003 1 Jan
From Justin to Kelly

from Film Forum, 06/26/03

Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, the recent winner and runner-up on American Idol, are already movie stars. Their debut film is called From Justin to Kelly, a romantic musical/comedy in the style of Beach Blanket Bingo. Based on this heavily hyped piece of empty Idol-atry, critics do not think the actors have promising big-screen futures.

Michael Elliott (Movie Parables) says, "The voices of Justin and Kelly are the one strength of the movie but the songs they sing are simultaneously bland and annoying. Had the producers operated from artistic motives rather than commercial ones, the film might have had potential. As it is, rushing this atrocity through production while its stars are still somewhat famous is nothing but transparent exploitation."

Loren Eaton (Focus on the Family) writes that the film "plays out like its script was penciled on the back of a damp cocktail napkin. The most disappointing aspect of this Clarkson and Guarini vehicle isn't its hackneyed plot or painful dialogue: It's the astonishing amount of flesh that the PG-rated movie flashes. Slinky sexuality, along with dubious messages about love, make this a feature not worth idolizing."