Today we’re talking about the 2013 Disney Channel movie Teen Beach 2
While the first movie pretty much wrote the most basic story and used it as a love letter to musicals, this one decides to amp up the drama and show what happens after the endless summer.
This movie is the embarrassed child of the first one. It is ashamed of where it came from but can’t seem to forget it. The plot is basic teen angst until a third of the way in, then it shifts into fish out of water, then it sort of gets lost and forgets where it was going.
At the end, it really doesn’t matter, because through magic, the entire movie and it’s predecessor are wiped from existence.
It does however attempt to have a self-empowerment storyline and spends a lot of time talking about being yourself and accepting others even if they are different. It’s a positive message that I can get behind.
The characters are different. They don’t act or feel all that much like they did in the first one. They almost feel like caricatures of the originals, which were caricatures to start with.
Nothing is explicitly cancelled out, but liberties were taken with personalities and actions.
Again, it really doesn’t matter because they aren’t the same people at the end of the movie.
The dialogue is updated for modern times and loses the cheese that made the first a lot of fun.
Visuals and Music
The movie was pretty, the people were pretty, the clothes were pretty. I found that the contrast between worlds was lost and I missed the glossy Gidget-style look.
The music was adorable and the dances were great. This movie is only redeemed in it’s music.
I’m really sour about the ending and it kind of ruined the rest of the movie for me. I hate it when time travel etc re-writes the characters that we spent 3 hours getting to know. I feel cheated.
Score: 0.5 (Only because I loved the songs)
This movie isn’t hateful, but it isn’t particularly good. I’ll watch the dances on youtube instead of rewatching the movie.
If you loved the first one, be prepared to be disappointed. However, it’s not something I have to worry about showing my kids.
Final Score: 2 Stars