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''Teen Beach Movie'' is a
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Disney Channel Original Movie
that premiered on July 19, 2013, on
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, starring
Ross Lynch Ross Shor Lynch (born December 29, 1995) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He was the lead vocalist of the pop rock Pop rock (also typeset as pop/rock) is rock music with a greater emphasis on professional songwriting a ...

Ross Lynch
and
Maia Mitchell Maia Mitchell (born 18 August 1993) is an Australian actress and singer. She is known for her roles as Brittany Flune in the children's television series '' Mortified'' for the Nine Network The Nine Network (commonly known as Channel Nine ...
. Directed by
Jeffrey Hornaday Jeffrey Hornaday is an United States, American choreographer and film director. He has choreographed films such as ''Flashdance'', ''Dick Tracy'', ''Captain Eo'' and ''A Chorus Line (film), A Chorus Line'' . Hornaday was nominated for a Director' ...
, ''Teen Beach Movie'' was filmed in
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (; abbreviated PR; tnq, Boriken, ''Borinquen''), officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico ( es, link=yes, Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, lit=Free Associated State of Puerto Rico) is a Caribbean island and Unincorporated ...

Puerto Rico
. It was the only Disney Channel Original Movie to premiere in 2013. A sequel titled ''
Teen Beach 2 ''Teen Beach 2'' is a 2015 Disney Channel Original Movie directed by Jeffrey Hornaday. The sequel to the 2013 film ''Teen Beach Movie'', it premiered on Disney Channel on June 26, 2015. The film was the first sequel of a Disney Channel Original M ...
'' premiered on June 26, 2015.


Plot

Brady and McKenzie (Mack) are surfing near her grandfather's beach hut. Mack then walks in on her grandfather and Brady watching their favorite film, a 1960s musical titled ''Wet Side Story'', where surfers and motorcycle bikers battle for the privilege to hang out at Big Momma's beachside restaurant. When McKenzie's aunt come by, she explains to Brady that after her mother died she promised her aunt that she would attend a private school, and she is leaving the next day. Mack asserts that although going is her choice, she feels it is what she has to do, since it is what her mother would want. She tells Brady they will have to break up. Before Mack leaves, she decides to surf a 40-foot wave that is about to hit the beach on her family's special surfboard. Alarmed, Brady gets on a jet ski and goes after Mack. They get swept away and end up on another beach. They soon realize they have been swept inside the ''Wet Side Story'' film. Seizing the moment, Brady joins the original cast in singing, to Mack's dismay. Brady relents and informs Mack that there will be a storm and giant wave that should bring them back home at the end of the film. They go into Big Momma's, and introduce themselves to the surfers just before "The Rodents Social Club" bikers appear and start the surf and turf war. After, Mack and Brady are invited by surfers to come to a party at Big Momma's later that night. Suddenly, their clothing is changed to fit the film and the surfboard appears nearby. That evening during a dance, Mack and Brady are arguing while the film's female lead, Lela (one of the biker girls), is singing on stage. Tanner, the male lead (one of the surfer boys), falls in love with Mack after she bumps into him, and Brady catches Lela when she falls off the stage. This interferes with the film's plot, in which Lela falls into Tanner's arms, not Brady's. They decide to make Tanner and Lela fall in love to fix things. Brady also tells Mack about the villains of the film, Les Camembert and Dr. Fusion, who are going to use a machine to affect the weather to make the surfers and bikers leave so they can control Big Momma's and turn it into a beach resort. Lela and Tanner express their love for Brady and Mack, who subtly suggest to them that there may be someone else they are really meant to be with. That night Mack joins Lela and the other biker girls for a sleepover, while Brady hangs out with Tanner and the surfer boys at Big Momma's. While talking about love, their modern relationship views conflict with the 1960s views. Mack and Brady do not make any progress with Lela and Tanner. The next night, Lela tells Mack that she would like to surf. Mack and Brady realize that they are morphing into the film when Mack falls into water and her hair does not get wet. They then begin singing and are unable to stop. After the song Mack and Brady are captured by Les Camembert and Dr. Fusion and taken to the villains' lighthouse lair. Lela and Tanner fall in love with each other and soon realize that their friends have been kidnapped. They convince the bikers and surfers to team up and save Mack and Brady. Meanwhile, Mack admits that she is glad that she ended up in the film and does not have to attend private school. When Mack says she thinks Lela is braver than her, Brady denies that, saying that Mack is the bravest girl he knows. The surfers and bikers free Mack and Brady, and destroy the villains' machine. The film's plot returns to normal, and Mack and Brady realize they are able to return home. After saying goodbye to everyone, Mack and Brady get on the surfboard and ride a wave, which sends them back to the real world, where no time has passed since they left. The 40-foot wave is still approaching. Mack finally surfs the giant wave successfully. Mack's aunt is upset about her delaying their flight but accepts her decision to spend the rest of the year with Brady. Mack and Brady celebrate by singing a song on the beach. In a post-credits scene, Lela, Tanner, Butchy, Seacat, Cheechee and Giggles wash up into the real world. A modern-day surfer thinks they are lost and allows them to use his cell phone, which they marvel at as they attempt to use it.


Cast

*
Ross Lynch Ross Shor Lynch (born December 29, 1995) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He was the lead vocalist of the pop rock Pop rock (also typeset as pop/rock) is rock music with a greater emphasis on professional songwriting a ...

Ross Lynch
as Brady *
Maia Mitchell Maia Mitchell (born 18 August 1993) is an Australian actress and singer. She is known for her roles as Brittany Flune in the children's television series '' Mortified'' for the Nine Network The Nine Network (commonly known as Channel Nine ...
as McKenzie *
Grace Phipps Grace Victoria Phipps (born May 4, 1992), also known professionally as Gracie Gillam, is an American actress An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance (also actress; see below). The actor performs "in the flesh" in the ...
as Lela *
Garrett Clayton Gary Michael "Garrett" Clayton (born March 19, 1991) is an American actor and singer. He is known for portraying Tanner in the 2013 List of Disney Channel original films, Disney Channel movie ''Teen Beach Movie'' and its 2015 sequel ''Teen Beach ...
as Tanner * John DeLuca as Butchy *
Chrissie Fit Chrissie Fit (born April 3, 1984) is an American actress. In 2007, Fit rose to prominence after she was cast as the character Mercedes Juarez in the medical drama, ''General Hospital ''General Hospital'' (often abbreviated as ''GH'') is an Am ...

Chrissie Fit
as Cheechee * Suzanne Cryer as Aunt Antoinette *
Barry Bostwick Barry Knapp Bostwick (born February 24, 1945) is an American actor and singer. He is best known for portraying Brad Majors in the musical comedy horror film '' The Rocky Horror Picture Show'' (1975) and Mayor Randall Winston in the sitcom '' Spin ...
as Big Poppa *
Kevin Chamberlin Kevin Chamberlin (born November 25, 1963) is an American actor and singer. He is known for his theatre roles such as Horton in ''Seussical'' and Uncle Fester Uncle Fester is a member of the fictional The Addams Family, Addams Family. He was play ...
as Dr. Fusion *
Steve Valentine Stephen John Valentine (born 26 October 1966) is a Scottish actor, musician, and magician. He is best known for his roles as Nigel Townsend on NBC The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American American(s) may refer to: * Amer ...

Steve Valentine
as Les Camembert *
Jordan Fisher Jordan William Fisher (born April 24, 1994) is an American actor, singer, dancer, and musician. He began his career with recurring roles on several television series, including ''The Secret Life of the American Teenager ''The Secret Life of ...
as Seacat *
Kent Boyd ''So You Think You Can Dance'' is a United States television reality program and dance competition airing on the Fox Broadcasting Company network. Season seven premiered on May 27, 2010. In the August 12 finale, Contemporary dance, contemporary/jaz ...
as Rascal * Mollee Gray as Giggles * William Loftis as Lugnut * Jessica Lee Keller as Struts * LaVon Fisher-Wilson as Big Momma


Production

The script was written by Vince Marcello, Mark Landry and Robert Horn, from a story by Marcello and Landry. Pre-production of the film began in January 2012. ''Teen Beach Movie'' was the third Disney Channel Original Movie filmed in Puerto Rico, the first two being ''
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'' and '' Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie''. On March 28, 2012, local Puerto Rican press covered part of the filming, which took place on the island. Most beach scenes took place in
Fajardo Fajardo () is a Fajardo barrio-pueblo, town and Municipalities of Puerto Rico, municipality in Puerto Rico located in the east region of the island, facing the Atlantic Ocean, north of Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Ceiba and east of Luquillo, Puerto Rico, ...
on the east coast of the island, while indoor scenes, such as McKenzie's bedroom, a restaurant, and a kitchen, were filmed inside an undisclosed warehouse in Bayamón. At the time, the film was titled ''Teen Beach Musical''. Mariella Pérez Serrano, the then-executive director of the Puerto Rico Film Corporation and Carlos Aníbal Vázquez, Unit Production Manager, were the main responsible for the local production of this film. "The film industry relies heavily on trust and recommendations for the work they do. It is also important to know the professionals working in the field to personally promote Puerto Rico as a destination for filming", said Pérez Serrano. She also said that Disney spent about eight million dollars in Puerto Rico to film this production. "We filmed the outdoor scenes in
Fajardo Fajardo () is a Fajardo barrio-pueblo, town and Municipalities of Puerto Rico, municipality in Puerto Rico located in the east region of the island, facing the Atlantic Ocean, north of Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Ceiba and east of Luquillo, Puerto Rico, ...
", revealed Vázquez. One of Puerto Rico's lead newspapers, Primera Hora, knew, moreover, that the cast of the musical filmed in the beach house of the then-Governor of Puerto Rico, . The film's soundtrack features ten original songs composed in rhythms of surf rock, Motown R&B, rockabilly and pop. ''Teen Beach Movie'' was the only Disney Channel Original Movie that was released in 2013.


Annette Funicello film dedication

Before the opening credits, the premiere of the film contained a memorial to
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star
Annette Funicello Annette Joanne Funicello (October 22, 1942 – April 8, 2013) was an American actress and singer. Funicello began her professional career as a child actor, child performer at the age of twelve. She rose to prominence as one of the most pop ...
(who died on April 8, 2013), which read, "In memory of Disney Legend Annette Funicello, the world's most beloved beach movie star."


Reception


Critical reception

''Teen Beach Movie'' received generally favorable reviews from critics. The review aggregator website
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Rotten Tomatoes
reported an 86% approval rating based on 7 reviews, while
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Metacritic
reported a score of 54 based on 6 reviews. ''Entertainment Weekly'' gave the film a C grade, saying "The good news? Two tunes in this attempt to reverse-engineer a new ''
High School Musical ''High School Musical'' is a 2006 American Musical film, musical television film written by Peter Barsocchini and directed by Kenny Ortega. It is the first installment in the High School Musical (franchise), ''High School Musical'' franchise. ...
'' are decent...But the rest is dull as sand." Brian Lowry from ''Variety'' wrote, "It’s too bad the makers didn’t do a slightly better job casting the key roles, but taken on its own terms the (overlong) 95-minute Disney Channel original plays like a brightly colored beach blanket, albeit one that’s a little rough around its sandy edges."


Ratings

The premiere in the United Kingdom had 597,000 viewers. The United States premiere just hours later received 8.4 million viewers during its first airing and 13.5 million viewers in L+7, becoming the second-highest rated Disney Channel Original Movie. The Dance Along version on July 27, 2013, garnered 3.7 million viewers. In Canada, the movie delivered 818,000 viewers. The Australian premiere had 113,000 viewers.


Broadcast

The film originally premiered on July 19, 2013, in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Ireland on
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. It premiered on August 4, 2013, in Southeast Asia and on August 9, 2013, in Australia and New Zealand, both on
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.


DVD release

The film was released on DVD on July 30, 2013, in North America, on August 19, 2013, in the UK and Ireland, and on August 21, 2013, in Australia and New Zealand.


Soundtrack

''Teen Beach Movie'' was released on July 15, 2013, by
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. The album was the fourth best-selling soundtrack of 2013 in the United States with 407,000 copies sold for the year. The album peaked at number three on the ''Billboard'' 200 chart. As of July 2015, it has sold 462,000 copies in the United States.


Track listing

* The song "Oxygen" was originally recorded by
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from her 2000 self-titled album.


Sequel

On April 27, 2014, the sequel, ''
Teen Beach 2 ''Teen Beach 2'' is a 2015 Disney Channel Original Movie directed by Jeffrey Hornaday. The sequel to the 2013 film ''Teen Beach Movie'', it premiered on Disney Channel on June 26, 2015. The film was the first sequel of a Disney Channel Original M ...
'' was announced as slated to premiere in 2015 on Disney Channel, with production set for July 2014 in
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Puerto Rico
.
Ross Lynch Ross Shor Lynch (born December 29, 1995) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He was the lead vocalist of the pop rock Pop rock (also typeset as pop/rock) is rock music with a greater emphasis on professional songwriting a ...

Ross Lynch
,
Maia Mitchell Maia Mitchell (born 18 August 1993) is an Australian actress and singer. She is known for her roles as Brittany Flune in the children's television series '' Mortified'' for the Nine Network The Nine Network (commonly known as Channel Nine ...
,
Grace Phipps Grace Victoria Phipps (born May 4, 1992), also known professionally as Gracie Gillam, is an American actress An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance (also actress; see below). The actor performs "in the flesh" in the ...
,
Garrett Clayton Gary Michael "Garrett" Clayton (born March 19, 1991) is an American actor and singer. He is known for portraying Tanner in the 2013 List of Disney Channel original films, Disney Channel movie ''Teen Beach Movie'' and its 2015 sequel ''Teen Beach ...
and John DeLuca reprised their roles in the sequel. The remaining actors who portray the bikers and surfers, Jordan Fisher,
Chrissie Fit Chrissie Fit (born April 3, 1984) is an American actress. In 2007, Fit rose to prominence after she was cast as the character Mercedes Juarez in the medical drama, ''General Hospital ''General Hospital'' (often abbreviated as ''GH'') is an Am ...

Chrissie Fit
, William Loftis,
Kent Boyd ''So You Think You Can Dance'' is a United States television reality program and dance competition airing on the Fox Broadcasting Company network. Season seven premiered on May 27, 2010. In the August 12 finale, Contemporary dance, contemporary/jaz ...
, Jessica Lee Keller and Mollee Gray, are also confirmed to return for the sequel. The sequel revolves around the characters from ''Wet Side Story'' after the first film's post-credits scene, when they were transported into the real world. ''Teen Beach 2'' premiered June 26, 2015, with 5.8 million viewers.


References


External links

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