Henry Goldblatt
August 26, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

From Justin to Kelly

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
95 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/20/03
performer
Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini
director
Robert Iscove
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Kim Fuller
genre
Romance, musical

We gave it a C-

Before ”Gigli” earned the title of the summer’s biggest turkey (gobble, gobble), there was From Justin to Kelly, in which Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini, and Justin’s hair fall in love in Miami over spring break. The brisk musical isn’t so much an affront to humanity as it is derivative, cribbing from such works as ”Grease,” ”You’ve Got Mail,” ”Casablanca,” ”West Side Story,” ”The Women,” and the entire Annette Funicello oeuvre. Kelly’s voice, as usual, acquits itself beautifully; Justin’s hair, not so much. EXTRAS Giggly commentary from Kelly, Justin, and director Robert Iscove, as well as two additional bland songs wisely omitted from the theatrical version.

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