From Justin to Kelly

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From Justin to Kelly
On a beach setting, a young woman has her arms around a young man with the film's title in semi-pleasant cursive underneath followed by the credits.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Iscove
Produced by Robert Engelman
Written by Kim Fuller
Starring Justin Guarini
Kelly Clarkson
Music by Greg Siff
Michael Wandmacher
Cinematography Francis Kenny
Edited by Tirsa Hackshaw
Casey O. Rohrs
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • June 20, 2003 (2003-06-20)
Running time 81 minutes
90 minutes (Extended cut)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12 million
Box office $4,928,883

From Justin to Kelly is a 2003 American romantic comedy musical film starring Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, the winner and runner-up, respectively, of the first season of American Idol. It won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst 'Musical' of Our First 25 Years in 2005. This film is often cited among one of the worst films ever made.


The film is set during spring break in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Texan singing waitress Kelly Taylor (Kelly Clarkson) meets Pennsylvanian college student Justin Bell (Justin Guarini), and they fall for each other, and various romantic complications ensue. Kelly's friend Kaya (Anika Noni Rose) falls in love with charming busboy Carlos (Jason Yribar); Kelly's other friend, Alexa (Katherine Bailess), schemes to keep Justin and Kelly from meeting; Justin's friend Brandon (Greg Siff) is always getting on the wrong side of a sexy beach patrolwoman (Theresa San-Nicholas); and Justin's other friend, Eddie (Brian Dietzen), tries to hook up with a cyberpal.[1]



In its opening weekend, the film grossed $2,715,848 in 2,001 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking #11 at the box office. By the end of its run, From Justin to Kelly grossed $4,928,883 domestically, was a box office bomb, and received a 10% rating out of 63 reviews at Rotten Tomatoes. Entertainment Weekly film critic Owen Gleiberman wrote in his review, "How bad is From Justin to Kelly? Set in Miami during spring break, it's like Grease: The Next Generation acted out by the food-court staff at SeaWorld."[2]

Some theater chains threatened not to screen the movie at all when distributor 20th Century Fox announced plans to rush it to VHS and DVD a mere six weeks after its opening weekend, but Fox ultimately relented and pushed the release date back a number of months. After the opening-weekend flop, Fox reinstated the original release schedule.

The film is listed in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book The Official Razzie Movie Guide as one of The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made.[3]

The choreography was considered so bad that a special Golden Raspberry "Governor's Award" was created as an excuse to present the film with a Razzie. However, the movie was better received by the Teen Choice Awards, as it was nominated for two Choice Movie Breakout Stars (for Guarini and Clarkson) and Choice Chemistry.

Time Magazine described From Justin to Kelly as "a monstrous Idol movie musical that in the most generous light is the worst film so far this century".[4] In a later interview, Clarkson admitted she only did the film because she was contractually obligated to do so: "I knew when I read the script it was going to be real, real bad, but when I won, I signed that piece of paper, and I could not get out of it." [4]

Total Film magazine ranked From Justin to Kelly at number 16 in their list of 66 Worst Movies Of All Time.[5]


Year Result Award Category
2003 Nomination Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Star (Female), Kelly Clarkson
Choice Movie Breakout Star (Male), Justin Guarini
Choice Movie Chemistry, Kelly Clarkson & Justin Guarini
2004 Nomination Stinkers Bad Movie Awards[6] Worst Picture
Worst Director, Robert Iscove
Worst Actor, Justin Guarini
Worst Actress, Kelly Clarkson
Worst Fake Accent - Female, Kelly Clarkson
Worst On-Screen Couple (Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini)
Worst On-Screen Group; The Pennsylvania Posse
Won Worst Song, "Anytime"
Nomination Razzie Awards Worst Picture
Worst Director, Robert Iscove
Worst Screenplay, Kim Fuller
Worst Actor, Justin Guarini
Worst Actress, Kelly Clarkson
Worst Remake or Sequel (remake of both Where the Boys Are and Where the Boys Are '84)
Worst Screen Couple (Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini)
Worst Excuse for an Actual Movie (All Concept/No Content)
Won Governor's Award - Distinguished Under-Achievement in Choreography
2005 Won Worst Musical of Our First 25 Years

Home media[edit]

When From Justin to Kelly was released on DVD, an extended version of 90 minutes was released as well. This extended version includes two new musical numbers "From Me to You" and "Brighter Star", additional lyrics and more sensual choreography to "Wish Upon a Star", and a scene involving a "Dare to Be Bare" contest.[7]


A commercial soundtrack was created with studio tracks but never released, due to the poor reception and income of the film. However, a version of the song "Timeless", sung by Clarkson and Guarini, and recorded prior to the film, was included on Guarini's self-titled debut album. The tracks of the unreleased studio soundtrack can be found on various Clarkson fansites. Two songs, "From Me to You" and "Brighter Star", did not appear in the theatrical release, but were added to the extended version DVD release. Clarkson also performed "The Bounce (The Luv)", and "Timeless" during her shared (with Clay Aiken) "Independent Tour" in 2003 with her male backup singer performing the male vocals on "Timeless".

Songs used in the film and soundtrack (in order of appearance):

  1. "I Won't Stand in Line" (Original artist: Reba McEntire)
  2. "Vacation" (Original artist: The Go-Go's)
  3. "The Bounce (The Luv)"
  4. "Brandon's Rap"
  5. "Forever Part of Me"
  6. "It's Meant to Be"
  7. "Timeless" (Also released on Justin Guarini's debut CD Justin Guarini)
  8. "Brighter Star" (Extended Version DVD)
  9. "Wish Upon a Star"
  10. "Anytime" (Alternate version on Kelly Clarkson's debut CD Thankful)
  11. "Madness"
  12. "Timeless (Reprise)"
  13. "From Me to You" (Extended Version DVD)
  14. "Anytime (Reprise)"
  15. "That's the Way (I Like It)" (Lyrically changed cover of original song by KC and the Sunshine Band)
  16. "Sugar"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Plot summary for From Justin to Kelly (2003)". Internet Movie Database. 
  2. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (May 23, 2003). "Movie Review From Justin to Kelly (2003)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 21, 2009. 
  3. ^ Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0-446-69334-0. 
  4. ^ a b "Miss Independent" Josh Tyrangiel. Time Magazine February 05, 2006 (Subscription Required).
  5. ^ 66 Worst Movies of All Time, Total Film. [1] February 15th 2012. Retrieved January 17th 2014.
  6. ^ "2003 26th Hastings Bad Cinema Society Stinkers Awards". Stinkers Bad Movie Awards. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ From Justin to Kelly (2003) - Alternate versions (IMDb)

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