Teen Beach Movie

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Teen Beach Movie
Teen Beach Movie poster.jpg
Television release poster
Distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Directed by Jeffrey Hornaday
Produced by Robert F. Phillips
Written by
  • Vince Marcello
  • Mark Landry
  • Robert Horn
Budget $8 million[1]
Country United States
Language English
Original channel Disney Channel
Release date July 19, 2013
Running time 95 minutes

Teen Beach Movie is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered July 19, 2013 on Disney Channel, starring Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell. The movie was filmed in Puerto Rico.[1][2][3][4] The only Disney Channel movie that premiered in 2013, the first promo aired on February 15, 2013 during an extended episode of Jessie, with a full trailer airing March 15, 2013 after The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex.


Brady (Ross Lynch) and McKenzie "Mack" (Maia Mitchell), are surfing together at a beach near McKenzie's grandfather's hut. Mack oversees her grandfather and Brady watching their favorite film, where bikers and surfers battle for which gang gets the privilege to hang out at Big Momma's, a local diner and hangout. Brady later learns that Mack made a promise to her aunt that after her mother died she would attend a private school and they were to leave the next day. Mack asserts that although going is her choice, she feels it is what she has to do, since it's what her mom would want. She sadly tells Brady they will have to break up since they will be too far away to maintain their relationship.

Before Mack leaves, she decides to surf a 40-foot wave that is about to hit the beach. Alarmed, Brady gets on a jet ski and goes after Mack, who is still in the ocean. Mack and Brady end up getting swept away and eventually end up on another beach. They soon realize they have been swept inside Brady's favorite movie "Wet Side Story". Eager to seize the moment, Brady joins the original cast in singing "Surf Crazy", to Mack's dismay. Brady and Mack have opposing views on their current situation. 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 movie but Mack is reluctant to wait for it. They go into Big Momma's, the movie's diner and hangout and introduce themselves to the surfers just before the bikers appear and start the surf and turf war. Brady tells Mack about the war, and why it exists, though Mack is still the opposite of amused. The bikers perform a musical number, "Cruisin' for a Bruisin", which Brady actually joins in on, even going so far as to dress like some of the bikers. After the song, Mack and Brady are invited by surfers to come to a party at Big Momma's later that night. Mack was about to say no, but Brady cuts in, and automatically accepts, which leaves Mack even more upset. Just then, their clothing is suddenly changed to fit the movie and Mack's surfboard appears nearby them.

That evening during a dance in Big Momma's where Lela (Grace Phipps) is singing "Falling for Ya", Mack and Brady argue about staying or trying to find a way out and Mack decides to investigate on her own. However, they suddenly change the movie when the movie's lead man, Tanner (Garrett Clayton), falls in love with Mack after she bumps into him and Brady catches the lead girl, Lela when she falls off the stage. This interferes with the movie's plot, in which Lela falls into Tanner's arms, not Brady's and thus another feud between the bikers and surfers would start. Brady and Mack decide to make Tanner and Lela fall in love to fix things. Brady also tells Mack about the villains of the film, Les Camembert (Steve Valentine) and Dr. Fusion (Kevin Chamberlin), who are going to try 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.

Brady, Mack, Tanner and Lela take part in a musical number, "Meant to Be", where Lela and Tanner express their love for Brady and Mack, while Mack and Brady subtly suggest to them that there may be someone else they are really meant to be with. This however doesn't work, so Mack and Brady decide to split up to convince Lela and Tanner to be with each other. That night Mack joins Lela and the other biker girls for a slumber party, while Brady hangs out with Tanner and the surfer boys at Big Momma's. While talking about love and the opposite gender, Mack and Brady's modern relationship views conflict with the 60's views, which leads to the song, "Like Me". The next morning, biker-dressed Mack and surfer-dressed Brady meet and discuss how they are not having any success. Later that night, Lela tells Mack that she actually would like to surf and Mack persuades her to do it despite surfing being something that Lela shouldn't do as a biker.

Mack and Brady each have Lela and Tanner walk down the beach in opposite directions, though Mack suddenly notices waves vanishing and goes to talk to Brady. However, Les' plan isn't their only concern as they realize they are morphing into the movie when Mack falls into shallow water her hair does not get wet and then suddenly they are forced to perform a song, "Can't Stop Singing". 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 while waiting for Mack and Brady and sing a reprise of "Meant to Be". They soon realize that their friends have been kidnapped by Les and Dr. Fusion. They go to Big Momma's and convince the bikers and surfers to team up and save Mack and Brady. Meanwhile at the lighthouse, Mack and Brady talk about their experience in the movie and Mack finally admits that she is glad that she came and is spending more time with Brady. She says that she really doesn't want to go to college but she felt it was what she was "supposed to do". Mack realizes that it is similar to her telling Lela to surf despite what she is supposed to do and Mack concludes that Lela is braver than her. Brady denies that, saying that Mack is the bravest girl he knows. After that, they sing their own reprise of "Meant to Be".

The surfers and bikers then crash into the lair, free Mack and Brady and destroy the machine that the villains made. The movie's plot returns to normal and Mack and Brady realize they are able to return home when they magically are wearing their old clothes again. After saying goodbye to everyone, Mack and Brady get on the surfboard and ride a wave, which submerges them and sends them back to the real world, where they see that no time has passed since they left. The 40-foot wave Mack was looking forward to is still about to approach her too.

Brady allows Mack to surf the giant wave and she successfully does and safely returns to shore. Her aunt appears, upset about Mack delaying their flight but Mack decides to spend the rest of the year on the beach with Brady, seeing that following her heart would still make her mother happy, even though she originally thought going to college was the right thing to do. Her aunt accepts her decision and everyone on the beach participates in one last musical number along with the other teens on the beach, "Surf's Up".

In a post-credits scene, Lela, Tanner, Butchy, Cheechee, Seacat and Giggles wash up into the real world. A modern day surfer thinks they're lost and allows them to use his cell phone, which they marvel at as they try to use it.



Pre-production of the film began in January 2012. Teen Beach Movie is the third DCOM filmed in Puerto Rico, the first two being Princess Protection Program and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie. On March 28, 2012, local Puerto Rican press covered part of the filming, which took place in the island. Most beach scenes took place in Fajardo in the east coast of the island, while indoor scenes, such as McKenzie's bedroom, a diner-style restaurant, with plenty of room for the dance numbers, and a kitchen, where filmed inside an undisclosed warehouse in Bayamón. At the time, the film was titled Teen Beach Musical.[1]

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.[1]

"We filmed the outdoor scenes in Fajardo", 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, Luis Fortuño. The film's soundtrack features ten original songs composed in rhythms of surf rock, Motown R&B, rockabilly and pop.[1][4]

Teen Beach Movie was the only Disney Channel Original Movie that was released in 2013.

Annette Funicello film dedication[edit]

The opening credits of the film contained a memorial to beach party film star Annette Funicello (who died on April 8, 2013), which read "In memory of Disney Legend Annette Funicello, the world's most beloved beach movie star."


Critical reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly gave the movie a C grade, saying "The good news? Two tunes in this attempt to reverse-engineer a new High School Musical are decent...But the rest is dull as sand."[5] 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."[6] It has a 86% all critics rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on seven reviews and a 74% audience rating[7] At Metacritic, it has a metascore of 54 based on 6 critics reviews. User score was generally favorable though, at 6.3.[8]


The premiere in the United Kingdom had 597,000 viewers.[9] The United States premiere just hours later received 13.5 million viewers during its first airing, becoming the second-highest rated Disney Channel Original Movie.[10][11] The Dance Along version on July 27, 2013 garnered 3.7 million viewers.[12] In Canada the movie delivered 818,000 viewers.[13] The Australian premiere had 113,000 viewers.[14]


The movie originally premiered on July 19, 2013 in the United States,[15] Canada,[16] the UK, and Ireland[15] on Disney Channel. It premiered on August 4, 2013 in Southeast Asia[17] and on August 9, 2013 in Australia and New Zealand,[18] both on Disney Channel.

DVD release[edit]

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.


The soundtrack was released on July 15, 2013. The album was the fourth best-selling soundtrack of 2013 in the United States with 407,000 copies sold for the year.[19] The album peaked at no. 3 on the Billboard 200 Charts.[20]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Oxygen"   Maia Mitchell 3:01
2. "Surf Crazy"   Garrett Clayton , Teen Beach Movie Cast, Keely Hawkes 3:02
3. "Cruisin' for a Bruisin'"   Ross Lynch, Jason Evigan, Grace Phipps 3:15
4. "Falling for Ya"   Grace Phipps 3:12
5. "Meant to Be"   Ross Lynch, Garrett Clayton, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, 3:40
6. "Like Me"   Maia Mitchell, Teen Beach Movie Cast,Ross Lynch,Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton 3:18
7. "Meant to Be (Reprise 1)"   Garrett Clayton, Grace Phipps 1:40
8. "Can't Stop Singing"   Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell 2:25
9. "Meant to Be (Reprise 2)"   Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell 0:34
10. "Surf's Up"   Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Teen Beach Movie Cast 3:01
11. "Coolest Cats in Town"   Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton, Jason Evigan 2:45
12. "Surf Crazy Finale"   Teen Beach Movie Cast 2:31
13. "Cruisin' for a Bruisin'"   Teen Beach Movie Karaoke 3:15
14. "Falling For Ya"   Teen Beach Movie Karaoke 3:12
15. "Surf's Up"   Teen Beach Movie Karaoke 2:58


On April 27, 2014, a sequel, Teen Beach Movie 2, was announced as slated to premiere in 2015 on Disney Channel, with production set for July 2014 in Puerto Rico.[21] It is the fourth Disney Channel Original Movie to be filmed in Puerto Rico, after Princess Protection Program, Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie and Teen Beach Movie.[22] Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton and John DeLuca will reprise their roles in the sequel.[23] The remaining actors who portray the bikers and surfers, Jordan Fisher, Chrissie Fit, William Loftis, Kent Boyd, Jessica Lee Keller and Mollee Gray, are also confirmed to return for the sequel.[24] The film will revolve 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 Movie 2 is the first Disney Channel Original Movie sequel since Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam in 2010.


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  3. ^ "Teen Beach Movie". Disney Channel Media Net. 2013. Archived from the original on March 11, 2013. 
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  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly, July 19, 2013, Issue #1268
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  20. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6070065/disney-channel-greenlights-teen-beach-movie-sequel
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  24. ^ http://tvline.com/2014/07/15/teen-beach-movie-2-cast-confirmed-look-whos-coming-back/

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