Teen Spirit (film)

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Teen Spirit
Teen Spirit poster.jpg
Written by David Kendall
Kathryn McCullough
Bob Young
Directed by Gil Junger
Starring Cassie Scerbo
Lindsey Shaw
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Steven Gary Banks
James Middletown
Robert F. Phillips
Cinematography Dave Perkal
Running time 82 minutes
Production company(s) ABC Family
Release
Original network ABC Family
Original release
  • August 7, 2011 (2011-08-07)

Teen Spirit is a television movie that premiered on ABC Family on August 7, 2011.[1] It is directed by Gil Junger and stars Cassie Scerbo and Lindsey Shaw as the main protagonists.

Plot[edit]

Amber Pollock, a mean, snobbish, popular high school senior, dies after being named Prom Queen at her senior prom when her crown ends up electrified after an accident with her boyfriend's car. While in Limbo, an angel named Supervisor J-3 (Tim Gunn) gives her the task of returning to her high school as a ghost to arrange that the school's least-popular student Lisa Sommers (Lindsey Shaw) becomes Prom Queen in her place within one week at the makeup prom. When Lisa becomes Prom Queen, Supervisor J-3 will have Amber forgiven of her past actions and send her to Heaven. Supervisor J-3 also tells Amber that if Lisa doesn't become Prom Queen by the deadline, Amber will be on the next shuttle bus to Hell.

Things do not go as planned because at first, Lisa doesn't want to be crowned Prom Queen. After Amber convinces Lisa that she can get her attention from her crush, Nick Ramsey, Amber insists they should go shopping to get Lisa some new outfits for school and the prom. Amber gets Lisa a new hairstyle and some perfume. Lisa meets a "Zac Efron boy" named Aidan. But she gets nervous and walks away. The next day at school, due to Lisa still being nervous, Amber hops into Lisa's body using her possession powers to get her into school and gain confidence, then their plans for Lisa running for Prom Queen becomes complicated as Amber's former friend, Carlita Cache, decides to run and starts dating Nick.

When Carlita decides to throw a house party, Amber and Lisa decide to mess with Carlita's plan by changing the party's date and sending this change in an email from a school computer to everyone's phone at their high school. With Carlita's party plans ruined, Amber and Lisa plan a party at Lisa's house the same night, since her parents are away at a spa treatment. During the party, Amber gets Lisa up on stage to sing "Typical" which attracts the attention of Nick. Lisa and Nick talk after her performance and the two end up sharing an unexpected kiss, but then Amber possesses Lisa again to stop her from sleeping with Nick.

Amber and Lisa soon find out from Vice-Principal Richardson that Lisa's friend, Raj Kurkuri, who was trying to buy a used calculator online, accidentally forgot to log off on a school computer before Lisa sent the changed party date message, and Raj is held responsible for the damages at Carlita's house. Lisa ends up passing on her friends' plans for finishing a claymation pig film now that she is popular. Meanwhile, Amber's sister Clementine feels her mother is too busy mourning the death of Amber to pay any attention to her. Seeing this for herself, Amber helps guide her mother into paying more attention to Clementine now that she has died.

Lisa's friend Selena learns about Amber's involvement with Lisa's popularity and decides to use black magic to tell Amber to leave Lisa alone, but Amber tells her she needs to right what she did wrong in order to get into Heaven. Selena is understanding but still pleads for Amber to help Lisa return to normal. Amber confronts Lisa and, realizing that she has unintentionally ruined her life by making her popular, jumps into her body to drive her out to Oak Springs on Highway 7 (out in the middle of nowhere) so she would not make it back to town in time for the prom that evening. After stumbling onto Floyd's Gator Jerky Shop, and calls all her friends on a pay phone, Lisa is unsuccessful in getting a ride back into town until she reaches Selena. When Selena (along with Raj and Collin) make it to pick her up, Lisa learns being popular isn't what it is cracked up to be. She also learns Raj was suspended and has to perform community service to fix Carlita's yard. Meanwhile, Amber reports her failure to Supervisor J-3 and takes a ride down to Hell in a flaming prison shuttle bus.

After just making it to prom night, Lisa confesses to her vice principal and the rest of the school that it was her that sent the mass email about the change to Carlita's party, not Raj. She then makes a speech on stage that everyone should break down the barriers between the popular and unpopular by voting Raj as Prom King, which almost all of the students agree upon. After Raj is elected Prom King, Amber is transported off the shuttle bus to Hell to get her wings to enter Heaven, as the least popular student was voted Prom King. She appears to Lisa one last time and the two share a hug with Amber when Amber spots Aidan at the prom. Lisa smiles and Amber promised to watch over Lisa from Heaven before she goes. Aidan looked for Lisa at 7 different proms before he found her. Aidan and Lisa smile and talk and soon dance. It looks like a new relationship starts. Carlita (angry that she didn't get crowned Prom Queen) tries to stop the music by pulling wires from the stage's control box, but gets herself electrocuted in the process. Then Supervisor J-3's voice can be heard saying "Oh, lucky me. Here we go again."

Cast[edit]

  • Cassie Scerbo as Amber Pollock
  • Lindsey Shaw as Lisa Sommers
  • Tim Gunn as Supervisor J-3
  • Chris Zylka as Nick Ramsey
  • Katie Sarife as Selena
  • Travis Quentin Young as Colin
  • Paras Patel as Raj Kukuri
  • Ben Winchell as Aiden
  • Carissa Capobianco as Paisley
  • Katrina Tandy as Dakota
  • Gabriela Lopez as Carlita Cache
  • Cree Ivey as Clementine Pollock
  • Andrea Powell as Gillian Pollock
  • Elena Varela as Aunt Marielle
  • Lucius Baston as Vice Principal Richardson
  • Rhoda Griffis as Vesper Sommers
  • Allen Williamson as Brandon
  • Langley McArol as Floyed
  • Katie Garner as Liz

Production[edit]

Filming took place in Wilmington, North Carolina.[2]

Soundtrack[edit]

Teen Spirit
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released August 7, 2011
Recorded 2011
Genre Soundtrack
Length 28:32
Label MarVista Entertainment
Singles from Teen Spirit
  1. "Typical"
    Released: August 7, 2011[3]

Teen Spirit is a soundtrack album by the film of the same name, released on August 7, 2011 by MarVista Entertainment.[4] "Typical", performed by Lindsey Shaw was released as single on August 7.[3]

Track listing
No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Tonight Tonight" Hot Chelle Rae 3:10
2. "Till The World Ends" Britney Spears 3:15
3. "The Fame" Lady Gaga 3:21
4. "Show Me" Jessica Sutta 2:19
5. "Give Me Everything" (featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer) Pitbull 3:44
6. "Edge of Glory" Lady Gaga 3:14
7. "(Drop Dead) Beautiful" (featuring Sabi) Britney Spears 4:05
8. "Typical" Lindsey Shaw 3:38
Other songs non-included in soundtrack

International airing dates[edit]

Country / Region Channel Premiere
 United States ABC Family August 7, 2011
 Italy SKY Cinema February 2012
 Brazil Telecine Pipoca August 4, 2012
 France M6 January 9, 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://abcfamily.go.com/movies/teen-spirit
  2. ^ http://www.wwaytv3.com/2011/02/16/new-abc-family-movie-begins-production-wilmington
  3. ^ a b "Typical by Lisa Sommers". iTunes. Retrieved June 27, 2017.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "Teen Spirit - Soundtrack". Ringo Track. Retrieved June 27, 2017.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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