Teen Beach 2
Teen Beach 2.jpg
Television release poster
Genre
Based onCharacters by
Vince Marcello
Mark Landry
Robert Horn
Screenplay by
  • Matt Eddy
  • Billy Eddy
Story by
Directed byJeffrey Hornaday
Starring
Theme music composerDavid Lawrence
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
ProducerMichael Gallant
Production locationsPuerto Rico, U.S.
CinematographyMark Irwin
EditorDavid Finfer
Running time104 minutes
Production companyRain Forest Productions
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkDisney Channel
Original release
  • June 26, 2015 (2015-06-26)
Chronology
Preceded byTeen Beach Movie

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 Movie in five years, the last being Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010).

Plot

On the eve of the first day of school, Brady and McKenzie (Mack) celebrate the day they met and reminisce about the summer ("Best Summer Ever"), while they watch Brady's favorite movie, Wet Side Story, the 1960s musical film that they got stuck in.[N 1] Mack dismisses Brady's fear that their relationship will change when they begin school. Mack then notices she lost the necklace she received while in the Wet Side Story world.

At school, Brady and Mack reunite with their respective friends, Devon and Alyssa, who are surprised by their new relationship due to their opposite personalities. Later, in class, Brady is working on surfboard designs, but hides them when Mack asks him what he is doing. Mack begins work on a "Save the Beach" dance, despite Brady's attempts to see her. Struggling with a college application, Brady works on a surfboard instead and accidentally forgets about a college fair that he was to attend with Mack, upsetting her to the point that they break up ("On My Own").

In the Wet Side Story world, Lela and Tanner suddenly breaks with the film's plot, having experienced changes within themselves since Mack and Brady's visit. They then notice Mack's washed-up necklace and journey into the ocean, eventually winding up on the same world as Mack and Brady, who are still not in good terms. With Lela and Tanner marveling at the wonders of the modern world ("Right Where I Wanna Be"), Mack and Brady choose to show them that the world is not as great as it seems, in hopes that they will return to their own world. Meanwhile, the characters of Wet Side Story are left confused without Lela and Tanner, with Cheechee and Seacat attempting, but failing, to substitute for the starring duo ("Falling for Ya").

Brady and Mack bring Lela and Tanner to school, where their movie characteristics come out against Mack and Brady's cautions ("Wanna Be With You", "Twist Your Frown Upside Down"). Lela becomes too enthralled with math homework to spend time with Tanner after school, and Tanner confesses to Brady that he worries he is not enough for Lela, while Brady reveals to Tanner that he and Mack are taking a break. He also shows Tanner his surfboards, and alludes that Mack might not understand his newfound hobby. Realizing that Lela and Tanner are becoming part of the modern world, Mack and Brady attempts to convince them that they are just characters from a film, showing them clips from Wet Side Story ("Silver Screen"). Upset by this, Lela throws the necklace into the ocean, prompting Mack and Brady to search for it. Meanwhile, back in the Wet Side Story world, characters begin disappearing. Butchy notices the washed-up necklace, which he uses to lead the film gang into the modern world, where they inform Lela, Tanner, Brady and Mack about the disappearing characters. Brady and Mack realize that without the main actors, the film world would cease to exist. The film characters return to their world.

Brady and Mack avoid each other during the "Save the Beach" dance, but are greeted by the characters of Wet Side Story, who decides to return to get them to reconcile ("Gotta Be Me"). When Butchy disappears with the necklace, Brady and Mack run to get Mack's grandfather's surfboard, which they first used to get into the Wet Side Story universe. With no waves, Brady decides to use a motorized surfboard he created, along with the emblem from Mack's grandfather's surfboard. Mack compares Brady's hobby to her grandfather's surfboard passion, and they agree not to keep secrets from each other ("Meant to Be").

Before Tanner and Lela leave, Mack tells Lela to make the movie her story. Brady fixes a surfboard malfunction, allowing Lela and Tanner to depart. When Brady emerges from the ocean, he and Mack appear not to know each other; they later meet at the "Save the Beach" dance, which Mack says is themed after her favorite movie, Lela, Queen of the Beach. It is revealed that Lela had followed Mack's advice and changed the movie, giving it more feminist tones but unintentionally erasing Brady and Mack's history together. Despite this, Mack and Brady flirt and fall in love again, restoring their relationship ("That's How We Do").

Cast

Production

On April 27, 2014, a sequel, Teen Beach 2, was announced as slated to premiere in 2015 on Disney Channel, with production set for July 2014 in Puerto Rico.[1] 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.[2] Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton and John DeLuca reprise their roles in the sequel.[3] The remaining actors who portray the bikers and surfers, Jordan Fisher, Chrissie Fit, William Loftis, Kent Boyd, Jessica Lee Keller and Mollee Gray, were also confirmed to return for the sequel.[4] The film 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 2 is the first Disney Channel Original Movie sequel since Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam in 2010. The Disney official site for the movie stated it will be released "Summer 2015" as Teen Beach 2.[5] It premiered on June 26, 2015. It is one hour and 45 minutes long.

Reception

The movie received mixed reviews from critics. Brian Lowry of Variety wrote that while the songs were generally great and the storyline was easy to understand, "Everything else is really just the storytelling equivalent of pulling taffy, trying to create enough impediments to keep the narrative clunking along until the next spontaneous outbreak of song. Thankfully, there's a great deal of talent on the screen, though the words generally sound far better when sung than spoken."[6] R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel News awarded the movie 3.5 stars out of 5, writing, "Much like Teen Beach Movie, the sequel is full of impressive dance numbers, often silly dialogue and toe-tapping pop music songs that will certainly appeal to the network's target 6-to-11-year-old audience. Still, Teen Beach 2 lacks a bit of the charm exhibited in the first movie, although that will not matter much to fans of the original."[7]

The film drew 5.8 total million viewers on its premiere night,[8] becoming the most watched DCOM since its prequel Teen Beach Movie aired in 2013. In L+3, Teen Beach 2 delivered 7.5 million viewers and along with the weekend encore telecasts, totals 13.3 million viewers.[9]

Soundtrack

Teen Beach 2
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedJune 23, 2015
Recorded2014
Genre
Length45:17
LabelWalt Disney
Teen Beach soundtrack chronology
Teen Beach Movie
(2013)
Teen Beach 2
(2015)

The soundtrack album for the film was released on June 23, 2015 by Walt Disney Records.[10]

Track listing

Teen Beach 2 – Standard edition
No.TitleArtist(s)Length
1."Best Summer Ever"3:28
2."On My Own"Lynch2:25
3."Right Where I Wanna Be"
  • Clayton
  • Phipps
2:29
4."Falling for Ya"
  • Fisher
  • Fit
2:04
5."Wanna Be With You"Fisher2:51
6."Twist Your Frown Upside Down"
  • Lynch
  • Mitchell
  • Clayton
  • Phipps
2:58
7."Silver Screen"
  • Lynch
  • Mitchell
2:58
8."Rescue Me"Sabrina Carpenter2:34
9."Gotta Be Me"
  • Lynch
  • Mitchell
  • Clayton
  • Phipps
  • DeLuca
  • Fisher
3:53
10."Meant to Be (Reprise 3)"
  • Lynch
  • Mitchell
  • Clayton
  • Phipps
1:55
11."That's How We Do"
  • Lynch
  • Mitchell
  • Clayton
  • Phipps
  • DeLuca
  • Fisher
3:36
12."Starting Over"R52:55
13."On My Own (Radio Version)"Lynch3:27
14."Best Summer Ever"
  • Matthew Tishler
  • Amy Powers
3:28
15."Gotta Be Me"3:54
Total length:45:17

Charts

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[11] 10
U.S. Billboard Top Soundtracks 1
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums 7
U.S. Billboard Kids Albums 1

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Male Ross Lynch Nominated
Choice Summer TV Star: Female Maia Mitchell Nominated
Choice Music: Song from a Movie or TV Show Teen Beach 2 Nominated

Notes

  1. ^ As depicted in Teen Beach Movie (2013).

References

  1. ^ "Teen Beach Movie 2 Gets Ready To Film in Puerto Rico!". BOP and Tiger Beat. Archived from the original on June 26, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  2. ^ "Disney filmará en la Isla "Teen Beach Movie 2"". Primera Hora. Archived from the original on June 26, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  3. ^ Nikki Finke. "lasse_hallstrom1.jpg". Deadline. Archived from the original on June 18, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  4. ^ Andy Swift. "'Teen Beach Movie 2′ Cast — Full List Of Disney Channel Stars - TVLine". TVLine. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  5. ^ "Teen Beach 2". Disney. Archived from the original on December 27, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014. Coming this Summer! Teen Beach 2 on Disney Channel!
  6. ^ Brian Lowry (June 24, 2015). "'Teen Beach 2′ Doesn't Tinker With Disney Channel Formula". Variety. Archived from the original on July 3, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  7. ^ "Review: 'Teen Beach 2' On Disney Channel". multichannel.com. June 26, 2015. Archived from the original on July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  8. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (June 30, 2015). "Ratings: Disney's Teen Beach 2 Flirts With 6 Million (Frustrated?) Viewers". TVLine. Archived from the original on August 13, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  9. ^ "'Teen Beach 2′ Premiere Swells in L+3 - Ratings" (Press release). Disney Channel. July 1, 2015. Archived from the original on July 6, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015 – via TV by the Numbers.
  10. ^ "Teen Beach 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes Store. June 23, 2015. Archived from the original on July 29, 2017.
  11. ^ "Walt Disney Records' Teen Beach 2 Soundtrack Debuts In The Top 10 On The Billboard 200" (Press release). PR Newswire. July 1, 2015. Archived from the original on July 7, 2015. Retrieved July 6, 2015.