From Justin to Kelly

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


The movie is set during spring break in Miami, Florida. Texan singing waitress Kelly Taylor meets Pennsylvanian college student Justin Bell, and they fall for each other, and various romantic complications ensue. Kelly's friend Kaya falls in love with charming busboy Carlos; Kelly's other friend, Alexa, schemes to keep Justin and Kelly from meeting; Justin's friend Brandon is always getting on the wrong side of a sexy beach patrolwoman; and Justin's other friend, Eddie, tries to hook up with a cyberpal.



From Justin to Kelly was a box office bomb, grossing only $5 million, and received a 9% rating out of 52 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."

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 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. Clarkson's rising musical career was unaffected by the movie's failure, but the negative reaction caused further delay of Guarini's debut album, which sold poorly. Clarkson stated in many interviews that she was "contractually obligated" to film the movie, and that she "never wanted to do this or be an actress."

The movie was better received by the Teen Choice Awards, as it was nominated for Choice Summer Movie and Choice Chemistry. Clarkson was nominated for Choice Breakout Movie Star, Female and Choice Crossover Artist.


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