Surfs up in Teen Beach 2 when the original cast reunites for a finger-snapping, toe-tapping, “wow-abunga” adventure! This fun-loving sequel picks up where part one concluded with Brady (Ross Lynch, “Austin & Ally”) and Mack (Maia Mitchell, ABC Family’s “The Fosters”) arriving home after their zany paradigm-shifting quest. But, there’s trouble in paradise. Brady and Mack’s relationship is on the rocks as family pressure begins to loom. However, Lela (Grace Phipps, “The Nine Lives of Chloe King”), Tanner (Garrett Clayton, ABC Family’s “The Fosters”) and the rest of their “Wet Side Story” cronies show up in this new reality. Will all the “Wet Side Story” teens make it home without changing history? Look for electrifying song-and-dance numbers including, “Best Summer Ever,” “Gotta Be Me,” “Falling For Ya,” and “That’s How We Do.”
Directed by Jeff Hornaday, (“Teen Beach Movie, Carlito’s Way”) and with a Teleplay by Billy Eddy, Matt Eddy, and Story by Dan Berendsen, and Robert Horn, Teen Beach 2 premiered on the Disney Channel June 26 and you can order the DVD NOW.
Order the DVD now! It includes bonus features such as the exclusive Cast Dance Rehearsals and tutorials led by the movie’s choreographer, Christopher Scott (“So You Think You Can Dance, Step Up franchise).
12 Reasons I Loved Teen Beach 2!
1) Teen Beach movies are reminiscent of the old Teen movies from the 60s! I love that Teen Beach 2 is a nod to West Side Story rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks. The Bikers (Sharks) are tough and represent the blue collar workers (Puerto Rican), while the Jets are from the Upper West Side (Caucasian). While West Side Story has always been an exclusively divisive story that bridges two ethnicities, the Disney Channel does an outstanding job being pluralistic with ethnicities. This story strictly deals with class and not race or ethnicity.
2) Giggles! Another nod to the 60s. I remember watching reruns of classic films with girls who had the shimmy dresses. They were so fun and I wondered how do they move like that. Giggles doesn’t miss a beat in those tassled shorts (I don’t know what those shorts were called.)
3) Friendships between Mack and Lela is solid, as well as, Tanner and Lynch’s. They lean on each other when their relationships are on the rocks. It’s nice to see both girls and boys helping their friends out in a time of need.
4) Lela realizes that she wants to follow her dreams even though she ultimately needs to return to her TV world, she decides to change her path and create a new story. Girl power — young people need to know that they have the right to change their paths and future!
5) The music. Songs like Best Summer Ever, Gotta Be Me, Falling For Ya, and That’s How We Do are hot! Ok, the songs are super catchy and the ultimate ear worms!!!
6) The dance scenes are fabulous! Anything to get kids and their parents up and moving gets an A+ in my book. The choreography is killer, I just wish that I could master the moves I learned!
7) I love all of the costumes in this film. Chee Chee’s biker costume and her big bee-hive is awesome. Lela has a “fashion show” in Mack’s room and the flashback dresses are fabulous. I also adore Mack’s pink dress in the “Gotta Be Me” dance scene. ADORABLE.
8. Tanner — he is soooo funny. I didn’t expect to laugh so much in this film. I have to say he’s my favorite. Egocentric, but starts to realize that life isn’t all about good hair and his smile.
9. Romance. There is very little of it. Films nowadays are over sexualized and I enjoyed seeing very little romance. Disney did an excellent job ensuring that romance was kept age-appropriate for this audience.
10. College! Mack has a passion (Oceanography) and wants to help the world around her. She wants to pursue college. College isn’t for everyone but I think it’s important to show young girls that education is important.
11. College doesn’t seem to be a good fit for Brady (at this time), but does pursue his love for surfing/surf boards. Banner creates them and his talent (which he doesn’t seem to see) winds up saving Lela and Tanner.
12. This episode is family-friendly. Parents get a wink with the West Side story reference and groovy outfits, while kids can relate to trying to find themselves and struggling with relationship obstacles, etc.
Buy the DVD now to enjoy Teen Beach 2 over and over. There is great bonus material. Click here for fun resources to help you throw a fabulous Teen Beach 2-themed party AND click here to see pictures of me and Chrissie Fit (Chee Chee), and Justin Fisher (Seacat) who gave me a dance lesson!