Film / Teen Beach Movie

Teen Beach Movie is a Disney Channel Original Movie about a couple from 2013 who get sucked into a teen beach movie from 1962.

It starts with teen couple Mack (McKenzie) and Brady. They're surfers who live in a beach town. Mack lives with her grandpa who owns a surf shop, that is until her Aunt Antoinette comes to take her to a private school out East as a promise Mack made to her dead mother that she would be successful. Brady gets upset by this, as she didn't tell him the whole time they were together and she breaks up with him so they don't have the strain of separation. Mack is feeling regretful for having to leave and decides to surf one last time in the morning because of the unusually large waves.

As Mack surfs, the weather gets worse, and so do the waves. As Brady and Mack's grandpa watch her defy the lifegaurds' red flags, Brady decides to go out to the water and take her in before she gets caught in the oncoming storm. Just as Brady gets to Mack, they are both swept under a wave that they struggle to escape from. When they finally reach the surface, they realize the storm is gone, along with other suspicious things. Once they check out what's happened, they find out they've landed in...

Brady's favorite movie, Wet Side Story; the 1962 teen beach movie about a pair of Star-Crossed Lovers from the rival groups of surfers and bikers rivaling over Local Hangout, Big Momma's. Unbeknownst to everyone but Mack and Brady, evil real estate developer, Les Camembert and mad scientist, Dr. Fusion, are planning to destroy the beach and Big Momma's to build a resort. Also, by accident, Mack and Brady make the leads fall in love with them instead of each other.

As the two try to figure out how to escape and set the plot right, they also teach the characters in the movie about independence and following your heart, and end up teaching themselves the same lessons.

On June 26, 2015 the sequel premiered, appropriately titled Teen Beach 2. This time Lela and Tanner somehow find themselves transported from the movie to the present time with Mack and Brady. The cast was also joined by I Didn't Do It's Piper Curda. Unlike the first movie, the sequel ended up vastly underperforming with a little over 4 million viewers - in the meantime, Disney Channel has decided to switch over to a new musical movie franchise, Descendants, that premiered about a month after Teen Beach 2.

Tropes Include:

  • Affectionate Parody: of 1960s teen beach movies and also of Disney musical movies
  • Advertised Extra: Aside from Lela and Tanner, the Rodents and the Surfers don't have much importance to the plot. At least not until they destroy the weather machine.
    • Alyssa (played by Piper Curda which of course the network hyped up) and Spencer also fall into this in Teen Beach 2.
  • As You Know: Brady explains the story of Wet Side Story to Mack, even though it's the favorite movie of both Brady and Mack's grandfather, and Mack is familiar with it, but she wasn't paying attention and probably did need to be reminded of some things
  • Audience Surrogate: Brady is a literal example. He had seen Wet Side Story plenty of times and knows all the songs by heart, so he is overjoyed to find himself in the movie.
  • Brainless Beauty: Neither Tanner nor Lela seem to have much on their respective minds other than surfing/motorcycling and the opposite sex. The same is generally true of all the other characters in Wet Side Story, to a lesser extent.
    • Subverted in Teen Beach 2 where Lela instantly understands calculus. Also applies to the original movie as this is a Call-Back to how Lela figures out how to destroy the weather machine.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Mack breaks up with Brady in the beginning so separation won't strain their relationship.
  • But Now I Must Go: Mack and Brady at the end of the movie.
    • Lela and Tanner at the end of the second movie.
  • California Doubling: Both movies are set on the American West Coast but were shot in Puerto Rico.
  • Call-Back: The second movie is full of them in reference to the first.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: You'd think that with a machine that could control the weather, Les and Dr. Fusion would just sell the machine (or at least create a company that changes the weather in area for a fee) and become so awesomely wealthy that they could just buy the beach and Big Momma's outright. The same goes for Dr. Fusion's ray-gun.
  • Deconstruction: Oddly enough, the second movie seems to be this to the first movie, especially as the plot progresses.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Both parts of the song "Like Me" contrasts pre-Summer of Love 1960's dating expectations with modern day ones divided by gender.
    • Actually a significant plot device in the second movie.
  • Duet Bonding: Tanner and Lela both attempt to do this to Mack and Brady, respectively, without much success. They fare better when they try it with each other.
  • Dull Surprise: Camembert takes the fact that he's a villain in a fictional movie really well.
    *casually pulls fake mustache off* ...tell me more.
  • Dumb Jock: Tanner, Butchy, and many of the other surfers and bikers are rather one-dimensional.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Camembert and Dr. Fusion. At one point, they try to out Evil Laugh each other.
  • Explosion Propulsion: The malfunction of the lighthouse/secret hideout sends the villains shooting up the sky.
  • Fake Brit: Camembert is an in-universe example; as Brady explains, he's actually from Pittsburgh.
  • Fanservice: Everyone wears fairly revealing clothing. The movie does take place on a beach, after all.
  • Faux Horrific: Dr. Fusion lets out a horrified shout in reaction to Lela and co. wiping off his blackboard.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Brady and Mack are transported from present time (2012) to a film set in 1962.
    • The reverse in the second movie (Tanner and Lela transported from a film set in 1962 to the present time).
  • Fisher Kingdom: After spending some time in the movie, Mack's hair stops getting wet. Soon after, she and Brady find that they can't stop themselves from singing. Then they start talking in plot points.
    • This sequence happens in reverse for Tanner and Lela when they enter into the present world.
  • Genre Savvy:
    • Brady is naturally this, given that he has the whole movie practically memorized. It comes in handy to explain to Mack what's happening and to figure out how to get the plot back on its rails.
    • As Mack herself said, she's paid enough attention to the movie to figure out what's going on too, and is just generally savvy enough to understand what generally happens in a movie like this. It's how she figures out they're morphing into the movie (when her hair doesn't get wet) and how she figures out Camembert and Dr. Fusion figured out they figured out their evil plans, even if only a little too late (by how they're suddenly speaking in plot points).
    • Giggles gets an understated moment near the end, when the bikers and surfers are going to rescue Brady. During this, Butchy says he's afraid of lighthouses, has a brief moment where they try to convince him, only to say he's suddenly gotten over it. They all cheer and rush forward, only for Butchy to carefully try and sneak away… and the apparently-not-so Dumb Blonde saw that coming, pushing him onward once he's caught.
      • And Giggles does it again in the second movie, when Butchy is afraid of the ocean.
  • Gilligan Cut: Mac and Brady are invited to a party that very night while they are at "Wet Side Story". Mac tells Brady they shouldn't go. Cut to that night at the party where both are wearing summer clothes. Lamphaded brilliantly because while time clearly passed for all the characters in the movie, no time passed for Mac and Brady and it was a literal cut for them.
  • Having a Heart: Dr. Fusion tells Camembert that he has his mother's eyes, then adds "I let her keep the rest of her face".
  • Hurricane of Lampshades: "Silver Screen". This single song hung lampshades on just about every tropes in Disney Channel movies.
  • In Memoriam: The film is dedicated to Annette Funicello, who starred in many teen beach films after leaving Disney.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mack's Aunt Antionette may be an condescending workaholic, but she is only following through with Mack's wish to go to a good school and be a success. At the end of the movie, she agrees that Mack can stay at the beach with Brady, albeit somewhat reluctantly.
    • Butchy in both movies, especially the second one.
  • Lampshade Hanging: It's hard to find a scene without this. The unrealistic conventions of movies are pointed out, usually by Mack. She scoffs at people suddenly breaking into songs and having perfect, dry hair after being in the sea. Having them occur to herself is how she figures out that she is morphing into the movie.
    • Of course it carries through into the second movie, albeit in somewhat of a reversed order.
  • Literally Falling in Love: Something of a Running Gag. In the original story of Wet Side Story, Lela and Tanner fall in love with each other when Tanner catches Lela as she falls off the stage. They fall for Brady and Mack instead when this plot point is messed with, then we learn the plot is on its proper course again when Lela falls into Tanner's arms during their duet. Played with extensively in the sequel.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Mack. She mercilessly mocks Wet Side Story both in real life and after she finds herself in the universe.
  • A Little Something We Call "Rock and Roll": Mack taught Lela the modern point of view about feminism and female independence. This caused Lela to change the original Wet Side Story into Lela, Queen of the Beach, a feminist movie at the end of the second movie, and created a bond between the two ladies that survived even the reset button that is pressed when Lela changed her movie.
  • Manly Tears: Butchy sheds some after Tanner's Rousing Speech.
  • Meaningful Echo:
    • Mack's line "I'm Mack" is this, occurring in the middle of the first music number in and out of the movie within the movie.
    • In the second movie, Mack and Brady reminisce about how they met when Brady talked up Wet Side Story to Mack and promised her a mango smoothie if she didn't enjoy it. After the Reset Button, they have the same exchange about Lela, Queen of the Beach (the new version of Wet Side Story), but with the roles reversed.
  • Medium Awareness: Dr. Fusion gains this after Mack tells him that he's a villain in a film, looking directly into the camera.
  • Meta Guy: Brady and Mack.
  • Metaphorgotten: A little way into "Cruising For A Bruising" the Rodents seem to forget the meaning of the phrase and begin applying it to themselves instead of the surfers.
  • Misspelling Out Loud: In the second movie, Tanner tells Brady:
    Tanner: But in my world, we have our own word. Confidence. It's spelled K-O-N...fidence.
  • Naive Every Girl: Lela, who just can't understand why her brother's gang and the surfers can't get along.
  • Narnia Time: Mack and Brady get sucked into Wet Side Story and stay there for most of the film trying to correct their mistakes. When they finally return home, they weren't even gone for a second.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: All of the bikers use fake-sounding New York/Jersey accents, except for Grace Phipps who speaks in her normal Texas drawl
  • Only Sane Man: While Brady doesn't take any time jumping into music numbers, Mack acts like any normal person would when they find themselves trapped in a musical, stumbling around in confusion.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Maia Mitchell's native Aussie accent slipped into the opening song Oxygen, but the rest part of the movie Mack uses a generic American accent.
  • Parental Abandonment: While it is explicitly stated that Mack's mom died several years before the movie started, there is no mention of her father and she is living in her grandfather's surfboard shop. Mack also mentions her mom's diary stating she wanted to go to college before Mack was born, so it isprobable that her mother got pregnant in high school and the father didn't stick around.
  • Parental Bonus: There are certain scenes that are funny enough as received by most of the target demo, but funnier still to anyone familiar with beach-blanket movies and 1960s youth-market comedy in general.
  • Pretty Boy: Tanner. Subverted in that Mack calls him 'the mannequin with six rows of teeth' the first time she sees him.
  • Reset Button: When Lela and Tanner left on Brady's motorized surf board, this got hit hard - the entire 53 years worth of history from the making of Wet Side Story up to this point, including the entire first movie and the majority of the second, is reset and rewritten. Wet Side Story was changed into Lela, Queen of the Beach, and Mack and Brady never really met.
    • Although Lela still had that Save the Beach bracelet Mack gave her with the flower from her necklace attached. Somehow the ladies still had a connection.
  • Romantic False Lead: Mack for Tanner, Brady for Lela. They were supposed to fall in love with each other, but their romance takes a detour when their Love at First Sight moment goes wrong.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Lela and Tanner parody this.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Gender inverted with Brady and Mack. Mack is dismayed to find herself in a movie, whereas Brady acts like a kid in the candy shop, joining in musical numbers shortly after their arrival. However, Brady actually comes off as more socially savvy within the context of being stuck in Wet Side Story.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Big Momma. Her Establishing Character Moment occurs when she dances a little with one of the surfers, then slaps him playfully and scolds him for taking her away from her cooking.
  • Self-Parody: Disney seems to be parodying some of its own movie clichés. High School Musical in particular.
  • Sequel Hook: After the ending credits, we see Lela, Tanner and the rest of their friends washed up on the beach in the real world.
    • The announced sequel is said to have that exact plot. And a second hook is laid after the aforementioned reset button is hit - Lela and Mack still had a connection somehow.
  • Shirtless Scene: Inevitable considering the setting, but an extremely gratuitous one occurs as Brady and Mack are leaving the Wet Side Story universe - Brady's shirt magically opens between shots and flutters open in the wind, for no discernible reason.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Dr. Fusion says the plutonium is heated to what scientist would call "really freaking hot".
  • Shout-Out:
  • Spontaneous Choreography: Heavily used and heavily lampshaded. Including a song strictly about lampshading it.
  • Surfer Dude: Wet Side Story's surfers.
  • Token Minority Couple: In the sequel, the two Asian characters are paired together.
  • Tomboyish Name: Mack, short for Mckenzie. Her Gender-Blender Name serves to establish her as the "modern" character to be contrasted with the 60's film characters.
  • Water Is Dry: For the Wet Side Story characters, and later for Mack and Brady.
    • Subverted later in the second movie, when Tanner freaks out because his hair is beginning to get wet.
  • What Are Records?: Being a present-day non-hipster teenager, Mack has trouble operating a record player.
    • Inverted in the stinger and the second movie. The 60s folks are utterly fascinated, and from time to time terrified, by 53 years worth of human development: water jets, parachute skiing, speedos, Segway, and especially Siri. Lela had trouble changing songs on Mack's iPhone, and the "technology confuses you huh?" comment is shot back at Lela from Mack.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Butchy claims he is afraid of lighthouses. The fact that this one is spitting out creepy energy beams doesn't help.
    • In the second movie, Butchy is afraid of the ocean

Alternative Title(s): Teen Beach 2