YMMV / Teen Beach Movie

  • Aborted Arc: It seemed obvious that the original film set up Les Camembert and Dr. Fusion to return in the sequel as that film's villains, now armed with the fact that they know they're fictional movie villains. With Teen Beach 2, the characters don't even make a single appearance. Although changed in Teen Beach 2, the after credits stinger is at least played with and given a Shout-Out.
  • Broken Base: The ending to the second movie: Lela changes the plot of Wet Side Story into a completely new movie called Lela, Queen of the Beach, and as a result, Brady and Mack never met, but do fall in love all over again at the end. Some people really like it, some people really hate it, and some people don't like it but respect it for not being a typical Disney ending.
    • This is partly also partially brought on through the fact that the ending of the second film overrides one of the main messages they were trying to tell, in that Mack is happy to be with Brady and came to like Wet Side Story like he did, and defying what she thought was expected of her to stay in their city to be with him rather than be miserable in a life of academia, which she could easily do other things for after high school. The main motif of the films even became what the song 'Meant to be' is about, in that if you know someone is the one, you should be with them. Mack threw all of that away to change the timeline in ways that she knew would prevent her and Brady from ever meeting for the reason that Lela is someone who was born in the wrong time rather than be happy with her life as it was. Was it a bold move? Yes, but the right one? Probably not.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: At the end of the sequel we learn Lela changed Wet Side Story into Lela, Queen of the Beach. She created a feminist movie in 1960s.note 
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: C'mon, find a song in this movie that isn't this. Especially "Can't Stop Singing" which gets bonus points for being a song about Lampshade Hanging. Arguably, the second movie has even more awesome songs than the first.
    • Silver Screen from the second movie hung lampshades on even more tropes.
    • Special mention to 'Cruisin' For A Bruisin'.' On top of being the most energetic song in the first film, Brady becomes an Ascended Fanboy when he somehow figures out he can join in on the number, which he then revealed that he always wanted to be in. It's really a great sendup to fanboys and girls everywhere.
    • 'Gotta Be Me' from the second movie is just epic. It's Brady and Mack taking a page out of the Footloose book and danced out their problems, though while singing the song at the same time. It's so filled with energy that it's hard not to get wrapped up in the moment.
  • Ear Worm: Likewise, just about every song.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: After the second movie, Mack/Lela seems to be the most popular couple.
  • Foe Yay: Tanner/Butchy
  • Fridge Brilliance: Abound. Just to name a few:
    • When they're in the "real world" Mack and Brady actually surf. In the "movie" portion, Mack and Tanner are surfing in front of a green screen.
    • When the movie, Wet Side Story's, projected on to a screen, or shown on a TV screen, it's shown with a warmer color pallet indicative of older films, pre-2008, that were shot on older film cameras with older film lenses. However, when we're looking into the film universe, it looks more like the world outside the film. Most likely because we're supposed to be seeing the film universe as it was when it was shot, rather than through the remastered film stock it would've gone through in-universe.
    • A few plot holes tend to show up, especially towards the middle-end How did Tanner and Lela find out about Camembert's and Dr. Fusion's evil plan?. Of course, 1960s surfing movies had their fair share of plotholes too so it's easy to assume that the actual Wet Side Story likely had the same plotholes as well. Plus, it could be a side effect of the movie essentially trying to catch up with itself once the plot is un-derailed.
    • The opening theme is set in the present and Autotuned, but the rest of the songs are not because they're from the 60s and Autotune didn't exist yet.
    • When in the real world in the second movie, Lela and Tanner can influence the real world, as evidenced by the few songs they have before their friends follow them. Considering their hair still doesn't get wet, and any clothes they wear transform into their 60s equivalents for a while, it can be assumed they still have the movie's magic as a part of their beings until they'd ultimately disappear. It doesn't make as much sense for Mack and Brady when they do the 'Silver Screen' song, but they could possibly be tapping into the bit of residual movie magic they might've gained from being in the movie to perform it.
  • Les Yay: Lela seems just as interested in Mack as she does Brady.
    • Ramped Up to Eleven in Teen Beach 2.
    • This Lela/Mack bond is so strong that it even survived the reset button that overrode 53 years of history.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Justin Bieber makes a surprise cameo at the very end of the movie. The reaction it gets from the characters is priceless, especially if you don't like him. (It's actually a picture of him as someone's homescreen picture on their smartphone).
  • Signature Song: “Surf’s Up” from the first, “Gotta Be Me” from the second.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Look at the beginning and ending of the first film. It seems really eager to get going with the plot, then end it. We never really get too much development on Mack and Brady's relationship before she has to leave and break up with him. It only takes about 10 minutes for the real plot to get going. If they gave them a few more minutes to show their relationship at the beginning, then we would get a better idea of why Brady doesn't want to break up with her. Then, in the middle of the film, the plot of the Wet Side Story movie moves incredibly fast to get from the beginning to the end of the storyline. If they had 10 more minutes or so to the runtime for the middle, they could've fleshed out the story of the movie a bit more rather than having a boring middle part and just suddenly had Lela and Tanner have the regular plot of the movie dumped into their heads towards the end. They could've had Brady and Mack reenact the plot of the movie as a means to get them together, then have Lela and Tanner get together towards the end. Add a few quick scenes of that into the plot and the middle would have an even bigger part of moving the plot forward, and maybe have a few jokes thrown in too. Luckily, the second movie focuses directly on their relationship to balance this out.
    • The fact that Brady doesn't learn a lesson like Mack is kind of a waste, as he doesn't really get an arc through the movie like Mack. Thus, the movie kind of feels incomplete on that level. Have him learn that life isn't always fun in the sun and to let Mack make her own decisions and he'd be better for it as well. The fact that the first movie ends like this was what he was supposed to have gone through doesn't exactly help.
    • The fact that Camembert and Dr. Fusion weren't the focus of the sequel when they had such obvious sequel bait last lines is certainly this.
    • If they don't make a third movie, the fact that there's changes to the universe of the movies due to Lela changing Wet Side Story to Lela: Queen of the Beach surely had more repercussions than just Mack and Brady never meeting and erasing Brady's favorite movie from existence. The fabric of reality could be at stake or something for all we know, especially with all the plotholes that ending brings to mind.
  • Values Dissonance: Invoked:
    Mack: Why does she need a boy to make her happy?
    Brady: Because it's 1962!
    • The values dissonance between the two worlds becomes a central plot point in Teen Beach 2.