Some things you just never forget. Like the first embarrassing haircut you got in middle school, when crochet bikinis and bucket hats were a thing, or the iconic piece of cinema that is From Justin to Kelly, the American Idol movie that Season 1 winner, Kelly Clarkson, and runner-up, Justin Guarini, were contractually obligated to participate in once the show's first season wrapped. Directed by Robert Iscove (She's All That) and written by Kim Fuller (American Idol creator Simon Fuller's brother), the movie hit theaters in the summer of 2003 and won a Razzie Award for Distinguished Under-Achievement in Choreography the following year.
If you've never had the pleasure of watching this gem of a movie musical, here's a quick synopsis: The film's title characters hit the beach in Miami with their respective friend groups for some ~ fun in the sun ~ on spring break. They're almost immediately attracted to each other when their paths first cross and, well, you know how that goes. But their would-be relationship is almost ruined thanks to Kelly's meddling friend who tries her hardest to keep the lovebirds apart for the remainder of their trip solely for entertainment purposes. There's singing, there's dancing, there's Justin Guarini's luscious head of hair, and there's a misunderstanding that easily could've been solved in under five minutes.
I did the work that God put me on this earth to do and rewatched the movie for the first time since it was in theaters -- and I had some thoughts. In honor of From Justin to Kelly's uncelebrated 15th anniversary this past June, I'd like to talk about all of the things I questioned during my rewatch.