Teen Beach Movie

Teen Beach Movie Information

Teen Beach Movie is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered July 19, 2013 on Disney Channel, starring Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell. The movie was filmed in Puerto Rico. The story centers around the main characters being swept into a beach musical film, which is set in the 1960s. The first promo aired on February 15, 2013 during an extended episode of Jessie, with a full trailer airing March 15, 2013 after The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex.


Brady (Ross Lynch) and McKenzie "Mack" (Maia Mitchell), are high school sweethearts enjoying their time together surfing at the beach. Each time Brady mentions their best summer never ending, Mack looks guilty as if she is hiding something from him but he doesn't notice it. After coming back inside McKenzie's grandfather's hut, McKenzie sees that Brady is a fan of the film "Wet Side Story", a film set during the 1960s. In the film, bikers and surfers battle for which gang gets the privilege to hang out at Big Momma's, a local diner and hangout. Mack, however, does not like such shows, viewing it as silly and illogical (as in the characters start singing about things for no reason and when they go in the water their hair never gets wet). Brady later learns that Mack made a promise to her aunt that after her mother died she would attend a private school and they were to leave the next day.

Brady is annoyed Mack never told him about this (which she regrets) and is very sad she will be leaving. Mack asserts that although going is her choice, she feels it is what she has to do, because she thinks its what her mom would have wanted for her. She sadly informs Brady that they will have to break up since when she leaves they will be unable to maintain their relationship.

As Mack packs up to leave, she then decides to go and surf a few hours before the flight, as that day the 40-foot wave is going to hit the beach. Seeing that the waves are becoming too strong, Brady gets on a jet ski and goes after Mack, who is still in the ocean. When Mack tries to ride a fairly big wave, she falls off her board and submerges and Brady jumps into the ocean after her. The two are swept away and when they end up on another beach they find out they've been swept inside the movie "Wet Side Story".

They watch as the real movie cast perform "Surf Crazy", which Brady at one point joins, though Mack is just frazzled. Brady sees their situation as an opportunity to have fun but Mack finds it the opposite. Brady tells her there will be a storm and giant wave that could probably bring them back home at the end of the movie but Mack is reluctant to wait for it. They go into Big Momma's, the movie's diner and hangout and introduce themselves to the surfers just before the bikers appear and start the surf and turf war. The bikers perform a musical number, "Crusin' for a Brusin'", which Brady actually joins in on after putting on a biker jacket. Afterwards Mack and Brady's clothing are suddenly changed to fit the movie and Mack's surfboard appears nearby them.

That evening during a dance in Big Momma's where Lela (Grace Phipps) is singing "Falling for Ya", Mack and Brady argue about staying or trying to find a way out and Mack decides to investigate on her own. However, they suddenly change the movie when the movie's lead man, Tanner (Garrett Clayton), falls in love with Mack after she bumps into him and Brady catches the lead girl, Lela when she falls off the stage. This interferes with the movie's plot, in which Lela falls into Tanner's arms, not Brady's and thus another feud between the bikers and surfers would start. Brady and Mack decide to make Tanner and Lela fall in love to fix things. Brady also tells Mack about the villains of the film, Les Camembert (Steve Valentine) and Dr. Fusion (Kevin Chamberlin), who are going to try to affect the weather to make the surfers and bikers leave so they can control Big Momma's and turn it into a beach resort.

Brady, Mack, Tanner and Lela take part in a musical number, "Meant to Be", where Lela and Tanner express their love for Brady and Mack, while Mack and Brady subtly suggest to them that there may be someone else they are really meant to be with. This however doesn't work, so Mack and Brady decide to split up to convince Lela and Tanner to be with each other. That night Mack joins Lela and the other biker girls for a slumber party, while Brady hangs out with Tanner and the surfer boys at Big Momma's. Lela tells Mack that she actually would like to surf and Mack persuades her to do it despite surfing being something that Lela shouldn't do as a biker. While talking about love and the opposite gender, Mack and Brady's modern relationship views conflict with the 60's views, which leads to the song, "Like Me". The next morning Mack and Brady meet and discuss how they are not having any success.

Mack and Brady each have Lela and Tanner walk down the beach in opposite directions, though Mack suddenly notices waves vanishing and goes to talk to Brady. However, Les' plan isn't their only concern as they realize they are morphing into the movie when Mack falls into shallow water her hair does not get wet and then suddenly they are forced to perform a song, "Can't Stop Singing". After the song Mack and Brady are captured by Les Camembert and Dr. Fusion and taken to the villains' lighthouse lair.

Lela and Tanner fall in love with each other while waiting for Mack and Brady and sing a reprise of "Meant to Be". They soon realize that their friends have been kidnapped by Les and Dr. Fusion. They go to Big Momma's and convince the bikers and surfers to team up and save Mack and Brady. Meanwhile at the lighthouse, Mack and Brady talk about their experience in the movie and Mack finally admits that she is glad that she came and is spending more time with Brady. She says that she really doesn't want to go to college but she felt it was what she was "supposed to do". Mack realizes that it is similar to her telling Lela to surf despite what she is supposed to do and Mack concludes that Lela is braver than her. Brady denies that, saying that Mack is the bravest girl he knows.

The surfers and Bikers then come into the lair, free Mack and Brady and destroy the machine that the villains made. The movie's plot returns to normal and Mack and Brady realize they are able to return home when they magically are wearing their old clothes again. After saying goodbye to everyone, Mack and Brady get on the surfboard and ride a wave, which submerges them and sends them back to the real world, where they see that no time has passed since they left. The 40-foot wave Mack was looking forward to is still about to approach her too.

Brady allows Mack to surf the giant wave and she successfully does and safely returns back to shore. Her aunt appears, upset about Mack delaying their flight but Mack decides to spend the rest of the year on the beach with Brady, seeing that following her heart would still make her mother happy, even though she originally thought going to college was the right thing to do. Her aunt accepts her decision and everyone on the beach participates in one last musical number along with the other teens on the beach, "Surf's Up".

In a Post-credits scene, it shows that Lela, Tanner and the other bikers and surfers have been washed up into the real world. A modern day surfer thinks they're lost and allows them to use his cell phone which they marvel at as they try to use it.



Pre-production of the film began in January 2012. Teen Beach Movie is the third DCOM filmed in Puerto Rico, the first two being Princess Protection Program and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie. On March 28, 2012, local Puerto Rican press covered part of the filming, which took place in the island. Most beach scenes took place in Fajardo in the east coast of the island, while indoor scenes, such as McKenzie's bedroom, a diner-style restaurant, with plenty of room for the dance numbers, and a kitchen, where filmed inside an undisclosed warehouse in Bayamón. At the time, the film was titled Teen Beach Musical.

Mariella Pérez Serrano, the then-executive director of the Puerto Rico Film Corporation and Carlos Aníbal Vázquez, Unit Production Manager, were the main responsible for the local production of this film. "The film industry relies heavily on trust and recommendations for the work they do. It is also important to know the professionals working in the field to personally promote Puerto Rico as a destination for filming", said Pérez Serrano. She also said that Disney spent about eight million dollars in Puerto Rico to film this production.

"We filmed the outdoor scenes in Fajardo", revealed Vázquez. One of Puerto Rico's lead newspapers, Primera Hora, knew, moreover, that the cast of the musical filmed in the beach house of the then-Governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Fortuño. The film's soundtrack will feature ten original songs composed in rhythms of surf rock, Motown R&B, rockabilly and pop.

Annette Funicello film dedication

The opening credits of the film contained a memorial to beach party film star Annette Funicello, which read "In memory of Disney Legend Annette Funicello, the world's most beloved beach movie star."


So far, the movie has received a mixed response. Entertainment Weekly gave the movie a C grade, saying "The good news? Two tunes in this attempt to reverse-engineer a new High School Musical are decent...But the rest is dull as sand." Brian Lowry from Variety wrote, "It's too bad the makers didn't do a slightly better job casting the key roles, but taken on its own terms the (overlong) 95-minute Disney Channel original plays like a brightly colored beach blanket, albeit one that's a little rough around its sandy edges." The World Premiere in the UK received 597,000 views (including +1) The American Premiere just hours later received 13.5 million viewers during its first airing, becoming the second-highest rated Disney Channel Original Movie. On Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 8:00/7:00c during Flash Forward Weekend came the Dance along and scored 3.7 and Sam & Cat had a competition on that night at 8:00/7:00c and Sam & Cat got 2.7 and Teen Beach Movie scored 3.7.


Country / region Channel Movie premiere Title DVD release

Disney Channel Latin America August 11, 2013 Teen Beach Movie
Disney Channel Brazil

Disney Channel Scandinavia September 13, 2013
Disney Channel (Australia) August 9, 2013 August 21, 2013

Disney Channel (UK and Ireland) July 19, 2013 August 9, 2013 (Teen Beach Movie Sing a Long)

August 19, 2013
Family July 19, 2013
VRAK.TV August 30, 2013
Disney Channel July 19, 2013 July 30, 2013
Disney Channel Israel August 26, 2013 "?"?? ?"??????
(Beach From The Movies)

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