Disclaimer: Disney/Pixar, Disney Channel and Disney XD sent me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid press trip, in exchange for my coverage of these events, which included the Teen Beach press event/screening and my Teen Beach 2 Movie Review. All opinions are my own. Affiliate link in post.
The entire family has headed back to the beach this past weekend thanks to our friends Tanner, Lela, Mack & Brady.
Teen Beach 2 premiered Friday night (June 26th) on Disney Channel and all is right with the world now that my almost 8-year old knows the entire story. You see, Mommy (aka ME) attended the Teen Beach 2 press event while out in LA earlier this month thanks to Disney………and while she was thrilled for me, it didn’t go over too well that I got to see an advanced screening BEFORE her. She begged me for story details and I just wouldn’t divulge.
I wouldn’t tell my daughter all the details because I wanted to be there and see her giggle at the funniest parts. I wanted to be there while she watched friendships struggle a bit. I wanted to see her reactions first-hand.
And if you missed it Friday, no worries…….
- It keeps re-airing on Disney Channel (in fact, I spotted it again last night)
- It’s already available on DVD – Teen Beach 2
The basic story takes place not long after we left them in Teen Beach Movie….
Dive in and rock out with the hottest surf sequel under the sun! Now that summer ‘s over and school has begun, Brady (Ross Lynch) and Mack’s (Maia Mitchell) relationship seems headed for a wipeout – until Lela, Tanner and the “Wet Side Story” kids show up! Dazzled by the novelty and variety of the modern world, Lela wants to stay, but the real world and the “reel” world just don’t mix. Can Mack and Brady find the magic to get the kids home and get their own romance back on track before it’s too late? Packed with electrifying song & dance numbers and hilarious fish-out-of-water wackiness, Teen Beach 2 is “wow-abunga” fun for everyone.
Family-Friendly Rating – G:
What I love most about this movie is that, like the original film, Teen Beach 2 is rated G.
Now that my daughter is older and in elementary school, we are starting to be interested in films and tv shows other than those which are animated. And while we still go crazy for animation (HELLO, INSIDE OUT), I’m trying to find good movies that will hold her interest, be entertaining, and be age and topic appropriate as well. TEEN BEACH 2 hits the mark exactly.
Relationships, Friendships, and Female Empowerment
Teen Beach 2 slowly allows my daughter to be introduced to really new things…….like relationships between boys and girls, friendships and female empowerment.
In the original movie, the main characters Brady (Ross Lynch) and Mack (Maia Mitchell) are clearly a couple, yet Disney kept it really cool by focusing on the friendship between the two instead of introducing the physical aspect of it (kissing etc).
I’m proud to say that Teen Beach 2 continued that. You won’t find any kissing or anything beyond that when watching, but what you do find is a bit more depth to the relationships. And with that depth – I wanted to see if my daughter noticed and if so, what she thought about it.
In leading up to the sequel, Mack and Brady have spent the entire summer together surfing and having fun, but it’s the first day of school. They learn that each of them are different when it comes to how they handle school. Brady, as expected, was the casual student who didn’t mind being late for school and didn’t take too much of an interest. Mack, on the other hand, was incredibly focused and had her eyes set on the future and college. When those two sides collided, it wasn’t pretty.
The video above is Brady (aka Ross Lynch) singing, “On My Own”.
While the beginning of the film was incredibly funny, there were more serious moments like this with Teen Beach 2. My 7 year old’s giggles were replaced with curiousity. It was much quieter in the living room. She didn’t quite understand it, but she’s learning more and more about friendships and relationships. Older children and teens will enjoy this part a bit more.
Carving Your Path in Life
A more subtle message here in the relationship between Mack and Brady isn’t about relationships at all, but about how each individual carves their path differently in life…..and how that is totally okay. While Mack may have her life planned out (at least as far as college and career ambitions go), Brady secretly builds and creates one of a kind surfboards. Surprisingly, this takes quite a bit of know-how, talent and engineering.
Brady hid this from Mack because he didn’t think it was ambitious enough. He couldn’t have been more wrong.
That’s one thing I want my daughter to take away from this film and learn as she grows older…..whether it’s college, or learning a skill or craft, her future is hers to determine. She doesn’t need to compare herself to anyone else.
Mack builds a strong relationship with girls from the 1960s. Things were different back then – a lot different. The theme of female empowerment began in the first movie and continues in the second, even stronger. It’s made for some great conversation in our home about how women have been treated differently in the past. Children today need to know that.
I’ve spoken at length with my daughter about how I was in a career that was traditionally male once upon a time. I credit my parents with raising me to believe I could go down any career path. They never told me no. They never said it would be hard. They always believed in me. I want to instill that same belief in my daughter. I’m grateful that in the world we live in today, she has even more opportunities than I had….and movies that spread the message at an early age.
I couldn’t be more thrilled that my daughter wants to watch both Teen Beach movies over and over. From the giggles to the important messages, it’s something I gladly support.
- Teen Beach Movie
- Teen Beach Movie Original Soundtrack
- Teen Beach 2 available now!
- Teen Beach 2 Soundtrack available now!
More from the Teen Beach 2 Press Event:
- Teen Beach 2 Beach Party Ideas – Food and More!
- Interview with Teen Beach 2 Stars, Jordan Fisher and Chrissie Fit
- Dance Lesson with Teen Beach 2 Stars
Check out the rest of my Disney Press Trip including: