As we are slowly approaching the halfway point of this first round of Netflix A-Z, I’m looking back and questioning some of my choices. After all, I guess there are always something in the deep dark areas of my mind of why I push away watching a certain movie on my list. I mean, I see it there all the time but then, something just says no. Love Wrecked is on the list because I enjoy Amanda Bynes in She’s the Man but then a few other movies where she is in supporting roles (for example, Hairspray & Easy A). In main roles, I’m still looking for one I enjoy as much as She’s the Man.
So, here we are. I’m not sure about anyone here so let’s take a deep breath and press play! Let’s go! 😉
Love Wrecked (2005)
Director: Randal Kleiser
Cast: Amanda Bynes, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Bennett, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Jackie Long, Joey Kern, Lance Bass, Kathy Griffin, Alfonso Ribeiro
On a Caribbean cruise, Jenny is marooned on a beach with her rock and roll idol. Deliriously in love with the idea of time alone with him, she manages to hide the fact that they’re a stone’s throw away from their resort.-IMDB
I guess the description up there is fairly accurate. I’m going to say this right now and finish the thought in the opening paragraph. Amanda Bynes’ movies have always a very similar feeling to it and as I was putting together that part on the top, I realized what it was. All her movies, other than She’s The Man or the supporting roles ones, are really great as background noise. Like I’d put it on in the background while I do whatever chores. You don’t need a whole lot of focus but its a little bit of entertainment when you walk past the screen and look at it for a little bit. Its not a bad thing. Some movies are great for that and I appreciate them for that. Love Wrecked definitely falls into that category. Its with a young cast that I knew from various teen shows and I was in my late teens 10 years ago. I’ll refer to those as we look at the performances further down.
Love Wrecked is pretty thin in plot. It plays on the exaggerated ignorance of rock stars. Its a lot of stupid troupes and very teen-related things going on. Nothing exciting happens a lot and its almost mocks the whole fan-girl thing. Actually, not almost, it really does. The best thing about this one is the scenery because its shot in Sun Village Beach Resort in St. Lucia, I think. Its nothing particularly special but its harmless in a way. There were some moments where it was just a little too much and over the top with the reactions and the acting. It might appeal to the younger audience and get a few laughs but its nothing memorable.
Looking at the young cast, Amanda Bynes is just being her usual acting persona. Whether in She’s the Man or Sydney White, in the leading role, she pretty much does the same reactions and over the top silliness. I personally enjoy Amanda Bynes when she was doing these movies so it doesn’t bother me so much. This one is definitely more in the Sydney White league. I guess, what makes the difference is a better script and this one didn’t have that.
On the other hand, the boys here are pretty interesting choices. Chris Carmack who plays the rock star was in The OC. At least thats where I remember him from. He was never a favorite character for me but he did end up in a few movies after his role in the show doing teen movies or even Butterfly Effect 3, I think. I didn’t see that one. He’s okay. He isn’t really my type of guy so I didn’t even sense his appeal. Plus, they made him extremely stupid and he was doing these ridiculous things that made me cringe from the cheesiness. I don’t even know if that was intentional. The other guy, Ryan, played by Jonathan Bennett, who is this girl’s best friend who obviously has a crush on her and is the decent good guy underdog choice here is a pretty nice role. I actually like Jonathan Bennett. He was in Mean Girls playing the main guy there. In this one, I like Ryan because he was really shy and cute. His character had something nice. Because of that, it got me a little more interested in the movie and found the calmer moments with him and Amanda Bynes’ character nice.
I’m a little sad that this movie was so sub-par because the director here is Kandal Kleiser. C’mon, I just raved about his earlier work a few months ago. He’s the guy who did Grease! Thinking about Grease makes me want to watch it on repeat, then x amount of years later, he decides to do Love Wrecked? I just can’t think of why.
Overall, Love Wrecked is nothing special. Its forgettable and cliche and sometimes over the top in a rather annoying way. I didn’t hate it but I wouldn’t go back to watch it mostly because I’m sure I’ll forget about it in a few days. The acting was a little awkward and the story was a little boring but hey, the Caribbeans definitely are pretty. While there were some mildly funny parts and some cute chemistry near the end, and I like the cast here somewhat, I remain indifferent to it.
On a ending note, I can’t even remember the name of Amanda Bynes’ character…I think it was Jenny. Haha!
Have you seen Love Wrecked? What did you think?
M is next! Any guesses?
Honestly, I’m a little worried about my choice…