Teen Beach Movie
Disney, July 19, 8 p.m. ET/PT
Somewhere, the late Annette Funicello is smiling, perhaps with clouds as mouse ears. Teen Beach Movie is an affectionate send-up of Beach Blanket Bingo and other frivolous hits that provided the Disney princess with a stepping stone toward movie fame. Two surf-loving friends (Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell) are magically thrown – due to a tempest of Wizard of Oz fury – in a 1962 beach movie called Wet Side Story. There they tangle with blankly happy nice kids and a biker gang so harmless its members might as well ride tricycles. It’s trite and obvious, and meant to be, with songs that are shallow, sunny and snappy. And Garrett Clayton is a dreamboat! Just go with it.
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