Remember when American Idol first started?
It was a strange time. Those fuzzy years before Ryan Seacrest was named the Grand Pooba of all things that need hosting. He wasn’t even flying solo on Idol yet. Brian Dunkleman, who I knew better as the guy who tried to buy the engagement ring Chandler was going to get for Monica, joined him in this duty.
And viewers watched the battle unfold between the lady from Texas and the gentleman from Pennsylvania.
Ah, yes. The good old days. Sometimes I still miss them.
Of course, when that happens, I just put From Justin to Kelly into the DVD player and all is right with the world once again.
Now, not everyone has as sophisticated a palate as I. Case in point, this conversation with a friend before movie night:
FJtK Hater: I hate that movie so much. I remember watching it with you all the first and only time I've ever seen it thinking, "I love bad movies- this will be awesome."Me: You'll get to give it a second chance next month AND LOVE IT.FJtK Hater: And it was not awesome, Kelly. IT WAS NOT AWESOME.Me: You just didn't know enough of the songs and dances. We'll hold a tutorial beforehand. No worries.FJtK Hater: IT WAS TERRIBLE.Me: STOP SPREADING FALSEHOODS.FJtK Hater: You can't make me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Me: I totally can AND WILL.FJtK Hater: NNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo!Me: It's gonna happen. We will watch it. You will be there.FJtK Hater: No.Me: Don't fight it.
FJtK Hater: I. just. can't.
Me: YOU WILL. And you know what? To commemorate this viewing I'm going to make you your very own tie skirt, a la Kelly Clarkson.FJtK Hater: No.. -please, just no.Me: Already picking out the ties.FJtK Hater: It's just too awful. It's too terrible. And too bad.Me: It's going to look great on you. I think you can really pull it off.FJtK Hater: ............
Despite my friend’s clear descent into madness, this movie is absolutely awesome. Particularly when you pair it with a boating theme. As you will find upon viewing this cinematic masterpiece, the fastest way to show that you are a tried and true boat-er is to wear outfits made up only of differing shades of white.
It should also be noted that the scene in which this is hammered home is the one my friends and I dubbed, “From Justin to Murder.” Check it out and you’ll see why.
Crackerjack dialogue to look forward to:
- “God, how could you curse me with the perfect body and the gift of persuasion?”
- “Heck, yeah. I mean, hell, yeah. I say hell all the time. Hell, hell, hell.”
- “Girl, my hair won’t even fit through there.” “I’m from Texas, I’ve seen bigger.”
- “Yeah. Five and a quarter an hour, scraping beans off plates and filling urinals with ice.”
For a From Justin to Kelly Boating Soirée of your very own, here’s what you need:
- From Justin to Kelly (2003)
- Volunteers to call out every time they see something that was stolen directly from Grease or Dirty Dancing.
- Lots and lots of white clothes. Large brimmed hats are a bonus.
- Appropriate boating food (we went with shrimp, scallops and crab cakes, followed by cream puffs and dainty deserts in fillo shells).
- Group of American Idol diehards and/or individuals who live for pointing out continuity errors and/or folks who you can trust to yell funny things out when there is an awkward pause in the on-screen dialogue.
An added tip: When you get the DVD, watch the Extended Version. Pretty sure this takes the movie from 80 to 86 minutes and you get two additional songs. Two of the best in my opinion. Can’t remember their actual names, but we refer to them as “Summer Lovin’” and “Stranded at the Drive In.” Of course, the “drive in” is actually the world’s longest jetty and some hovercrafts, and…no, you know what? I don’t want to spoil it for you.
Just go watch it.
You can thank me later.