Lovewrecked Review

Jenny Taylor (Amanda Bynes) is in love. Unfortunately, the object of her affection isn't aware of this. In fact, he just doesn't know her but hasn't seen her, doesn't know her name and isn't actually aware that she even exists. He's the world famous rock star Jason Masters (Chris Carmack) and he's playing in Boston and Jenny is crowd surfing towards him. Unfortunately, at the last minute she stumbles, falls and watches as another girl, her rival Alexis (Jamie-Lynn Discala), lands on the stage instead and rips the shirt of Jason's back. Jenny ends up with a glass of coke being poured over her. Her best friend Ryan (Jonathan Bennett) can barely hide his disappointment at how Jenny's night has ended.

But things are looking up. Ryan and Jenny (and Alexis) have landed jobs at an exclusive Caribbean resort that just so happens to be Jason Masters' favourite stopover. With Jenny working as a pool guard, Alexis as her boss and Ryan as a floater - it's not what you think! - they all look out for Jason Masters. And he doesn't take long for Jason (and entourage) to arrive. One night, Jenny takes a job waitressing on a cruise out of the hotel only for a storm to roll in. The already seasick Jason gets washed overboard! Jenny, thinking quickly, jumps in after him with an inflatable life raft...but when the storm clears, the boat is nowhere to be seen, leaving Jenny and an injured Jason alone on what appears to be a deserted island. With Jason unable to walk, Jenny really does have him all to herself but how hard is it going to be for a city girl to live off coconuts all day?

Originally intended for a theatrical release in the US, Lovewrecked eventually premiered on television. Unlike High School Musical (and its sequel) this doesn't feel like a film that was destined for television. For a start, and again unlike High School Musical, Lovewrecked doesn't feel as though it's been financed out of a cheque that someone made out for CASH but it also has a very fine comedy actress in Amanda Bynes who, from the beginning, understands how completely daft this story is and makes the very most of it.

This is 40 Days And 40 Nights written and acted by people who, unlike Harrison Ford and Anne Heche, have some grasp of comedy. Chris Carmack's rock star posings are not-so-faintly ridiculous - he looks and sounds uncannily like Bryan Adams - but he does look as though he's aware of that. He also gets to live out a rock fantasy by being on stage but even he looks as though he knows his dreary soft rock wouldn't have troubled the charts back in the days when Heart, Bon Jovi and, yes, Bryan Adams were pounding their way into the top ten, all hairspray and stonewashed denim. Later, when Carmack and Bynes wash up on their deserted island, both of them play to their strengths, he lying in a hammock doing the devil sign with index and little finger, she wide-eyed at being alone with a gorgeous rock star who needs some TLC.

There is a big twist that comes a half-hour into the film but I won't ruin Lovewrecked for anyone by saying what it is. Clearly, it isn't a particularly groundshaking twist but it sets up the last three-quarters of an hour very well with lots more gags to come as well as Jenny finding out who really loves her and who she'll love in return. Twelve- or thirteen-year-old girls will probably enjoy it, giving it much the same audience as that for Material Girls. In spite of the PG rating, there's a couple of scenes that might make it unsuitable for younger children. Ryan walks in on Jenny as she's showering while Jenny has a habit of inviting people to cop a feel of her breasts, including one young kid who gets to cup them as she gives him CPR. The crowds who mill around malls for Bratz: The Movie or who sat with bated breath for High School Musical 2 will have to wait, at least until they have some understanding of why Jenny's breasts are so appealing to so many.


There are no obvious faults on the print used as a source for this DVD transfer, which leaves this very reasonable looking. Unfortunately, it does drift into softness for much of its running length and in spite of the occasional glimpse of a very clearly-presented scene, Lovewrecked, more often than not, simply looks fairly ordinary. However, the picture is clean, there are no problems with its encoding and the colours are well-presented. The DD5.1 audio track is no great shakes either but is clean and the dialogue is easily heard over the background hubbub. Finally, there are English subtitles on the main feature but not the bonus material.


There isn't a great deal of bonus material on this disc but I can't really imagine the audience for Lovewrecked caring one jot about the making of the film or the thoughts of its director. What we have is fine, with an Interview with Amanda Bynes (8m40s) in which the star describes the story of Lovewrecked, talks about her character, what attracted her to the part, where Lovewrecked was filmed and who might she like to be lovewrecked with. There is also a Trailer (2m14s), a Photo Gallery (1m35s), two TV Spots (45s) and a Screensaver and Wallpaper for PC.

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