Of all the teen/twenty-something actresses out there, Amanda Bynes continues to be the one that seems to get the least respect. Bynes isn't likely going to win an Oscar, but she's a solid comedic talent: she's terrific at physical comedy, has solid delivery and seems completely willing to make a fool of herself for a laugh, yet she's never had a breakout success. "Lovewrecked", which aired on ABC Family before heading to DVD, is not exactly what Bynes needed to jumpstart her career.
Bynes stars as Jenny Riley, who's a huge fan of singer Jason Masters (Chris Carmack). She's off to a Summer job at a Caribbean resort (um, not a bad Summer job?) with best pal (you know, the character that really is in love with Jenny, yet has never told her, but - and I'm not spoiling anything if you've ever seen another movie in your life - will reveal his secret by the end) Ryan (Jonathan Bennett) and notices that Jason Masters is a guest.
When the two end up overboard on a cruise around the nearby area, they wind up on what they think is a nearby island. Jenny is pleased that she'll be alone with Jason, but when she finds out that they're simply on the other side of the island from the resort, she has to think quickly to keep him from finding out. When her rival (Jamie-Lynn Siegler) enters the picture, the two have to compete for the attention of the pop star, and this subplot at least gives a bit more for Bynes to do than stare at her co-star. Of course, the obvious choice for Jenny is still back at the resort.
Something funny and maybe a little edgy could have been done with the plot of a singer being stuck on an island with a crazed fan, but this lightweight flick isn't it. Quite predictable and not all that amusing, as there's really not much in the way of laughs in the thin written story. Some of the plot points are also pretty ridiculous, even for a teen comedy like this. Director Randal Kleiser ("Grease") isn't much help, throwing in a pop song every few minutes and using some very corny transitions.
Overall, Bynes still deserves better than forgettable fare like this; while she manages a few chuckles in the second half, "Lovewrecked" never manages to set sail.
VIDEO: "Lovewrecked" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen by Genius Home Entertainment. The presentation is of fair quality, with inconsistent sharpness and detail, with some scenes appearing soft and hazy and others looking somewhat crisper, if still a tad soft. Some minor artifacting was spotted on occasion, as was some light edge enhancement, but no print flaws were seen. Colors appeared wram and bright, with no smearing or other issues.
SOUND: A basic Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation, with little in the way of surround use. Audio quality is fine, with punchy pop tunes and clear dialogue.
EXTRAS: 3 deleted scenes and the trailer.
Final Thoughts: Overall, Bynes still deserves better than forgettable fare like this; while she manages a few chuckles in the second half, "Lovewrecked" never manages to set sail. The DVD presentation offers decent audio/video quality and a couple of slight extras. Bynes fans may want to try a rental, but others should skip it.
The Film C-