"American Idol" made no attempt to market this 2003 movie as anything other than a means of exploiting the newfound success of Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, its Season 1 champ and runner-up, respectively. Noting the cheesy musical numbers strung together with a paper-thin plot and super-sloppy choreography, critics lambasted the film with an 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie tanked at the box office as well, earning just $4.6 million on a $12 million budget. "'Moulin Rouge' ... 'Chicago' ... 'From Justin to Kelly' ... two steps forward and then about 16 steps back for the film musical," wrote the Austin Chronicle. When asked about why she agreed to participate in the schlockfest, Clarkson had this to say to Time magazine: "Two words: Contractually obligated!"-XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: 20th Century Fox Films)
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