The movie is set during spring break in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Texan singing waitress Kelly Taylor meets Pennsylvanian college student Justin Bell, and they fall for each other, and various romantic complications ensue. Kelly's friend Kaya falls in love with charming busboy Carlos; Kelly's other friend, Alexa, schemes to keep Justin and Kelly from meeting; Justin's friend Brandon is always getting on the wrong side of a sexy beach patrolwoman; and Justin's other friend, Eddie, tries to hook up with a cyberpal.
- Kelly Clarkson as Kelly Taylor
- Justin Guarini as Justin Bell
- Katherine Bailess as Alexa
- Anika Noni Rose as Kaya
- Brian Dietzen as Eddie
- Greg Siff as Brandon
From Justin to Kelly was a box office bomb, grossing only $5 million, and received a 9% rating out of 52 reviews at Rotten Tomatoes. Entertainment Weekly film critic Owen Gleiberman wrote in his review, "How bad is From Justin to Kelly? Set in Miami during spring break, it's like Grease: The Next Generation acted out by the food-court staff at SeaWorld."
Some theater chains threatened not to screen the movie at all when distributor 20th Century Fox announced plans to rush it to VHS and DVD a mere six weeks after its opening weekend, but Fox ultimately relented and pushed the release date back a number of months. After the opening-weekend flop, Fox reinstated the original release schedule.
The choreography was considered so bad that a special Golden Raspberry "Governor's Award" was created as an excuse to present the film with a Razzie.
The movie was better received by the Teen Choice Awards, as it was nominated for Choice Summer Movie and Choice Chemistry. Clarkson was nominated for Choice Breakout Movie Star, Female and Choice Crossover Artist.
A commercial soundtrack for the film was created with studio tracks but never released, due to the poor reception and income of the movie. However, a version of the song "Timeless", sung by Clarkson and Guarini, and recorded prior to the movie, was included on Guarini's debut album, Justin Guarini. The tracks of the unreleased studio soundtrack can be found on various Clarkson fansites. Two songs, "From Me to You" and "It's Meant To Be", did not appear in the theatrical release, but were added to the extended version DVD release. Clarkson also performed "The Bounce (The Luv)", and "Timeless" during her shared (with Clay Aiken "Independent Tour" in 2003 with her male backup singer performing the male vocals on "Timeless".
Songs used in the movie and soundtrack (in order of appearance):
- "I Won't Stand In Line" (Original artist: Reba McEntire)
- "Vacation" (Original artist: The Go-Go's)
- "The Bounce (The Luv)"
- "Brandon's Rap"
- "Forever Part of Me"
- "It's Meant To Be" (Extended Version DVD)
- "Timeless" (Also released on Justin Guarini's debut CD Justin Guarini)
- "Brighter Star"
- "Wish Upon a Star"
- "Anytime" (Alternate version on Kelly Clarkson's debut CD Thankful)
- "Timeless (Reprise)"
- "From Me to You" (Extended Version DVD)
- "Anytime (Reprise)"
- "That's The Way I Like It" (Lyrically changed cover of original song by KC and the Sunshine Band)