Monday, January 9, 2012

MOVIE REVIEW: "16-LOVE" + Enter the movie Sweepstakes for a FREE Tennis Trip to San Diego - ENDS 1/22

Darn movie made me tear up at the end....

What would you do if you were 16 years old and injuried from playing a sport that you scarified everything for to the point that you have never attended a party, hung out with your friends nor even tasted ice cream?  And of top of all that, your type-A Dad is your coach?

Well that is the life of Ally Mash (played by Lindsey Shaw), in the new independent film called "16-LOVE".

Ally has known nothing but playing tennis and now at age 16, she is the number one ranking junior tennis player in her home town of San Diego.  She is driven to win by her Dad (played by Keith Coulouris) who is a former competitive men's tennis player who never made professional.

Ally has not lost a match since she was 8 years old, until she meets her "match" with mean girl opponent Katina Upranova (played by Susie Abromeit). During the tennis match, Ally hurts her ankle which starts a series of events that changes her life and makes her finally wonder if there is more to life than just tennis.

Ally's friends in the movie are laugh-out-loud crazy and really help to make this movie fun. There is her best friend Rebecca (played by Lindsey Black) with her multiple color hair and strange clothes who is a hot dog girl at the mall. And then there is Ally's love interest, super cute hottie Farrell Gambles (played by Chandler Massey) who plays tennis for fun while hoping to get just good enough to land a college scholarship. Both Rebecca and Farrell help Ally understand that winning is not everything if you don't have fun while you're doing it.

There are scenes in the movie that made me chuckle like when Ally becomes Farrell's tennis coach and she "whips" him into shape, drill sergeant style.  Lindsey Shaw as Ally is a very good actress who nailed this role as a hard core tennis player. While no one will win any awards in "16-LOVE", the movie is cute and inspiring and there is a father/daughter scene that made me tear up at the end. This is a movie that will appeal to tweens and to parents who want a family film to watch with their kids.

"16-LOVE" will be in theaters, video on demand, and online January 20th.

The "16-LOVE" Sweepstakes will win one fan a FREE flight and weekend at La Costa Resort and Spa in San Diego, home to 16-LOVE’s hero, Ally Mash. 

Winners will receive airfare within the continental U.S. and two pro tennis rackets from Völkl Tennis, a retail value of $500. Winners will also receive one-on-one tennis lessons with La Costa’s pro trainers. Good for you and your guest! Total prize package value over $1,750.

Click here to enter the "16-LOVE" Sweepstakes 

Sweepstakes Ends January 22, 2012 @ 11:59 pm (EST).

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Disclosure:  The PR company for "16-Love" sent me a promo screener DVD so I could view the movie. All opinions are mine, but I did feel like a member of the Academy viewing the movie in the privacy of my own home :)

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