Lindsey Shaw in 16-Love (2012)

Discovering Love

Ally Mash (Lindsey Shaw - Secret Summer) has lived and breathed tennis all her life thanks to her dad (Keith Coulouris) who has coacher her and it has worked as she has never lost a match as a junior player and is on the road to becoming a professional. But then she comes up against Katina Upranova (Susie Abromeit - Setup), an arrogant Russian champ with a power serve. It is during their game that Ally ends up going over on her ankle and damaging it which means some time out to recuperate which in turn sees her dad pull together a group of specialists to try and speed up her recovery. But it is whilst taking time out from playing and practicing she finds herself become involved with Farrell (Chandler Massey) an aspiring young tennis player who helps to show Ally that there is more to life than tennis.

There is a scene in "16-Love" where Ally meets the team her father has pulled together to help her recuperate and it is a ridiculously corny scene from a strength trainer flexing his bicep to a psychiatrist telling her she needs to use her brain. The thing is that this is not the first corny scene in "16-Love" and there are many which both came before it as well as after which as an adult made me groan out loud. But then I have to admit that I don't think "16-Love" was made with me in mind but I guess it is aimed at the younger teen crowd who still find cheesy characters who are over the top a little amusing and also believe the sort of romantic gestures which we see in this can really happen, I will let you discover what I mean by that for yourself.

So if I was say 14 and watching "16-Love" what would I get. Well there is some first teen love going on which has the sort of fantasy element where the guy puts on a prom for the girl as she has never been to one. But on top of that we get some life lessons from relationships between parents and children needing to grow and change, discovering that there is more to life than sport and so we have some life balance lessons. And I could go on because "16-Love" puts a few lessons and inspirational quotes in there as well as the whole confronting your bullies all done in a way which hopefully would entertain and encourage its intended young audience.

What this all boils down to is that "16-Love" wasn't for me as it was just a little too cheesy in places but then this is a movie which is aimed at young teens and it is probably has enough going on to entertain them in a cute way.