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Gidget [VHS]
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2000
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There were three films centering on the perky, fun-loving beach bunny, Gidget. This was the first and by far the best!!!!! Pert and pretty Sandra Dee was seventeen and at her liveliest and most appealing when she made this cute little flick. She is absolutely irresistable in the title role, a cute, fun-loving American teenage girl who would rather hit the beach than chase after boys like her other girlfriends. However, when she meets two handsome beachbums, Gidget goes a little boy-crazy herself and experiences first love in the process. This is a warm, charming, and funny movie. I have no doubt that this is the film that made Sandra Dee such a popular star. It's easy to see why she became the idol of so many American girls and boys alike. If you're looking for good, clean and solid fun, then GIDGET is the movie for you!!!!!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2003
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This movie always makes me think of sitting in a musty hotel room somewhere on the west coast, rained in, with a bowl of popcorn, my best friend and a cold pizza. Gidget was always our "nothing better to do, so lets have a giggle" movie. It is the quintessence of the early 60's beach movie, and as such can be rather painful to watch if you're not of the right mindset, but ohhh, when you are! Its the kind of movie to just tickle you pink and wipe all your worries away for a couple of hours.
The movie revolves around Francie Lawrence who is the perfect 1950's girl next door. Good at school, plays the cello, daddy's girl, exuberant tomboy with the shiny blonde locks. Francie isn't exactly "manhunt" material and her friends let her know it ... so instead she goes off and does tomboy things and gets herself caught up with a gang of summer break beach-bum wannabes headed by The Great Kahuna [the only real beach-bum in the bunch], and Moondoggie, who she of course falls for [A young Jimmy Darren folks. Who wouldn't?]. Francie takes up surfing herself and is adopted as the group mascot, the boys giving her the very politically incorrect nickname of "Gidget" [Girl+Midget].
Along her way to trying to get Moondoggie to see her as more than just a "crazy kid", she does a good deal of growing up, gets a VERY 50s-esque sex talk from her perfectly coiffed homemaker mother, and learns a valuable lesson or two from Grandma's old sampler.
Its charm is in its kitsch, its liveliness, its sun-shiny disposition. This movie is actually, genuinely cute, and its hard for me not to smile when I watch it. No matter how awful a day I've had. Of all the Gidget films, THIS is the most fun. The songs will stay with you for days afterwards, the script is genuinely sweet and funny even if it is a little hokey, and Sandra Dee is the best Gidget there ever was.
As the Gidge herself would say, Its The Absolute Ultimate!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2001
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This is by far the best of all the Gidget movies. Sandra Dee is and will always be "the Gidget". She is cute, perky, and made me wish for brown eyes to go with my blonde hair!!! Too bad colored contacts hadn't been invented in 1960.
I am a teacher and used this movie several years ago with a unit on the beach. It was shown to a bunch of street wise multicultured children and they LOVED it!!! We had to rush through lunch to get back to the classroom to see what happened to the "little tomboy"! Gidget will never grow old!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2004
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I highly recommend this movie for everyone. A clean cut, fun movie that you don't have to worry about due to bad language. I loved this movie when I was growing up so I bought Gidget for my daughter. She had her friends over, teenage boys and girls, and all loved it. In fact the boys kept asking when we were going to watch it again..
Too bad it isn't available on DVD.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2001
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Gidget is a young underdeveloped teen who is a bit behind her friends. While they all want to chase boys, all she wants to do is learn how to surf.
She becomes friends with a group of surfer boys who teach her how. She also develops a crush on one of them (Moondoggie).
As the movie progresses we watch Gidget learn about life and love. We watch her get her heart broken, and then find happiness in the end.
Gidget is a great movie to watch with your friends--it's probably not a movie that guys would enjoy, so save it for a girls night!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2002
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I think this movie is a movie EVERYONE loves. It is such a great movie and it was a start of a new era of movies. Sandra Dee is such a great actress and out of all of the GIDGET movies/ shows i think she was the best girl to play the role. I love this movie (Gidget) so much that i I've have watched all of the 50s' and 60s' movies and by far this is the best! I hope you all enjoy this movie and the others.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2000
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My mother gave me Gidget for my birthday, but I enjoyed it very much. It's a fun and romantic movie. One of the things I like best about Gidget is the genuine love between Gidget and Moondoggie. Gidget learns surfing because she is not interested in joining her more buxom friends "man hunting." But, soon Gidge has two surfers after her. In the end, Dad sets her up on a blind date. But guess who has the last laugh! I recommend this for everyone!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 1, 2006
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The reputation of the original "Gidget" (1959) has eroded over the years thanks to two weak sequels and a truly dreadful television series. So if you have never seen the original don't dismiss it based on the extremely shallow content of the Gidget stuff that came later. While not a good double-feature match for "Rebel Without a Cause", it is dark and serious enough to still have some relevance

While presenting a rather tame portrait of California's surf and beatnik counterculture, it fits solidly with the better coming-of-age/generational revolution stuff of the 1950's and 60's.

Sixteen year-old Francis Lawrence (Sandra Dee at her most innocent) is the film's title character; girl plus midget equals Gidget. Dee managed to avoid the other two features and the television series but not fatal type casting. She would become more associated with "Tammy" than any other character. Although soon to be a teen idol, looking at her films it is probably difficult for today's audiences to understand her appeal. She was a talented actress with an especially good performance in "The Young and the Innocent" but was never able to transcend the teen idol stigma.

Francis and her more mature and boy hungry friends (watch for "Batgirl's" Yvonne Craig) start their summer vacation trolling the beach for excitement. Francis doesn't really like boys but she can see that they will inevitably become a big factor in her life. Rescued by a boy named Moondoggie (James Darren who was never much of an actor but would also develop into quite a teen idol), Francis is introduced to the surf culture (watch for "Billy Jack's" Tom Laughlin). She is both attracted and repelled by the hedonist freedom and the inherent hypocrisy of the culture's preoccupation with money. In no sense is she the ditzy Gidget later portrayed on television by Sally Fields.

There is a pervasive sexual undertone to the film with the possible loss of Gidget's virginity a unifying theme. But she is essentially a child, and the three main male characters are each protective of her in their own way. Along with Moondoggie are her clueless father (Arthur O'Connell) and The Big Kahuna (Cliff Robertson).

Robertson is a combat veteran (Korea) who has basically dropped out and is living in a shack on the beach. Robertson does a good job in a challenging rol, as The Big Kahuna alternates between the seriousness he would soon bring to his portrayal of Jack Kennedy in "PT-109" and the manic qualities of a Dick Shawn character.

Ultimately some irony is introduced as "Moondoggie" turns out to be Jeffrey Mathews, the clean-cut boy Mr. Lawrence has been trying all summer to persuade his daughter to date. Their summer at the beach is just a transitional point on the road to a ranch house in Sherman Oaks.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2000
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Gidget is the best! What better way to spend a rain filled afternoon then with a movie that brings back a simpler time and an era of innoncence! Plus have a few laughs as well.Gidget is great! I started watching Sandra Dee after I saw her in the Tammy movies and now have my nieces and nephews watching Gidget and loving her! How can you not, with her infectious ways! Rent it, or buy it, whatever--just watch it
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 1999
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Plus, it's refreshing to see how family life is portrayed in the movie. Parents are actively involved, and Gidget has a good relationship with them and respects their advice -- doesn't always follow orders, of course! I love entertaining movies that also provide examples of good living, and this movie fits the bill.
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