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Where the Boys Are '84 (1984)

Lisa Hartman , Lynn Holly Johnson , Hy Averback  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lisa Hartman, Lynn Holly Johnson, Lorna Luft, Wendy Schaal, Russell Todd
  • Directors: Hy Averback
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Scorpion Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00505E4MA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,460 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Four curvy college co-eds head south to Ft. Lauderdale on a spring break fun-seeking trek in this free wheeling comedy that's an 80's update on the original film! Carole (Lorna Luft, Grease 2), taking a separate vacation from her steady, winds up as a contender in a Hot Bod Contest! Jennie (Lisa Hartman, Knots Landing) is doubly lucky, courted by both a rich, classic pianist as well as a devil-may-care rocker (Russell Todd, Chopping Mall).

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Movie But Great Interview w/Wendy Schaal October 16, 2011
By Kasey G
"Where The Boys Are '84" is more or less the female version of 1983's "Spring Break" rather than an update of the 1960 Paula Prentiss/Connie Francis original. It's your standard college-kids-on-vacation flick, mid-80s style with lots of frizzy hair and cheesy music. The sex and profanity is somewhat tame by today's standards. Lisa Hartman is the diligent, responsible music student; Lorna Luft's the zany one who's bored with her longtime boyfriend; Wendy Schaal is the prissy Southern belle and Lynn-Holly Johnson's the party chick in search of meaningless sex with a "Conan the Barbarian"-type.

Not a great film by any means--Lorna Luft brings the most to the table as the comic relief and her dance routine during a "Hot-Bod" contest is quite amusing, but not enough to save the movie. It's predictable and there's not a lot of snappy dialogue. Lisa Hartman fans may be disappointed. Though she performs the title song at the end, she doesn't show a lot of skin here, which is odd because I've seen pics of her from this era and she always looked great in a bikini.

Where this release succeeds is in the bonus features. There's a 20-minute interview with Russell Todd but fans of Wendy Schaal will be delighted. Hers runs over a half-hour and she elaborates on everything and even talks about her time on "It's a Living" and "Fantasy Island". She still looks adorable by the way (*NOTE* Check out the screen grabs I posted in the Images section of this product).

Rent before you buy. Not a keeper, unless you're a big fan of Wendy; then get it for the extensive interview. The print looks great and it's widescreen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mindlessly Amusing 80's Romp May 28, 2006
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Not nearly as substantial as the original. This film has little more to offer than a mindless romp in the Florida sun in the early 1980's.

Here I go again. I am prejudiced. I am both a Florida fiend and hopelessly nostalgic for the 1980's. That's all there is in this movie. It is otherwise totally forgettable. Nevertheless, it is fun. Not every movie tries or even should be a literary work of art.

Fort Lauderdale of 1983, a few years before I got there for the first time myself! I can watch this movie over and over. It is another time capsule I love to open. There is the music, lots of early 80's rockabilly and synthesizer pop; the beautiful Fort Lauderdale locations, lots more than the original movie; and, of course, the boys! Oh, how I want the 80's back again! If you don't, then don't bother with this movie. Otherwise, just turn it on and enjoy a trip down memory lane, with a beachfront view.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Where The Over-Ripe Actors Are '84" October 14, 2007
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If you're into Spring Break flicks about Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. in the 1980's you'll probably enjoy this silly romp. These actors are all a little too "over-the-hill" to play college students! Keep an eye on Lorna Luft (she's Judy Garland's daughter & Liza Minelli's half sister) she spends a a lot of time mugging for the camera. She tries very hard to make you believe she's a college kid, but looks more like a 30-something housewife who belongs in a station wagon, not a convertible. An attempt to give her a younger appearance with pigtails (in a beach scene) only makes her look retarded, not youthful. Unintentional laughter will take hold of you when Luft's character, Carole Singer, enters a "Hot Bod"(?!) contest... AND WINS SECOND PLACE!!! The soundtrack is good, with the standout tunes "Seven Day Heaven" by Shandi, & Lisa Hartman's remake of the Connie Francis classic "Where The Boys Are."
(I agree with the other reviewers that if you have a soft spot in your heart for the 80's, spring break, & South Florida you'll be loving this!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Instant Video March 23, 2014
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Would love to be able to watch on Instant video instead of having to pay $16.00 to buy it. Please make this and Spring Break available on Instant Video. These movies are fun to watch, but we should be able to rent them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hollow remake April 15, 2014
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This was a small budget remake of the classic tale of four college girls on springbreak looking for excitement and romance and it shows. Unless your looking for an 80's period piece stick with the original.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS MOVIE March 4, 2014
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I saw this movie when I was young. I fell in love with it. I was young and haden't ever been in love. This movies showed the possibilities of romantic love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER DUPER February 18, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. January 30, 2014
By helen
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I really enjoy this movie. It took me a long time to find it and now I have it I could watch it as many time as I like.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars OK. So it's not Citizen Kane
No one will ever confuse this with Citizen Kane, Dark Victory, or any other classic film. But this stupid little film from the 1980s is a perfect time capsule of (an idealized)... Read more
Published 6 months ago by USCGuyinDowntownL.A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Love this epic 80's movie. I would have to say it is even better than the ol' 60's classic. Makes you want to pack up and go visit Ft. Lauderdale!
Published 7 months ago by Robert Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars 80s cheese
If you are a fan of 1980s "it's so bad, it's good" cheese, then definitely get this movie! I'm glad it's been released on DVD so I can include it in my other "so bad it's good"... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Miss Pamela
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre cheesy 80's fun flick
When we saw this in org. theatrical release we considered it a Hard Bodies or Spring Break ripoff. For the most it holds its own, separately far as a typical 80's spring break type... Read more
Published 9 months ago by peanutlee33
5.0 out of 5 stars where the boys are
I saw this movie in my early 20s and loved it then as I do now,its funny in certain places and riskay in others.I love the music and story lines.the actors are wonderful also. Read more
Published 10 months ago by julie montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
I bought this movie for my sister who just had to have it because she loved it. I haavent seen it yet but plan on watching it with my sister sometime this wek.
Published 12 months ago by Susan M Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Lisa Hartman
I bought this beach movie for Lisa Hartman's acting; it was good but it could have been made better; very scenic
Published 13 months ago by Bonnie
4.0 out of 5 stars Party at 333
I like this product for I am able to relate to it , when I viewed it on Adelaide television I searched for a copy of it in the video stores but with no luck. Read more
Published 13 months ago by kevin searle
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