Where the Boys Are
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Top Customer Reviews
Has it really been 45 years since "WTBA" was first released? Just hearing the opening notes of the gorgeous theme song brings back 1960 in all its glory, when girls went to college to find a husband, college men were still called "boys," and there wasn't a Girl Gone Wild on the whole beach. Compared to today's teen flicks, this is quite innocent, although some of the dialogue was considered racy at the time. It's all about what good girls would and wouldn't do, with (pre-tan) George Hamilton dropping some pretty corny lines on the ethereal Dolores Hart.
If you have fond memories of one-piece bathing suits and shirt-waist dresses, join Connie in singing the theme song and relive those wonderful days. Highly recommended.
The film tells the story of a group of girls on spring break in Ft. Lauderdale and the romances they encounter there, but as one reviewer here pointed out, it's not exactly "Beach Blanket Bingo." There's the fun 60's comic side of the film similar to "Beach Blanket Bingo" and other "madcap" comedies of that era, but there's also a deeper side with some serious issues raised about "date rape." The film is fairly well cast and pleasant to watch. It also has a real jazz score and Connie Francis performing and singing the title tune. Additionally, it's easy on the eye with great, candy-colorful costumes; beautiful on-location scenery including a panoramic shot of Ft. Lauderdale in full swing; a silly climax in a fish tank with the whole cast practically getting wet; and some unusual names for characters.
All in all, I'd say this one is a keeper and a classic in its own right. It may not be quite an "A" picture, so I didn't give it 4 stars, but it is a really fine film of its kind, mixing breezy, silly, 60's comedy with issues that were going to explode in the coming decade. And the stars are just great. I thoroughly enjoyed all the extras -- not only the wonderful, refreshing Paula Prentiss commentaries, but also a documentary that highlighted both Prentiss and Francis interviews.
One of the best of the beach flicks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The DVD was defective. I was watching the movie and it froze. Not only that, it jammed in the DVD player and I had a hard time ejecting it.Published 2 days ago by theodora hamezopoulos
One of my favorite retro movies. Fun and full of nostalgia.Published 10 days ago by Margaret Freeman
Walked down memory lane with this one. Fun for the whole family and great to watch in our backyard theatre.Published 16 days ago by Susan
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