Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Beach Party (1963)

IMDb plot summary (truncated because IT WAS SO LONG): The first of the five official American-International "Beach Party" movies. An anthropology professor and his secretary are studying the sex habits of teenagers. The surfing teens don't have much sex but they sing, battle a motorcycle gang, and dance.
Directed by William Asher. Starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Robert Cummings, and Dorothy Malone.

Well, this is about as silly as they come... but it's surprisingly fun (surprising to me, at least). There are a lot of plots going on here, but by far the most entertaining one is the story of the sociology professor trying to figure out surfer teens. Less interesting are the typical teenage romance and the awkward biker gang subplot. Granted, all three plots intertwine, but the parts that focus solely on the last two bored me. In the end, if all you want is a very silly movie, this should definitely do it. It's not uproariously funny, but it's certainly pleasant enough to watch.

2.5 stars.

Flickchart: #1020 out of 2257, below The Thin Man and above Matchstick Men.

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