#17 Spring Break
If you were a college student in the 80’s, it was practically a rite of passage to load up with your buddies and head to Ft. Lauderdale, get drunk, do drugs, have promiscuous sex, and watch wet t-shirt contests on the beach all in the name of Spring Break.
If you were a teenager in the 80’s, it was practically a rite of passage to sneak home vhs tapes of movies about college kids doing those things. This movie really struck many nostalgic chords for me. I never lived a life like the people in this debaucherous riot, but as a young gentlemanbeggar, I found myself envious of the great fun it seemed they were having. Even as a more responsible adult, I see that the lifestyle depicted here is in no way enviable, but still, it looks like great fun. There is a plot in this movie, albeit a thin one. I won’t bother trying to explain what the major conflict is, because, really what matters is that it’s an ensemble cast of college kids enjoying spring break. You’ve got your white-bread goody-two-shoes who’s rebelling for the first time, his slightly edgier best friend, the “professionally cool” guy from New York, and the secretly deep dumb guy who’s more loyal than your favorite dog. Oh, and there’s plenty of gratuitous nudity. Oh yeah, you’ve also got the girl next door who’s so pure that fresh snow looks dingy next to her. Don’t forget the gratuitous nudity.
Oh look! "The Man" wants to shut down the popular hot-spot!
Seriously though, even with all the questionable behavior and the T&A in this movie, there is a certain innocence in the film that is sadly lacking in more modern attempts to make “coming of age” movies. So often, movie makers just don’t get it. They rely too much on the notion that nudity=fun, not realizing that the true formula is fun=nudity. There really is a difference. On the cover of the DVD it says proudly “Mr. Skin is a big fan of this movie!” Surprisingly, the nudity in this movie, while gratuitous, isn’t as prevelant as you might suspect. In fact, this movie could easily be edited enough to show on network tv. And I’d wager it’d still be as much fun.
Fans of 80’s music might especially enjoy this raucous romp which features music by NRBQ, .38 Special, Jack Mack & The Heart Attack, and Cheap Trick.
You can actually watch the entire movie online at crackle.com!
What a great way to finish up my Spring Break week!