“Bring me my pendulum, kiddies — I feel like swinging!”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
With that caveat out of the way, he quickly concedes that “the picture goes downhill when nostalgia gives way to annoyance at the stupidity of the characters Avalon and Funicello play”, not to mention the fact that “all the teens in the film have IQs lower than their ages”. He argues that at least the “campy film… pokes fun at itself” — though this is small solace for the drivel one has to sit through in the meantime. Having now viewed all three of the “Beach Party” flicks recommended in Peary’s book — this one, Beach Blanket Bingo (1965), and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) — I can safely say that seeing one will suffice to give film fanatics a sense of the genre; it might as well be this inaugural entry, and then ffs can consider themselves done unless otherwise compelled.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: