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Hardbodies (1984)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  4 May 1984 (USA)
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Three middle-aged daddies visit California to have a marvelous time at the beach. When they learn that a nice apartment and an expensive cabriolet isn't enough for them to score with the ... See full summary »

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Kristi
Gary Wood ...
Hunter
Michael Rapport ...
Rounder
Sorrells Pickard ...
Ashby
Roberta Collins ...
Lana
Cindy Silver ...
Kimberly
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Kristi Somers ...
Michelle
Crystal Shaw ...
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Antony Ponzini ...
Rocco (as Anthony Ponzini)
Marvin Katzoff ...
Dorky Geek
Kip Waldo ...
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Michael Miller ...
Landlord
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Three middle-aged daddies visit California to have a marvelous time at the beach. When they learn that a nice apartment and an expensive cabriolet isn't enough for them to score with the chicks, they employ a student to help them. At first he's as disgusted of them and his job as his girlfriend, but soon they find out how to use the situation to everyone's benefit. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Trivia

The all-female rock band in the movie, Diaper Rash, was played by the band Vixen, who had a hit in the 80's "The Edge of a Broken Heart". See more »

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The dog's collar can-holder is only big enough for one beer can, but seconds after the head geek takes the can out, another can magically appears in it. See more »

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Dede: God, Rounder, it's so big and scary.
Rounder: Touch it again, it's been so long.
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Followed by Hardbodies 2 (1986) See more »

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I Did It
Written and Performed by Rod Firestone
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Courtesy of Warner Sisters Records
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The first great beach movie!
5 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Back in the 60's, the Beach movie was a popular genre in the fluff-type of film that was prevalent then, but Frankie and Annette were not the ideal types that looked good in bathing suits (Linda Evans was, though). In the mid-90's, we finally had hunks and babes, but by then, drive-ins were out and these films could only be seen on VHS tape or DVD and a lot of them were awful. In the early to mid 80's we had some knockouts in the female department, but the guys were wiry and geeky. However, with Hardbodies, that all changed, because the lead (Grant Cramer)was a handsome man with charisma, and it ushered equality for both sexes.

Cramer plays Scotty, a typical L.A. drifter with no job, but probably gets by somehow. He has a steady girlfriend named Kristi (the lovely Teal Roberts) but lives in a dumpy apartment that he's way past due on rent. He also has a goofy looking friend named Rags (Courtney Gains) who hangs out with them. The story involves three middle-aged men who come to L.A. to have "philosophical discussions" with the babes of L.A., but they don't know how to approach them. They spot Scotty using his techniques (dialoguing and BBD) on various women and they soon ask him for his help. He refuses their offer of room and board at their swank beach house, but after getting evicted and sleeping under the boardwalk, he agrees to teach them his techniques.

Of course, what prevails afterwards are the typical: beach parties that last until dawn, music, the usual double-crosses, and the eventual plot resolution. Still, it's great fun. The acting is O.K., some are fine, others are gawd-awful. The music is cool (Vixen is in it). The ambiance is fun and the dialogue is fresh. Worth renting on VHS; I doubt it's on DVD, but avoid the sequel; it's a bore.


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