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Hot Moves (1984)

 -  Comedy  -  5 October 1984 (USA)
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Four Venice Beach boys make a pact to lose their virginity before beginning their senior year of high school.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Zorek ...
Barry
Adam Silbar ...
Michael
Jeff Fishman ...
Joey
Johnny Timko ...
Scotty
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Julie Ann
Deborah Richter ...
Heidi (as Debi Richter)
Monique Gabrielle ...
Babs
Tami Holbrook ...
Sissy
Gayle Gannes ...
Jamie
Heather Ling ...
Robin
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Roger
Kerry Noonan ...
Wendy
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Cliff
David Christopher ...
Female Impersonator
Virgil Frye ...
The Porno Man
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Four friends, annoyed at how almost everyone else they know is having sex but them, agree to do what they can to help each other lose their virginity before the end of the summer. Most of their opportunities are foiled by their inexperience and bad planning. Michael, the most sensible boy of the foursome, really just wants to stay with his long-time girlfriend and take their relationship to an intimate level, but after putting him off for six months he grows impatient and splits up with her to seek his fortune elsewhere. Written by Anonymous

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The time had come for some "hands on" experience. See more »

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The teddy bear that resembles Barry was created by sticking Michael Zorek's head-shot onto it and decorating it with bits of fur. See more »

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Music by Lou Forestieri (as Louis Forestieri)
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Surprisingly entertaining
7 November 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Forged within the sea of endless '80s teen sex comedies, Hot Moves somehow manages to be much greater than the sum of it parts.

This movie saw almost no time in the theaters, showing up only in a few New York locations in December '85, hoping to lure in cold easterners yearning to do some California dreaming.

Hot Moves certainly has its share of faults. The acting ranges from mediocre to horrible, a lot of the dialog is poorly written, and the movie is peppered with long, "second-unit" scenes on Venice Beach which don't feature any of the cast, and have absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the movie. These parts were obviously "filler", as the running time for the entire movie is 85 minutes. Without these boring sequences, the movie would be well under 80, which wouldn't qualify it as "feature length".

However, despite its aforementioned problems. "Hot Moves" manages to be charming, entertaining, and at times, very funny. Despite the movie's obvious low budget, it still features a completely original 12-song-deep soundtrack, and a lot of the music also has its own campy charm.

Hot Moves is perhaps best known for its "nude beach" scene, where the viewer is treated to the full frontal nudity of dozens of beautiful women, inexplicably running across the sand. Such a display would surely earn an NC-17 rating nowadays, but somehow this movie kept its "R" rating back in 1985.

While I can't complain about the nude women, "Hot Moves" actually stands out in my mind for its frivolous fun and surprisingly creative plot. I have a strong feeling that the writers of "American Pie" must have seen Hot Moves, since the plots are incredibly similar. While American Pie was more "advanced" than Hot Moves, it could be argued that the raw material for Hot Moves was actually better. Oddly enough, when the E! channel toured Seann "Stifler" William Scott's house, he proudly displayed Hot Moves as one of his favorite movie of all times.

Look for Virgil Frye (Soleil Moon Frye's dad) playing a sex shop owner, in an odd cameo.

Rent Hot Moves. It's 85 minutes of fun.


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