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Hardbodies, which was released in the summer of '84, came out around the
same time as Ghostbusters and is similar with the latter in the respect that
they are both classic films of their respective genres. This movie excels on
so many different levels I don't even know where to begin. The performances
of Grant Cramer as scammin'jammin' Scotty Palmer and Courtney Gains as his
pothead buddy, Rag, are unforgettable. These actors bring such depth to
their characters that at times the film seems to take on a documentary feel.
"Are these actors, or are they real people just playing themselves," you may
ask yourself while watching.
Their adventure begins when three middle-aged dorks turn to Scotty for advice on how to pick up the many beach babes which inhabit the SoCal location where the story takes place. He gives them the helpful advice of "dialoguing" the young girls with the promise that they will be offered the "B.B.D." (Bigger Better Deal). Many memorable characters are encountered along their journey of finding the ultimate piece of you-know-what in this already overpopulated area of hottys.
Who can forget Candy, the chick who "melts in your ear and not in your mouth". And Rag's ability to "flip people off in 48 languages". Hardbodies is also a standout in the category of "80's Party Movie" because it holds the distinction of being one of the few where just about every girl shown in the flick gets naked at least once. Let us all celebrate the 18th anniversary of "Hardbodies" by getting plenty of beer and picking up this brilliant masterpiece at the local blockbuster. A Cinematic triumph and a milestone in 80's cinema.