5.9/10
110
4 user

California Girls (1985)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 24 March 1985
A New Jersey auto mechanic travels to California to find the girl of his dreams and woos a bikini fashion model while the time quarreling with her high-powered manager and avoiding his New Jersey girlfriend who comes looking for him.

Director:

Rick Wallace

Writer:

Charles Rosin
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crystal Heart (1986)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A 22 year old man who has lived inside a crystal room because of a rare illness, meets an up and coming rock star, and the two fall in love.

Director: Gil Bettman
Stars: Lee Curreri, Tawny Kitaen, Lloyd Bochner
White Hot (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

An honest guy fails to resist temptation when left to babysit a drug dealers business.

Director: Robby Benson
Stars: Robby Benson, Tawny Kitaen, Danny Aiello
Happy Hour (1986)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A chemist experimenting with different formulas stumbles upon an ingredient that, when added to beer, makes it absolutely irresistible. Before he realizes it, an international spy is after ... See full summary »

Director: John De Bello
Stars: Jim Parrott, Richard Gilliland, Kathi Diamant
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Gwendoline arrives in China in a box, and is helped out of her immediate predicament by a female contact and a devil-may-care adventurer. She's on a mission to find her father, who was last... See full summary »

Director: Just Jaeckin
Stars: Tawny Kitaen, Brent Huff, Zabou Breitman
Playback (1996)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

The marriage of David Burgess, a senior executive, and his beautiful wife, Sara Burgess, an interior designer, is under great strain because David is in the process of putting together the ... See full summary »

Director: Oley Sassone
Stars: George Hamilton, Tawny Kitaen, Shannon Whirry
Two of a Kind (TV Movie 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Nolie has just turned twenty-one but is mentally challenged, and acts more like eight. While claiming that she only wants to help him, his "smother" actually likes things that way. One day ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Young
Stars: George Burns, Robby Benson, Barbara Barrie
Glory Years (TV Movie 1987)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A group of former high-school buddies have a reunion in Las Vegas. Thinking to increase their alumni fund, they proceed to use it to gamble at the casinos. Of course, they lose it all. They... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Stars: George Dzundza, Archie Hahn, Tim Thomerson
One on One (1977)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Henry Steele is a basketball phenom at his small town high school, but when he matriculates to a big city university on a scholarship, soon realizes that he has few skills outside the sport... See full summary »

Director: Lamont Johnson
Stars: Robby Benson, Annette O'Toole, G.D. Spradlin
Comedy | Musical | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Disk jockey Mad Man Jack (AL MUSIC) needs to pump up his dwindling audiences at a local radio, and hits upon the idea of holding a competition to find California's most exciting girl. ... See full summary »

Director: William Webb
Stars: Al Music, Lantz Douglas, Mary McKinley
Witchboard (1986)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When his girlfriend becomes dangerously obsessed with a ghost she contacted using an ouija board, Jim reluctantly joins forces with her ex - his own estranged childhood best friend - to identify and exorcise the evil spirit.

Director: Kevin Tenney
Stars: Todd Allen, Tawny Kitaen, Stephen Nichols
Marine Issue (1986)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Scott is a US Marine who travels Spain to see his sister Kim, after many years of separation. But she is dead, and there is nothing else to arrive him. Alone in the Madrid's streets, Scott ... See full summary »

Director: Denis Amar
Stars: Michael Paré, Tawny Kitaen, Peter Crook
Malibu (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young couple from Milwaukee moves into the fabled, high-society Malibu beach community and becomes involved with the lives of the various people living in the community.

Director: E.W. Swackhamer
Stars: William Atherton, James Coburn, Susan Dey
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robby Benson ... Nathan Bowzer
Martin Mull ... Elliot
Charles Rocket ... Barry
Ernie Hudson ... Ernie
Tawny Kitaen ... Karen Malone
Doris Roberts ... Mrs. Bowzer
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Zsa Zsa Gabor
Martha Longley Martha Longley ... Heather
Norman Alden ... Mr. Pegem
Bobby Kelton Bobby Kelton ... Yuppie
Rick Lieberman Rick Lieberman ... Craig
Lynn Tufeld Lynn Tufeld ... Natalie
Robert Parucha Robert Parucha ... Corky
Robert Pastorelli ... Mechanic
Robert Firth ... Sean
Edit

Storyline

A New Jersey auto mechanic travels to California to find the girl of his dreams and woos a bikini fashion model while the time quarreling with her high-powered manager and avoiding his New Jersey girlfriend who comes looking for him.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Des filles de rêve See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Firth, who plays Sean in the film, would go on to co-star with Robby Benson in the first incarnation of the CBS television pilot, Tough Cookies. Ironically, Robert Pastorelli would work with Firth on future projects too - co-starring with Firth in Tough Cookies and yet another CBS project - Sons of Gunz. See more »

Quotes

Nathan Bowzer: This looks like New Jersey.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Reviewers have the right plot; the IMDb seems off
8 October 2014 | by steven-gauckSee all my reviews

It's been almost 30 years, hard to believe, but for some reason the movie and plot really stuck with me since I saw it on TV at the age of 12. I was just entering puberty then, so maybe my fond and some distinct memories of it probably have something to do with that.

First - the official synopsis here and on Wiki is not what I remember of the movie. For example, I don't recall that the main character was looking for a particular girl in California, nor do I remember him having a girlfriend back home. But the other two reviewers before me describe what I remember. Here's what I can add:

The main character arrives in California in search of a better life and shortly after leaving the airport, he gets into an accident with a very attractive and glamorous California girl, the kind that inspired the song. The girl is distraught over the body damage -- maybe it wasn't her car -- and because the guy is a mechanic, he offers to come over to her place to fix it over the course of the days that followed. From that chance encounter, a relationship ensues. I don't recall the various other subplots.

Near the end of the movie, he wakes up and it is revealed to viewers that it was all his dream. He gets out of bed to catch his flight and arrives in California, but this time it's raining and dreary out and nothing is as glamorous as they were in his dream. The movie ends right after he crosses paths with a less glamorous but otherwise attractive and more likable girl he had met in his dream version of his California trip. He says hello, and the movie ends, leaving the rest to everyone's imagination.

Pretty silly plot, I gave it a 6, but I'd love to catch it again for the nostalgia.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed