I originally bought this movie because our school was going to put on the musical production of "Bye Bye Birdie".
As it turns out the play and the movie are quite different but each ever so enjoyable in their own way. We saw the movie first than the play and it all tied together so well whereas if you have just seen the play it seems to leave questions unanswered and doesn't seem to be "complete".
My family absolutely loves the movie! This movie is honestly my 5 year old little girl's favorite and she knows all of the words to the songs. On the other hand my mother thought it was a blah movie with lame acting--which I did as well when I first saw it.
I think that what changed my mind and why I now truly enjoy the movie now is the songs. There are songs in this movie I have heard all my life such as "Put on a Happy Face" but had no idea where they originated and they do compliment the movie perfectly. I do enjoy the acting of Ann Margaret, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh and the rest of the actors as there are some true greats in this movie which make it worth watching just on that merit alone.
The entire movie is filled with humor, great songs, and well it is just plain wholesome fun! I love the movies from the 50's and 60's and "Bye Bye Birdie" is the epitome of what the era was reminiscent of.
It's definately worth seeing-maybe you'll love it or maybe you'll hate it but you'll never know if you don't try!