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"Shag, the Movie (Widescreen)"

Phoebe Cates , Bridget Fonda , Zelda Barron    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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It's not too surprising that Shag flopped on its 1989 release but found a devoted cult following on cable TV and home video. This featherweight comedy looked like a waste of space on the big screen, but it plays very cozily on the tube, where it lends itself to popcorn breaks and pajama parties. (The lousy title must have had something to do with the movie's initial failure, a problem worsened by the film being marketed as Shag: The Movie, a truly dumb idea.) Shag is in the tradition of Spring Break pictures, a thoroughly formulaic stroll through the conventions of the minigenre: beachside romance, a wild party, one tender deflowering, and lots of rock & roll. The time is 1963, as three gal friends trick their soon-to-be-married pal (Phoebe Cates) into one final all-girl fling in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Cates is engaged to a local well-bred stick (Tyrone Power Jr.), but soon she's tempted by a beach boy (Robert Rusler) bound for Yale (mm-hmm). The so-so material is buoyed by lovely Annabeth Gish, as the supposedly pudgy one in the group, and Bridget Fonda, as a prematurely sophisticated sexpot. After a while it's easy enough to relax and enjoy the girls' breezy adventures, which are served up without the soap opera melodrama of the similarly tooled Where the Boys Are. Oh, and Austin Powers notwithstanding, the title refers to the dance, not something else. --Robert Horton

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SHAG:MOVIE


Genre: Comedy
Rating: PG
Release Date: 0000-00-00
Media Type: DVD

SKU:GMDB2288425

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie! April 5 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have seen this movie easily over 50 times - I came across it randomly when I was still a teenager, and have watched it religiously throughout the years. I would recommend it to anyone who like dirty dancing, grease, step up, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GRITS May 24 2004
By Sarah
Format:VHS Tape
This movie has got to be the best movie (along with Gone With the Wind) ever! I have actually worn out my VHS tape because my girlfriends and I (all from South Carolina) get together to watch it at least once a week! I went to Senior Week (as Sun Fun weekend is known to graduating seniors from SC) four years ago, as did every graduating senior in SC, as did our parents before us. My mom loves to watch it because it reminds her of her Senior Week (in 1963)! Those who don't like it, are usually guys or those who don't know what shagging is or how to do it (people not from SC or the South, basically). So give it a chance, don't just rent it, you have to buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Ah, Shag! This is one of my favorite movies for so many reasons. The movie is definitely lightweight, but also very memorable. The perfect casting had one thing to do with that. Everyone in this movie, down to the late Carrie Hamilton, is made-to-order. The "Southern" details of this movie are also dead-on. As a North Carolinian who's spent a heck of a lot of time in Myrtle Beach (though in the '90s, not in the '60s) the accents, expressions, music, and clothes are all correct for the time and place. The story is simple, but most great movies have simple plots when you get right down to it. What makes Shag shine is great acting, fantastic period details, and quotable dialogue. Watch this movie with another Southerner or anybody else who could appreciate the humor and the fun of this great movie. Whether it's your first time or your 100th time watching it, Shag is absolutely the "most fun"!
By the way, though this is not the original motion picture soundtrack, it's still pretty darn good. For those of you who didn't see the early VHS version of the movie, let me explain: some of the songs were in the original version of the movie and are still in this version; others were added later. The original movie soundtrack, which I still have, contains new versions of old songs, plus a couple of original ones. I don't know why it was changed, but I'd sure like to have a copy of the DVD with the original soundtrack, which includes songs by K.D Lang and Randy Newman, to name a few.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Jesse and Frank James: The Next Generation April 6 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
'Shag' is a typical 80s teen movie (set in the 1960s) and an OK way to pass the time on those terms. However, it does give the audience a chance to see Tyrone Power's son and Henry Fonda's granddaughter in a movie together- the two great stars who played outlaw brothers in the classic 1939 Western, "Jesse James".
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Format:DVD
This movie is so much fun! I have a copy of my own, and one to borrow to my friends, since it takes too long to explain everything I love about this "feel-good take me back to the early 1960's teenage way of life" movie, before Viet Nam and before President Kennedy was killed. It's like Mystic Pizza, Ferris Bueller, Animal House and Dirty Dancing all rolled into one. And wait'll you see Tyrone Power, Jr. as Harley in the movie! The cast is wonderful, the cars are cool, the dancing is out of this world, and the script writers have captured the way teens communicated. It's both hokey at times and laugh out loud funny, too. You'll find yourself rooting for darling Pudge in the dance contest and wanting to learn the Shag. "It's the most fun!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shag, The Movie Aug. 13 2002
Format:DVD
I knew it, I knew it!! When I bought the VHS format of Shag, I was disappointed because I was sure the music was different than the rental version I had seen. It wasn't nearly as good with the "new" music. I told the video retailer and they said I was wrong, that only one version was made. I read the reviews and I WAS RIGHT! One of the reviews says the DVD version restores the original music, so I am going to buy it. Can't wait to see the original version. This movie is one of the best feel good movies I've ever seen. Great for teens, adults...good memories. Like Pudge really needed that Metrical! It's the most fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favorites Aug. 10 2002
Format:DVD
My girls (teenaged) and I watch this movie at least 3-4 times a year. One of our favorites. They regularly hook thier friends who haven't seen it before too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family's favorite May 7 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Everyone in my family loves the movie. We watch it at least once a week. It is one of the only movies that my kids will actually sit down and watch. We love the music and the dancing.
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