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"Shag, the Movie (Widescreen)"

Phoebe Cates , Bridget Fonda , Zelda Barron    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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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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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What a brilliant movie, with the exception of the end where the girls sing together on the porchsteps of the sentator's summer home in Myrtle Beach. That little Dirty Dancing ripoff was really, really lame. But the rest of the movie was great! Robert Rustler, who didn't act in a billion other movies like I thought he would, gave the performance of his lifetime. Tyrone Power Jr looks like his daddy. You already know Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, and Annabeth Gish. Great eye candy for a really, really fun movie. It's a beach movie without the stupidity.
I've probably watched this movie 50 times. Nothing like watching a summer vacation in Myrtle Beach to put you in a good mood. Hanging out at the Grand Strand...shaggin' and drinking bevos (oddly enough, a bevo was a non-alcoholic beverage in prohibition days...a fact that has nothing to do with this review)...that's the life!
Shag has great music, fun dialogue, famous speeches, some hot shaggin', Elvis impersonators, and great party scenes that make the movie flow really fast while a smile is on your face the entire time.
For the DVD, I didn't think the sound quality was very good. I have 50's movies that had better sound. I own Annette Funicello's Pajama Party on DVD. It has MUCH better sound. So that was disappointing, especially considering there's music throughout the entire movie. But even though the sound is a little disappointing and there's no special features in this movie (aside from a trailer), this movie is still one you should own.
After about 50 views, I finally picked up on something that I thought I'd share, since I feel a warm sense of accomplishment.
In the car ride, Melaina was giving Caroline (Pudge) her fortune. Caroline picked yellow. No idea why, since she wore a blue dress at the end of the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fianlly, on DVD!! I want my own Chip!! May 28 2001
By AnnaP
Like many here, I found the transfer of this movie to VHS to be awful (grainy,bad color). Thus, the DVD is a relief--crisp picture, letterbox format, just like in a theater! The music on the soundtrack is the same that I've always remembered (Stagger Lee, Alley Oop, It Will Stand, etc.), so those who say it had different music, please e-mail me and tell me what it was. The music now is so perfect for the film, I can't imagine anything else! Thew film itself is a delight, a great "summer film." If you have girlfriends, definitely gather them up to watch it on a summer night. The performances are great (esp. by Phoebe Cates and Annabeth Gish), and my first great crush was Scott Coffey as the sweet Chip. (BTW--My God, is Robert Rustler (Buzz) tan in this film, freakishly so. When Buzz goes off to Yale, he'll either have to pale out or buy some sun lamps to stay that red!) This film is a must see for anyone who enjoyed "Mystic Pizza," "Dirty Dancing" or "Footloose." Watch it soon! ("It's the most fun!")
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Format:VHS Tape
Ok, I've posted here quite a few times about this movie. The reason the music was changed from the original was that the copyright laws evidently were infringed upon. Evidenty, they didn't get the licenses to use the music. After about 6 months after the first video version was released, Video stores were actually told to remove it from the shelves. Block Buster did that in Spartanburg, SC (where i'm from). Luckily I had a copy I made from HBO at the time. About 6 mo later, a new version came out with the changed music, (and box). If you notice there are spots in the new video where music once was and now none exist. WEIRD. Anyway, I recommend going to smaller video stores and dubbing your own copy of the original if you can find it. I truely enjoyed being an extra in the movie and found Paige Hannah and Carrie Hamilton to be FANTASTIC. The movie is FUN. If you're looking for a great story, complicated plot etc...this isn't the movie for you. If you are looking for some good oneliners, enjoyable cast, good music, and just plane fun.. rent it..watch it with friends. As a side note, it seems as though this movie has received a cult following from the college girl sect.. Thanks girls :) Questions or comments can be made to my email address.. joshsc@hotmail.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
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. Read more
Published on April 5 2012 by Leigh A Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Order a Pizza, grab some Coca Colas and watch this one!!!
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... Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2002 by Merritt Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Shag, The Movie
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2002 by Water7996
5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favorites
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.
Published on Aug. 9 2002 by a reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Family's favorite
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. Read more
Published on May 7 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Jesse and Frank James: The Next Generation
'Shag' is a typical 80s teen movie (set in the 1960s) and an OK way to pass the time on those terms. Read more
Published on April 6 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Pyjama Party Movie Ever!
I, like so many others, first saw this movie when I was in middle school. It has been a long-time favorite of mine, and was frequently rented for sleep-overs and pyjama parties. Read more
Published on April 4 2002 by Melinda Duvall
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Fun
I have seen this movie a gazillion times. It never gets old. If you love the atmosphere of Myrtle Beach, SC or the beach in general, this is the movie. Read more
Published on March 15 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars a fan
Shag is one of my all time favorite movies... A few years ago I had to move heaven and [earth] to find it on video, so I am thrilled to find it on DVD. Read more
Published on March 9 2002 by Polly
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorites
Shag is an all time classic, Bridget Fonda does a great job in this movie, Its a great movie of friendship, relationships, and just plain having fun and letting go. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2002 by "foxylyyn"
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