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"Shag, the Movie (Widescreen)" (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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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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.
I was really excited when I ran across a copy of Shag for sale. Unfortunately, when I popped it in the VCR, expecting to relive my high school experience, I discovered that this version was *different* than the one I used to watch. Different soundtrack. Terrible sound quality. Quite the drag.
Hopefully some day they'll come out with a decent transfer someday, maybe even port it to DVD (I'm not holding my breath...). This movie is definitely worth seeing, but this version of it is not eveny worth the shipping cost.
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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 morePublished on Sept. 13 2002 by Merritt Andrews
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 morePublished on Aug. 12 2002 by Water7996
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
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 morePublished on May 7 2002
'Shag' is a typical 80s teen movie (set in the 1960s) and an OK way to pass the time on those terms. Read morePublished on April 6 2002
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. Read morePublished on April 5 2002 by E. Lambeth
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 morePublished on April 4 2002 by Melinda Duvall
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 morePublished on March 15 2002
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 morePublished on March 9 2002 by Polly