Where the Boys Are '84
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|Where the Boys Are '84|
|Directed by||Hy Averback|
|Produced by||Allan Carr|
|Written by||Jeff Burkhart
|Music by||Sylvester Levay|
|Cinematography||James A. Contner|
|Edited by||Bobbie Shapiro
|Distributed by||Tri-Star Pictures|
|Release date(s)||April 6, 1984 (USA)|
|Running time||94 minutes|
|Box office||$10,530,000 (USA) (sub-total)|
Where the Boys Are '84 (onscreen title: Where the Boys Are) is a 1984 remake of the 1960 teen sex comedy film Where the Boys Are, starring Lisa Hartman, Lorna Luft, Wendy Schaal and Lynn-Holly Johnson. Directed by Hy Averback and produced by Allan Carr, it was the first film released by Tri-Star Pictures.
Four co-eds from snowbound Penmore College head to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for spring break: Carole (Lorna Luft) taking a separate vacation from her steady boyfriend, winds up as a hot contender in a "Hot Bod Contest"; Jennie (Lisa Hartman) is doubly lucky, courted by both a rich classical pianist and a devil-may-care rocker; Sandra (Wendy Schaal) looking for the Mr. Right who will finally satisfy her; and Laurie (Lynn-Holly Johnson) dreams of a night of unbridled passion with a real he-man.
Whereas posters and advertising material presented the film's title as Where the Boys Are '84, the onscreen title is simply Where the Boys Are.
Although touted as a more "realistic" version of the popular 1960 film, with nudity and drug references, the date rape storyline of the original does not appear in this version. Jeff Burkhart and Stu Krieger were both nominated for Worst Screenplay by the Golden Raspberry Awards, losing to John Derek for Bolero.
The movie was filmed between May 16, 1983 to June 26, 1983 at several Florida locations, including Boca Raton; Ft. Lauderdale; the Lauderdale Beach Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale; the Hollywood Bandshell in Hollywood, Florida; and the City Limits Nightclub in Dania Beach, Florida.
- Lisa Hartman ... Jennie
- Lorna Luft ... Carole
- Wendy Schaal ... Sandra
- Lynn-Holly Johnson ... Laurie
- Russell Todd ... Scott Nash
- Howard McGillin ... Chip
- Christopher McDonald ... Tony
- Daniel McDonald ... Camden Roxbury
- Alana Stewart ... Maggie
- Louise Sorel ... Barbara Roxbury
- Jude Cole ... Jude
- Jorge Gil ... Ned
- George Coutoupis ... Ray
Release and box-office
Where the Boys Are '84 was produced independently by ITC Entertainment and was distributed by TriStar Pictures after Universal Pictures rejected it. The film was released nationwide on April 6, 1984 and was both a box office and critical flop, earning one of the year's worst film reviews from critics. It ranked #5 at the US box office grossing $3.6 million on its opening weekend. Its total domestic gross was $10.5 million. It was nominated for five Razzie Awards - including Worst Picture - with Lynn Holly-Johnson winning for Worst Supporting Actress.
Janet Maslin, writing for The New York Times, called the film "dumb, vulgar and mostly humorless." Roger Ebert, writing for The Chicago Sun-Times, reported, "It isn't a sequel and isn't a remake and isn't, in fact, much of anything."
A soundtrack album for the movie was released by RCA Records.
- "Hot Nights" - Performed by Jude Cole
- "Seven Day Heaven" - Performed by Shandi
- "Mini-Skirted" - Performed by Sparks
- "Be-Bop-A-Lula" - Performed by The Rockats
- "Jenny" - Performed by Peter Beckett
- "Where The Boys Are" - Performed by Lisa Hartman
- "Woman's Wise" - Performed by The Rockats
- "Girls Night Out" - Performed by Toronto
- "Slippin' & Sliddin'" - Performed by Phil Seymour
- "All Fired Up" - Performed by Rick Derringer
Awards and nominations
|1985||Golden Raspberry Awards||Won||Worst Supporting Actress||Lynn-Holly Johnson|
|Worst Musical Score||
|Worst New Star||Russell Todd|
Spring Break, a 1983 film with a similar setting and tone
- London, Michael. "Tri-Star Bows With A Universal Castoff." Sarasota Herald-Tribune (February 18, 1984).
- "FILM: LAUDERDALE QUARTET, 'WHERE THE BOYS ARE'," Janet Maslin, The New York Times, April 7, 1984
- Chicago Sun-Times Review:Where the Boys Are '84 By Roger Ebert, January 1, 1984.