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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mark Griffiths
Produced by Jeff Begun
Written by Eric Alter
Steve Greene
Mark Griffiths
Music by Vic Caesar
Cinematography Tom Richmond
Edited by Andy Blumenthal
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 11, 1984 (1984-05-11)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget less than $2 million[1]

Hardbodies is a 1984 sex comedy film about three middle-aged men who hire a younger man to help them pick up women at the beach. The film was directed by Mark Griffiths, and stars Grant Cramer, Courtney Gains, and Gary Wood. It was followed by a 1986 sequel entitled Hardbodies 2.


Scotty, a con man who does whatever he can to get along, is evicted from his apartment for non-payment of rent. He soon finds three older divorced men who have a lot of money, however they do not have a trait that Scotty possesses, moxie with women. They agree to let Scotty stay with them at their beach house (and pay him $600 a month), if he returns the favor by teaching them how to pick up women.

Scotty shows them how to "dialog" women by giving them a dose of the old BBD (Bigger and Better Deal). Along this journey, Scotty loses his playboy ways and falls in love with acquaintance Kristi. Kristi, knowing Scotty's playboy past, puts up with his ups and downs early on in the movie but later insists that he change his ways. Scotty recognizes that Kristi is ultimately more important than the empty life he has led up until now and changes his ways.



The film was originally made for broadcast on the Playboy Channel but Columbia picked it up for theatrical distribution.[1]

Pop culture[edit]

Referenced in the season 4 Gilmore Girls episode, "The Fundamental Things Apply."

Platinum-selling all-female glam metal band Vixen make their first recorded appearance on the movie's soundtrack with six songs and also appear in the movie as the band Diaper Rash. The line-up features Janet Gardner (vocals), Jan Kuehnemund (lead guitar), Tamara Ivanov (rhythm guitar), Pia Maiocco (bass) and Laurie Hedlund (drums).

Referenced in the season 5 Entourage episode "The All Out Fall Out". A rival agent of Ari Gold finds a topless photo of Gold's wife, stating that it is from a (fictional) movie called "Hardbodies 3".


  1. ^ a b Film Clips: 'Zelig' Gives Willis Shot at an Oscar London, Michael. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 02 Mar 1984: h1.

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