Where the Boys Are '84

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Where the Boys Are '84
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Directed by Hy Averback
Produced by Allan Carr
Written by Stu Krieger
Jeff Burkhart
Music by Sylvester Levay
Cinematography James A. Contner
Edited by Bobbie Shapiro
Mel Shapiro
Distributed by Tri-Star Pictures
Release date
  • April 6, 1984 (1984-04-06) (U.S.)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $10,530,000 (USA) (sub-total)

Where the Boys Are '84 (onscreen title: Where the Boys Are) is a 1984 American comedy film and a remake of the 1960 teen sex comedy film Where the Boys Are, starring Lisa Hartman, Russell Todd, 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.[1]

The film's tagline is: When girls want a vacation filled with fun, sun and romance, they go to Fort Lauderdale ... Where all your dreams come true.


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 Chip (Howard McGillin), winds up as a hot contender in a "Hot Bod Contest"; Jennie (Lisa Hartman) is doubly lucky, courted by both a rich classical pianist (Daniel McDonald) and a devil-may-care rocker (Russell Todd); 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. Laurie ends up getting her wish, albeit through a rather unexpected source.

During the week-long festivities, the girls meet Sandra's snobbish aunt Barbara Roxbury (Louise Sorel) and her friend Maggie (Alana Stewart) and get to sample much of Fort Lauderdale's nightlife. They are also invited to a formal party at Barbara's house, which ends up being crashed by hundreds of spring breakers.

Production notes[edit]


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.

Filming locations[edit]

Where the Boys Are '84 was filmed from May 16, 1983 to June 26, 1983 at the following Florida locations: Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club in Boca Raton; Lauderdale Beach Hotel and City Limits Nightclub in Fort Lauderdale; Young Circle Bandshell in Hollywood.


Release and box-office[edit]

Where the Boys Are '84 was produced independently by ITC Productions and was distributed by TriStar Pictures after Universal Pictures rejected it.[1] 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."[2] 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."[3]


Where the Boys Are '84:
Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released April 1984
Recorded Cherokee Recording Studios
Hollywood, California
Genre Soundtrack
Label RCA Records
Producer Denis Pregnolato

Where the Boys Are '84 soundtrack album was released on vinyl and cassette tape by RCA Records. The film's title track cover version by Lisa Hartman was released as a 7" single with the B-side "Hot Nights" by Jude Cole. However, it failed to chart.

Side A
  1. "Hot Nights" – Performed by Jude Cole
  2. "Seven Day Heaven" – Performed by Shandi
  3. "Mini-Skirted" – Performed by Sparks
  4. "Be-Bop-A-Lula" – Performed by The Rockats
  5. "Jenny" – Performed by Peter Beckett
Side B
  1. "Where the Boys Are" – Performed by Lisa Hartman
  2. "Woman's Wise" – Performed by The Rockats
  3. "Girls Night Out" – Performed by Toronto
  4. "Slippin' & Slidin'" – Performed by Phil Seymour
  5. "All Fired Up" – Performed by Rick Derringer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1985 Golden Raspberry Awards Won Worst Supporting Actress Lynn-Holly Johnson
Nominated Worst Picture
Worst Screenplay
Worst Musical Score
Worst New Star Russell Todd

Home video[edit]

The film was released on VHS by Key Video in September 1984, but has since gone out of print. On August 23, 2011, the film was released on DVD in region 1 by Scorpion Releasing.

See also[edit]

Spring Break, a 1983 film with a similar setting and tone


  1. ^ a b London, Michael. "Tri-Star Bows With A Universal Castoff." Sarasota Herald-Tribune (February 18, 1984).
  2. ^ "FILM: LAUDERDALE QUARTET, 'WHERE THE BOYS ARE'," Janet Maslin, The New York Times, April 7, 1984
  3. ^ Chicago Sun-Times Review:Where the Boys Are '84 By Roger Ebert, January 1, 1984.

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