Where the Boys Are '84
|Where the Boys Are '84|
|Directed by||Hy Averback|
|Produced by||Allan Carr|
|Written by||Stu Krieger
|Music by||Sylvester Levay|
|Cinematography||James A. Contner|
|Edited by||Bobbie Shapiro
|Distributed by||Tri-Star Pictures|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
- Lisa Hartman as Jennie Cooper
- Russell Todd as Scott Nash
- Lorna Luft as Carole Singer
- Wendy Schaal as Sandra Roxbury
- Lynn-Holly Johnson as Laurie Jameson
- Howard McGillin as Chip
- Louise Sorel as Barbara Roxbury
- Alana Stewart as Maggie
- Christopher McDonald as Tony
- Daniel McDonald as Camden Roxbury III
- Jude Cole as Jude
- George Coutoupis as Ray
- Asher Brauner as Officer Ernie Grasso
- Frank Zagarino as Conan
- Dara Sedaka as Christine
Release and box-office
Where the Boys Are '84 was produced independently by ITC Productions 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."
|Where the Boys Are '84:
Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
|Soundtrack album by various artists|
|Recorded||Cherokee Recording Studios
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
- "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
- Side B
- "Where the Boys Are" – Performed by Lisa Hartman
- "Woman's Wise" – Performed by The Rockats
- "Girls Night Out" – Performed by Toronto
- "Slippin' & Slidin'" – 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.