Where the Boys Are (1960)

where-the-boys-are-movie-poster-1961-1020191124 “Sophistication isn’t a matter of where you come from or even what your family does. It’s the way you – the way you think, your outlook on life, what you’ve experienced. ” – Ryder

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Jun 2016)

Brief Synopsis – Four friends travel to Ft. Lauderdale for Spring Break in order to seek love and fun in the Florida sun.

My Take on it – When I think of movies from the 1950’s and 1960’s, I usually think of movies that have a prudish look on the world because of the standards of the time.

This movie was one of the movies that began to push that barrier a bit by putting the women in situations that you wouldn’t expect.

Thankfully, all of these different scenarios are dealt with quite well and despite a few very “heavy” scenes, ultimately, this is still done in an interesting way.

The men that the heroines meet all are stereotypical, but that also still works well.  We get the 1960’s versions of the jock, the rich guy, the nerd and the musician.

I liked the cast and was surprised to learn that both Jim Hutton (Yes, Timothy’s father) and Frank Gorshin (The Riddler on the 1960’s Batman TV show) were in this one.

As a kid, I had heard a bit about this movie, but moreso because I knew that they made a remake in 1984.  After ahving seen both of them, I can now confidently say that this one is done much better and is more interesting than the 80’s farce.

Bottom Line – Definitely a movie before it’s time. The situations that the girls get themselves into here are not usually connected to the values associated with the 60’s, but they deal with it all very well. The men all feel stereotypical, but things still work. Nice cast helps this work. Much better than the remake made 24 years later.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Dolores Hart left Hollywood shortly after this movie and became a Benedictine nun, and has been a Mother Superior for many years. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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