Tuesday, September 15, 2009

SPRING BREAK

Producer/director Sean S. Cunningham wasn’t the most original of filmmakers, but he was good at detecting potential trends and jumping in early. After noting HALLOWEEN's profits, he jumped into the slasher genre with the even more successful FRIDAY THE 13TH. Around the same time, the box office bonanza generated by PORKY'S also caught his attention, and he quickly knocked out a teen sex comedy of his own, SPRING BREAK (1983).

As usual in the genre, there’s not much in the way of a plot. The thin story revolves around four college guys visiting Fort Lauderdale for the titular school vacation and their efforts to score with attractive, drunken young women. There’s a minor subplot dealing with a corrupt politician and the valiant teens’ efforts to save their vacation hotel from destruction, but that’s only there to string together the copious scenes of intoxicated young women (including 1982 Penthouse Pet of the Year, Corrine Alphen) bearing their breasts.

It’s fun, and light, and despite all the tanned flesh on display, oddly innocent. The soundtrack is loaded with great music from the era, provided by .38 Special, Cheap Trick, NRBQ and Jack Mack & the Heart Attack.

Anchor Bay’s DVD presents SPRING BREAK with a remarkably clean and sharp1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and the original mono audio. Still, it sounds pretty good. The only extra is the original theatrical trailer.

I still fondly remember seeing this in the theater back in my Senior year of High School. It still holds up as good, old fashioned, clean dirty fun.

BUY: Spring Break