As I got older and discovered Rockabilly, this movie became a source of reference. My bestie Tara and I would watch it so that we could copy the clothes and, more importantly, the dancing. The dancing in the movie is Carolina Shag and even though I much prefer Collegiate Shag we still tried to copy the moves.
Shag, for me, is summer. Every time I watch this movie I dream of dancing at an overcrowded, too hot bar on the beach. Of wearing sun tops and capri pants. Of drinking too much, dancing too late, and flirting non stop with pretty boys (Obviously the flirting bit is a joke as Tara is now married with kids and I am in a committed relationship. I just had to throw that in because thats what the whole movie is about!). If you haven't seen it I highly recommend you do. Its cheesy in that 80s-does-60s way but it is still a very entertaining movie. The music alone is worth it!
I almost bought Melaina's (Bridget Fonda) gingham cropped top at the Rose Bowl. It was too big though.
In photo left to right:
Goody two shoes turned fiance thief.
"If I'm not engaged by the time I'm twenty, I'm gonna kill myself."
Bad girl turned wannabe Hollywood Starlet.
"Look Luanne! Im not goin to college like some people. And I sure as hell aint marryin a damn Ralston. And I aint gonna die in a parish house in Spartanburg, South Carolina, thank you. Luanne, Im as pretty as any of those girls in Hollywood. This is my chance! Jimmy Valentines gonna discover me today, and it aint gonna be in your mamas hoop skirt!"
Good girl gone rogue.
"Luanne, why don't we just go up there and say "This was our last weekend together, and we didn't feel like going to Fort Sumter and touring goddamn colonial homes. We wanted to go to the beach and meet boys and go to wild parties and dance." I mean why can't we tell them the truth?"
Wall flower turned dance champ.
" It isn't even a bone at all, its a muscle. This cousin of hers dated a Clemson Tiger who sprained his in a game, and she had to massage it every night when it got hard because he was in so