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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Hardbodies - Retro VHS Look'
(Grant Cramer, Courtney Gains, Gary Wood, et al / Blu-ray / R / (1984) 2018 / Mill Creek Entertainment)

Overview: Three middle-aged daddies visit California to have a marvelous time at the beach. When they learn that a nice apartment and an expensive cabriolet isn't enough for them to score with the chicks, they employ a student to help them.

At first he's as disgusted of them and his job as his girlfriend, but soon they find out how to use the situation to everyone's benefit.

Blu-ray Verdict: For those devotees already in the know, 'Hardbodies' delivers EXACTLY what you should expect from a lightweight '80s sex comedy re: plenty of fantastic-looking girls in bikinis or topless, a fun-carefree-sunny-summer-California-beach atmosphere, a couple of chuckles, and lots terrific of '80s music!

That said, it does not deliver high cinematic artistry or a brilliant plot, but then again you should not expect any of that, no would you?!

The two main girls, Teal Roberts and Cindy Silver, are both enormously appealing and pleasantly natural, and the two main guys, Grant Cramer and Courtney Gains, are rather likable.

The premise might have worked better if we had younger nerds in the roles of the middle-aged men, but to its credit the movie acknowledges their age and somehow manages to get away with it.

It's the girls who are the most important here anyway, and as I said the casting was very good right down the line. Hey, I don't remember looking at even one less-than-pretty girl in this movie, even at the background.

One of THE prettiest is no doubt a very young Kathleen Kinmont, in her first movie role: she doesn't get naked, yet her very tight white T-shirt leaves little to the imagination.

In closing, there are some amusing sidelines (concerning body building females, hence the title), girl rock bands, and some inept younger dorks with the same intentions as our divorcees, so 'Hardbodies' delivers on all scores, trust me! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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