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Where the Boys Are (1960)

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Yvette Mimeux, Paula Prentiss, Connie Francis, and Dolores Hart star in this frothy teen romance-drama as attractive co-eds who take off from Midwest colleges on the annual spring break to land in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida -- where the boys are. There are plenty of parties, booze, and sex to keep minds off calculus for awhile. Merritt Andrews (Hart) and Ryder Smith (George Hamilton) manage to get together, Tuggle Carpenter (Paula Prentiss) manages to let her comedic talents shine, Angie (Connie Francis) sings the hit title song, but Melanie (Yvette Mimeux) becomes a casualty of too many good times. She will recover, and all the leads will go on to good, even great careers in some cases. Dolores Hart was the only featured player here to leave Hollywood behind -- she became a Benedictine nun in 1963.

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Cast

Dolores Hart
as Merritt Andrews
George Hamilton
as Ryder Smith
Yvette Mimieux
as Melanie Tolman
Paula Prentiss
as Tuggle Carpenter
Jim Hutton
as TV Thompson
Chill Wills
as Police Captain
Rory Harrity
as Franklin
Ted Berger
as Stout Man
Vito Scotti
as Maitre D'
Sean Flynn
as Guy in Blue Sweatshirt
Percy Helton
as Motel Operator
Jack Kruschen
as Counter Man
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Critic Reviews for Where the Boys Are

All Critics (7)

The slang is even more outdated than the sexual politics, but all of the performers shine with colorful characterizations, particularly Hart, Prentiss, and Gorshin.

August 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

1960s spring break film focuses on drinking and sex.

March 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Naive, unintentionally campy comedy about four girls, who set to Florida during spring break for some fun; Connie Francis' title song became a huge hit.

August 12, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A guilty pleasure if ever there was one.

September 17, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

It must have been some kind of alternate universe these movie people lived in, because it wasn't any sort of world I knew.

January 2, 2004 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Where the Boys Are

This movie is first and foremost a somewhat dippy teen film that you might enjoy for the antics of Spring Break 50+ years ago (and oh how times have changed!). The movie seems surprisingly daring in the beginning when a young woman references the Kinsey report and alludes to premarital sex being natural, but eventually you'll realize the movie is conservative, still more in the 50's than it is in the 60's. It's watered down and feels sanitized, and it was tough to see the college women on Spring Break ridiculously desperate for men, actually believing they're going to find guys who will propose to them on the trip (huh??), and one simply wanting to become a 'baby factory'. In the end, its main theme is the age old clash between men who want sex, and women who want commitment. I suppose that's to be expected from a movie called "Where The Boys Are", and reflective of the times. The most poignant and serious moments come from the character played by Yvette Mimieux, who has been having sex with a guy, thinking he loves her. When she arranges to meet him in a motel, she finds he's sent one of his friends instead, after telling her she's easy - and gets raped. By my count, she tells him "no" 9 times as he advances, all smiles, about to force himself on her. None of it is shown, we just see her despondently walking into traffic, a scene which is ridiculously overplayed. Unfortunately (and outrageously) the moral has nothing to do with the guys who took advantage of her and devastated her - neither of them are seen again, presumably happily traveling north having "gotten some" - it's her ruing meeting a guy in the future who'll find out she's no longer a virgin because of her Spring Break escapades. Sigh, and grrr. And, with the Code being in effect, where evil was not allowed to win - it's clear, that this was not considered rape and not considered evil. What a horrible, horrible message buried within this silly movie. And how opposite it is to the initial premise that women should not have to "wait until marriage". If you can watch it just for the goofiness - like guys picking up and moving a car, and characters jumping in to a giant tank of water in a nightclub and making silly faces - you will probably enjoy it. You have a poor man's Marilyn Monroe (Barbara Nichols), poor man's jazz (Frank Gorshin of Riddler fame, sporting Coke bottle glasses), and a dapper George Hamilton in a black polo shirt on the beach. You have very well dressed guys and girls on the beach and on dates. You have Connie Frances making her debut and singing. I have to say, it held my interest, but I can't help but feel it could have been so much better if it had been more serious in one of its directions instead of lukewarm in all, and been a little more ahead of its time. It's certainly retrograde by today's standards.

Antonius Block
Antonius Block

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½

A pretty good teen movie with a predictable story of a crazy spring break and a group of teens looking for love. It's fun and has some really funny scenes, but it could have been better.

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Aj V

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