Ride the Wild Surf Reviews
Alright, my tangent is over. On to the film. This is one of my favorites to watch during the summer, though people are fully entitled to their opinions about it being cheesy, and I could understand why it can be viewed so, it is significantly less cheesy than the other beach movies of the 60s that's for sure. It brings drama and comedy together and doesn't make it all about teenagers dancing and eating hotdogs in the sand. What's wrong with having a fun film once and awhile, though? However, those in constant search of what they deem "substance" (actually a fairly subjective term) there is drama that is pretty realistic as Fabian plays Jodie, a young man who has quite college because it got too difficult and is convinced that everybody he comes across is a phony who doesn't really care bout him. His love interest, Brie Matthews (Shelly Fabares) encourages him to go back to college and not give up so easily which he takes poorly of course as quitting has started to come easy to him. Peter Brown plays the comically serious Chase Colton who desperately needs to learn to lighten up even though he does serve as a wonderful voice of reason. His love interest is Augie Poole (Barbara Eden) whom he meets via her standing on his neck. They are certainly the most entertaining couple and the adventurous Augie is hilarious as she is both love sick instantly over him in a charmingly sweet and girly way and adamant to get him to lead a more spontaneous lifestyle. Following a fight he decides he doesn't like his rigidness and decides to do a dangerous jump off of a waterfall, however she tells him she likes him just the way he is and he still does it but ultimately they accept each other lovingly. Tab Hunter's character romances Lily Kilua (Susan Hart) who has a mother that is convinced all surfers are bums based off of her husband leaving her and being lazy.
Overall a very entertaining movie for someone looking for light fun and just enough drama to have an engaging story line.
And who doesn't love a movie with copious amounts of rear-screen projection?