The “raunchy teen comedy" cycle was a good three years past its peak when MALIBU BIKINI SHOP had its limited theatrical run in the fall of 1986. This slight film follows the genre’s conventions: liberation of the repressed (not humorless Blee, surprisingly), plenty of shapely females in (and out of) bikinis and the usual surfeit of sexist humor. For example, Greenwood‘s use of unreliable clothing stitches and a two way dressing room mirror. And of course, the slobs beat the snobs in the end. As was the case from the earliest genre entries like H.O.T.S. and THE SENIORS, old pros like Robinson, Goldenberg and Nelson are on hand to provide the genuine laughs. Matter of fact, the funniest thing in the film is probably Nelson’s toupee (with Robinson's combover a close second).
|Dude, you're in a bikini shop! Why stick your nose in a BOOK?|
There’s literally a hundred out there like BIKINI SHOP but it will satisfy your craving for old school late night T&A comedy. It certainly holds it own in the eye candy department (for guys, anyway); Jakowpck, Julius and especially Gorg all look stunning doing dance routines in their swimwear. Hairstyles and songs are solidly of the era, and director-writer Wechter provides an above average soundtrack despite the lack of hits or “name“ artists. In particular, the cover of “Girls of Rock and Roll” and Diana DeWitt‘s “You Make me Nervous” (which is way too close to Pat Benatar for comfort, especially with that title) stick in your head longer than anything else in the film will. The latter was obviously considered to be a potential single, complete with rotation ready video featuring Gorg in a camoflage bikini.
|Galyn Gorg at left. Any excuse to show another pic of her will suffice.|
To sum it up, you had to be there. And a guy. If you were, and you are, you would probably welcome the arrival of MALIBU BIKINI SHOP to DVD.
So….why isn’t this on DVD?
As a film, largely unremarkable and came too late in the T&A cycle to be as well-remembered as a H.O.T.S., PRIVATE LESSONS or SPRING BREAK. While those films reached a wide audience on late night HBO and Skinemax in the early 1980’s, MALIBU BIKINI SHOP was most often aired edited on USA’s UP ALL NIGHT late in the decade. Also, the humor in this one is solely for the guys; Hell, even H.O.T.S. had a jockstrap raid.
Why it should be on DVD: