Gary Lewis and the Righteous Brothers help a crew of cardigan sweater-wearing college buddies rescue a venue from financial extinction (this a fairly common theme of the period). This film is most notable for Raquel Welch’s first on-screen role as the nerdy glasses-wearing bookworm (possibly one of the earlier uses of that silly trope), who no one loves, until she lets her hair down (because a woman can’t be beautiful with her hair up and glasses) and performs a wiggling bathing suit dance on stage, causing young fella to literally fall off a fence.

Rivals enter the scene causing trouble with the small gang of buddies, and a girlfriend’s rich pop offers jobs and money that the fellows don’t want, as they kind of too deeply want to exercise some protestant ethic about doing it all themselves, despite the risk of losing everything. Sometimes these paeans to self-reliance can be a bit overboard. If you’re really trying to do something you should probably wisely consider all options. A silly fist fight that seems to include some karate chops to our hero’s back are good for some belly laughs, and later boats are involved in a chase to retrieve a cash box lifted by the rival crew. It’s a bit difficult to keep the faces straight, and all these clean-cut, white, pre-rock, sweater-wearing kids kinda look alike to me. Get a job! or something. I can’t help it.

This is running free on prime and is a step up from the usual brand of so-silly-it’s- painful Annette and Frankie films. I read that when the film went to Europe, Welch got top billing on the poster.

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