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4/8/18 Episode 96: It's a Bikini World (1967)

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Ever see the comedy Drillbit Taylor (2008)? It's about three high school nerds who hire a homeless man to be their bodyguard. It was such an odious concept that it sucked the life out of the movie.

I thought of ol' Drillbit watching It's a Bikini World! (1967), a long in the tooth beach comedy from Stephanie Rothman, director of The Student Nurses (1970). Surf stud Mike likes Delilah, but she don't like him, so, he poses as Herbert, his "brother." Same person, just Mike is shirtless and Herbert wears a shirt (and glasses), and damned if she falls for it. I couldn't buy the depressing premise (what a fuckboi), but the squirrelly film doesn't either, more eager to switch to performing bands and slapstick races devised by a silly but still wired Sid Haig.

I like the rip-off Pop Art paintings that hang on Mike's walls, my favorite being the Life Magazine cover of the stripes of the flag.

Stephanie Rothman was born in Paterson, NJ, but was her photo on the Paterson Hall of Fame next to Uncle Floyd? No!

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