Bikini Beach (1964) - Comedy, Music, Romance

Hohum Score

21

Watchable

A millionaire sets out to prove his theory that his pet chimpanzee is as intelligent as the teenagers who hang out on the local beach, where he is intending to build a retirement home.

IMDB: 5.5
Director: William Asher
Stars: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello
Length: 99 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 2 out of 27 found boring (7.4%)

One-line Reviews (14)

While I really don't care for his 60s greaser college kid character in most of the other beach Party movies, here his dual roles (as "Frankie" the surfer who takes Dee Dee (Annette) for granted and as English invasion artist the "Potato Bug") are enjoyable to watch.

The script is relatively snappy, and amusing.

Ms. Funicello's solo was very entertaining though!

To see them 50 years later of course has a different perspective which is itself enjoyable.

But worst of all is the gross and unfunny over-acting by some members of the cast, particularly Jody McCrea and Don Rickles, and the efficient, but tediously dull direction of William Asher to whom may also be sheeted home those laborious sections of the script dealing with the clean-living beach boys and the efforts of a misguided oldie to suppress them.

I actually thought Avalon did a very good job in both of his roles and certainly helped make this film more entertaining.

Was there actually a time in American history when people thought Frankie and Annette were interesting, sexy, funny or in any way entertaining?

Oh well I can keep dreaming, all in all I give this an eight and think it's worth watching if you have a couple of hours to burn.

Wynn is extremely entertaining as the researcher and we've got Don Rickles and Harvey Lembeck back as well.

One of the funniest beach party movies made by AIP (or anybody), with a great cast and pretty funny script with no story involved.

BIKINI BEACH is often considered one of the best of the series and for the most part I thought it was fairly entertaining and at least on par with the previous two.

– which render the film that much more enjoyable than its predecessor.

They must have meant something so I think that the films were on the edge of something that the Beatles finally did.

It's actually, at times, enjoyable.