Bikini Spring Break


J. Cohn


D. M. Latt




The Golden Asylum



Running time:

90 min








conservative college, marching band, Women's college, women students, spring break, Beaches, Class Differences
The marching band from a small conservative women's college are on their way to a competition when their bus breaks down in Ft. Lauderdale. It also happens to be Spring Break -- which means it's not long before the gals lose their band uniforms in favour of thongs, let their hair down, and frolic in the sand and surf. They also get to meet lots of sophomoric guys who are majoring in misogyny. Other highlights include pole dancing, nude car-washing and binge drinking.
Teaching Notes:
Portrayal of student life
Released fifty years after Frankie and Annette first frolicked chastely on the beach, this awful film exemplifies Hollywood's historic reliance on formalistic tropes — no matter how anachronistically hoary. Despite the subject matter, these films are intended not for university-age audiences, but the lucrative teen-age market.
Film genre
While these movies are sometimes regarded as a distinct subgenre — the Beach Party Film — this sort of classification incorrectly assumes that superficial elements such as locale and shared depiction of some activities are sufficient. The fact that this group of films usually involves the portrayal of college students has also led to their inclusion in the so-called campus movie subgenre — based on the same mistaken assumption. The only reason these films portray colleges and college students — i.e., adults — is to preempt charges that by depicting teenagers engaged in underage drinking, misogynistic behaviour and statutory rape, such films induce impressionable teenagers to act the same way. These films also betray American social class distinctions in that members of the lower working class are seldom invited to these beach parties — only nubile university students are allowed the luxury of leisurely trips to the beach. In this regard Hollywood is correct in assuming that audiences would not go to a movie about a group of promiscuous Wallmart cashiers