- Joe 2018
Save Our Beach
Tony DiDio, Harry Hope, Kenneth J. Fisher (executive), Joseph R. Laird jr (executive) for Cal-Am Productions, Tony DiDio Productions
directed by Al Adamson
starring Jay B. Larson, Burr Smidt, Ray Andrews, Karen Fredrik, Steven Fisher, John Carradine, John Durren, Shirley Broger, Jane Ralston, Mark Flynn, Will Walker, Sherri Coyle, Bill Nuckols, Jenni Bardell, Art Cacaro, Erwin Fuller, Bruce Stewart
written by Cash Maintenant, Budd Donnelly, music by Bruce Stewart, cinematography by Gary Graver
A bunch of youngsters learn that their favourite beach is to be turned
into a construction site by the corrupt mayor (Burr Smidt) and a greedy
businessman (Jay B. Larson), and thus they decide to have a meeting to
decide what to do against it. Unfortunately, the meeting is held at a
large estate with pool, band and alcohol, so no conclusion at all is
reached ... but the party was great at least.
Fortunately, the blonde of
the bunch (Karen Fredrik) had the good sense to involve the brainy
wallflower (Ray Andrews) she has long laid an eye on into their
operations, so while she and her friends are all arrested during a protest
march, brainy studies the law and meets an old judge (John Carradine), and
together the two find a clause that returns the beach back into public
sort-of-beach-party-with-a-few-bare-breasts-movie, on one hand because it
features next to no distinguishable characters (apart from a few
caricatures) and no lead role to speak of, all the highlights of this film
are slighty underwhelming, and the story as such lacks proper build-up ...
but the main problem about this film is that it's never really shown why
the kids want to save the beach, they hardly do anything on the beach
apart from protesting against it becoming a construction site ... and the
beach by itself doesn't even look scenic enough to deserve to be saved.
Now add to that some seriously unfunny comedy and you're left with - well,
not much. At least the always dependable John Carradine makes his
approximately one minute worthwhile, but the film lasts considerably
longer than that ...