• Shag (1988)


Release Date: 1988

DVD Release Date: May 22nd, 2001

PG |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

Before adulthood takes hold, four teenage girls spirit away to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for a final vacation together. And all of them have their issues: Carson (Phoebe Cates) is marrying a boy who might not be right for her, Melaina (Bridget Fonda) obsesses over her Hollywood dreams, Pudge (Annabeth Gish) has self-esteem problems and Luanne (Page Hannah) has a hard time letting loose. But as the trip continues, the four grow closer together and help each other start to figure things out.

Cast: Phoebe Cates, Scott Coffey, Bridget Fonda, Annabeth Gish, Page Hannah, Robert Rusler, Tyrone Power Jr., Jeff Yagher

Director: Zelda Barron

Genres: Musical

Keywords: Growing up , 1960s , Lighthearted , Car , Friend , Love interest , Love , Playful , Transformation , Touching , Friendship

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    As for Fonda, the camera certainly loves her (to quote a famous line by Howard Hawks), but an actor needs a part that will make her a star, and few films since Shag have seen fit to play to her strengths, specifically that perky blond American sass of hers that found perfect expression here. show more

  • 63
    Miami Herald

    If Shag had been a music marketing ploy like Dirty Dancing or Salsa, the shagging would have come every 10 minutes. Here the dance accompanies something better: a pleasant story about appealing characters. [21 July 1989, p.5]

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It has a charm based on its innocence, its conviction, its pre-Beatles soundtrack and the big 1950s cars the kids drive around in. show more

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