by Luke Gorham by Steven Warner Podcasts

Summer Blockbuster!?! | Episode 117: Shag

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Episode Description: This week, a weekend trip to Myrtle Beach will change the lives of four best friends forever in 1989’s Shag, directed by Zelda Barron. It should come as no surprise that this dance-centric film was hoping to ride on the coattails of Dirty Dancing to box office glory, but instead found that you need more than choreography by Kenny Ortega to truly impress moviegoers. But there is more going on here than meets the eye, including a welcome female sensibility and an easy-going charm courtesy of its talented cast. Also, there’s Wild Turkey waterboarding. And ear-frenching. So much ear-frenching. At the very least, it allows co-host Steve to break out his Southern accent again, which is never always welcome.

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