Ski Party (1965)

Genres - Comedy, Musical, Romance  |   Release Date - Jun 30, 1965 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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There's no sand, and very little Annette Funiclleo, but Ski Party is still nothing more than a "beach movie" in the snow -- and for fans of this very special subgenre, that should be just fine. Sure, Ski is not in the same ballpark as the more "classic" beach movies, but it's still a lot of silly fun for those who want something very, very mindless and very, very innocent. This one even has a slightly different plot from other beach movies -- although it's hardly original, as it's a steal from Some Like It Hot, thereby unfortunately inviting inevitably unfavorable comparisons with that classic. Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman are -- well, exactly what you would expect them to be, and Yvonne Craig and Deborah Walley are cute and perky, as required. The supporting cast suffers a bit; one keeps waiting for someone like Don Rickles to show up, but he never does. The film's highlight is definitely the one and only James Brown performing "I Feel Good," but it's also fun to see Lesley Gore singing the ultra-bubblegum "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows."