DirectorMark Griffiths GenresComedy, Sex comedy CountryUnited States
Release dateMay 11, 1984 (1984-05-11) WriterSteve Greene (screenplay), Eric Alter (screenplay), Mark Griffiths (screenplay), Steve Greene (story), Eric Alter (story), Steve Greene (story), Steve Greene CastGrant Cramer (Scotty), Courtney Gains (Rag), Teal Roberts (Kristi), Gary Wood (Hunter), Michael Rapport (Rounder), Sorrells Pickard (Ashby) Similar moviesA Hard Day's Night, Poena is Koning, The Last American Virgin, Diary of a Sex Addict, The Beast Within, Space Mutiny
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Hardbodies is a 1984 sex comedy film about three middle-aged men who hire a younger man to help them pick up women at the beach. The film was directed by Mark Griffiths, and stars Grant Cramer, Courtney Gains, and Gary Wood. It was followed by a 1986 sequel entitled Hardbodies 2.
Scotty, a con man who does whatever he can to get along, is evicted from his apartment for non-payment of rent. He soon finds three older divorced men who have a lot of money, however they do not have a trait that Scotty possesses, moxie with women. They agree to let Scotty stay with them at their beach house (and pay him $600 a month), if he returns the favor by teaching them how to pick up women.
Scotty shows them how to "dialog" women by giving them a dose of the old BBD (Bigger and Better Deal). Along this journey, Scotty loses his playboy ways and falls in love with acquaintance Kristi. Kristi, knowing Scotty's playboy past, puts up with his ups and downs early on in the movie but later insists that he change his ways. Scotty recognizes that Kristi is ultimately more important than the empty life he has led up until now and changes his ways.
Grant Cramer as Scotty Palmer
Courtney Gains as Rag
Gary Wood as Hunter
Darcy DeMoss as Dede
Cindy Silver as Kimberly
Sorrells Pickard as Ashby
Kristi Somers as Michelle
Michael Rapport as Rounder
Teal Roberts as Kristi
Roberta Collins as Lana
Crystal Shaw Martell as Candy
Kathleen Kinmont as Pretty Skater
The film was originally made for broadcast on the Playboy Channel but Columbia picked it up for theatrical distribution.
Referenced in the season 4 Gilmore Girls episode, "The Fundamental Things Apply."
Platinum-selling all-female glam metal band Vixen make their first recorded appearance on the movie's soundtrack with six songs and also appear in the movie as the band Diaper Rash. The line-up features Janet Gardner (vocals) and Jan Kuehnemund (guitar) from the classic Vixen line-up, guitarist Steve Vai's wife Pia and two others.
Referenced in the season 5 Entourage episode "The All Out Fall Out". A rival agent of Ari Gold finds a topless photo of Gold's wife, stating that it is from a (fictional) movie called "Hardbodies 3".