Pssst, want to check out Blue Hawaii in our new look?
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Not good, objectively speaking, but a fun piece of nonsense nonetheless. Elvis plays the "worst boyfriend ever" and I guess you only find him sympathetic because he's Elvis (or maybe you don't), the sexism is risible (guys, Elvis gives a "teenager" a good spanking) in the same way Mad Men's is (definitely made in 1961), and the racism isn't quite as strong as I expected it to be when the comedy Asian called Ping Pong came on the scene. Mostly an excuse to sing his own hits, or riffs on his songs with Hawaiian lyrics thrown in, the movie nonetheless does a good job of showing off Hawaii, its culture, and its music. For me, the highlights were the comedy stylings of Angela Lansbury (who is deeply ashamed of her performance in this film, haha) and Howard McNear (who might as well be one of Michael Palin's Monty Python characters).
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!