Stay Hungry features an excellent Jeff Bridges as a spoiled but affable rich young Alabama boy who slums his way to maturity through relationships with street-smart characters.
Bridges gets involved in a big urban real estate scheme with Joe Spinell and cohorts, all buying up small plots for a major development. But R.G. Armstrong’s second-rate gym can’t be had, so Bridges decides to infiltrate.
There he falls for Sally Field and also is exposed to the barbell denizens who include real-life bodybuilding champ Arnold Schwarzenegger, good-natured staffer Robert Englund, uptight ladies instructor Helena Kallianiotes and amiable attendant Roger E. Mosely.
All these characters conflict with Bridges’ family and social circle. But underneath it all is a lurching and poorly defined film concept.