As a dance flick, Shag suffers from an unexciting dance-style and so-so choreography but compensates with a fine young cast and likable story.
Pic is set in South Carolina in 1963 and opens with three girls, Page Hannah, Annabeth Gish and Bridget Fonda, picking up pal Phoebe Cates for her last summer fling with the girls before she marries dull Tyrone Power Jr.
They head for Myrtle Beach and the Sun Fun Festival, full of boys, beer, a beauty parade and shagging – the current dance craze. Within hours of their arrival Cates becomes fascinated by hunky Robert Rusler and plump Gish falls for preppy Scott Coffey.
The four female leads are excellent, though it is Fonda who exudes confidence and star quality and looks destined for great things. Of the guys, Coffey’s character is the only one with any depth; the rest seem to play hunks, wimps or louts.
Acting-family connections are strong in Shag, including Bridget Fonda (daughter of Peter), Page Hannah (sister of Daryl) and Tyrone Power Jr (billed as ‘Junior’ but son of star Tyrone Power and grandson of Tyrone Power Sr.), though Annabeth Gish is no relation to the thesp sisters.