Green Apple Entertainment has tabbed Mar. 4 as the DVD debut date for National Lampoon’s latest film comedy about surfing, sun, babes and beer from filmmaker Sam Pillsbury, which is appropriately titled, Surf Party.
It’s Ventura (all shot on location) and the summer of 1984 with Khan Chittenden starring as J.D., a college-bound surfer, whose only concern right at the moment is the surf, the sun and having a good time with the local beach girls. The books can wait until the Labor Day weekend arrives!
The local “Moondoggie” (borrowing from that 1959 surfing classic, Gidget), who provides surfing wisdom, life lessons, etc., is Mooney (played to perfection by Matthew Lillard), an aging surfer who has designed a state-of-the-art board for J.D.. It quickly becomes the center of the film, when after a few choice rides, it is stolen by a rival surfer from the Valley (the San Fernando Valley that is).
Of course this macguffin becomes the excuse for a road movie — and all that goes with it — that involves J.D. recruiting his friends to get his ride back. Since John “J. D.” Drury provided the script, we suspect that the underpinnings of the story might be grounded in an actual experience (embellished of course and over-layered with the National Lampoon brand).
Surf Party is a fun diversion that has the requisite T&A, surf-culture silliness, a sweet soundtrack and some nice surprises — Joan Jett doing a cool bit as a burned out beach bum whose sharp eye sets J.D. on the right track in getting the iconic board back!
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