Parents' Guide to

Where the Boys Are

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

1960s spring break film focuses on drinking and sex.

Movie NR 1960 99 minutes
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For fresh audiences, especially teens, it's dated but still fun. For many in the older set, it's a great piece of nostalgia. Beloved when it was released, the title song was a giant hit; Connie Francis was a star; teen girls flocked for repeat showings. The movie validated romance, virtue, and growing up with single-minded goals for women.

Overall, it's a terrific look back at a mostly innocent time when kids broke out in song, partied without consequences, and found love in all the right places. Still, "back in the day," there had to be a moral for almost every story, and Where the Boys Are is no exception. Melanie's "punishable" sexual behavior by 1960s standards, and its briefly frightening outcome, mars what is otherwise a very enjoyable and engaging remembrance of a different era.

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