Screwballs

Screwballs
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Directed by Rafal Zielinski
Produced by Maurice Smith
Nicky Fylan
Peter McQuillan
Roger Corman
Written by Linda Shayne
Jim Wynorski
Starring
Music by Tim McCauley
Cinematography Miklós Lente
Edited by Brian Ravok
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release date
1983
Running time
80 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $800,000[1]
Box office $2,082,2151[2]

Screwballs is a 1983 Canadian teen sex comedy film.[3] It was inspired by the success of Porky's.[4]

Premise

Sometime during 1965, five male friends at Taft and Adams High School try to see the bare breasts of Purity Bush, the most beautiful girl in school. After being set up, reprimanded and sent to detention by the principal because of Purity, they plot to get even.

Production

Jim Wynorski designed the poster and said he was inspired by MAD magazine.[5] Linda Shayne posed for the blonde figure on the poster.

Reception

Critical

Variety magazine called the film "a poor man’s Porky’s... full of youthful exuberance and proves utterly painless to watch, but it is so close in premise and tone to its model that negative comparisons can’t help but be drawn."[6] On Metacritic the film has a 34 out of 100 based on 7 reviews.[7]

Box office

The film was released in U.S. theaters by New World Pictures in April 1983. It grossed $2,082,215.[2]

Sequels

The film led to two semi-sequels, Screwballs II (1985), and Screwball Hotel (1988).[8]

References

  1. ^ Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 224
  2. ^ a b Staff (2018-04-28). "Screwballs". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  3. ^ The New York Times review
  4. ^ "Screwballs", Offscreen, Volume 13 Issue 9 accessed 4 May 2014
  5. ^ Chris Nashawaty, Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen and Candy Stripe Nurses - Roger Corman: King of the B Movie, Abrams, 2013 p 193
  6. ^ Screwballs review at Variety
  7. ^ https://www.metacritic.com/movie/screwballs
  8. ^ "Screwballs II". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016.

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