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Movie genres -- ya gotta love 'em. At least movie studios do, for it's the genres that establish loyal fan bases that continue to buy tickets to films even when reviews are less than favorable.

Today we're smack dab in the middle of a few notable genres -- the superhero genre, the zombie genre, the Megan Fox genre (possibly a sub-genre of the giant robot genre) and of course the teenage vampire genre. Yet as formulaic as any of them may be, none can hold a candle to the beach party genre for predictably mad-capped, bikini-busting, sun and surf goofiness. And when it comes to goofy, 'How to Stuff a Wild Bikini' takes the cake. Movie genres -- ya gotta love 'em. At least movie studios do, for it's the genres that establish loyal fan bases that continue to buy tickets to films even when reviews are less than favorable.

Today we're smack dab in the middle of a few notable genres -- the superhero genre, the zombie genre, the Megan Fox genre (possibly a sub-genre of the giant robot genre) and of course the teenage vampire genre. Yet as formulaic as any of them may be, none can hold a candle to the beach party genre for predictably mad-capped, bikini-busting, sun and surf goofiness. And when it comes to goofy, 'How to Stuff a Wild Bikini' takes the cake.

Starring Annette Funicello in what would be her last pairing with Frankie Avalon in their series of beach party films, 'How to Stuff a Wild Bikini' is arguably the worst of the lot, meaning it's the most fun to watch for connoisseurs of camp.

The plot has to do with a jealous Frankie (Avalon) hiring a witch doctor (Buster Keaton in his final role) to keep rival Ricky (Dwayne Hickman) away from his girl Dee Dee (Funicello) while he's stationed in the South Pacific with the Navy. When the witch doctor conjures up a red-headed siren from the sea to distract Rick (and, as it happens, the rest of the men on Malibu Beach), hilarity ensues, as well as a bevy of Beach Boys-lite tunes and an over-the-top performance by Mickey Rooney, filling the spot usually reserved for Don Rickles in these flicks.

Oddly, Avalon is given only six minutes of screen time and his name doesn't even appear in Art Clokey's claymation opening credits. Rumors had it that he either ditched most of the production to film another movie or that the producers punished him for making unreasonable salary demands. Also of note, Funicello was pregnant with her first child during filming and as such is never even seen in a bikini. Try to spy her burgeoning belly through loose blouses and behind props.

It ain't the stuff of Oscars, but 'How to Stuff a Wild Bikini' is worth catching for a look at the end of one of the 1960's most memorable movie genres.

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