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ENDLESS SUZANNE SOMERS AT JOHN CARPENTER'S 'ZUMA BEACH'

Suzanne Somers hits ZUMA BEACH circa 1978
How a theatrical film turns out is never guaranteed, though it was rest assured that a TV Movie of the Week, reigning in the 1970's before cable and the next decade's video rental boom, always filled time decently enough... And at ZUMA BEACH, escapism has rarely been finer...
Sexy Kimberly Beck as Cathy, new girl in town and friend of Rosanna Arquette’s Southern California local, Beverly, thinks apish Steven Keats, as car parking shyster Jerry McCabe, is a fox… so goes the 1970’s… But the mainline centers on a singer named Bonnie Katt, wherein Suzanne Somers, after teasing Richard Dreyfuss in AMERICAN GRAFFITI, blowing up in MAGNUM FORCE and right at the beginning of her game-changing breakthrough on THREE’S COMPANY, dons a sexy one-piece bikini, making the beach her own strutting sandbox.
Did You Score: ***1/2
With a breezy teleplay written by horror icon John Carpenter the same year he’d serve up PJ Soles a HALLOWEEN demise; here she plays Nancy, equally promiscuous as her radical cinema starlet, fawned over by a passive young man, related to a mentoring Keats, and she'd rather give it up to pre TERMINATOR Michael Biehn's popular lifeguard anyway… ZUMA is full of eclectic pop culture and doesn’t even know it yet!
"Take you all the way..."
“There is a God,” one guy says when Suzanne first takes to the sand. “Yeah,” says the other. “And there goes His daughter.”

Thus the mortals are under her spell – the boys for obvious reasons, and the girls either look up to her experience and laidback aura, or don’t know why she’s around at all, stealing their own curvy thunder… Yet as much as other guys try, only Keats piques her interest... As a former entrepreneur, both are dodging more promising careers...
Biehn & Carpenter's Halloween starlet PJ Soles
Eventually, Somer’s Katt tells everyone who she really is, and why she’s taking a break from the music biz as we experience one mellow day instead of an entire chaotic weekend so the characters mean only as much as their lightweight, melodramatic problems, each with a resolution right around the sandy corner...

Including Timothy Hutton as a cigarette smoking junior lifeguard (under the strict eye of Les Lannom) with a chip on his shoulder, fitting as he's two years shy of ORDINARY PEOPLE, watching the other young folk, resembling the prologue from JAWS, basking in the groovy 1970's sunshine which was just... smoother, finer, yellower then, or something just... better, that's all.
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