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Hardbodies is a 1984 sex comedy film about three middle-aged men who hire a younger man to help them pick up women at the beach. The film was directed by Mark Griffiths, and stars Grant Cramer, Courtney Gains, and Gary Wood. It was followed by a 1986 sequel entitled Hardbodies 2.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byMark Griffiths
Produced byJeff Begun
Written byEric Alter
Steve Greene
Mark Griffiths
Story byEric Alter
Steve Greene
Music byVic Caesar
CinematographyTom Richmond
Edited byAndy Blumenthal
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 11, 1984 (1984-05-11)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budgetless than $2 million[1]
Box office$7,121,719[2]



Scotty, a con man who does whatever he can to get along, is evicted from his apartment for non-payment of rent. He soon finds three older divorced men who have a lot of money, however they do not have a trait that Scotty possesses: moxie with women. They agree to let Scotty stay with them at their beach house (and pay him $600 a month), if he returns the favor by teaching them how to pick up women.

Scotty shows them how to "dialog" women by giving them a dose of the old BBD (Bigger and Better Deal). Along this journey, Scotty loses his playboy ways and falls in love with acquaintance Kristi. Kristi, knowing Scotty's playboy past, puts up with his ups and downs early on in the movie but later insists that he change his ways. Scotty recognizes that Kristi is ultimately more important than the empty life he has led up until now and changes his ways.



The film was originally made for broadcast on the Playboy Channel but Columbia picked it up for theatrical distribution.[1]

Pop cultureEdit

  • Referenced in the season 4 Gilmore Girls episode, "The Fundamental Things Apply."
  • Platinum-selling all-female glam metal band Vixen make their first recorded appearance on the movie's soundtrack with six songs and also appear in the movie as the band Diaper Rash.
  • Referenced in the season 5 Entourage episode "The All Out Fall Out". A rival agent of Ari Gold finds a topless photo of Gold's wife, stating that it is from a (fictional) movie called "Hardbodies 3".


  1. ^ a b Film Clips: 'Zelig' Gives Willis Shot at an Oscar London, Michael. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 02 Mar 1984: h1.
  2. ^ Hardbodies at Box Office Mojo

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