Bye Bye Birdie


Director – George Sidney

A rock n’ roll legend by the name of Conrad Birdie is drafted by the military to the dismay of his thousands of teenage girl fans. Two of his agents decide to publicize on this by getting him on a popular talk show and having him kiss one of his fan girls to a song that they compose. Their plan is to make it rich by selling the song as a hit single and being able to elope without the man owing his mother a debt. Throughout the movie, there are many things that get in the way of this big goodbye song from taking place. Romance, morality, honor, money, and a Russian orchestra prevent it at every turn. Then when the song finally goes on, a young boy who’s expressed his love for the fan girl punches Birdie in the face, knocking him unconscious. Luckily though, all the romantic couples are able to find happiness in the end because ultimately they got what they wanted. 

I watched this at home on a Monday night. This song had some decent music. That’s about it. Ultimately, I wish I hadn’t seen this film. They threw in some funny innuendoes and could definitely dance, but I don’t feel like I gained anything from the film. I wouldn’t recommend it, and I only chose it because the musical I actually wanted to watch was no where to be found. 


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