Gidget Goes Hawaiian

Gidget Goes Hawaiian: Directed by Paul Wendkos. With James Darren, Michael Callan, Deborah Walley, Carl Reiner. Francine (Gidget) is desperate: her parents want to force her to come with them on vacation to Hawaii – just during the two weeks when her beloved “Moondoggie” is home from College. When he suggests she go for it, she’s even more in panic – doesn’t he care to be with her? So she sets out for Hawaii in the worst mood. On the plane she meets the sociable Abby, who gives her the advice to forget about Jeff – and regrets it shortly after, when Francine follows the advice and steals her boyfriend Eddie, a famous dancer. But then Jeff discovers he’s missing Francine…

There’s no Sandra Dee this time around, but Deborah Walley does a pretty good job at playing Giget, who as you may expect, goes to Hawaii for vacation with her family. There’s a lot of pop tiki stuff going on in the background with some vaguely questionable stuff that might be considered less than socially acceptable.

I’d still recommend it if you enjoyed the first Gidget movie, though the “California Tiki” book didn’t have much good to say about it.

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