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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Blue Lagoon 2012 movie version on Lifetime

High school Aussie actors Brenton Thwaites (Dean) spooning with Indiana Evans (Emma) in 2012 Lifetime movie version of original 190 film with Christopher Atkins and Brooke Shields

PHOTO: High school Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites (Dean) spooning with actor Indiana Evans (Emma) in the 2012 Lifetime movie version of original 1980 film "Blue Lagoon" with Christopher Atkins and Brooke Shields. The new version first aired on the Lifetime network June 16, 2012 and it is being repeated frequently. (See previous post Christopher Atkins loincloth Blue Lagoon 1980 (7/4/09))

Christopher Atkins standing in a loincloth on the cover of People magazine Aug. 11, 1980 PHOTO: (click on photo to enlarge) Christopher Atkins standing in a loincloth on the cover of People magazine Aug. 11, 1980. See previous post Christopher Atkins loincloth Blue Lagoon 1980 (7/4/09)

It was hard to stomach watching this remade-for-TV movie given my blindness and the fact that it seemed to caricature what I call the cool California beach boy. However, I am sure the eye candy was appreciated by many viewers despite the lame storyline and acting. The TV Guide story on it reminded how the original movie was so controversial that Brooke Shields, then only 14 years old, was called to a U.S. Congressional investigation into if anything improper took place on the set. Oh, yeah, I am sure this is the only thing that those sexually oppressed congressmen wanted to do.

Speaking of censorship, I was not surprised that the new version dressed the actors more conservatively than the original movie did. There were no cute loincloths like in the original. I guess the idea that men are not sex objects died out years ago.