Shag Might be Hard to Find But It's Impossible to Forget
"We can have a good time but we cannot be wild."
Southern women cherish our girlfriend time. We need our girlfriend time. We love talking about road trips, female friendships, and getting away with our girlfriends. Recently, we realized there was a certain group of females in need of a little Southern Living attention. Remember the girls from the 1989 movie Shag? There was Carson (played by Phoebe Cates), Luanne (played by Paige Hannah), Pudge (played by Annabeth Gish), and Malaina (played by Bridget Fonda). And while this chick flick is one of our all-time favorites, it's really hard to find a copy to actually watch and share. (Old VHS tapes just won't cut it these days.) We learned a lot about friendship from this crew like how to support one another's dreams, appreciate the differences, listen hard, stick together, laugh a lot, and follow our hearts. (Especially when your heart belongs to Buzz Eldridge.) The most important thing we learned from this Spartanburg to Myrtle Beach road trip is pretty simple: girlfriend getaways are important. They are necesssary. They are mandatory. Make sure to plan a weekend away with your girls at least once a year because it's good for the soul. When we posted a photo on Instagram, y'all reminded us of the best lines that came from this movie. Lines that we still remember, despite how hard it is to find and rewatch with our sisters and best friends and daughters. Grab a Bevo and enjoy some of our favorites:
Buzz: "Well, Don't play hard to get honey. You might miss something."
[Carson looking for reassurance from the girls] Carson: "Y'all really think I'm doing the right thing?"
Malaina: "Yeah, sure."
Luanne: "Of course, Harley Ralston is a wonderful man from a well rounded family, and I know you're gonna be very happy."
Malaina: "And if you're not, there's always divorce."
[Carson's FOMO] Carson: "I love y'all so much, and uh, y'all are going off to college and everything, and you're gonna forget me. I know I shouldn't be jealous, but I am."
Carson: "You don't know me, you don't love me, you sure as all damn don't want to marry me, so why don't you leave me the hell alone?"
The Manager: "Have I met you before?"
Malaina: "Maybe in one of your better dreams."
Carson: "You want me to go all the way up there, to a Yankee school, just so I can come over every weekend and practice 'free love' with you?"
Buzz: "Well, not every weekend."
Carson: "You are not like anybody I have ever met.
Buzz: "Well you are like every girl I've ever met. You're stuck up tight-assed and conventional."
Luanne: "Come back, they'll see you!"Carson: "What does it matter, Luanne? Your folks obviously know Pudge."Luanne: "I'm going to tell my parents that Pudge went crazy and that she ran off and we didn't know what to do, so we called the police, and the police tracked her here to Myrtle Beach."Carson: "Luanne, why don't we just go up there and say 'This was our last weekend together, and we didn't feel like going to Fort Sumter and touring goddamn colonial homes. We wanted to go to the beach and meet boys and go to wild parties and dance.' I mean why can't we tell them the truth?"
[Rules of the home.] Luanne: "Furthermore, Daddy's bourbon... is strictly off limits."
Mrs. Clatterback: "Don't wear dark lipstick."
Luanne: "Yes ma'am."
Mrs. Clatterback: "Don't stay up too late."
Luanne: "Yes ma'am."
Mrs. Clatterback: "And don't let any of the other girls drive my car!"
Luanne: "Yes ma'am!"
Mrs. Clatterback: "Other than that, have a good time."
Luanne: "If I'm not engaged by the time I'm twenty, I'm gonna kill myself."
Buzz: "I'm Buzz Ravenal. Let's dance."
Carson: "I'm sorry, I'm engaged."
Buzz: "Well, I'm sorry you're engaged, too."
Luanne: " Damn, damn, damn, damn, damn, damn! Every damned thing has to happen when you're in a damned hurry!"
Luanne: "Here, you'll wear my momma's hoop skirt." Malaina: "I know how to win this thing." Luanne: "Why Melaina! It is bad manners to think about winnin'!" Malaina: "Look Luanne! I'm not goin' to college like some people. And I sure as hell ain't marryin' a damn Ralston. And I ain't gonna die in a parish house in Spartanburg, South Carolina, thank you. Luanne, I'm as pretty as any of those girls in Hollywood. This is my chance! Jimmy Valentine's gonna discover me today, and it ain't gonna be in your mama's hoop skirt!" Luanne: "Would you at least consider wearing my one-piece bathin' suit?