Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1963. Wallis-Hazen. Screenplay by Allan Weiss. Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp. Produced by Hal B. Wallis. Music by Joseph J. Lilley. Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by Stanley E. Johnson.
Another Elvis Presley music-fest that serves as a collection of music videos in the days before MTV. Girls! Girls! Girls! ended with him as the happiest captain of a sailboat the world ever did see. When Fun In Acapulco begins, the fun has ended on the water and Presley is stranded on the shores of Mexico. Thankfully there’s a resort nearby that needs a lifeguard, not to mention a singer to replace the no-account layabout who is supposed to rock the house every night in the entertainment complex. Elvis gets himself into no end of trouble when his career conflicts are matched by his romantic pursuits: a sexy Mexican bullfighter (Elsa Cárdenas) is after his horns, but he’s also got his eye on the social events coordinator (Ursula Andress, who is just stunning) of the hotel, herself the daughter of a former Russian aristocrat (Paul Lukas) who is the hotel’s cook. The plot never feels fresh for even a millisecond (the flashbacks to Presley’s tortured past as a trapeze artist are a hoot), but it never matters: the songs are all wonderful, Elvis is at his most supremely handsome (and in a bathing suit a lot), and the candy-coloured photography of Acapulco is breathtakingly irresistible. Dive into the stupidity and have a great time; you’ll love yourself in the morning.