Hot Dog ... the Movie (1984) from Tuna

Hot Dog the Movie (1984) is part sports movie, part Hollywood formula romance, and all r-rated comedy.

Harkin Banks (David Naughton), a farm boy, is on his way to compete at Squaw Valley in a skiing "Hot Dog" national championship. Along the way, he picks up attractive hitchhiker Sunny (Tracy Smith), who decides to hang out with him. Once at Squaw Valley, he is checked into an adult motel by a naked woman, enjoys a gratuitous wet t-shirt contest, finally beds Sunny, and meets the other American competitors.

He also learns that world champion Rudy from Austria (John Patrick Reger) is a world class asshole, that big-money Euro sponsors are supporting the sport at the moment, that the Euro competitors are given undeserved qualifying places, and that the scoring is biased.

Shannon Tweed plays a snow bunny who seduces the hottest ski stud each year. After seeing Harkin ski, she seduces him at her annual party. Sunny gives the evil but handsome Rudy a revenge fuck, and things look shaky for our hero, at least for a while.


Tweed shows everything seducing Harkin and in a hot tub afterwards, Crystal Smith, as the motel clerk, shows lengthy full frontal, Tracy L. Smith shows a side view of breasts, and buns in panties, and several unknowns show breasts in the wet t-shirt contest. Tweed and Crystal Smith, of course, are former Heffers of the month.

DVD info from Amazon

The DVD is a very nice, well-saturated 4/3 transfer.

IMDB voters score this very low and I am at a loss to understand why. I don't see what more they could want from an 80's T & A comedy. Some of the material is very funny, there is some good skiing, and I liked many of the characters.

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The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, this is a C. If you like raunchy r-rated 80s comedies, you should enjoy this one.

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