Picks and Pans Review: The Blue Lagoon

updated 09/01/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/01/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Brooke Shields, 15, and young beefcake Christopher Atkins, 19, at least delight the eye in this lush Fiji Islands travelogue disguised as a film. It is based on Henry DeVere Stacpoole's 1908 novel about a shipwrecked boy and girl coming of age alone on an island. Jean Simmons and Donald Houston played the roles in a previous movie in 1949—but without the R-rated latitude exploited here by director Randal (Grease) Kleiser. There are discreet his-and-her naked bodies (Brooke's is courtesy of a 33-year-old stand-in), and both stars have a natural, unforced charm. Nothing much happens, though, even when they discover sex, parenthood and responsibility. The film is basically a connect-the-dots sex primer relieved only by some unintentional howlers: "What are all these funny hairs growing on me?" asks the befuddled Chris, staring at his body. Dr. Reuben never seems to be around when a fellow needs him. (R)

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