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Teenager Francie Lawrence (Sandra Dee) is known to her surfing friends as "Gidget" or a "girl midget" (she is kinda on the short side). Unable to compete with the curvaceous bikinied lasses at the local beach, Gidget is assured by her understanding parents (Arthur O'Connell, Mary LaRoche) that boys will eventually pay attention to her. Turns out that Mom's right on the money, as surfers Moondoggie (James Darren) and Kahoona (Cliff Robertson) vie for Gidge's attention during the summer of her 16th birthday. Based on the novel by Frederick Kohner (who based the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's interesting in how very dated it has become, but all of that interest is extra-textual."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"the clueless parents provide that Golden Age anchor to the piece that rings disquieting in the face of all the real wolves their Gidget is facing alone in the pathless wood."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A sincere and perceptive coming-of-age teen film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A must-see artifact and lots of fun."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Look her, she's Sandra Dee! Innocent enough '50s romantic comedy doings."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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