5 Really Awesome Things I Learned After Watching “Blue Lagoon” For The First Time

Man, the 80s were a different era. Example : The Blue Lagoon.

I watched it for the first time already last night and I just… *no words*. The film, starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins, can best be described this way:

A shipwreck leaves two cousins ​​abandoned on a remote island. To survive, they spend a lot of time fishing, being naked, swimming naked, and having naked sex. Did we mention they are SUPER cousins?! But wait! They also have a baby who spends way too much time in the sun (I swear to God, where’s the sunscreen?), and also low-key tries to kill himself at the end (Romeo and Juliet style!) But thank goodness Mr Feeny their uncle Arthur arrives in time to save them. Plus, there’s an obscene amount of Christmas and heaven references throughout the movie which, uh, okay??? It’s the season !

Anyway, how a movie like this was made is between Brooke Shields and her god… but seriously, HOW?!

Demanding answers, I descended into a rabbit hole bigger than any island you would find yourself stuck on. Here are the 5 most amazing things I’ve learned in my quest to make sense of this new post-blue lagoon looking at the world I suddenly found myself living in…

Brooke Shields was just 14 when she filmed The Blue Lagoon

Yeah, yeah, this one is common knowledge now — Brooke was 14 and her co-star Christopher Atkins was 18 — but I can’t get over it. And a lot of other people don’t either, apparently.

According Mental Flossyears after the film’s release, Shields had to testify prior to a U.S. Congressional investigation that yes, body doubles – of legal age – were used throughout filming. As Damn

According People, the film crew even glued Brooke’s hair to her chest to avoid exposing her. You know, like you do.

But even more impressive than those facts is how well Brooke speaks when asked about the nudity in the film. Keep in mind that Brooke is around 15 in this clip. I’m pretty sure I didn’t even know how to form a coherent sentence at that age. Not to mention doing a full 10 minute AF interview.

Meanwhile, Christopher Atkins helped an entire generation realize they were gay

Turns out Christopher Atkins was the Ryan Phillippe (if you know, you know) of the 1980s in that he helped a ton of guys realize they were gay. Here is a set Reddit thread on this subject.

But also, The Blue Lagoon helped save someone’s life (a phrase I never thought I’d say)

According to Michael Matson at the lawyer, The Blue Lagoon– namely the goddess Brooke Shields – literally saved his life.

In an essay, Matson shares how, “Today there are hundreds of LGBTQ+ role models – more than I ever imagined possible in the early 1980s, when there were far too few. were almost none that could be easily discovered by a queer teenager in a predominantly white suburb with a manifesto for homogeneity.

“Just like with queer men before me who adored Judy Garland, Joan Crawford and Cher, my obsession with Brooke Shields helped keep me hopeful and alive until I could venture out into the bigger world and find other LGBTQ+ human beings.”

Alright, fuck Michael, you got me!

The Blue Lagoon director, Randal Kleiser, really, really, really wanted Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins to love each other. As many.

Add this to my list of “Hmmm, is it screwed, or did I just eat an edible?”

According to a British pub, The daily express, blue lagoon director Randal Kleiser – who, how cool, is openly gay! – really wanted Brooke and Christopher to fall in love, so much so that he went to great (and scary) pains to make it happen.

Atkins said, “The director wanted us to be attracted to each other. He stuck a picture of her on my berth on the boat when I got there just so I could start being attracted to her. He said, ‘It will show in your eyes. It will be released in real time on film”.

Because nothing says “Daw, that’s nice!” like a 34-year-old adult (Kleiser’s age at the time of the film) telling someone to stare at a 14-year-old every night before bed.

But also, can we go back to how Brooke and Chris played cousins-turned-lovers?!

Well, I did some research on this. Apparently it was totally kosher for bone cousins ​​in the Victorian era, so the filmmakers must have seen that and said, “That’s cool, bro.”

And that’s how you make a movie about cousins ​​falling in love!

Not to mention all the nude bathing. I swear to God, the number of “naked swimming” montages in the film was alarming. There were naked baby swimmers! Toddler naked swimmers! Naked swimming children! Naked swimming teens! Like, please, the people who made this movie, do you have anything to tell us?

Ultimately, I wish there was something redeemable I could say after watching The Blue Lagoon. But sadly, it sank into my brain, and I’ll never be the same again. It’s time to leave this island forever, and please dear lord, may I never come back.

Josh Galassi is very gay and very disabled, if you haven’t noticed. Sometimes he writes about both of those things, and sometimes he doesn’t. He lives in Seattle with his dog Carmen Sandiego, who, it turns out, was on Craigslist the whole time (where he bought her). You can find it on Twitteror at a nearby cafe obsessed with cold brew.

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