Atkins, a curly headed and bronzed blonde, wore the loincloth quite well, stoking the libidinous fire of many an 80s teen magazine reader, and the onscreen chemistry with a scandalously young Brooke Shields no doubt ignited many a latent sex drive. The film's theme of sexual awakening by two stranded teenagers, discovering love on their own far away from any of society's or adult influences, struck a chord with many viewers, as did the film's gorgeous cinematography. I'm sure I've posted about this before, because like many people of my generation, this was our first glimpse of physical love -- a controversial movie featuring two beautiful young stars, lots of sun-dappled blue water, and of course Chris Atkins resplendent in his fundoshi-like loincloth.
In the words of a friend, "by the end of the movie, I was gay." How many first erections did this movie cause? Even if The Blue Lagoon didn't spark desires in you for the either for the tan and scantily clad Atkins or the tawny teen dream Brooke Shields, it's unapologetic portrayal of innocence in an island paradise and it's frank portrayal of a homemade loincloth in daily use is inspirational. Atkins's costume's resemblance to a fundoshi may have even been my very first hint of the wonderful world of this wrapped undergarment, and I salute this movie!