Cinema: British Beach Party

The Girl-Getters is a dispassionate study of youthful drifters at a British seaside resort, glimpsed, in effect, through bloodshot eyes. When a British moviemaker wants to spell out the middle-class vapidities rejected by youth, he naturally heads straight for the shore where "the grockles" turn out in force. Grockles are the holidaying suckers of all ages, gathering junk in shabby souvenir shops, having their pictures taken, and eating anything, says one young cynic, "so long as it's with chips."

Living year-round in this wretched tourist town is a gang of resolute ne'er-do-wells who wait for the swinging summer months to con...