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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

cheesy 1970's style softcore porn

Author: Robert Shearer from Los Angeles CA
28 September 1999

Shot in 1974 but not released until 1986 the film can be mainly of interest to anyone because 19-year old Kevin Costner plays a small role as a ranch hand. Interesting thing is, he is actually the best thing about the movie -- he at least tries to act. He's rough around the edges but one can see that a couple years of acting lessons added to that laid-back "aw shucks ma'am" demeanor will make him the star he is today. The rest of the cast gives your typical low budget talent-free performances. Plot (if you can it that) centers around three uniquely untalented women trying to make it in la-la land. lots of t & a, tacky sets and costumes, bad cinematography, a cheesy script, and tuneless music.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

the movie Costner probably wishes he could forget (no not Waterworld, the other one)

3/10
Author: movieman_kev from United States
6 February 2009

A young lady going out west to make something of herself meets up with two other girls who have the same idea. They then shack up at the the first one's cousin's house. And then nothing much happens. Sure Ditt meets a rancher (played by a young Kevin Costner, the only reason anyone ever saw this film) and we're subject to mind-numbing music (one of the trio wants to be a musician) But otherwise this was a complete and utter waste of time. Forgettable in the most base sense.

Eye Candy: Terry Congie gets topless; Victoria Taft shows breasts and bush; Roselyn Royce, Jennifer Stewart & Sylvia Wright all get completely nude. Meanwhile Leslie Brander who shows only one of her tits seems like a prude in comparison

My Grade: D-

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Fizzle Beach, U.S.A.

3/10
Author: guyfromjerzee from United States
1 October 2004

Even if you love Troma, you might not fall in love with this movie. The charm of most Troma movies is that even though they're incredibly awful (artistic-wise), the filmmakers don't pretend they're making Shakespeare. "Sizzle Beach, U.S.A." often does take itself seriously, yet sporadically finds room for those quirky Troma elements. There's a scene where a naive, ditsy aspiring actress tries to get a job by sleeping with a morbidly obese man. He sees her naked body and says, "I see real potential in you." Pretty funny. But gags like that are sandwiched between badly played dramatic moments. The film almost plays out like a bad soap opera...with gratuitous female nudity. The nudity is practically the only saving grace of this "film," though it certainly shouldn't be anyone's sole reason to buy a copy of the DVD. I wasn't surprised when I watched an interview on the DVD, in which the film's director mentions that Kevin Costner tried to buy the rights to the movie, so that he can remove it from all stores and selling outlets. It's still amusing to see Costner in such a horrible flick. Anybody who thought "The Postman" was bad should probably check this movie out first. Though not quite the talented actor he is today, Costner probably gives the film's best performance. The rest of the cast put no emotion into their dialogue, and sound as if they're reading off cue cards. I can barely call this a film, because it's basically just a collection of scenes. It's neither character-driven, nor plot-driven. This is one of those movies I expect to see in the bargain bin, for about $4.99. The only minor compliment I can give is Costner does have a pretty substantial supporting role, so this wasn't one of those cases where a now-famous actor is placed on the DVD cover to increase sales, when he only has a small cameo. And on the bright side, it's a Troma DVD, so it has some cool Tromatic extras. (3 out of 10)

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Not all bad!

6/10
Author: Freakmaker from UK
25 December 2007

A fairly decent T and A flick that delivers plenty of nudity in it's runtime.Good looking girls too!There are better beach movies out there but fans of the genre would do well to check it out.Kevin Costners only in a few scenes although he's clearly the most natural actor in the film.IMDb states in "Trivia"that the film was shot in 1974 and released in 1986.I have a hard time believing this,a simple click through the cast list would seem to indicate a shooting date around '79 to '82 otherwise most of the cast would have done this in '74 then nothing else for 6 years before they all started acting again?The films not THAT bad...

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Special place in my heart

1/10
Author: BigTommo from Japan
15 January 2007

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I had to check the spoiler alert, which is pretty ridiculous considering there's no discernible ending to give away. A woman goes to LA to become a singer and meets two other women along the way in an hilarious{sic} turn of events whereby a doorknob falls off of a diner bathroom door. The two girls want to become a gym teacher and an actress, respectively.

Then somehow Kevin Costner turns up working for the shortest man on Earth at a ranch. The girls stay with one of them's cousin and they all make their way through a sea of LA clichés, situational and character-wise. There's a bunch of random ugly sex-scenes with the most fake breasts ever filmed. Then the one girl sings a song and the movie ends.

Yet there are these weird side characters and stories that will be introduced and then completely discarded within ten seconds(acting class students), and insane moments(girl and man run into each other on beach) and single shots(afro-ed and moustachioed black man leering at white girl) that make me think that there was some sick genius behind the camera. And then there was the little person. The littlest in my estimation.

I first watched this dubbed in French, which was awesome as you can tune out a foreign language if you want and just laugh at the stupidity. I bought the DVD later in English and have yet to make it through. Even my friends who are big into Mystery Science Theater went to play Scrabble after about twenty minutes. But for me it has some nostalgia, and I still think it's the worst thing ever made, in any form of media, visual or otherwise. (Move over Paul Hogan's 'Almost an Angel'!)

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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

is it really a pre Boogie nNights?

6/10
Author: Remco van Hattum from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
14 November 1998

I have seen Sizzle Beach on a DVD and gristly to say, the extra's Troma Studios put on the DVD are more fun than the movie itself. The movie is originally released as Malibu Hot Summer in '74 starring Kevin Costner playing one of his first roles. In this film he is playing a rancher that meets a couple of women who just arrived in L.A. He is showing them the way in the hard and quick city of Los Angeles. If you like Troma movies this is a must see. All the typical Troma aspects can be seen: bare cheasted ladies, a "pimpy" midget, some lesbian scenes, lots of topless swimming and on top some great music. If you are into that and don't mind the absence of acting Sizzle beach might be the predecessor of Boogie Nights.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Kostner's early work

Author: toxiy from new jersey
3 July 1999

Sizzle Beach USA is one of those great little films that lets you peer into the time when an actor or actress that has made it, was putting their all into their performance. This is a true work of art with T&A to boot.

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

What a 70's jewel!

10/10
Author: dansome from East Texas
8 April 1999

I totally adore this film! It is truly among the more terrible creations to ever be released on the world! Definitely watch it with a remote so you can catch all the little oddities. Don't be fooled by Troma's attempts to pass this off as a modern flick--it is from 1974, and definitely NOT a Costner film. He has a very small part, though you can see the budding talent in this 19-year-old. He's the only one with talent, though. Look for fun things like articles of clothing that disappear and reappear--this film is PACKED with unintended hilarity! Enjoy!

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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

So bad I almost cried

1/10
Author: jonnykungfu from Thibodaux, Louisiana
19 March 2002

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Warning: There might be some spoilers, I'm not sure. There's really nothing to spoil.

Blah!! I love Troma. Terror Firmer is my favorite movie of all time. I love low budget movies. But this is too horrible for words. I won't call it the worst movie of all time for 2 reasons: 1. I love Troma 2. I'm sure at one point I've seen worse

But as far as I can remember, this is the worst movie I've ever seen. I wanted to like it very badly too. But this movie has it all. The worst acting EVER (the actors have trouble pronouncing words and slur and speak monotonously and slow), horribly annoying as hell music, absolutely no plot (watch the interview with the director on the dvd, he even admits to this), pointless nudity (nothing wrong with nudity, but these girls are ugly and why does the asian chick walk around her house naked for no reason?), completely unbelievable everything (people fall in love with people they've known for 2 minutes FOR NO REASON, people laugh hysterically FOR NO REASON, when people meet, there is absolutely no character introduction), and so much more I could complain about. DON'T EVER watch this movie!!!! I had to force myself to watch the whole thing, and even then I fast forwarded through 2 sex scenes (they were slow and boring as hell), all the random scenes where the music just plays and it shows scenes that it already showed, and like any crap scene that bored the hell out of me too much to bear. Everyone who says that Kevin Costner's acting was good is wrong too. He has the BEST acting in the movie (actually no there were a few characters that had better acting, but they had like 2 line parts), but his acting was equivalent to Adam Sandler. There were 2 scenes that could have been funny, had they been acted better and been in different films (the scene with the principal talking about pregnancies, and the ufo scene thing), but if you're going to have these entirely silly scenes it needs to be in an actual silly movie, not a crappy drama disguised as a comedy. There was one line that actually made me laugh, and that was when the girl says "Damn a**holes" and the guy looks at her and says "Watch your language b*tch". It's not an original idea, it was just funny because the scene was very serious and boring and I just cracked a smile. It wasn't hilarious or anything though. I also enjoyed the midget's character, he wasn't that funny, he just added a LITTLE bit to the movie. But that's about 2 minutes of decent movie, so don't waste your time.

Also, the ending was predictable though it didn't really add to the tiny amount of plot there was.

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3 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

A FAIR comment on the film

9/10
Author: 96leipers from Aberdeen, Scotland
6 December 2000

For a film with not a very good plot to begin with this was saved by Kevin's performance. It's a film starring kevin, in what I would call his "off years", so how can it be as bad as these voters say. The acting was ok and the story was not the best ever written but it was a classic B-Movie and i remember seeing it when it was first released, maybe my memory has faded in the years between then and now, and I was impressed , i was only 12 at the time and my understanding of films was not as concise as it is now, but every film has good points. Doesn't it?

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