Skin Deep (1989)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  3 March 1989 (USA)
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A womanizing, drunken, allelic writer, whose life seems to be falling apart at the seams, repeatedly finds himself in trouble of one sort or another with the law, ex-girlfriends, and jealous boyfriends.



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Alex's Mother
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Dr. Westford
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Zach Hutton is a womanizing, drunken, allelic writer whose life seems to be falling apart at the seams. He's still in love with his ex-wife (whose family can't stand him), writer's block is keeping him from completing his latest novel, and he repeatedly finds himself in trouble of one sort or another with the law, ex-girlfriends, and jealous boyfriends. Written by Humberto Amador

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The comedy that glows in the dark. See more »


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3 March 1989 (USA)  »

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$19,674,852 (USA)

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'Nina Foch', who played John Ritter's mother-in-law in the film, was originally Ritter's acting coach when he was a student at Hollywood High School and he was really nervous when he met up with her again on the set of the movie. See more »


During the latter half of the movie Zach's beard alternates between real and obviously fake. See more »


[Lonnie walks into the bedroom with a robe on while Zach waits in bed]
Lonnie Jones: Look at it this way, Zach. I've worked 5 years, 52 weeks a year, five days a week, 3 hours a day, to build this body.
[She takes off the robe and reveals her muscled body in a bikini]
Lonnie Jones: And for one night, this night, it's all yours.
[She starts flexing her muscles]
Lonnie Jones: How do you feel about that?
Zach: Like Mrs. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
[Lonnie laughs]
Lonnie Jones: I love your sense of humor.
Zach: And it loves you.
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Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by The Falla Trio
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Some of the funniest scenes ever filmed
1 January 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film from Blake Edwards has one of the all-time funniest sequences in it that has even been filmed, and no I'm not talking about the much bally-hoo'd "dueling glow-in-the-dark-condoms" scene.

The post-spa sequence with a spastic John Ritter never fails to put me in grave danger of a major asthmatic attack. It is brilliant physical comedy. See it for that alone… or for the pruriently curious, to see what the Amazonian "Zap" from that strange syndicated physical challenges show of several years back, looks like with her clothes off!

It may not be Edwards' best effort, but it's no where near as dreadful as others here have suggested.

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