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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Donat ...
Alex's Mother
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Dr. Westford
Bryan Genesse ...
Raye Hollitt ...


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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There's a fine line between falling in love, and falling on your face. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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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 »


Zach: You see, I truly love women.
Barney: Oh, I see.
Zach: I love everything about them, Barney. I love the way they feel, the way they smell, most of the time. I have to admit, I don't like women with long, round toenails. But that is the only abrogation so far. And so far has been quite a while and quite a few.
Barney: Oh, that's true.
Zach: I long for a meaningful, monogamous, healthy relationship. And I was sure I had it with Alex, but the truth is, Barney, in the deep dark silence of my considered conscience, where ...
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Spoofed in Ants in the Pants (2000) See more »


Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by The Falla Trio
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One of the funniest unknown films ever
16 September 2003 | by (Terre Haute, IN) – See all my reviews

Skin Deep is a very funny film that many people have never heard of. One scene in particular, must be one of the most hilarious ever caught on film. While some of the social views have become dated, If the viewer remembers that the film was created in the late 80's, It is quite enjoyable. Upon John Ritter's untimely passing, I got it out and watched it all over again and was still entertained!

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