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Skin Deep (1989)

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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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 »


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3 March 1989 (USA)  »

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The screenplay was originally adapted with Dudley Moore in mind. However, Moore felt the part was too similar to "10" and the recently completed "Arthur 2 On The Rocks." Moore declined the role which led to a rift between he and Director Blake Edwards. See more »


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


Zack Hutton: My name is Zachary Hutton and my wish is to fuck you.
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Spoofs Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


I Can't Go Home
Performed by The Robert Cray Band
Written by Robert Cray
Produced by Bruce Bromberg and Dennis Walker
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Atypical Blake Edwards' Comedy showcases John Ritter in top form!
3 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

John Ritter plays a familiar Blake Edward's character who is at the same time a pathetic but intelligent man who is losing everything to his vices. In this case, Zach is a successful author who is hitting rock bottom due to alcoholism and his non-stop womanizing. John Ritter's physical comedy is hilarious yet he portrays this pathetic character with great sensitivity. You watch as this man slowly and painfully spirals down and the women who try to help redeem him slowly get dragged down with him. But Edwards is a master at allowing us to laugh-out-loud at his slow and quiet self destruction. Who will ever forget the....glow-in-the-dark duel? or the body builder? or how about the morning after in the guest room? The slow ride to rock bottom made his redemption all the more sweet. I was pleasantly surprised at how "deep" this movie truly is. If you are looking for the slapstick of pure Clouseau, this is not your movie. I suspect most of those who disliked this movie were seeking that exact Blake Edwards formula comedy. However, he surprised us all with the kind of depth that belies the title.

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