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
Michael Kidd ...
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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The comedy that glows in the dark. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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10 March 1989 (USA)  »

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$19,674,852 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Raye Hollitt (Lonnie) was the muscular warrior, "Zap", in the late-'80s version of "American Gladiators". See more »


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


Zachary Hutton: If you think I'm such a failure, why do you keep on representing me?
Leon 'Sparky' Sparks: That's like asking a heroin addict why he keeps shooting up. It's because he keeps hoping for that first-time rush, that cherry high, even though he knows he'll never get it again. He's hooked and he keeps hoping.
Zachary Hutton: Watch out, I may surprise you.
Leon 'Sparky' Sparks: You watch out, I'm beyond surprises.
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Referenced in The Larry Sanders Show: Off Camera (1993) See more »


Skin Deep
Written by Debra Holland and Ted Jacobs
Performed by Debra Holland
Produced by Debra Holland, Ted Jacobs and Tom Bocci
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Highly Underrated
15 January 2004 | by (Berkeley, California) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie. the story was cheesy, but done well. the psychiatrist was hilarious. stockard channing was hilarious.

there were glowing condoms for goodness sake. but most of all, John Ritter is phenomenal. The sequence after the shock therapy, is the funniest physical comedy scene I have ever seen on film.

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