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The Shrimp on the Barbie (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  31 August 1990 (USA)
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Down on his luck and working in a Mexican restaurant in Australia, an American tourist is hired by a icy heiress to pose as an obnoxious new boyfriend in an attempt to make her father accept her current boyfriend.

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Carlos
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Alex
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Bruce
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Wayne
Carole Davis ...
Dominique
Terence Cooper ...
Sir Ian Hobart
Jeanette Cronin ...
Maggie Ridley
Gary McCormick ...
Gary Williams
Frank Whitten ...
Blue
June Bishop ...
Lady Irene Hobart
David Argue ...
Kevin
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Mr. Ridley
Val Lamond ...
Mrs. Ridley
Claire Glenister ...
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Jonathan Coleman ...
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Carlos failed in the show-biz and currently works as waiter in a Mexican restaurant. There he meets Alex and dumb footballer Bruce, who celebrate their engagement with her parents. Alex' father is less than thrilled of her fiancée and says he'd rather accept anybody else. Eventually Alex hires Carlos to present him as her new fiancée. But her father sees through the game... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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31 August 1990 (USA)  »

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Cheech ohne Chong - Jetzt rauchts in Neuseeland  »

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In the United Kingdom, the title was changed to "The Boyfriend from Hell", because Mattel owned the name and trademark Barbie. See more »

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When Alex screeches to a halt and parks outside the airport looking for Carlos, a car and a truck can be seen parked near behind. However, when she gets out of the car, both vehicles are gone. See more »

Quotes

Carlos: Hey, do you mind if I use that stick?
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Carlos: The one that's up your butt!
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Great family movie, vacation movie, date movie, repeat movie
15 April 2005 | by (Pasadena, CA) – See all my reviews

This movie is a "find" that you will always enjoy. Although set in a classic chicano v. anglo (or rather Aussie) frame, anyone that has had a rebellious family member or mismatched lovers will relate to this story, and that should be everyone. Marin is the ELA che who is hired to rub Dad the wrong way by Daddy's baby girl, played by Emma Samm. Her himbo boyfriend can't take a hint, but Marin keeps taking a dive. The Freudian equestrian cousin is the best character in the movie--you'll want to see it again just for this memorable scene.

Well, it's a chick's movie, so you know how it works out, but the comedy set-ups and Emma are so good, and Marin is so realistic, that it works for the guys.


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