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The Shrimp on the Barbie (1990)

 -  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
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Dominique
Terence Cooper ...
Sir Ian Hobart
Jeanette Cronin ...
Maggie Ridley
Gary McCormick ...
Gary Williams
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Lady Irene Hobart
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Kevin
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Mr. Ridley
Val Lamond ...
Mrs. Ridley
Claire Glenister ...
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Jonathan Coleman ...
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Storyline

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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$458,996 (USA)
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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 »

Goofs

When Carlos' plane leaves, a wide bodied Qantas 747 is shown. Later when they bring the plane back and get Carlos down, the plane is a two engine 737, a much smaller plane. See more »

Quotes

Carlos: Hey, do you mind if I use that stick?
Alex: What stick?
Carlos: The one that's up your butt!
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Referenced in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) See more »

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Pure Emma Samms
9 March 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a big Emma Samms fan. There is no other actress in my mind who can show such beauty, grace and talent. Next to "Delirious," this movie truly shows off the range of her talent as well as her ability to do comedy as she is being upstaged by Cheech Marin. Wildly let loose with the script, Marin tries to become a "boyfriend from hell," the movie's alternate title, to help Samms show up her father. Instead, he goes from a down-on-his-luck to the hero and Emma changes from a snob to being a bit more wise for her ordeal. The charming plot seems to poke a lot of fun at the rich and is a bit more than a comedy. It rolls to its end as if it were one of Aesop's fables with the villains getting their due and everyone happy in the end. There are a few eccentrics along the way to remind you this is a comedy, Emma's horse-loving cousin being the funniest. This movie is one of the jems in Comedy Central's cavalcade of movies, but it doesn't get quite as much of the respect it deserves.


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