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Side Out (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 30 March 1990 (USA)
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A law student comes to California for the summer and ends up playing professional volleyball.






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Cast overview, first billed only:
Monroe Clark
Zack Barnes
Kate Jacobs
Christopher Rydell ...
Wiley Hunter
Uncle Max
Randy Stoklos ...
Rollo Vincent
Sinjin Smith ...
Martha Velez ...
Mrs. Salazar
Bebe Louie ...
Lynna Hopwood ...
Law Office Receptionist
Ollie Lake ...
Security Lady
Skip O'Brien ...


Midwestern law student comes to California for summer work. Instead, hangs out at the beach and chases waitresses. Meets up with a washed-up King of the Beach, and the rookie wins the biggest tournament of the year in only his second tournament. Written by Todd Christensen <todd.christensen@atlantaga.ncr.com>

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Summer just got a lot hotter!


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Release Date:

30 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atemloser Sommer  »

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$449,868 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Monroe pops the champagne at the pool while Samantha is swimming in the pool, he pours a glass that is bubbling over the top. A split-second later he walks towards the pool, and the champagne is completely void of bubbles. See more »


Referenced in Scenes from a Gay Marriage (2012) See more »


Written by Jeff Lorber & Bunny Hull
Performed by Jeff Lorber featuring Mona Lisa Young
Produced by Jeff Lorber
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C. Thomas Howell not good
18 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

Law student Monroe Clark (C. Thomas Howell) from Milwaukee moves to L.A. to work for his rich real estate lawyer Uncle Max. He's given a job to serve eviction notices. One of the tenants is beach volleyball player Zack Barnes (Peter Horton). He was the original local king of volleyball but he has been spiraling downwards. His business partner Kate Jacobs (Harley Jane Kozak) is tired of him but there's more to their relationship. The new king is Rollo Vincent. Monroe befriends local Wiley Hunter and falls for Samantha (Courtney Thorne-Smith). Monroe and Wiley play in a tournament and Zack comes in to coach them.

C. Thomas Howell is not a believable volleyball stud. On top of that, his character is not appealing at all. I think he's trying to be Tom Cruise but he's no Tom Cruise. His kissing scene with CTS made me involuntarily laugh. Peter Horton does have that washed-up beach bum vibe. This is all terribly cheesy and it's not the fun type of cheese. This is bad.

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