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Prince of Bel Air (1986)

A free-spirited, womanizing L.A. pool cleaner finds his lifestyle challenged by a new love interest.

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Charles Braverman

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Dori Pierson, Marc Reid Rubel (as Marc Rubel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Robin Prince
Kirstie Alley ... Jamie Harrison
Robert Vaughn ... Stanley Auerbach
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Justin
Bart Braverman ... Larry Kampion (as Bartley Braverman)
Deborah Harmon ... Carol Kampion
Katherine Moffat ... Kelli
Scott Getlin Scott Getlin ... Steve Cooper
Michael Horton ... Michael Jacobs
Jonathan Stark Jonathan Stark ... Brad Griffin
Sherry Hursey ... Sandi
Lisanne Falk ... Stacy
Dean Cameron ... Willard
Don Swayze ... Darryl
Barbara Crampton ... Anne White
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A free-spirited, womanizing L.A. pool cleaner finds his lifestyle challenged by a new love interest.

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prince of Bel Air See more »

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Leonard Hill Films See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Deborah Harmon and Mark Harmon are not related, they just share the last name. Thank goodness as they share a passionate kiss in the beginning. See more »

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In the video version, there is some brief nudity and strong language thus making it rated R. See more »

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WALK OF LIFE
Performed by Dire Straits
Courtesy of Phonogram Ltd./Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Fresh Prince (spoilers)
18 May 2005 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

Prince of Bel Air is pure 80s, and completely driven by the typical type-casted efforts of Mark Harmon as Robin Prince, a carefree pool man's who's benefits of the job include not a pension plan, but rather, a slick tan and a knack for wooing the ladies. For the summer, he takes on his financier's son, a high school graduate named Justin (Patrick Labyorteaux looking quite gorgeous), mentoring the virgin young lad in what he knows well: swimming pools and women. Although, while Justin assimilates to Robin's habits of this sort, old Robin may be having a change of heart when he falls in love with Justin's cousin, Jamie (Kiersty Allie), a woman who partially doesn't seem to mind Robin's reluctance for monogamy, even when he is so brutally honest about it (of course, this changes). So, most of the movie is simply a guy figuring out whether commitment is really such a terrible word.

The movie is really one that is so intent on delivering all of that Harmon charm and humor, the guy that's everybody's buddy kind of character he is so well known to play, especially in his choice of late 80s films, but the movie overall lacks much conflict in trying to impress this on the viewer. While there are some rifts between Robin and the characters of his old lifestyle (collectively known as "the guys") and those of his possible new lifestyle ("Jamie"), there is simply not that much to make you think a guy like Robin would care much about it. He never seems so sincere. It's just like, oh, he's rethinking the whole thing, so you'll have to expunge some sympathy for him, without ever really having much reason to buy into it. We shouldn't have to, and neither should he simply because there just doesn't seem like enough reason to. The relationship with Jamie is delicate at best.

Aside from that however, I would recommend watching it for fans of pure 80s movies. It is no more than a light love story of sorts that celebrates a cast of well-tanned Californians. In the year following this made-for-TV movie, Harmon will have teamed up again with Laboryteaux ("Justin"), Dean Cameron ("Willard"), and Kirstie Alley ("Jamie") for the Carl Reiner comedy, Summer School. It may be worth it just to see it for those familiar faces.


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