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The Shrimp on the Barbie (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 31 August 1990 (USA)
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.

Director:

Michael Gottlieb (as Alan Smithee)

Writers:

Grant Morris, Ronald E. House (as Ron House) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheech Marin ... Carlos
Emma Samms ... Alex
Vernon Wells ... Bruce
Bruce Spence ... Wayne
Carole Davis ... Dominique
Terence Cooper Terence Cooper ... Sir Ian Hobart
Jeanette Cronin ... Maggie Ridley
Gary McCormick Gary McCormick ... Gary Williams
Frank Whitten ... Blue
June Bishop ... Lady Irene Hobart
David Argue ... Kevin
Bruce Allpress ... Mr. Ridley
Val Lamond Val Lamond ... Mrs. Ridley
Claire Glenister Claire Glenister ... TV Anchorwoman
Jonathan Coleman Jonathan Coleman ... Postman
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Storyline

Carlos (Cheech Marin) failed in the show-biz and currently works as waiter in a Mexican restaurant. There he meets Alex (Emma Samms) and dumb footballer Bruce (Vernon Wells), who celebrate their engagement with her parents. Alex' father (Terence Cooper)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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Taglines:

She's an ice-cool heiress. He's hot-to-trot. It's Desire Down Under!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cheech ohne Chong - Jetzt rauchts in Neuseeland See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$458,996
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Unity Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

A sex scene between Dominique and Bruce in Bruce's hotel room was cut for time. See more »

Goofs

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: Relax Holmes, just teasing.
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Originally released at 86 minutes with a PG-13 rating. Video version features a minute of additional footage (including nudity) and is rated R. See more »

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References He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) See more »

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Great family movie, vacation movie, date movie, repeat movie
15 April 2005 | by Carrie_the_OracleSee 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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