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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.

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

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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
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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 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 »

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Carlos: Who died and made you Darth Vader, huh?
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Referenced in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) See more »

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Wooly Bully
Written by Domingo Samudio
Performed by Cheech Marin
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19 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

Just for your information the plot is lifted from the RKO film WALKING ON AIR with Gene Raymond and Ann Southern from 1936. I liked both versions. Cheech recaptured the charisma and talent of his stand up routine. Emma showed more than just a beautiful ornamental piece of furniture. Though low budget the Australian setting was refreshing and I always enjoy the opposites attract 'cute' meet. Like the more contemporary SHE'S OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE or the very under rated THE BIRDS AND THE BEES with George Gobel and Mitzi Gaynor the physical mismatch of ugly guy and pretty girl regardless of the machinations contrived by the plot never fails to bring a smile of satisfaction for me.


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