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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Carlos
... Alex
... Bruce
... Wayne
... Dominique
Terence Cooper ... Sir Ian Hobart
Jeanette Cronin ... Maggie Ridley
Gary McCormick ... Gary Williams
Frank Whitten ... Blue
... Lady Irene Hobart
... Kevin
... Mr. Ridley
Val Lamond ... Mrs. Ridley
Claire Glenister ... TV Anchorwoman
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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She's an ice-cool heiress. He's hot-to-trot. It's Desire Down Under!

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31 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Alex: Fine! I'll double it. Another five grand.
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References Crocodile Dundee (1986) See more »

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Whispering Winds
Written by Willie Hona and Todd Casella
Performed by Willie Hona
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Fun movie for a lazy day or rainy Sunday....
27 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie shouldn't be taken so seriously. If you're a fan of Cheech Marin, you'll appreciate this film as an excellent example of his acting ability and it showcases his range from "Cheech & Chong" to "Nash Bridges".

Cheech comes off as the typical hispanic role he's played in all the Cheech & Chong movies, but also displays a "I'm not as dumb as you think" side that he shows on Nash Bridges.

The story line is basically his character goes to Australia for work where by chance while working in a Mexican restaurant he meets the daughter of a rich man. She in turn wanting her father to like her current boyfriend, hires Cheech for $5,000 to be her "new" boyfriend that by comparison makes the former boyfriend an excellent choice.

Both Alex (the daughter) and Carlos (Cheech Marin) learn alot about the lifestyles of each other.

This movie is pretty predictable but can be fun at the same time. You will love Cheech singing "Land of 1000 Dances" to all the socialites.

This movie tried to capitalize on all the "down under" crazes that emerged in the late '80s and early '90s.

Just watch it, don't judge it, and it can be a fun movie. You have to appreciate Cheech Marin carrying a cast of "nobodies" on a lame script through a movie that can and will make you laugh out loud at times. And for the romantic, it has a heart warming ending.


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