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      Back to the Beach

      PG Released Aug 7, 1987 1h 32m Comedy List
      78% Tomatometer 18 Reviews 63% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings A former beach boy (Frankie Avalon) and his wife (Annette Funicello) go to California and become part of the new beach scene. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Nell Minow Movie Mom Silly fun. Rated: 3/5 Sep 16, 2004 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times This movie absolutely blind-sided me. I don't know what I was expecting from Back to the Beach, but it certainly wasn't the funniest, quirkiest musical comedy since Little Shop of Horrors. Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...an affable yet terminally erratic comedy... Rated: 2.5/4 Jun 19, 2023 Full Review Don Shanahan Cinephile Hissy Fit Podcast Begrudgingly, it's hard to hate this marshmallow of a multiverse movie. Sep 30, 2022 Full Review Patrick McDonald HollywoodChicago.com Unintentionally, the film is both 1980s and 1960s nostalgia. Still as funny as I remembered, but it was a bit stiff (like Frankie's hair). But the highlight of course is Pee-Wee Herman singing SURFING BIRD, how fortuitous for time and place! New Blu-ray! Rated: 4/5 Aug 29, 2022 Full Review Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews An odd duck of a movie with an upbeat energy about it, and an ultra-campy nostalgia-delivery device cobbled together purportedly by 17 screenwriters. Rated: 2.5/4 Aug 19, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Kathryn L As a kid I LOVED this film. As I got older I continued to love it. I would watch it everyday on VHS, so much so that I new every line from the film. It's fun, it's silly and it has catchy music. It's nostalgic. If you have not seen it then go for it, it's worth the watch. It has a few good cameos too. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/28/23 Full Review Steve D The actors aren't good enough to pull it off. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 08/31/23 Full Review Audience Member It's back to the beach but not quite the same we remember The story is set in present day 1987 narrated by a teenage boy, Bobby discussing his parents, Frankie and Annette of how they grew up in the 1960s Those days of surfing and Mouseketeers are behind them now (funny because Annette Fucinello was actually a real-life Mouseketeer) His father formerly the Kahuna King only sells cars on tv in Ohio He's forgotten how to have fun His mother has developed some quirkyness by continuously shopping They all decide to take a break and fly to Los Angeles to see their daughter living with her boyfriend who might not be the right match Their son gets mixed up with the local tough beach gang and Frankie and Annette are challenged to a surfing competition while also going through their own insecurities and wondering how they lost their spark Can these two adults that are still decades behind keep up with modern day? It seems like they are pilgrims from an era long gone sorta along the lines of 'Brady Bunch' and 'Austin Powers' Both the actors as the parents were from the 1960s era of beach surfing pictures so they have that to their advantage The movie knows what it is and fully embraces it thanks to director Lyndall Hobbs They even get special tv guest stars throwing back to the classic days of television like Bob Denver from 'Gilligan's Isle', Paul Reubens as Pee-Wee Herman, and Don Adams from 'Get Smart' This story was meant to focus on two people and made to sort of revisit something for a brief moment, check in, give a proper goodbye, and move on Time passes but we can teach future generations a thing or two for the future days, some things live forever, the happiness doesn't have to stop just because the old days are over, who says you can never go home again? Basically this acts as a satire poking fun at the beach movie genre but it's so likable with rocking tunes and a true feel for the time period A nice time capsule for us all that's just enough silly fun combing both the 80's and the 60's in fine fashion The goofball music and the hilarious cameos make this such a lovable watch succeeding as a spoof/musical Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/07/23 Full Review Audience Member One of movies I’ve seen as a child, haven’t seen in years but remember enjoying it. Having watching reruns of 60’s tv shows in the 80’s. All the cameos were a lot of fun. Especially when you throw in cameos of 80’s comedians as well, like Pee Wee-Herman. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/13/23 Full Review Audience Member It's back to the beach but not quite the same we remember The story is set in present day 1987 narrated by a teenage boy, Bobby discussing his parents, Frankie and Annette of how they grew up in the 1960s Those days of surfing and Mouseketeers are behind them now (funny because Annette Fucinello was actually a real-life Mouseketeer) His father formerly the Kahuna King only sells cars on tv in Ohio He's forgotten how to have fun His mother has developed some quirkyness by continuously shopping They all decide to take a break and fly to Los Angeles to see their daughter living with her boyfriend who might not be the right match Their son gets mixed up with the local tough beach gang and Frankie and Annette are challenged to a surfing competition while also going through their own insecurities and wondering how they lost their spark Can these two adults that are still decades behind keep up with modern day? It seems like they are pilgrims from an era long gone sorta along the lines of 'Brady Bunch' and 'Austin Powers' Both the actors as the parents were from the 1960s era of beach surfing pictures so they have that to their advantage The movie knows what it is and fully embraces it thanks to director Lyndall Hobbs They even get special tv guest stars throwing back to the classic days of television like Bob Denver from 'Gilligan's Isle', Paul Reubens as Pee-Wee Herman, and Don Adams from 'Get Smart' This story was meant to focus on two people and made to sort of revisit something for a brief moment, check in, give a proper goodbye, and move on Time passes but we can teach future generations a thing or two for the future days, some things live forever, the happiness doesn't have to stop just because the old days are over, who says you can never go home again? Basically this acts as a satire poking fun at the beach movie genre but it's so likable with rocking tunes and a true feel for the time period A nice time capsule for us all that's just enough silly fun combing both the 80's and the 60's in fine fashion The goofball music and the hilarious cameos make this such a lovable watch succeeding as a spoof/musical Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member I couldn't convince my husband this movie was supposed to be badly acted, but, he hasn't seen any of the original campy beach movies starring Frankie and Annette. It's a time capsule, features some great cameos (Bob Denver referencing "Gilligan's Island"!), and if you enjoy silly time capsules, you'll like this one. Annette is especially fashion forward in this, and holds a special Britney Spears-like "something isn't quite right in my eyes because 'The Mickey Mouse Club' was my childhood" appeal. She is a true study for any drag queen looking to add Jiffy-sandwich-making iconography to their repertoire. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A former beach boy (Frankie Avalon) and his wife (Annette Funicello) go to California and become part of the new beach scene.
      Director
      Lyndall Hobbs
      Producer
      Frank Mancuso Jr.
      Screenwriter
      Peter Krikes, Steve Meerson, Chris Thompson
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Paramount
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 7, 1987, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 1, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $12.2M
      Runtime
      1h 32m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Ultra-Stereo
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