- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 17, 2012
- Originally Released: 1989
- Label: Warner Archives Collection
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 03/03/1989
"...Pleasing work by Reed, Nina Foch, Julianne Phillips, Michael Kidd and others..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/03/1989
"...SKIN DEEP has a couple of the funniest moments Edwards ever devised..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Zach is in love. It's the best thing ever to happen to him. It's the worst thing ever to happen to him. Because -- for now at least -- the person Zach loves most is himself.
Writer/director Blake Edwards combines slapstick with battle-of-the-sexes brio in this gag-infused tale of a womanizer who finally grows up.
Blake Edwards's return to the male-in-meltdown territory he explored in 10 and THAT'S LIFE stars John Ritter as unemployed writer Zach, who is not only suffering from writer's block, but his drinking is out of control, as is his obsessive womanizing, and, not surprisingly, his wife wants to end their marriage. To add to his problems, his house has just burned down, and his agent is knocking at death's door. But since this is a Blake Edwards comedy, Zach has enough charm and relative affluence to continue his pursuits, which the director regards with a bemused deatchment. One of his girlfriends sets his piano on fire, and another gets him to wear a glow-in-the-dark condom, allowing him to engage in a condom duel with her jealous, similarly clad rock-star boyfriend. Eventually, Zach turns to fatherly bartender Barney (Vince Gardenia), who should have long ago cut off his bar tab, and psychiatrist Dr. Westford (choreographer Michael Kidd), and both tell him to stop destroying himself through drink. Ritter rings some surprisingly complex changes in the wildly farcical film, and, in the condom battle, participates in one of the funniest moments ever committed to celluloid while suggesting an interesting new subtext.
Zach loves his ex-wife. He loves her so much he's willing to do anything to get her back. Except give up women. Or give up booze. Or go back to work.
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