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Psycho Beach Party

Psycho Beach Party (2000)

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29

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5

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67

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 8,464

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Movie Info

Robert Lee King directs this wacky, campy fusion of teenaged surfer flicks and slasher sagas. Impossibly perky Florence (Lauren Ambrose) doesn't quite fit in at her thoroughly square high school in her seaside Southern California town -- that is, until she happens upon a band of ultra-hip surfer dudes. Renaming herself "Chicklet," she tries her gosh-darnedest to be the sole girl riding the waves with the group led by suave Kanaka (Thomas Gibson). While adopting her surfer alter ego, Florence

Unrated,

Comedy, Cult Movies

Charles Busch

Apr 24, 2001

Strand Releasing

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (14) | DVD (3)

It's too much filmed theater to come alive fully on the screen.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Awkward combination of garish set decoration and muffled humor.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Good belly laughs amid lower-key giddiness.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It definitively skewers the false innocence of American pop culture on the eve of the countercultural deluge.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Saddled with both a script and direction that never comes near the wit or cleverness in Busch's own performance.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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Sometimes more fun to describe than to watch.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Cool original camp. This is a fun little movie.

November 16, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

It's Back to the Beach writ saucy.

February 4, 2004
New Times

It's all enjoyable enough, but it's played so broadly that it loses whatever impact it might have had.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Sharp satire. Great fun.

January 25, 2003
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

If this wearying exercise in camp, rib-nudging double entendres, rhyming gollyspeak and groovy-daddio! set design wrapped around a wan murder mystery sounds like an Annette Funicello movie gone to hell, it at least succeeds on one level.

November 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Technically primitive but still enjoyable raunchfest.

January 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

A funny tongue-in-cheek comedy, cinematic commentary and murder mystery all rolled in to one.

August 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

PBP made a smooth transition from stage to screen; I suppose since the play was mocking movies, making a movie of it was a more logical use of the script.

June 15, 2001 Full Review

It may be fluff, but it's knowing, relatively enjoyable fluff.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Jacksonville Film Journal
Jacksonville Film Journal

A promising recipe for comedy that goes flat in the execution.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Has a great look, but its broad laughs at the expense of '50s and '60s cultural naivete aren't really all that clever.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Just full of hot air.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Entertaining, tongue-in-cheek fun that's real cool, daddy-o.

January 1, 2000
Planet Sick-Boy

An enjoyable, if weightless, romp.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Not since Rocky Horror has the film world produced such a vibrant farce of teen angst, violence, and sexual deviance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Psycho Beach Party

"There is so much ugliness in the world. Can't there be anyone who is utterly perfect?"

What an odd combination of a slasher, dance numbers, surfing, cross-dressing, split-personalities, a murder mystery, and campy humor.

I only chose to see Psycho Beach Party because of the presence of a young Amy Adams, who I will watch absolutely any movie for. Without her, I wouldn't have had much of a reason to finish this. I love campy, cult movies, but Psycho Beach Party didn't particularly amuse me. It wasn't bad, but this movie is really only worth seeing if you're a fan of the cast (which includes Lauren Ambrose, Thomas Gibson, and Kathleen Robertson), and for the cheesy, awesome ending. Watch the trailer, it should give you an excellent idea of whether this is for you.
January 29, 2011
lewiskendell

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An amusing little homage to 50's/60's beach party/surfing & horror b-movies.

Lauren Ambrose is great (as usual) and the rest of the cast seems to be having a lot of fun with all of the silliness and sexual undertones.

Nothing ground breaking, but it was enjoyable.
December 10, 2009
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