Psycho Beach Party (2000)
Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 31
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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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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
Aug 4, 2000 Wide
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It definitively skewers the false innocence of American pop culture on the eve of the countercultural deluge.
Saddled with both a script and direction that never comes near the wit or cleverness in Busch's own performance.
Cool original camp. This is a fun little movie.
It's Back to the Beach writ saucy.
It's all enjoyable enough, but it's played so broadly that it loses whatever impact it might have had.
Sharp satire. Great fun.
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.
A funny tongue-in-cheek comedy, cinematic commentary and murder mystery all rolled in to one.
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.
Has a great look, but its broad laughs at the expense of '50s and '60s cultural naivete aren't really all that clever.
Entertaining, tongue-in-cheek fun that's real cool, daddy-o.
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