Skin Deep

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In this Blake Edward's comedy, self-centered writer Zach Hutton (John Ritter) is separated from his wife (Alyson Reed) when she gets sick of his alcohol-drinking, woman-chasing ways. As Zach realizes that he truly loves his wife, he attempts to give up his evil ways to win back her affection.

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Things might have worked better if Ritter's character didn't creep you out as such a snake-in-the-grass.

Jul 5, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

...a decidedly familiar premise that's employed to middling effect by writer/director Blake Edwards...

Aug 11, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It would take a tremendous performance to make such a vile character interesting, and a miscast John Ritter isn't up to the task.

Jun 14, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Probes the life of a compulsive womanizer.

Aug 28, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A very funny movie. I had almost given up hope on Edwards by this point.

Aug 19, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

A sex farce with more smarm than charm.

Oct 23, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Skin Deep


Blake Edwards tenta repetir Mulher Nota 10. O que não funciona.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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"Skin Deep" is not only one of Blake Edwards' very best films, it is probably his most successful combination of comedy and drama to date. Edwards wants to have it both ways and it succeeds. The film stars John Ritter as Zach Hutton, a one-time famous, best selling author who has stumbled. He is quick to blame it on writer's block, but he has other problems. He drinks excessively. He womanizes even more excessively. His wife has left him after finding him in bed with his mistress' hairdresser. (No, I'm not spoiling the film for you; Edwards makes this all clear in the first 12 minutes) Hutton then sets out on a mission to get his life in order and gain his wife back. Right there, "Skin Deep" resembles another film, Paul Mazursky's great "Blume in Love". But Edwards takes some turns that Mazursky never even considered. Yeah, Zach wants his wife back, but does he want to change? The answer could be no, but I'm not saying yes either. As in his best films, Edwards never gives any easy answers to the questions he asks and he simply records an existence. I've made "Skin Deep" sound awfully serious. But I want to say that "Skin Deep" is one of the funniest Edwards films I've ever seen. There are sequences here that rival the best Panther films in terms of hilarity. The house fire. The glow-in-the dark condoms. The electrical therapy sequence. The tsunami warning. His sleepover at his best friends' house, but I can't list them all. I want you to discover some as well. I have to give special mention to John Ritter. Most people had written him off as Jack Tripper from his hit TV series "Three's Company", but he had developed into a fine actor with roles in "Sling Blade", "Unnatural Causes" and "Nowhere". Here, he finds the right tone for all of his scenes. He can go from comedy to drama and always be convincing. It's a brilliant performance and it was a real shame the Academy couldn't recognize it. He is a actor who passed away to soon. "Skin Deep" marked a milestone for Blake Edwards. At the time of its' release, 1989 was his 50th year in show business. I've always been an admirer of his work and it gave me great pleasure to see that he still has it in him. It is also kind of sad that Edwards followed this masterpiece with the lackluster "Switch". To sum up here, this is a film worth checking out if you can find it. A very high recommendation.

David Ladd
David Ladd

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I saw this when I was quite young and enjoyed it but I think I missed some of the movie.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

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