Back to the Beach (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Back to the Beach (1987)




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Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello not only starred in the delightfully "retro" Back to the Beach, but also served as executive producers. Appropriately set 25 years after such drive-in faves as Beach Blanket Bingo, the film finds Frankie and Annette as husband and wife, living far from the surf 'n' sand in Ohio. Heading to California to visit their daughter Lori Loughlin, Frankie and Annette are appalled to learn that she has been keeping time with punker Tommy Hinkley. In time-honored fashion, our hero and heroine set about to make the beach safe for funlovers everywhere by driving out Hinkley's unsavory pals. Along the way, Frankie nearly bollixes up his marriage by dallying with Connie Stevens-one of several pop-culture icons appearing in Back to the Beach, including Don Adams, Bob Denver, Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow, Dick Dale & the Del-Tones , Stevie Ray Vaughan, and even Pee-wee Herman! Back to the Beach is fun for a while, but its six-person writing team can't figure out a logical way to wind it all up.

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Frankie Avalon
as Annette's Husband
David Bowe
as Mountain
Paul Reubens
as Pee-Wee Herman
Don Adams
as Harbor Master
Bob Denver
as Bartender
Alan Hale Jr.
as Bartender's Buddy
Tony Dow
as Judge #1
Jerry Mathers
as Judge #2
Dick Dale
as Himself
Linda Carol
as Bridgette
Hartley Silver
as Fl????man
Alan Barry
as Salesman
Eddie Vail
as Surf Dude
Rick Avery
as Surfers & Punks
Pat Banta
as Surfers & Punks
Geof Brewer
as Surfers & Punks
Steve Cooper
as Surfers & Punks
Dwayne McGee
as Surfers & Punks
A.J. Nay
as Surfers & Punks
Noon Orsatti
as Surfers & Punks
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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

As fgood as taking a time-machine back to the 60's

March 11, 2005
Film Threat

Silly fun.

September 16, 2004
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

A bouncy, high-energy spoof and one of the best movie musicals of the last couple of decades.

October 7, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News

Silly, but with some great one-liners.

September 27, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

Face it, it just doesn't work

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Weirdly entertaining little retro flashback, full of bizarre cameos and endearingly goofball music.

July 26, 2002

Audience Reviews for Back to the Beach

Back to the Beach was something that I thought was pretty awesome as a kid. It sucks in modern times but remains a curiosity from the 80's as how did a major studio put out a beach movie filled with stale baby boomer appearances and relying on the power of Frankie and Annette? Yes beach party movies can be fun and way entertaining but not really here. Aside from the great Pee-Wee doing Surfin Bird this is pretty much a dud

Rodney Eckrich
Rodney Eckrich

When a couple decide to visit their daughter at their old beach resort, trouble and mayhem follow them at every turn. An updated 80's version of the old "Beach" movies from the 60's brings out an all star cast with a few great songs. Fans of the cast make this cult classic a must see and own!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leo Blaschke
Leo Blaschke

How do you rate this kind of movie? Of course it is low budget and all kinds of cheesy, but it accomplishes everything it sets out to do and sure is a fun ride! Any fan of the original Frankie & Annette beach movies will get a kick out of this flashback. Suburban life has made this fun loving couple dull. What could prove a more effective remedy than a trip to LA to visit their grown-up daughter and a stop at all their youthful hangouts? This is not without trouble first. Insert silly music and cameos such as Gilligan and the Skipper, The Beave and Wally, Dick Dale and the Del-Tones, and best of all Pee Wee Herman and you can't go wrong if good, campy fun is what you're looking for!

Jakki Jelene
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