Psycho Beach Party

2000

Psycho Beach Party (2000)

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Shaking bikinis, muscled surfers, a wanna-be surf babe with a split personality, a mom with an agenda, and a few severed body parts are just some of the problems facing Captain Monica Stark when she is called to investigate a recent rash of gory Malibu murders.

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Cast

Lauren Ambrose
as Florence 'Chicklet' Forrest
Kimberley Davies
as Bettina Barnes/Diane
Charles Busch
as Captain Monica Stark
Andrew Levitas
as Provoloney
Amy Adams
as Marvel Ann
Beth Broderick
as Mrs. Forrest
Channon Roe
as Wedge Riley
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Critic Reviews for Psycho Beach Party

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7)

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

Feb 14, 2001 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Sometimes more fun to describe than to watch.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Awkward combination of garish set decoration and muffled humor.

Jan 1, 2000

Saddled with both a script and direction that never comes near the wit or cleverness in Busch's own performance.

Jan 1, 2000
Film.com
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Good belly laughs amid lower-key giddiness.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

It definitively skewers the false innocence of American pop culture on the eve of the countercultural deluge.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Psycho Beach Party

Surprisingly good. Kitschy fun with a good cast, some of whom you don't see around much these days.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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½

The only reason I watched this is because it is Amy Adams' second film. I didn't expect much, but it was more enjoyable than I thought. This film is nothing special, but it has a level of sillyness and appeal that will keep you entertained. The acting is not great, but the humor and crude remarks are enough to keep the interest. Not a film I'd recommend to everyone, but if you love Amy Adams as I do, it's worth a watch. She has a small role, but she's so great and funny.

Jameson Worley
Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer

½

"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.

Lewis C.
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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.

Robert C
Robert C

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