Skin Deep (1989 film)

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Skin Deep
Skin Deep (1989 film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Blake Edwards
Produced by
Written by Blake Edwards
Music by
Cinematography Isidore Mankofsky
Edited by Robert Pergament
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • March 3, 1989 (1989-03-03)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $9 million
Box office $19.7 million

Skin Deep is a 1989 American romantic sex comedy film written and directed by Blake Edwards and starring John Ritter.


Zachary "Zach" Hutton is a successful author who has a weakness for alcohol and beautiful women. Zach's mistress walks in on him in the process of cheating on her with her attractive hairdresser, followed by his estranged wife Alex discovering his mistress about to shoot him with his revolver. Following the breakup of those relationships, Zach engages in a long period of binge-drinking and solace-seeking with a string of women. He avoids work, continues to strain relations with his ex-wife and drunkenly attends a formal party dressed in a genie's costume.

Zach's affairs include one with a volatile woman named Molly who deliberately leaves him hooked up too long to a skin-treatment electro-therapy machine that gives his body quivering spasms from head to toe. He also has a one-night stand with a remarkably muscular female bodybuilder named Lonnie, telling her before sex that he feels "like Mrs. Arnold Schwarzenegger." One gag scene is portrayed in total darkness, with Zach wearing a luminous condom as he prepares to have sex with yet another woman he has just met, Amy. When her boyfriend returns to the hotel room similarly equipped, the two men engage in a frantic fight, their glow-in-the-dark attire bouncing crazily across the darkened room.

After disrupting his ex-wife's wedding day, it finally dawns on Zach just how out of control his lifestyle has become. He sobers up, abstains from womanizing, and begins to write again. Achieving the trifecta of recovery that Alex predicted he couldn't achieve, he wins back her love.



Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed to negative reviews. The film earned a 38% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 14 critics. However, many critics praised John Ritter's performance in the film.[1]

Box office[edit]

Despite negative reviews, the film was a financial success.[2]



  1. ^ Skin Deep at Rotten Tomatoes Accessed June 1, 2015.
  2. ^ Skin Deep at Box Office Mojo Accessed June 16, 2012.

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