Skin Deep (1989)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Farce, Sex Comedy  |   Release Date - Mar 3, 1989 (USA)  |   Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Paul Brenner

Blake Edwards, mining the same territory as in his 10, Micki and Maude, The Man Who Loved Women, and That's Life, (not to mention Blind Date), once again deals with male mid-life menopausal angst. Zach (John Ritter) is a novelist suffering from writer's block, spiraling downward in a sea of women and booze. To illustrate the depths to which Zach's life has sunk, the film begins when his mistress catches him in bed with another woman. Then his wife walks in. As a result, his wife leaves him. Things keep getting worse --his agent is dying, his house burns down, and he gets picked up for drunk driving. But in spite of his despair, he can't help chasing women, engaging in a series of bedroom misadventures with a collection of women --including a female body builder; a woman who likes to set pianos on fire; and the girlfriend of a rock star who suggests that he wear one of her boyfriend's glow-in-the-dark condoms. Helping Zach regain control of his life is Barney the lawyer (Vincent Gardenia) and Dr. Westford (Michael Kidd), a helpful psychiatrist.



alcoholism, betrayal, divorce, humiliation, love, mid-life-crisis, seduction, self-discovery, separation, wife, woman, writing