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Beach Balls (1988)

Philip Paley , Heidi Helmer , Joe Ritter  |  R |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Philip Paley, Heidi Helmer, Steven Tash, Amanda Goodwin, Douglas R. Starr
  • Directors: Joe Ritter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,765 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beach Balls" on IMDb

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Grab a towel, head for the sand, and get ready for some rowdy fun in the sun with a bevy of bikini-clad babes! Charlie Harrison wants nothing more than to hone his guitar riffs, shred in a band, and win the heart of Wendy, every guy's fantasy girl. Catching the ear of a real live record producer leads to more than a few bumps on the road to rock star status. Getting his dreams to come true turns into an out-of-control series of comic mishaps and "miss" adventures!

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Well, if it isn't Richard and his gonads." January 4, 2006
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From the Roger Corman Comedy Collection comes the film Beach Balls (1988), directed by Joe Ritter (The New Gladiators), and featuring Philip Paley, in his only film credit (so far)...what's that? You don't recognize the name Philip Paley? Perhaps you're more familiar with his alter ego of Cha-Ka, the monkey boy, from the mid 1970s Sid and Marty Krofft television series "Land of the Lost", a role many mistakenly credit to Clint Howard, only because Clint actually looks more like Cha-Ka without makeup than Paley did with makeup...also appearing in this film is Heidi Helmer (Porky's Revenge), Amanda Goodwin (Working Girls), Steven Tash (Christine, Ghost Busters), Leslie Danon (Sometimes They Come Back... Again), Tod Bryant, Raf Mauro (They Call Me Bruce?), and Gary Schneider (The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke 'Em High).

Charlie Harrison (Paley) has a problem (well, a few of them, to be exact)...he's had the fever for the flavor of a little beach bunny named Wendy (Helmer) for quite a while, but seems she's only interested in guys who are musicians, particularly the lead singer of a local band called Severed Heads in a Bag. Not only that, but he has to contend with a puritanical mother who spends her days playing records backwards looking for hidden, Satanic messages, his prissy, uptight, tattletale sister Kathleen (Danon), along with making regular visits to his probation officer (Charlie got busted for driving a stolen car he didn't know was stolen)...oh yeah, he also needs some filthy lucre to by an axe (geetar) so he can make points with Wendy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best 80's Beach Comedy May 26, 2013
By Cass G
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But it's not the worst, sure it's formulaic and follows every stereotype, but I had fun watching it, I'm not sure what people expect when they buy a movie called "Beach Balls" from Corman productions in the 80's, Cinéma vérité? It's a fun 80's beach flick much like most the other 80's beach and ski teen comedies, I'll agree it's not as good as Hardbodies, Hot Dog, or Spring Break, and this film would've befitted greatly from a few more beach and skin scenes, but it definitely fits squarely in the 80's teen sex comedy genera, and I'm happy to have it in my collection.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One of the Worst August 25, 2006
By Stosh
In my never-ending search for the worst movies of all time I've seen some stinkers; this one rates near the top of the list. You know how some movies are so bad they are good? The kind that are fun to mock? This isn't even one of those. This one is just bad. Painful to watch, in fact. It's got a plot that meanders all over the place, seemingly without point or purpose. It's got extremely, agonizingly bad acting by people you never heard of (the sister is particularly bad). And it's got very poor technical quality. The audio, for example, is terrible. Some of the dialog is virtually inaudible. I'd be embarrassed to have been part of any aspect of this movie.

The only thing remotely interesting in it is the band that seems to be channeling Aerosmith. But even that isn't interesting enough to save this mess.

If it is on late-night TV and you can't sleep, you might want to watch it. I guarantee you won't last the 83 minutes this movie takes up.

You've been warned.
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3.0 out of 5 stars silly laughs nothing more July 27, 2014
By scott
beach hijinks nothing to take seroiusly just fun to watch
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