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  • Actors: John Ritter, Vincent Gardenia, Alyson Reed, Joel Brooks, Julianne Phillips
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Writers: Blake Edwards
  • Producers: James G. Robinson, Joe Roth, Tony Adams, Trish Caroselli
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063K2T
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,071 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Skin Deep" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

RITTER PORTRAYS A WOMANIZING, DRUNKEN ALCOHOLIC WRITER WHOS LIFESEEMS TO BE FALLING APART AT THE SEAMS. HES STILL INLOVE WITH HIS EX-WIFE(WHOS FAMILY CANT STAND HIM), WRITERS BLOCK KEEPS HIMFROM COMPLETING HIS LATEST NOVEL, & HE FINDS HIMSELF IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW, HIS EX'S & THEIR JEALOUS BOYFRIENDS.

Customer Reviews

John Ritter is amazing in this.
M. Hencke
It's one of those movies that leaves you feeling good at the end and laughing.
Phil Behnke
This movie is great, funny and unpredictable.
A Person from Earth

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Hamilton on September 12, 2003
Format: DVD
First off -- I am writing this the day after the passing of John Ritter. Ritter was one of the best physical comedians. He wow'd us with his antics and sweet heart for many years on 3's Company. John -- thanks for all the great laughs.
Now on to the review of this movie. To this day, this is one of my favorite movies even though I've only seen it 3 times (I'm purchasing the DVD today). Yes, the condom scene is one of the funniest scenes in movie history -- but I prefer another funny scene. John's character follows a woman into a upscale "physical therapy" office and is then tortured with muscle stimulators by a scorned former lover. When Zack comes out of the office he is twitching so badly he can hardly walk. This is classic John Ritter physicality. I laffed so hard the last time I watched that I almost couldn't breathe any more.
Also, while very funny, this movie follows a man who is trying desparately to repair his life and at every turn keeps failing. At one point, in his physcharist's office, his cry for help is so real-looking that it made me cry.
So, again, John, thanks for the many years of laughter. You will be missed!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Salvador Fortuny Miró on December 3, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
One of the finest films of Blake Edwards since Victor / Victoria. John Ritter ( splendid here ) incarnates a womanizer and alcoholic famous writer who is in a bad professional moment and still in love with his ex-wife in this sarcastic non-stylished battle-of-the-sexes comedy that combines brilliant sight-gags and clever dialogues and return to us the best Edwards ( A shot in the dark ; The party ; The Pink Panther strikes back ). An intelligent comedy conceived as it was the confessional visual diary of his protagonist, strategy that allows Edwards to integrate a collection of funny sketches that work autonomously inside a solid narrative structure.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Burnett on June 16, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is easily John Ritter's finest film. Now, that may sound like damning with faint praise, as the competition is such movies as "Problem Child", "Hero at Large" and "Stay Tuned", but "Skin Deep" is truly an achievement, a virtuoso performance by a man who is probably doomed to spend the rest of his days as a pratfalling, slapstick comedian. But here, he shines, bringing true feeling to his performance. You can feel the pain, humilation and defeat he suffers through the bright veneer of humor.
This is the story of Zack Hutton, a talented writer who sinks into alcoholism and insecurity after he destroys his marriage by womanizing. It's the story of a man who hits rock bottom and redeems himself. For a goofy comedy, it's pretty poignant.
The film is buoyed by amazing supporting performances by Vincent Gardenia as a wise bartender, Joel Brooks as best friend and attorney Jake and Dee Dee Rescher as jakes wife, Bernice.
Invariably, people point to the scene "that glows in the dark" as a reason to watch this movie, but I think that famous scene is easilyt the silliest and most forgettable. Funnier scenes abound and, if you pay attention, the movie is peppered with clever, underplayed dialog.
This is one of my favorite movies. I hope you enjoy it, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By - Kasia S. VINE VOICE on June 9, 2009
Format: DVD
Slightly dirty, very funny and at times even sensitive, Skin Deep is a perfect film to curl up to on a Sunday evening and laugh well into the night. There's something charming about the late 80's and early 90's comedies that I like, perhaps since it was during my own childhood that they were made but there's something organic to them that many of today's movies lack like the grittiness and the look of the lenses it was shot with versus plastic and computer like movies of today.

The humor here is constant; John Ritter portrays a writer who's not only full of himself but also completely addicted to women and alcohol. After his marriage fails (it might have something to do with his many girlfriends) he falls into a slump, he can't write, he cant hold a relationship ( or doesn't want to) and is still obsessed with his ex wife, claiming that she's the only one who can fix him. There's non stop action and jokes, my favorite part was when he followed a foxy looking chick into a spa like retreat only to be subjected to electric shock therapy by an ex, walking out in jitters and at one point tripping on the stairs and grabbing someone's papers spilling them all over the building and then when he ran into a blind man, and couldn't let go of his walking stick, I was laughing so hard that I couldn't breathe, and I cant remember last time that happened to me. I adored that there was a lot of heart in this, one really rooted for the poor deflated author who skimmed the surface of life with empty things that stopped exciting him after a while, and once the crazy things don't make you tick what is left to do? Trying his best to sober up he takes a new lease on life and wraps the story up with a great ending. I adored the whole movie and had a great time watching it.

- Kasia S.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Person from Earth on March 22, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie is great, funny and unpredictable.
Many movies were inspired by this one movie and copied from it.
It did not have the success it deserved.
John Ritter's best act.
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