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  • Actors: Cheech Marin, Emma Samms, Vernon Wells, Bruce Spence, Carole Davis
  • Directors: Alan Smithee, Michael Gottlieb
  • Writers: Alan Shearman, Grant Morris, Ronald E. House
  • Producers: Jerry Offsay, R. Ben Efraim
  • Format: 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: Sofa
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0000AGQ2R
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,173 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Shrimp on the Barbie" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Carlos has had it with the dismal business at his Mexican restaurant in Australia and is ready to pack it in and move back to the States. A spoiled heiress needs someone to pose as her fiance in a plot to get her father to let her marry her current beau. But when the masquerade starts, the plot thickens. Director Smithee takes a bow.Free upgrade to first class mail.

Customer Reviews

He becomes a loud mouth and really is funny in this.
Sueg
Great Cast Use to own on video and wore it out, had to find on DVD to keep in my collection.
David A. Ambers
Emma Samms is a great "straight woman" for Cheech.
Joy Wright

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Books From Bilbo Baggins on August 1, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I LIKE this one. Cheech plays, of course, a Mexican who ends up in Australia of all places, working in a Mexican Restaurant. He disappears on his partner, who throughout the movie pleads for him to return. Turns out he has been hired by an Australian lady whose father owns everything and who she wants to put down. She already has a boy friend who she plans to marry, but hires Cheech to impersonate her boy friend to her father, telling Cheech to be as obnoxious and crude as possible. Cheech does his best, but Dad overhears the deal and now knows what is going on. So he tells her he approves of her choice and asks, "when's the wedding?" Well this puts her in a strange position, and, as the story unfolds, she becomes more and more attracted to Cheech and less attracted to the man she was going to marry. He punches Cheech in the eye and she finds out some dirt on him and, well, I won't spoil the ending, but things workout and all ends well. Not a moving production, no earth shattering revelations, no profound statements, just a cute little movie that for awhile anyway, makes you laugh and for a little while helps you forget all your other troubles. Well worth a look.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pat McCurry on June 4, 2000
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Whenever I saw The Shrimp on the Barbie listed in the cable guide, I wasn't interested. Then when i saw it in the summer of '98, it wasn't too bad at all. Cheech gives a great performance as daydreaming waiter Carlos. He falls back on all of his past personalities to make the character go. Emma Samms is also good as the rich uptight heiress whose excuse for everything is "you wouldn't understand". The only other notable actor in the film is Bruce Spence from the Mad Max movies. The Australian and New Zealand scenery is nice. Another treat that comes with the film is to hear Cheech's zany rendition of Land of 1,000 Dances. One other character that is funny is Maggie, who has a fixation for horses and anything Mexican. She almost steals the scenes she is in with her performances. Still, you know something went when Alan Smithee is created as director rather than Michael Gottlieb himself. You can tell as some minor goofs show up in the film. Still, a fun movie to watch.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 2, 2013
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Cover and description on back of DVD is in spanish. However when you put it in the first screen prompt asks you to chose between English and Spanish. I chose English and the movie started in English. I was a little confused with the same movie with the English cover for a much higher price. Even though this one is in Spanish it plays English fine. Hope this eliminates some confusion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By qqviewer231 on January 17, 2003
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I hope I spelled that right...
I ordered the film from Amazon and am about half way thru watching it. I had to post this message now because I haven't laughed so hard in years as Cheech gives a Mexican wedgy to a bunch of upper crust Aussie stuffed shirts.
The rebellious daddy's girl (who is really as headstrong as her business tycoon father) is very well played by Emma Sams. As is the nerdy horse-loving cousin.
Although this movie isn't Citizen Kaine, you can still see some pretty good writing and insight into the main characters portrayed.
I'd recommend it to anyone with a sense of humor.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nick M. on September 30, 2003
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for anyone who likes this movie, you'll buy it regardless. however. it is in 16x9 format(standard), it is not the widescreen version. as far as special features go, it has an option for 5:1 digital audio. this feature is not accessable thru the "audio set-up" option, you have to go into "special features" befor you start the movie if you prefer to listen to it this way. other features include the theatrical trailer and about a 1/2 dozen different tv commercials promoting this movie. enjoy a very funny cheech as a "leading man"?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 2002
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This was not an Oscar Award winning movie, but if you take it for what I think it was ment to be, it was excellent. This movie is entertaining and you get that old warm and fuzzy feeling in the end because the good guy gets the gal. Excellent repeat viewing value.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rich H on October 2, 2013
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One of my favorite movies. I have been waiting to get it, but, regular version is 30 some odd dollars. Then when I saw in the reviews that this DVD you could select either English or Spanish language, which is selectable in the starting menu which comes up when ever DVD is put in the player it was a done and sweet deal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emjoy on August 4, 2013
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I have searched everywhere but can't seem to find what region all the dvds are for. I need region 4. Does anyone know if any selling this dvd supply this region? I absolutely love this movie, my dad and I used to play it over and over when I was younger but now cannot find our vhs copy. It would be great to have it again. I hope someone can help. Thanks
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