Biddle, Jon Gerrans, Marcus Hu, Victor
Ambrose, Nicholas Brendon, Thomas Gibson,
Danni Wheeler, Kimberley Davies
wonder what would happen if Ralph Malph,
Potsy, the Fonz and Richie Cunningham
were put in the SCREAM movies? Well, throw
in some razor-sharp dialogue and enough
campiness to fill up a RuPaul-does-THE
SOUND OF MUSIC movie event, and you might
come close to the wonderfully sardonic
PSYCHO BEACH PARTY.
movie revolves around Florence, a young
girl with more personalities than Roseanne
on acid, played adeptly by Lauren Ambrose.
Florence, and her best friend Berdine
(Wheeler) go to the beach in hopes of
enjoying a "fantabulous" teen
summer, but plans are slightly cramped
when their friends are popped off one
by one by a mysterious killer. Immersing
herself in the beach culture, Florence
becomes friendly with the surfer dudes,
led by the great Kanaka (Gibson), a man
whose only crime is that he talks in rhyme.
Knighted Chicklet by her new pals, the
once totally unbodacious Florence enjoys
life with the popular guys, and takes
a shine to the totally dreamy Starcat
(Brendon). The gang becomes friends with
movie diva Bettina (Davies), whose high-pitched
voice is enough to send dogs in a five-mile
radius into a frenzy, and together they
try to get to the bottom of who is conducting
this murderous rampage.
BEACH PARTY takes cheesiness to a level
that even the cows at the Kraft dairy
would be proud of. The humor is laden
with self-reflexivity and sarcasm, but
none of it is as overt as what has been
seen in the I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER
and SCREAM franchises. The acting is refreshing
in its over-the-top nature, and never
gets to a rolling-eyeball, "oh brother"
level. Thomas Gibson and Nicolas Brendan
make grand segues from the small screen
to play the absurdly cool Psycho Beach
Surfers. Every member of this ensemble
cast adds another dimension to the comedy
in the movie; even the minor characters
add little quirks with their wry personalities.
may not be the most original of plot lines,
or even concepts, but what sets PSYCHO
BEACH PARTY apart from other so-called
teen spoofs is its underlying biting sarcasm,
which gives more credit to the viewer
than the in-your-face-we-are-being-funny
"hereís the rules of the sequel"
Kevin Anderson flicks. The characters
are well written and the dialogue rarely
feels forced. The campy nature of the
movie also prevents that from being an
issue. Youíll leave the theatre very entertained,
and wondering whether the events aboard
the Mystery Machine would have been more
interesting if Scooby Doo had had a gang
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