The Shrimp on the Barbie (1990)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy

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Down on his luck and working in a Mexican restaurant in Australia, an American tourist is hired by a icy heiress to pose as an obnoxious new boyfriend in an attempt to make her father accept her current boyfriend.



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  • Cheech Marin and Emma Samms in The Shrimp on the Barbie (1990)
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25 September 2011 | lee_eisenberg
Cheech goes to Australia
Since "The Shrimp on the Barbie" stars Cheech Marin, you can expect lots of silly stuff. He plays a Mexican-American who moves to Australia to look for a job, but ends up posing as a rich heiress's (Emma Samms) boorish boyfriend so that her stuffy father will accept her current boyfriend.

The best part is when Cheech first arrives at the heiress's house and makes a total spectacle of himself. Other hilarious scenes include the cake and the fish tank. Otherwise, it's a pretty routine fish-out-of-water story. Sort of a reverse "Crocodile Dundee". But it definitely elicits its fair share of laughs, and that's what's important.

PS: "Barbie" is short for barbecue, although in Australia they say prawn instead of shrimp.

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