Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Great Scenes # 22: Skin Deep (1989)

"Electro-stimulation"

Directed by Blake Edwards

As indicated in the post below, I lost one of my film mentors this week. So my "Great Scenes" entry is also a tribute to him. He has listed this as one of his 100 favorite films of all time. Although I don't rank or regard quite as high, I do agree that it's one of the most underrated comedies out there since it was critically dismissed at the time. It's Skin Deep and it's a sex comedy about an alcoholic serial womanizer played by the late John Ritter who gets into a ton of trouble because of his propensity for cheating and hurting his lovers. The most famous (or infamous) scene in this film is the glow-in-the-dark condoms scene which is one of the earliest use of CGI on film. However, I think the funniest scene in the film (and one of the funniest scenes EVER) is this one. After trying to make amends with one of his many girlfriends, John Ritter's character subjects himself to an "electro-stimulation" with hilarious results. It's a combination of John Ritter's talent for physical comedy and Blake Edwards' eye for comedy. 

13 comments:

Cranky and Difficult said...

I don't remember this movie, but the name rings a bell, I'ma going to netflicks and see if it's there. Your recommendations are always good.

YeamieWaffles said...

Awesome scene man. I've never saw the film before but damnit it looks good!

Mark said...

John Ritter was another legend who was taken from us too soon.

My 2 Pesos said...

I'm going to watch this film.

MRanthrope said...

ha...poor John Ritter. I forgot how much he used to make me laugh.

Shockgrubz said...

Hahaha! The idea of humping the blind man was genius!

I had never seen this, thanks for bringing it to my attention. RIP John Ritter.

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Looks like my kind of crazy 80s comedy, will definitely be checking this out soon.

The Angry Lurker said...

Brilliant, is this movie the one with the luminous condom scene?

That Bastard From Bellingham said...

OH HELLS YES, John Ritter!!

Good choice with Skin Deep, m'man - indeed, glowing condom scene for the fuckin' win.

Also, an awesome example of what a good 80's movie is about, y'know? Gah, I just did an 80's tribute, I might have to scour Netflix for more titles...

dopdavid said...

I've never seen this movie but this commercial peaked my curiosity

DWei said...

A talented man was lost. :(

crowbloke said...

condoms,, yes. also followed.

aamedor said...

I really liked Jon Ritter as an actor. The roles he played were so diverse. He was not your run of the mill character actor.