Taglines: There is a fine line between falling in love and falling on your face.
Zachary “Zach” Hutton is a successful author who has a weakness for alcohol and beautiful women. Zach’s mistress walks in on him in the process of cheating on her with her attractive hairdresser, followed by his estranged wife Alex discovering his mistress about to shoot him with his revolver.
Following the breakup of those relationships, Zach engages in a long period of binge-drinking and solace-seeking with a string of women. He avoids work, continues to strain relations with his ex-wife and drunkenly attends a formal party dressed in a genie’s costume.
Zach’s affairs include one with a volatile woman named Molly who deliberately leaves him hooked up too long to a skin-treatment electro-therapy machine that gives his body quivering spasms from head to toe. He also has a one-night stand with a remarkably muscular female bodybuilder named Lonnie, telling her before sex that he feels “like Mrs. Arnold Schwarzenegger.”
One gag scene is portrayed in total darkness, with Zach wearing a luminous condom as he prepares to have sex with yet another woman he has just met, Amy. When her boyfriend returns to the hotel room similarly equipped, the two men engage in a frantic fight, their glow-in-the-dark attire bouncing crazily across the darkened room.
Skin Deep is a 1989 romantic comedy film written and directed by Blake Edwards, and starring John Ritter, Vincent Gardenia, Alyson Reed, Joel Brooks, Julianne Phillips, Chelsea Field, Peter Donat, Don Gordon, Nina Foch, Denise Crosby and DeeDee Rescher Ball.
Skin Deep (1989)
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Starring: John Ritter, Vincent Gardenia, Alyson Reed, Joel Brooks, Julianne Phillips, Chelsea Field, Peter Donat, Don Gordon, Nina Foch, Denise Crosby, DeeDee Rescher Ball
Screenplay by: Blake Edwards
Production Design by: Rodger Maus
Cinematography by: Isidore Mankofsky
Film Editing by: Robert Pergament
Costume Design by: Nolan Miller
Set Decoration by: Marvin March
Music by: Henry Mancini
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: March 3, 1989