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1[[quoteright:300:]] ² ²A 1987 AffectionateParody of the 1960s beach party movies with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello... starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. ²²Frankie is now a stressed out car salesman from Ohio, Annette is a {{housewife}}, and their son Bobby is a [[TheQuincyPunk punk]]. They go on a vacation, but never make it past their layover in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, where they find out their grown daughter, Sandi, is shacking up with a surfer named Michael. Frankie runs into his old flame Connie, which leads to a tiff between him and Annette. Hilarity, musical numbers, and many celebrity cameos ensue.²²----²!! ''Back to the Beach'' contains examples of:²²* AdamWesting: [[Series/GilligansIsland Bob Denver and Alan Hale, Jr.]] (foreshadowed by one of Michael's lines); [[Series/GetSmart Don Adams]] as the Harbor Master.²* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "You must represent darkness, evil, and godless Communism." "You forgot ugly, lazy, and disrespectful."²* AsHimself: UsefulNotes/OJSimpson (or not?), Music/DickDale, Music/StevieRayVaughan, Music/{{Fishbone}}, [[Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse Pee-wee Herman]], [[Series/LeaveItToBeaver Barbara Billingsley, Jerry Mathers, and Tony Dow]].²** It's not clear that all the celebrities are playing themselves. Except Bob Denver, who is [[Series/GilligansIsland Gilligan]].²* CallBack: Frankie's fake surfing for a commercial, and later Annette's "real" surfing with Troy.²* TheCasanova: Troy (though in Annette's case he's a CasanovaWannabe).²* ChekhovsSkill: Michael's skill at making surfboards. In the end, he monetizes it, to Frankie's delight.²* ContrivedCoincidence: The world's biggest wave which destroyed Frankie's career in Australia comes back to attack him in Los Angeles.²* CrowdChant: Kahu-na! Kahu-na! Kahu-na!²* DeadpanSnarker: Bobby, so very much. Also Sandi.²* {{Deconstruction}}: Along with being an affectionate parody with lampshade hanging, it also deconstructs what would ''really'' happen when beach kids get older. ²%%* DrowningMySorrows²%%* TheEighties²%%* FirstPersonSmartass: Bobby.²* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Am I crazy, or is this the plot to ''Series/GilligansIsland''?"²** But more importantly, The Accident Story.²* FridgeLogic: InvokedTrope by the bartender, played by Bob Denver, who gripes that he knew "a guy who could build a nuclear reactor out of coconuts but couldn't fix a two-foot hole in a boat."²* GoodBadGirl: Annette's rival Connie. She spends a good chunk of time trying to steal Frankie--but has no real interest in Frankie. Why? Because she's ''supposed'' to, and it's a way for Annette to re-realize how good she has it with Frankie.²-->'''Annette:''' I've always sort of wanted to be the bad girl...²-->'''Connie:''' Impossible. But I'll tell you something. You sure have wasted an incredible pair of hooters. ²* HideousHangoverCure: "Keith Richards lives on these things."²** Doubly funny as Frankie needs a minute to remember who Keith Richards is. Then again, he ''is'' outrageously hung over.²* InsistentTerminology: The Humanga Cowabunga from Downunder. Appropriate given it's kind of a memorable name.²* {{Irony}}: Frankie sings "California Sun", but it was Annette who covered it in 1963.²%%* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Troy, at one point.²* MagicalRealism: The film deliberately invokes the feeling of a bedtime story or a FairyTale, such as when Pee Wee somehow blasts off into space on a surfboard.²* MediumAwareness: Annette, which is why she's never too upset. She knows the formula by heart, even if almost everyone has forgotten it. ²* MotorcycleDominoes: Or surf board dominoes, in this case.²%%* OddFriendship: Frankie and Michael.²* OhNoNotAgain: The bartender (AKA Gilligan) when his buddy (AKA The Skipper) turns up at the bar and cheerfully announces it's time for them to go on a trip...²* OperationJealousy: Toyed with by Annette.²%%* OverprotectiveDad²* {{Pun}}: "Somebody get me a net... well I didn't mean ''that'' kind of Annette."²* RedemptionQuest: Frankie in the surfing contest.²* ReversePsychology: Annette uses this on Bobby at one point.²* RunningGag: Everyone gets Frankie's nickname "Big Kahuna" wrong.²* SlumberParty: A pajama party set up by Annette as part of her formuliac plan to get Frankie back.²* SmugSnake: Bobbie. He's trying desperately to be hardcore and... isn't. Mostly because he's twelve.²* SpecialEffectsFailure: Invoked with the Big Kahuna surfing in front of an obvious rear screen projection, as a reference to the old surfer movies.²%%* SurferDude: Mountain.²* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Bobby thrives on this (along with his switchblade). He's driven nuts because Annette thinks it's ''cute''. [[spoiler: He gets better.]]²* VoodooShark: The Humunga Cowabunga from Down Under.²²----


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