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1[[quoteright:300:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/back_to_the_beach_686685110_large.jpg]] ˛ ˛A 1987 AffectionateParody of the 1960s beach party movies with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello... starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. ˛˛Frankie 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.˛˛----˛!! ''Back to the Beach'' contains examples of:˛˛* AdamWesting: [[Series/GilligansIsland Bob Denver and Alan Hale, Jr.]] (foreshadowed by one of Michael's lines); [[Series/GetSmart Don Adams]] as the Harbor Master.˛* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "You must represent darkness, evil, and godless Communism." "You forgot ugly, lazy, and disrespectful."˛* 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]].˛** It's not clear that all the celebrities are playing themselves. Except Bob Denver, who is [[Series/GilligansIsland Gilligan]].˛* CallBack: Frankie's fake surfing for a commercial, and later Annette's "real" surfing with Troy.˛* TheCasanova: Troy (though in Annette's case he's a CasanovaWannabe).˛* ChekhovsSkill: Michael's skill at making surfboards. In the end, he monetizes it, to Frankie's delight.˛* ContrivedCoincidence: The world's biggest wave which destroyed Frankie's career in Australia comes back to attack him in Los Angeles.˛* CrowdChant: Kahu-na! Kahu-na! Kahu-na!˛* DeadpanSnarker: Bobby, so very much. Also Sandi.˛* {{Deconstruction}}: Along with being an affectionate parody with lampshade hanging, it also deconstructs what would ''really'' happen when beach kids get older. ˛%%* DrowningMySorrows˛%%* TheEighties˛%%* FirstPersonSmartass: Bobby.˛* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Am I crazy, or is this the plot to ''Series/GilligansIsland''?"˛** But more importantly, The Accident Story.˛* 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."˛* 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.˛-->'''Annette:''' I've always sort of wanted to be the bad girl...˛-->'''Connie:''' Impossible. But I'll tell you something. You sure have wasted an incredible pair of hooters. ˛* HideousHangoverCure: "Keith Richards lives on these things."˛** Doubly funny as Frankie needs a minute to remember who Keith Richards is. Then again, he ''is'' outrageously hung over.˛* InsistentTerminology: The Humanga Cowabunga from Downunder. Appropriate given it's kind of a memorable name.˛* {{Irony}}: Frankie sings "California Sun", but it was Annette who covered it in 1963.˛%%* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Troy, at one point.˛* 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.˛* MediumAwareness: Annette, which is why she's never too upset. She knows the formula by heart, even if almost everyone has forgotten it. ˛* MotorcycleDominoes: Or surf board dominoes, in this case.˛%%* OddFriendship: Frankie and Michael.˛* 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...˛* OperationJealousy: Toyed with by Annette.˛%%* OverprotectiveDad˛* {{Pun}}: "Somebody get me a net... well I didn't mean ''that'' kind of Annette."˛* RedemptionQuest: Frankie in the surfing contest.˛* ReversePsychology: Annette uses this on Bobby at one point.˛* RunningGag: Everyone gets Frankie's nickname "Big Kahuna" wrong.˛* SlumberParty: A pajama party set up by Annette as part of her formuliac plan to get Frankie back.˛* SmugSnake: Bobbie. He's trying desperately to be hardcore and... isn't. Mostly because he's twelve.˛* SpecialEffectsFailure: Invoked with the Big Kahuna surfing in front of an obvious rear screen projection, as a reference to the old surfer movies.˛%%* SurferDude: Mountain.˛* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Bobby thrives on this (along with his switchblade). He's driven nuts because Annette thinks it's ''cute''. [[spoiler: He gets better.]]˛* VoodooShark: The Humunga Cowabunga from Down Under.˛˛----

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