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“Shrimp on the Barbie is the romantic - comedy story of an American- Mexican, played by Marin, working in a Mexican restaurant in Sydney. An English- Australian played by Emma Samms, from Dynasty , romantically ensnares the Mexican and presents him to her father, the richest man in Australia, as the ultimate loser and the man she will marry” - (“NZ cheaper than Oz for new film”, Evening Standard, September 6, 1989)

“The first section endeavours to mine comedian Cheech Marin’s talent for mimickry with routines plundered from the Basil Fawlty / Manuel duo and there is much slapstick and caricature. With the change in Alex’s persona from stuck- up bitch to vulnerable and lonely poor- little- rich- girl the tone switches to romantic comedy mode and poor- but- honest Carlos becomes the embodiment of everything good and true. Oedipal conflict rages between Alex and Daddy. As Cinderella, Carlos gets to marry the princess because she and Daddy have fallen for his simple, foreign integrity” - (Helen Martin & Sam Edwards, New Zealand Film 1912-1996, Auckland: Oxford University Press, 1997, pg.151)

Shrimp on the Barbie had no theatrical release in New Zealand but is available on video under the title Boyfriend From Hell.

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Year 1990

Reference number F34644

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image


Genre Feature

Duration 1:26:00

Production company R. ben efraim, unity pictures corporation

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Credits Carlos: Cheech Marin
Alex: Emma Samms
Bruce: Vernon Wells
Dominique: Carole Davis
Sir Ian Hobart: Terence Cooper
Lady Irene: June Bishop
Gary Williams: Gary McCormiCk
Blue: Frank Whitten
Director: Alan Smithee
Director: [Michael Gottlieb]
Producer: R Ben Efraim
Executive Producer: Jerry Offsay
Screenplay: Grant Morris
Screenplay: Ron House
Screenplay: Alan Shearman
Director of Photography: James Bartle
Director of Photography: Andrew Lesnie
Editor: Fred Chulak
Production Designer: Ron Highfield
Costume Designer: Sue Gandy