Psycho Beach Party
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Shaking bikinis, muscled surfers, a wanna-be surf babe with a split personality, a mom with an agenda, and a few severed body parts are just some of the problems facing Captain Monica Stark when she is called to investigate a recent rash of gory Malibu murders.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's too much filmed theater to come alive fully on the screen."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"It definitively skewers the false innocence of American pop culture on the eve of the countercultural deluge."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Immaculate execution in every detail of one poor conception after another... uninspired, arrogant, and lazy."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It's all enjoyable enough, but it's played so broadly that it loses whatever impact it might have had."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Technically primitive but still enjoyable raunchfest."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"Awkward combination of garish set decoration and muffled humor."
‑ Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"Saddled with both a script and direction that never comes near the wit or cleverness in Busch's own performance."
‑ Ernest Hardy, Film.com
"Cool original camp. This is a fun little movie."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Sharp satire. Great fun."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (cleveland.com)
"A funny tongue-in-cheek comedy, cinematic commentary and murder mystery all rolled in to one."
‑ Janet Branagan, Apollo Guide
"Good belly laughs amid lower-key giddiness."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"Sometimes more fun to describe than to watch."
‑ , Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It's Back to the Beach writ saucy."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"If this wearying exercise in camp, rib-nudging double entendres, rhyming gollyspeak and groovy-daddio! set design wrapped around a wan murder mystery sounds like an Annette Funicello movie gone to hell, it at least succeeds on one level."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"PBP made a smooth transition from stage to screen; I suppose since the play was mocking movies, making a movie of it was a more logical use of the script."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
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