When I was a kid, I could watch a movie over and over and over again. And I don’t mean a few times over a few months. I mean every single day after school for weeks, if not months. The 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was one of those movies, so was Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. They make sense. I was 10 when the Ninja Turtles movie came out, and about the same age when I discovered Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Police Academy 5: Mission Miami was another. Now, 20 plus years later, I still understand why I watched these movies so many times and I csan still enojoy them today. What I don’t understand to this day, is my early 90s obsession with Back to the Beach.
According to an opening monologue from their son (Demian Slade as Bobby), Annette (Annette Funicello) and her husband, nicknamed the Big Kahuna (Frankie Avalon), were the king and queen of LA’s surf scene in the 60s. But after some sort of accident, they gave it all away, moved to Ohio and started a family. Now a pair of squares, the Kahuna sells cars and Annette is a house wife. They decide to take a family holiday to Hawaii that includes a stopover in LA to pick up their adult daughter, Sandi (Lori Loughlin). (more…)