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Robert Lee King directs this wacky, campy fusion of teenaged surfer flicks and slasher sagas. Impossibly perky Florence (Lauren Ambrose) doesn't quite fit in at her thoroughly square high school in her seaside Southern California town -- that is, until she happens upon a band of ultra-hip surfer dudes. Renaming herself "Chicklet," she tries her gosh-darnedest to be the sole girl riding the waves with the group led by suave Kanaka (Thomas Gibson). While adopting her surfer alter ego, Florence soon discovers that other less pleasant personalities emerge when confronted with the sight of polka dots. One called Anne Bowman is a tough, "experienced" older lady, while the other, Tylene, is a stereotypical sassy black woman. Blacking out whenever these other personalities take over, Florence becomes increasingly worried that she is responsible for a series of grizzly murders. Of course, she is far from the only suspicious character in her oceanside community -- there's B-movie star Bettina Barnes (Kimberly Davies), Swedish exchange student Lars (Matt Keeslar), and Florence's own unnervingly-perfect mom (Beth Broderick). This film was adapted from a popular off-Broadway play written by Charles Busch. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

  • Release date:January 23, 2000


Lauren Ambrose
as Florence/Chicklet
Thomas Gibson
as Kanaka
Kimberley Davies
as Bettina/Diane
Matt Keeslar
as Lars
Charles Busch
as Capt. Monica Stark
Beth Broderick
as Mrs. Forrest
Amy Adams
as Marvel Ann
Kathleen Robertson
as Rhonda
Nathan Bexton
as T.J.
Beth Broderick
as Mom
Buddy Quaid
as Junior
Jenica Bergere
as Cookie


Robert Lee King
Marcus Hu
Jon Gerrans
Victor Syrmis
Virginia Biddle
Charles Busch
Arturo Smith
Howard Paar
Musical Direction/Supervision
David Tobocman
Composer (Music Score)
Ben Vaughn
Composer (Music Score)
Suzanne Hines
Franco-Giacomo Carbone
Production Designer
Alberto Gonzalez-Reyna
Art Director
John Hall
Executive Producer
Ann Shea
Set Designer
Tim Walston
Sound/Sound Designer
Reggie Lee
Laura Schiff
Wendy Dallas
Script Supervisor
Douglas Salkin
Post Production Supervisor
Dawn Fleischman
First Assistant Camera
Brad Bryan
Boom Operator
Alan Estridge
Storyboard Artist
Jay Nierenberg
Supervising Sound Editor
Marc Fishman
Re-Recording Mixer
Diane Cornell
Line Producer
Liesl Beneke
Production Coordinator
Lance Brown
Re-Recording Mixer
Jeff Melnick
Co-Executive Producer
Camille Jumelle