Blame It On Rio

Released 1984


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Stanley Donen
Blame it on Rio is a romantic comedy film released in 1984. Matthew (Michael Caine) and Victor (Joseph Bologna) are best friends who also work together for a company in Sao Paolo, Brazil. They decide to vacation together, but Victor and his wife are having marital issues, so she doesn't want to join. Similarly, Matthew's wife, without much explanation, tells Matthew she is not interested in going, and will not be attending the family vacation. Incidentally, Matthew and Victor vacation alone, save for their two teenage daughters who come along. Jennifer (Michelle Johnson), Victor's daughter, is a voluptuous, confident young girl, and bathes topless on the beaches of Rio. Nikki (Demi Moore), Matthew's daughter, is somewhat more reserved, but the two girls get a long regardless. As the families spend more time together, frolicking on the beach and drinking, Matthew develops a crush on Jennifer, who admits to Matthew that she has always liked him. Matthew and Jennifer embark on a sexual relationship, but it is not long before Victor learns that Jennifer is seeing an older man. Victor, of course, disproves of Jennifer's relationship with an older man and sets out to find this man, bringing Matthew with him. What ensues on this quest is both hilarious and shocking. Tune in to find out if Victor discovers that Matthew is the 'older man' his daughter is seeing!moreless


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  • 75

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Blame It On Rio is still a lot of fun. The colorful locations help out when the situations in them begin to pall. [17 Feb 1984]

  • 25

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Blame It On Rio has the mind of a 1940s bongo comedy and the heart of a porno film. It's really unsettling to see how casually this movie takes a serious situation. A disturbed gir...

  • 25

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    For the most part Blame It on Rio is witless, predictable and bland, despite Donen's fascination with the topless-beach scene (his camera combs the shore for breasts with the unsub...

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Comedy, Drama


Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance