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"She's the hottest thing on the beach. She's also his best friend's daughter!"

Blame It On Rio is a 1984 film starring Michael Caine and Joseph Bologna as Matthew and Victor. The two are long-time best friends and co-workers who are both in troubled marriages. They venture on a vacation to Rio de Janeiro joined by their teenage daughters. Matthew's daughter is Nikki, played by a very young Demi Moore, and Victor's daughter is Jennifer, played by Michelle Johnson.

The film is best remembered for Michelle Johnson's many topless scenes. Jennifer seduces the much older Matthew, and the two begin a sexual relationship. When Jennifer confesses to her father that she's having a love affair with an older man, Victor reacts furiously and asks Matthew to help him track down her mystery lover. Matthew halfheartedly agrees to help his friend and watches as Victor ends up in confrontations with completely innocent men.

Ultimately, Matthew decides to confess to Victor that he is Jennifer's lover after he asks her to end their relationship and she refuses to let him go. Victor doesn't react as angrily as expected, and Matthew learns that this is because Victor has been having a love affair with Matthew's wife.

As the two men continuously bicker over which one of them behaved the worst, a distraught Jennifer tries to take her own life but fails. This incident brings everyone closer together as Matthew and his wife work through their marital issues, and Victor reconciles with his estranged wife, and they remarry. Meanwhile, Jennifer falls for a younger male nurse that cares for her after her suicide attempt.

The film gained most of its notoriety as an 80s late-night premium cable movie channel staple, popular with young male viewers seeking sunbathing topless women and loads of gratuitous nudity. Johnson's Lolita-like Jennifer character would go on to be her most memorable and noteworthy role, as Demi Moore, who had a very minimal role in the movie as the seldom-seen Nikki, would ultimately go on to more fame and celebrity.

R
| 1984 | 1 min | 5.7/10 | 22/100
Cast
Michael Caine, Joseph Bologna, Valerie Harper, Michelle Johnson
Studio
MGM
Director
Stanley Donen
Language
English
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