A formless compendium of sketches very loosely parodying late-night American television. The tone veers from slapstick (the predictable but delightfully over-the-top opening sketch about the perils of condo-life) through stodgy satire (the excesses of computer dating) to smutty silliness (Video Date). The overall result, unsurprisingly, is patchy in the extreme. Weiss' title piece - fragments guying the portentous scripts, wooden acting and non-existent budgets of Z-grade '50s sci-fi movies - is obvious but occasionally spot-on with its appalling sets and repetitive use of the same bit of landscape; Dante's Critics Corner, in which a pair of TV reviewers turn from movies like Winter of My Despondency to real lives, is pleasantly dark; and Landis' own Blacks Without Soul, featuring singing dork Don Simmons, who 'turned a personal affliction into a career', is a gem of brevity and precision. Slim pickings.
Cast and crew
John Landis, Joe Dante, Robert K Weiss, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton
Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland
Rosanna Arquette Ralph Bellamy Carrie Fisher Griffin Dunne Steve Guttenberg Monique Gabrielle Michelle Pfeiffer