Tapeheads (1999) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|The Robbins Recipe - the grade-b version
of The Blues Brothers meets Broadway Danny Rose.
What a disappointment. Great concept, great performers. On paper, I loved it. Then I watched it.
|Tim Robbins and John Cusack are two out-of-work security guards. Cusack fancies himself as a suave promoter and thinks Robbins is a genius with video tape, so why shouldn't they make rock videos? Our boys eventually find two aging Motown singers, The Swanky Modes, and decide to mastermind their comeback.||
isn't very funny in this movie, but he really looks funny
with the slicked down hair and the pencil-thin moustache,
like Gilbert Roland in a 1950's second feature about an
aspiring third rate gigolo making a living as a tango
instructor. I don't know if there is such as movie as
that, but there should be.
It has some good moments, like a zero budget video they make for a Scandinavian Synth band, and a completely straight Bobcat Goldthwaite as one of those TV infomercial cash flow gurus. In terms of the actual videos they made, some of the concepts were funny, but the comic timing was absent. If it gives you any indication, director Fishman didn't work for six years after this film, and his next work was "Car 54, Where Are You"
(Fishman is currently working on another rock concept film, My Dinner With Jimi)
|Sorry to say the movie
doesn't work. The comedy is slapstick schtick, the rock
video parodies are generally too long and too unfunny,
and the "great" final number with Junior Walker
and Sam Moore isn't that great at all.
This film has a small cult following (check out the comments at IMDb, so some people love it, but I think you should go out and rent the Blues Brothers or Spinal Tap instead.
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