by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

I have lately been engaged in studying a little bit about the linguistic changes in Eastern Europe post-Glasnost, and I have been amazed by how rapidly English terms have started taking over the languages of the former Soviet Union. And it's curious that the locals sometimes attach completely different meanings to these words. Let's take, for example, the Russian adjective "nationallampooni," which means "of inferior quality; juvenile." Remember that those poor commie bastards only know what the Lampoon has put out since the late 80s. They never saw Animal House or Vacation, and they are completely unfamiliar with the brilliant first few years of the magazine.

Instead they have encountered a steady stream of films which have full titles beginning with "National Lampoon presents" and continuing with such verbiage as:

  • Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo
  • Dorm Daze 2
  • The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell
  • RoboDoc

RoboDoc is about a corporation which takes medicine to the next level with ... well, with a RoboDoc, an android who has been programmed with the full sum of mankind's medical knowledge housed inside a healthy young human male form. He can provide diagnosis, surgery, anesthesia, rehab, and anything else that is necessary, including coffee. He even performs cosmetic surgery at no additional cost, so when ordinary people come to him with a tummy ache, they go home not only cured, but looking like fitness buffs and movie stars. He works 24/7, moves at tremendous speed, and never makes a mistake.

To the screenwriters' credit, RoboDoc is not presented as a villain. Instead he is a sympathetic character, like Data in Star Trek TNG. In fact, EXACTLY like that. He looks like Data and is constantly trying to learn how to be more "human." The villains of the film are the egotistical surgeons and shyster malpractice lawyers who see the perfectly efficient RoboDoc as a threat to their various financial schemes and scams.

That's about the only kinda-nice thing I'll have to say. The ideas are unoriginal and the jokes delivered poorly. Not that it matters much because only about 1% of the alleged jokes are actually funny to begin with. The characters are made of cardboard. The presentation is essentially identical to what you'd expect from a low budget C-list sitcom, and it stars exactly the people you'd expect in such an enterprise: Bud Bundy (as played by David Faustino), Parker Lewis (Corin Nemec), and Dr. Seaver (Alan Thicke). Not surprisingly, the producers of the film were Bud Bundy and Parker Lewis. Astoundingly, Alan Thicke managed somehow to get a role without paying to play.










1 Orlando Sentinel (of 5 stars)
  (the film was lensed in Orlando)


5.6 IMDB summary (of 10)


Straight to DVD.



The only nudity was supplied by anonymous strippers who were seen only in a tack-on scene. The following Orlando-area strippers are seen: Auroralee, Giana Bella, Jessica Bontempo, Veronica Bultema, Amanda Dennis, Maria Forero, Anne Kelly, Hollie Winnard.


Our Grade:

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