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I shared it with my girlfriend a couple of days after it arrived, as she'd seen it during its original theatrical run, too. The jokes don't wear quite as well, so it would get only two or three stars for that. Still, the nostalgia factor, and seeing just how many of the sketches were later "borrowed" by others, ramps it up to four stars. One of the most notable borrowings was the news program, showing bizarre clips of weird stories, which we saw used by Chevy Chase on SNL the following year, under the Weekend Update banner. Chase and Richard Belzer are the only two people I recognized from the cast when watching it again, but this is some of their funniest early stuff.
If you haven't watched the movie before, I would have to say that the older you are the more likely you are to appreciate and enjoy the humor. Younger viewers might need some explanation of what's being parodied, unless they've had a lot of exposure to humor from the 70's and 80's already. Not for kids, by the way. There is ample nudity throughout, and a lot of sexual humor tossed in. The Groove Tube is less irreverent than it was before, but only because it raised the bar (some would say lowered the standards) for humor in television and movies.
Sure, it's low budget. Undoubtedly, it's crude and vulgar. At times, it's just brilliant satire. Nonetheless, "The Groove Tube" maintains a very consistent level of humor. Often times, it's just downright outrageous, and I cry. And, it's all done without a large Hollywood budget or concerns for political correctness which nows infests American society. Hell, back then political correctness was just being conceived. There's an abortion I would have happily supported.
Thirty years later, the humor is still relevant. The humor is still cutting edge. Nothing is sacred. I can only imagine the outrage, if this film were to be released today. Planned Parenthood would be screaming for litigation.
I will admit two things. The drug dealer sequence is boring; it just doesn't fit in and hurts the flow of the film. Secondly, I have sat in a room of people and was the only one laughing hysterically.
It's a little bit National Lampoon and a little bit Saturday Night Live at it's prime.
If you're old enough to remember Ed Herlihy's voiceovers for the Kraft Kitchen bits on Perry Como, the Kramp Kitchen hits home. The rock steady voiceover, the ridiculous recipe and Shapiro's frenetic hands are so funny that I have to turn away to catch my breath.
Granted that this isn't a slick comedy by today's standards but it is very original and hilarious to the right viewer.
By the way, for the Kentucky Fried Movie fans, it probably isn't an accident that KFM came out three years after Groove Tube.
Note to Mr. Shapiro - wherever you are, Thanks for the Laughs!
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