movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] I heard so many people rave about this movie, but felt it looked kind of cheesy. But the National Lampoon name was enough to get me over the hump.

PEOPLE: Written by John Hughes (Mr. Mom, National Lampoon’s Vacation/European Vacation/Christmas Vacation, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Some Kind Of Wonderful, Planes,Trains,&Automobiles, Home Alone). Probably one of his poorest-written movies! Directed by Michael Miller.

Starring Gerrit Graham (The Guardian from Gargoyle’s Avalon storyline, Dynasty, Dallas, C.H.U.D. 2, Child’s Play 2), Michael Lerner (Three’s A Crowd, Barton Fink) as Dr. Robert Young, Misty Rowe (Meatballs 2), Blackie Dammett (Lethal Weapon 3, Meatballs 2), Fred McCarren (Xanadu), frequent sitcom/cartoon guest star Miriam Flynn (Vacation/Vegas Vacation/Christmas Vacation), Stephen Furst (Kent Dorfman from Animal House, Sorority Boys), Mews Small (Man On The Moon), Shelley Smith, Zane Buzby (who was hilarious) (Blossom, My Two Dads, National Lampoon’s The Last Resort, Cheech & Chong‘s Up In Smoke, Oh,God!), Jacklyn Zeman (General Hospital), Barry Diamond (Bachelor Party), Art Evans (Die Hard 2), Randy Powell (The Incredible Shrinking Woman), Anne Ramsey (Momma from Throw Momma In The Train), Marla Pennington (Joan Lawson from Small Wonder, Leslie Walker from Soap), Jim Staahl (Second City TV, Mork & Mindy, and a reporter in Airplane 2).

…And Chuck Berry as himself (WTF?)!

Basically.. a bunch of b-actors that didn’t do much. I didn’t even recognize Marla Pennington despite watching pretty much every episode of Small Wonder and Soap (We’re talking over 100 episodes).

QUIRKS: A high-school reunion mixed with bad horror movie parody.

VISUALS: Pretty low-budget.

BAD STUFF: Some of the jokes were funny, but for the most part — the worst part about this movie is the jokes. And the special effects. And the plot. And the acting.

CONCLUSION: Don’t get me wrong — there were still redeeming moments. But they were still cheesy. Pretty much any Troma movie beats this movie out. Many people consider this a “so bad it’s good” movie, but I think it just fails pretty badly. This is around the same caliber as Saturday The 14th.

RATINGS: 2/5 stars on Netflix — though Clint would give it 2.5 if that were possible. 5/10 on IMDB. And that might be generous. This wasn’t a good movie.

RECOMMENDATION: National Lampoon completists and early-80s-horror-comedy people might like this… But almost everyone else should avoid this like the plague.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Saturday The 14th 1.

MOVIE QUOTE: Walter Baylor: [holding a knife] One more move and she gets a hole where she doesn’t need one.

Mood: anticipation
Music: The Church – Sealine