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I'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Not available on Netflix. Bittorrent wins again, suckas!]

PLOT SUMMARY: An inside look at ABC’s sitcom that turned made Robin Williams famous in 1978.

LIMERICK REVIEW: Robin Williams played Mork from Ork,
who wasn’t scared of acting like a dork.
When Belushi died of heroin & cocaine,
Williams knew his fate might be the same…
Yet he still craved drugs like a side of pork.

HAIKU REVIEW: Unfortunately,
Network executives suck,
and fuck with your show.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Cocaine and network executives fuck up great show.

PEOPLE: Lesser actors, that’s for sure. But it’s interesting because they are actors playing famous actors. It messes with your mind :)

Robin Williams / Mork is played by Chris Diamantopoulos, who I did not recognize as Rob Weiss from 24 (Rob Weiss was the argumentative/tough new Chief of Staff to President Allison Taylor, who replaced the Shawshank-Warden-Guy after the president’s bitch daughter Olivia got him removed from the position and arrested).

Pam Dawber / Mindy is played by Erinn Hayes, who was Jan Anderson in Twigger’s Holiday (ep#3), a series of 5 5-minute shorts of utter insanity sometimes featured on Attack Of The Show. She’s sexy in 2 completely different ways between the 2 things we’ve seen her in.

John Belushi (National Lampoon’s Animal House) was played by Tyler Labine (who played a drunk customer in Zack & Miri Make A Porno).

Rob Williams’ wife, Valerie Velardi, is played by Michelle Harrison, also a relative unknown who we’ve seen in just one thing: The new V series. She plays Mary Faulkner, the lady who was mad that the visitors accidentally killed her son (or husband?), and who made peace with the Visitors in episode #4. She was also in the movie Paycheck.

Garry Marhsall & Harvey Severson, who were in charge of Mork & Mindy, are played by Daniel Roebuck (Leslie Arzt from Lost, Cliff Lewis from Matlock, a voice in Rob Zombie’s The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto, Final Destination, The Fugitive) and David Richmond-Peck (George Sutton, leader of the resistance, from the new V series).

Cathy Smith, who served 15 months for manslaughter for daring to give Belushi the drugs he already wanted (and injecting 11 speedballs into him), is played by someone who was too ashamed to have her name in the credits (I guess).

There are also VERY brief parts with Raquel Welch being played by Ona Greer, who did a decent job for those 30 seconds. And Jeff Skinner as Jonathan Winters.

QUIRKS: Based on a book based on the TV show :)

VISUALS: They did a good job finding lookalikes. The Pam Dawber clone seemed spot on to me, but that may be because 25 years have passed since I really watched Mork & Mindy.

MORALS: Drugs are bad, MMM’kay?

BAD STUFF: Nothing really. This was extremely interesting. However, it was super-funny during the first third or half, and the comedy then tapered off as it became a more serious story about addiction.

CONCLUSION: Very, very interesting! And quite funny during the 1st third. I had no clue that Robin Williams was hanging out with John Belushi the night he died. Or that they even knew each other. Or that ABC had fucked up Mork And Mindy soooo bad….

RATINGS:
Clint: IMDB: 8/10. Netflix: 4/5 stars (if a page for it existed…)
Carolyn: IMDB: 7/10. Netflix: 3/5 stars (if a page for it existed). “That part with John Belushi was heavy stuff.”
Carolyn didn’t like it nearly as much as I did, though we were both fans of the original show. But I remembered far more of the show than her — like that Johnathan Winters was in it, for example — so that  may explain me liking it more.

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.0/10.

RECOMMENDATION: Mork And Mindy fans should really check this out. It’s quite interesting; probably better than any dvd extra for the show could ever be.

SIMILAR MOVIES: How many movies are there about making a TV show anyway?

MOVIE QUOTE: Harvey Severson: Wait a second, you’re not going to ask me to write for them?
Garry Marshall: No, no, no, Harvey, friends, don’t ask friends to write for Laverne and Shirley.

Mood: hungry
Music: Pixies – Down To The Well