Thursday, April 5, 2012
The Groove Tube
Dir: Ken Shapiro (Modern Problems)
IMDB Rating: 5.6 out of 10
Groove Tube is another film thats hard to write about being that there is no real story to follow , just being a series of sketches but I guess I'll start with the opening of the film. The first segment we see is a knock on A Space oddsey as we see a group of primitive beings as they lay around in their natural habitat before seeing a Television in the distance. They T.V. turns on and we get the opening credits while the gorilla's dance and play the films opening theme. Theopening theme is quite awesome as it is "Move On Up" by Curtis Mayfield. The song continues to pay as we flash forward to a young hitch hiker getting picked up by a lovely young lady. the couple pull over and horse play a bit and disrobe running nude through the woods. Until the man runs naked into a cop.
Much like many of these Sketch comedy films there is always a lengthier short played as a Feature Presentation and this one is no different as we are treated to the movie of the night. This is a pretty funny sketch called "The Dealers" starring the Director Ken Shapiro as "The Boss" and a young Richard Belzer as "Rodriguez". The two return home from a drug smuggling venture and take to selling pot to get ahead in life. However they are not very good at it as their paranoia gets the best of them fast and upon their first big sale they get nervous and think the rich white guy they are selling to is a fed. After flushing the goods the two trek back home only to get scarred when a cop is behind them. The guys begin tripping hard after eating a majority of their product in order to hide it and they dash into a movie theater where Rodriguez manages to get lucky with a lady in the audience. Upon returning home Boss begins hallucinating , When he is awaken by a man robbing their house for their stash. In a strange moment Boss opens up to Rodriguez about loving him , but misses the mark as the pleas for affection go right over his stoner buddies head. As the scene comes to a close a Public service from the Church goes across the screen playing this off as a propaganda film against drugs. Assuming they will make you freak out as well as turn you homosexual. This sort is another one of the few high spots in the film and the theme song is awesome.
Fun Factor: 6
Overall: 5.5 out of 10