A committee investigating TV's first uncensored network examines a typical day's programming, which includes shows, commercials, news programs, you name it. What they discover will surely ... See full summary »
Bradley R. Swirnoff
Jealous, harried air traffic controller Max Fiedler, recently dumped by his girlfriend, comes into contact with nuclear waste and is granted the power of telekinesis, which he uses not only to win her back, but to gain a little revenge.
Misty arrives in a small town to look for her mother who abandoned her 22 years ago. She stays with a bisexual artist and her friends and models for her. Meanwhile, a Christian woman with a secret tries to save her perverted niece.
Allmovie reports that "The Groove Tube (1974) was originally rated X" in the USA. Film critic Leonard Maltin concurs that the film was "originally X-rated, later trimmed" for a toned-down modified version. See more »
Microphone visible in "Dealers" bathroom scene. See more »
[high-pithced clown voice]
Are all the little people here for "make believe time"? All of the big people out of the room? Oh-kay...
[Ko-Ko sighs and moves to a desk, removes his clown nose and puts on reading glasses]
[regular male voice]
Ok. Now I have, uh... a request here from Vicky Ulanet of Fort Wayne, she asks for page 47 of Fanny Hill by John Cleland.
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"The Groove Tube" was one of only two Ken Shapiro movies, the other one being the equally zany "Modern Problems". This one is just a full-scale parody of TV. Aside from Shapiro - who apparently didn't do anything after "Modern Problems" - the movie also stars Chevy Chase and Henry Winkler's cousin Richard Belzer. The three cast members (plus some other people in smaller roles) appear in various skits. One of the funniest ones features Chase in a Geritol-spoofing commercial, in which he's describing the medicine as his wife strips, and it ends with her humping him. There's also a pornographic news program, an irritating cooking show, and the epic tale of some drug dealers.
Anyway, the whole thing's just a real hoot. In my opinion, the three best TV-spoofing movies are this one, plus "Tunnelvision" and "Kentucky Fried Movie" (although I might also include "The Truman Show"). Really funny.
I wonder what ever did become of Ken Shapiro.
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