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America (1986)

R | | Comedy | October 1986 (USA)
The zany crew of a New York cable TV station accidentally bounce a signal off the moon, bringing them worldwide attention.

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The zany crew of a New York cable TV station accidentally bounce a signal off the moon, bringing them worldwide attention.

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Humorous outrageousness may only confound the viewer. (spoilers)
22 November 2005 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

As the third to comment on this movie, I'm am wavering between the two extremes of good and bad. This is a comedy that has an offbeat rhythm like 'Choose Me', but attempts to be outrageous without point like a spoof comedy (but more like 'Kentucky Fried Movie' than say, 'The Naked Gun'). So, you really have to be ready for such an odd, and almost illogical narrative and a seriously strange mix of characters who seem to exist in detachment from one another. But, this kind of humor seems to become so overdone to a point that it becomes, for me, not only ridiculous, but to the point that it just ends of being a terrible movie.

This is the story of Channel 92's rise to fame, thanks primarily to a scheme hatched by investing parents which leads to a misunderstanding between a wife and husband, which in turn leads to a turnaround in the news department and a failure of all other networks. The situation is far to weird and too varied to explain, really except that a wife, finding a woman's skirt in his briefcase, assumes that he is a repressed homosexual, and says he must prove his innocence by trying on the skirt. This somehow gives confidence to the new 'Action News' reporter and all of a sudden, every weirdo in New York has some problem for the guy to solve. And that's only half of it.

A very strange comedy indeed, but for those who like obscure, and outrageous, almost nonsensical humor, might give it a try.


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