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Joysticks (1983)

R | | Comedy | 4 March 1983 (USA)
When a top local businessman and his two bumbling nephews try to shut down the town's only video arcade, arcade employees and patrons fight back.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joseph Rutter
Leif Green ... Eugene Groebe
Jim Greenleaf ... Jonathan Andrew McDorfus
... Jefferson Bailey
... King Vidiot (as Jonathan Gries)
... Patsy Rutter
... Arnie
John Voldstad ... Max
Reid Cruickshanks ... Coach Straight
Morgan Lofting ... Mrs. Rutter
Kym Malin ... Lola
Kim G. Michel ... Alva
... Alexis Wheeler
... Mayor Neville
... Nurse Tubitt
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There's trouble in town and it's video games. High school students spend so much time with the electronic monsters that there's no time for schoolwork. Shucks. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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More fun than games.

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4 March 1983 (USA)  »

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Video Madness  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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This film was made under the title "Video Madness." See more »

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When the two main characters are playing Pac-Man (with the cool, giant floor-mounted joysticks) they are repeatedly shown mashing buttons. There's no buttons in Pac-Man, as the only thing you are doing is controlling movement. The same is true later when they are playing Super Pac-Man. Super-Pac-Man has one button ("Super Speed") which must be held down continuously. It would do them no good to keep mashing the button. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Rutter: You and I have something in common. Do you know what that is?
King Vidiot: [Shakes hands with Mr. Rutter] We both like to hang out in public bathrooms!
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References Wizard of Wor (1980) See more »

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Last Chance for Love
Music by Ray Knehnetsky and Sherry Klein
Lyrics by Tom Demenkoff
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topless girl playing Pac-Man. ...'nuff said?
8 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

The dubious honors given this film are entirely justified. This is, without question, among the most moronic comedies ever made. Quite interesting as a time capsule of the early 1980s, however, and a real gas for anyone who was a youngster at that time. The plot concerns a popular video arcade in danger of being closed down by nogoodnik Joe Don Baker. Who cares about that, though...

...you rented this to see boobs.

Right?

Singular boobs. Pairs of boobs. Sets, groups, and crowds of boobs. Yes...JOYSTICKS is a veritable Wall of Boob, and while you're busy boobing it up, you can also enjoy the most sophomoric humor ever be offered up in a teen sex comedy. As an extra bonus, there's a gang of comically over-the-top "punkers", the likes of which were commonplace as guest villains on T.V. crime shows throughout the 80s(tri-color frightwigs, bondage gear, lots of chains...yeah, you remember...)

Shamefully fun trash, if you don't mind hitting the kill-switch on your brain for 90 minutes. Wakka Wakka Wakka.

4/10


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