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Meet the Hollowheads (1989)

The Hollowheads, a slightly darker and more satirical 80s take on The Jetsons (1962), have their hands full when the head of the family's sleazy and abusive boss invites himself to their family dinner.


Thomas R. Burman (as Tom Burman)


Thomas R. Burman (as Tom Burman), Stanley Mieses (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Glover ... Henry Hollowhead
Nancy Mette ... Miriam Hollowhead
Richard Portnow ... Mr. Crabneck
Matt Shakman Matt Shakman ... Billy Hollowhead
Juliette Lewis ... Cindy Hollowhead
Joshua John Miller ... Joey (as Joshua Miller)
Shnutz Burman Shnutz Burman ... Spike
Lightfield Lewis ... Bud Hollowhead
Lee Arenberg ... Ream Instructor
Barney Burman ... Young Reamer
Anne Ramsey ... Babbleaxe
Logan Ramsey ... Top Drone
Layne Britton Layne Britton ... Grandpa Hollowhead (as Shotgun Britton)
Chaz Conner ... Oliver
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Cop #1 (as Jack Cheese)
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The Hollowheads are a normal, loving, futuristic, middle class family who live in a dystopian, corporate-controlled, The Jetsons (1962)-type future world populated with many cool gadgets and some alien creatures. Henry, the pacifist head of the family, is hoping for a promotion at the slime factory where he works, and when his sleazy boss invites himself to the Hollowheads family dinner, Henry mistakes this for a sign that his moment has finally come. However, when his boss shows his dark, horny, perverted and rude side at the dinner table, and crosses all the lines when he starts verbally abusing Henry and sexually harassing his lovely wife, the family has no choice but to come together and fight back. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Sometime, somewhere, the Hollowhead family is having a bad day ....


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Tom Burman's first and only directorial effort. See more »


Billy Hollowhead: Hi, Dad!
Henry Hollowhead: Well, now. There's my boy.
Miriam Hollowhead: He's not your boy... I mean, He's your little man now!
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References The Jetsons (1962) See more »


Lyrics by Glenn A. Jordan (as Glenn Jordan) and Kenneth J. Hall (as Ken Hall)
Music by Glenn A. Jordan (as Glenn Jordan)
Performed by Mendy Lee
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"Black Comedy" of the future .........
10 December 2019 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Everything revolves around tubes in this futuristic "dark comedy" . The eclectic cast is interesting, with Nancy Mette, Richard Portnow, John Glover, and especially a cameo by Ann Ramsey. Ramsey is in charge of the local tube station, and her subtitled rant is worth the price of admission alone. Meanwhile the neon sets are creative with tubes pumping everything in and out of the domicile. There are obvious sexual double meanings referred to in all the "tube talk". Things eventually turn nasty with the Hollowhead's defending themselves from Mr. Hollowhead's lecherous boss. "Meet the Hollowheads" is definitely going to be an aquired taste, but for the right audience this is cult film caviar. "Good shift" . - MERK

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15 November 1989 (USA) See more »

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Life on the Edge See more »

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