The Knables are having marriage problems: Roy is a lousy plumbing supplies salesman by day and couch potato by night, and his wife, Helen, is a successful senior product manager for a vitamin company. Roy watches too much TV every night and Helen just cannot stand it. Then one night, Helen offers Roy a night to save their relationship: a romantic getaway without phones, their children, and especially no TV. Unfortunately, when Roy's hooked on the big screen, there's no going back. This frustrates and angers her and Helen decides to smash the family console with one of Roy's trophies as a wake-up call to reality. A heartbroken-to-disoriented Roy then hears the doorbell and finds out that it's a mysterious salesman named Spike who offers him the "ultimate getaway" from all the hate, frustration, and failures: a new remote controller and a new state-of-the-art satellite TV. Roy accepts the new TV by signing a free trial contract not knowing that he just sold his soul to the devil himself...Written by
[Roy Knable arrives inside a castle]
My, my. Now you'll never get back to Kansas.
[Roy looks behind him and sees that his remote is shattered into pieces]
[raising his sword]
[Roy gets a wooden stick]
Oh, no sword. Have to talk to that prop man.
[breaks the stick]
Right about now, your wife is probably catching that train... right between the eyes. And you let it happen.
[hurling one of Roy's swords towards the HVTV dish]
Here it comes, Dad!
[the sword gets sucked in the dish]
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During the end credits, the HVTV Fall Lineup is shown, including:
Doesn't anybody recognize the significance of this movie?
The things that Ritter's character found 'hellish' back in '92 are now common fare - e.g. stabbing each other in the back (figuratively) in 'The Apprentice', 'Survivor', etc.; paternity tests on 'Maury'; revealing the adultery of spouses (and nude wrestling) on 'Springer'; not to mention Jackass, Southpark or Borat.
I think the word is prescient.
I have often thought over the years about how this movie was so outrageously impossible when it was made, but how, within a few years how mainstream much of the portrayed content had become.
I think this is a movie - although a low budget comedy (dare I use the descriptor "B"?) - that should be recognized for its historical significance, and perhaps studied in sociology courses about the effect of media on society (or more exactly - the effect of media on media).
The significance of this movie has been overlooked.
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