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VHYes (2019)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 31 January 2020 (Canada)
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This bizarre retro comedy, shot entirely on VHS and Beta, follows 12-year-old Ralph as he accidentally records home videos and his favorite late night shows over his parents' wedding tape.

Director:

Jack Henry Robbins

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Head ... Ralph's Dad
Christopher Marble Christopher Marble ... Priest
Christian Drerup Christian Drerup ... Ralph's Mom
Mason McNulty ... Ralph
Roy Abramsohn ... Gavin Johnson
Helen Kennedy ... Bree Jones (as Helen Kennedy Turner)
Amos Vernon ... New Zack
William Frederick Knight ... Kindly the Cowboy
Lucas Jaye ... Kiddo
Deborah Sale Butler Deborah Sale Butler ... Radio DJ / Infomercial Annoucer (as Deborah Sale-Buttler)
Rahm Braslaw ... Josh
Kerri Kenney ... Joan
Mark Proksch ... Teddy
Jelena Williams Jelena Williams ... Skeet Woman
Thomas Lennon ... Tony V
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Storyline

12-year-old budding home video director Ralph begins accidentally taping over his parents' VHS wedding tape. As he overwrites the magnetic echoes of their pre-Ralph past, he commemorates his love affair with the format by using the versatile tape to make new memories of himself with his parents while also employing it to tape eccentric pioneers of late-night cable television. Shot entirely on VHS. Written by Mae Moreno

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon are director Jack Henry Robbins parents. Both actors appear in the film. See more »

Goofs

In Joan's painting, she paints herself slam dunking on a green-haired Dennis Rodman in a Chicago Bulls jersey. The film is set in 1987, but this look of Dennis Rodman's didn't occur until 1995. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Joy of Painting (1983) See more »

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It's Your Body 2
Written by Connan Mockasin
Performed by Connan Mockasin
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Uniquely strange
6 March 2020 | by umimelectricSee all my reviews

I can't really call this a movie, in the common sense. Sure you'll see some semi-recognizable faces who have held smaller parts across many comedy shows and movies, most notably a few cast members from Reno 911, but there is not a straight forward narrative here. Instead we have more of an anthology of faux-public access and infomercial skits (think Tim & Eric Awesome Show) specifically created and filmed deliberately in amateur style under the pretense that a young boy recorded these bits of cheesy TV over a VHS tape that was originally once reserved for his parents' 1987 wedding footage. You'll see classic clips of horribly acted 80's porn (the story scenes), exaggerated jazzercize infomercials, the blue vertically scrolling preview channel, absurd advertisements, boring public access programs about rock bands and conspiracies, knock-off Antiques Roadshow and HSN bits, and peppered in between all of this you have quick shots of the kid's parents' wedding video and times where him and his friend were messing with the camcorder during sleepovers. Everything is pretty convincing here and as an 80s/90s kid myself, I appreciate the authenticity. This is a love letter to a certain kind of person, of a certain age, with a certain sense of humor. If you get it, you really get it. If you don't, then you just weren't the target audience. This film is like one endless inside-joke, and it's absolutely brilliant for what it is.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 2020 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

VHYes See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$47,037

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,037
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Hot Winter Films See more »
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Color

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1.33 : 1
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