Stay Tuned

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The MovieStay Tuned

Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime Video

The Pitch: A man going through a midlife crisis would rather watch TV than pay attention to his wife or kids. With his marriage teetering on the brink of collapse, the guy and his wife get sucked into a powerful new television set and must survive a gauntlet of hellacious versions of then-modern television shows and movies. (Examples: Northern Overexposure, Driving Over Miss Daisy, Three Men and Rosemary’s Baby.)

Why It’s Essential Viewing: This 1992 movie stars John Ritter (Three’s Company), Pam Dawber (Mork & Mindy), and Jeffrey Jones (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), and was directed by Peter Hyams (Outland, Timecop, Sudden Death). Admittedly, that’s not exactly a “who’s who” of legendary talent, but the premise is what really hooked me here. And the details of the plot are even more ridiculous than I mentioned in the pitch section: this whole operation is put together to please Satan himself, who is never seen in this movie but alluded to as a major TV watcher. Jones plays hell’s top TV executive, who finds poor TV-obsessed schlubs to participate in this torturous viewing scheme, and if the humans survive for 24 hours, they’re released back into the real world. Read More »