This finely written 1998 comedy was directed and co authored by Bill Fishman and stars the ever reliable John Cusack, with Tim Robbins and Mary Crosby in support. Ivan (Cusack) and Josh (Robbins) are fired from their jobs as security guards and decide to start a video production company with Ivan as the businessman and Josh as the one
who actually has any skill for the medium. They do their very best to make a killing by creating any video that clients will employ them to make, all the time hoping to be able one day to concentrate on their own artistic endeavours. As they embark on their entrepreneurial journey they encounter many people, some of whom have their best interests at heart and some who definitely do not!
This is a completely hilarious film with two of the best actors to grace the screen united and given the chance to do something completely different. Both play their parts to perfection with well judged and frequently hilariously over the top performances, absolutely right for the material. Which is frequently completely stupid, though in a very very good way. It still has a very new feel to it with a quirky and bizarre sense of humour that helps it to stand out from the crowd and is a tremendous piece of 80s nostalgia. It’s well directed too, a very easy film to watch with no shots wasted and the actors given a lot of breathing space to perform. It’s a very funny mickey take of the music industry and harks back to the days when MTV suddenly became big and every band on the planet started producing pop videos.
A bizarre little piece of trivia is that the film was produced by Mike Nesmith, once of the Monkees and heir to the tippex fortune. And what’s more it has the legend that is Doug McClure in it so HAS to be worth watching for that alone! See it as soon as you can, it’ll make you laugh a very great deal and is a perfect way to unwind of an evening.
Director: Bill Fishman
Writers: Bill Fishman & Peter McCarthy
Stars: John Cusack, Tim Robbins and Mary Crosby