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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Uneven retro comedy has lots of sex, drug humor.

Movie NR 2020 72 minutes
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Occasional laughs and a quirky nostalgic sensibility make this indie comedy passably amusing, but its lack of a cohesive plot and ultrashort runtime diminish its entertainment value. Those who grew up in the '80s will appreciate the spoofing of that TV era, particularly Kenney's take on a female version of Bob Ross -- that quiet-voiced painter of happy trees -- which has a surprisingly risque twist. Lennon and Proksch are comedic veterans and do the best they can with the improvisational-seeming screenplay, but there's not enough here beyond the parody jokes.

Ralph's story emerges in the second half of VHYes, but even his admittedly touching conversation with a haunted version of his mother isn't enough to glue together the movie's disparate collection of TV snippets, wedding details, and middle school recordings. The fact that the film was actually shot in VHS and Beta makes for an authentic but less than pleasant viewing experience. Still, despite its flaws, there's just enough here that's genuinely funny to make you wonder what Robbins could do with a more feature-length movie.

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