The Ratings Game

1984

Comedy / Romance

1
IMDb Rating 6 10 477

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Director

Cast

Alan Alda as Self
Danny DeVito as Vic DeSalvo
Barry Corbin as The Colonel
720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
935.27 MB
956*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
P/S 30 / 73
1.7 GB
1424*1072
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
P/S 57 / 70

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by oxblood 8 / 10

Classic Devito

Hilarious movie reminiscent of Mad TV and SNL mock TV shows. First saw this on cable in the 80s and fell off my chair laughing. This is the kind of stuff Danny Devito does best. Dark, sarcastic humor.

Struggling producer Vic de Salvo (Devito) hatches a scheme to become a big TV star by creating and staring in his own shows and selling them to a struggling network. When he meets and falls in love with Francine, (Rhea Perlman) a woman who works for the Neilson Ratings Beaureau, he uses her knowledge to kidnap the Neilson families and send his mobster crew to "house-sit" for them and tune into his shows.

The mock shows are hilarious and I swear some of them are actually templates for shows that were minor hits later on. This reminds me a little of "Stay Tuned". Well worth a look, though slightly dated. Future "Cheers" stars, Perlman and George Wendt and an early look at Michael Richards ("Seinfeld"'s Kramer).

Reviewed by cgculpeper 10 / 10

Funniest TV Movie Ever

Even though this cable-TV movie is a satire on 80's television, it's still funny today. In fact, it begs a remake. Network TV is much, much worse now than it ever was in the Eighties so there would be more to satirize - like so-called reality TV. What I like about this movie is it's fast and funny, makes its points, scores its laughs and then it's over in a tight 90 minutes or so. DeVito's direction is smooth, especially considering it was his first effort in feature-length comedy. (And the humor is much more pointed and sophisticated than his other TV satire, 'Death To Smoochy.') DeVito's performance is also outstanding as the ethics-challenged Vic. The ugly duckling love story between DeVito and Perlman also works, and is surprisingly touching. Of course, the highlight of the whole thing is the hilariously mocking take-off on a typical 'affiliates meeting' when a network trots out its Fall shows, in this case three dogs titled, 'Hot Bods and Levar,' 'Whacked Out,' and 'The Dawn Patrol,' a pretentious drama about inner city garbage men and their 'hopes, dreams and fears.' Add to this a once-in-a-lifetime cast - Steve Allen, Ronny Graham, Huntz Hall, John Megna, Gerrit Graham, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Richards, Jerry Seinfeld, the Voice of Selma Diamond - and you've got a real winner. So why isn't this on DVD?

Reviewed by Hey_Sweden 8 / 10

"At least she didn't torch my warehouse. Some of them get nuts."

Veteran actor Danny DeVito here does a creditable job of directing what is a pretty clever skewering of the television industry. Vic De Salvo (DeVito) has had tremendous success in the trucking business, only now he's moved to L.A., and he has his heart set on attaining fame and fortune as a T.V. producer / star. His truly awful sitcom idea ends up becoming a huge hit after he's conspired with his girlfriend (played by DeVito's real-life significant other, Rhea Perlman) to manipulate the ratings system.

For this viewer, 'The Ratings Game' didn't necessarily generate any true belly laughs, but it's still an intelligent, amusing piece of work. DeVito displays his typical comic energy playing this shameless, unapologetic scoundrel, and milks the Jim Mulholland / Michael Barrie script for everything that it's worth. What's more, the romance between Vic and Francine is actually quite appealing, with the two stars unsurprisingly showing off real chemistry. (Francine is a notable contrast to Carla Tortelli, Ms. Perlmans' best-known TV character.). And Vic is the kind of guy whom you can't help but like, despite his shadiness. The phoney sitcoms he has devised are a hoot in their tackiness; to be fair, they probably wouldn't be much worse than some actual sitcoms that have made it to air in real life. DeVito's storytelling skills are solid, as well as his pacing. At no point do you feel that he's just marking time.

What's truly impressive is the cast that DeVito and casting director Marci Liroff assembled for this thing. There's a non-stop parade of familiar faces: established stars, stars-to-be, and many top character actors.

This landmark TV movie (one of the earliest made for cable TV) doesn't seem to be that well-remembered 36 years later, but discerning viewers will find it to be well worth their time.

Eight out of 10.

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