Throwback Thursday-The Critic (1994-1995)

Life, if nothing else is a balancing act. Work, family, friends, etc, are all are vying for our time and attention.

In the short-lived animated program, The Critic (1994-1995), Jay Sherman (voiced by Jon Lovitz) is a New York City based movie critic who is not always given the best films to review. He always ends his review with the catchphrase “It Stinks!”.

On top of the stress that comes from his job (which extends to dealing with his sometimes less than amiable manager), Jay is also dealing with stress from his personal life.

Even though the show only lasted a year, it stands out because of the satire, which mostly emanates from the lousy films that Jay has to review. It also helps that Jon Lovitz can play a satirical character like nobody’s business.

I recommend it.

Throwback Thursday- Mom And Dad Save The World (1992)

The science fiction genre can sometimes be taken a little too seriously.

Mom and Dad Save The World (1992), is the perfect movie to shake up the genre.

Marge Nelson (Teri Garr) and her husband, Dick (Jeffrey Jones) are the average middle aged married suburban American couple. On a distant planet, Emperor Tod Spengo (Jon Lovitz) spies Marge through his telescope. He kidnaps Marge and Dick, planning to blow up the Earth and force Marge to marry him. Reliving the episodes of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon that he enjoyed as a boy, Dick, with the help of the planets inhabitants will rescue his wife, save the planet and return the natural heir to the throne.

This is one of those movies that is so ridiculous, that I wonder what the executive who green lighted this movie was smoking. The fun of the movie is how completely absurd it is. But it is a very funny movie and isn’t that what we all need every once in a while? A deeply absurd movie that makes us laugh?

I recommend it.

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