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by Kevin Taft
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Friday Jan 17, 2020

One of the most original and oftentimes hilarious movies so far this year, Jack Henry Robbins' "VHYes" is a nostalgic nod to late night TV and the ads of the '80s and '90s. Shot entirely on video, the "plot" (if you can call it that) concerns a kid named Ralph (Mason McNulty) and his best friend Josh (Rahm Braslaw), who start recording late night TV on a video camera Ralph receives one Christmas.

Accidentally recording over his parent's wedding video, the clips we see are basically Ralph flipping through cable channels and experiencing everything from earnest infomercials about pens, a female Bob Ross-like painter, naughty Skinamax type movies with the good bits cut out, and more.

While this concept could have worn thin quickly, the skill of the mostly unknown cast is deft and the good-natured reverential vibe is almost joyous. Even if you aren't in stitches, you have a smile on your face as you either recall watching the exact same types of things on TV as a kid or enjoying witnessing what it was like "in the old days."

Executive Produced by Jack Robbins, parents Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon both make small appearances and are clearly reveling in the zaniness of the proceedings. While the Bob Ross painting lady's sequences got more and more sidesplitting as they went on, the best sequence was a real-crime show called "Blood Files: The Witches of West Covina." The docu-style program tells the tale of a sorority initiation talent show where one of the potential sister's reveals herself to be a witch. Although the sister's idea of what a witch is, is suspect. And laugh out loud funny. Seriously, this sequence alone should be the lone subject of a mockumentary film. It's drop-dead hysterical.

Truth be told, this one hour and twelve-minutes film is a swift watch and doesn't really go anywhere that resembles anything like a character arc or plot, but its retro-style is reminiscent of old movies like "Amazon Women on the Moon" and other skit-heavy movies of the '70s and '80s.

And it's a riot. I loved this movie and I think audiences of all ages will too.

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to 'Star Wars' and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg.


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