Embarrassed groans and involuntary yawns are the noises likely to be heard emanating from viewers of this rank fluff about silencing one's critics.
Although budding theater impresario/acting coach Steve Maletti (Jeff Seymour) leads a hand-to-mouth existence, he ignores offers from pals to check out the greener pastures of cinema. When he finally snags two TV personalities (Ed Begley Jr. and Joe Spano) to appear in one of his productions, they
abandon the project to take up movie offers. Steve then manages to secure the West Coast rights to a new play by a heralded writer (Tom Dahlgren).
At this point, with all the elements for success in place, Steve learns that the most vituperative critic in L.A., Milton Mandley (Bruce Kirby), is coming out of retirement just to do a major critique of this production. Practically hyperventilating when he spots the sourpuss writer in the opening
night audience, Steve enlists the help of his assistant Kevin (Kevin Hunt) in a harebrained scheme to frighten the critic into penning a favorable notice. When their playacting proves too realistic, Mandley keels over from a heart attack. After perusing Mandley's glowing review, the duo decide to
deposit the dead man at his Palm Springs home so the rave can run without any delays. Although their transport of the body is successfully accomplished and the play becomes a long-running hit, Steve attracts the suspicions of a prying cop named James (James Handy). When Steve succumbs to the siren
call of a career in the movies, his brightest discovery is none other than a blackmailing former LAPD detective: James.
Wretchedly unprofessional in most departments, this dreary comic enterprise exhibits no stylistic savior faire or any true understanding of the mechanics of hustling for a career break. Flaccidly directed and indifferently scripted, RAVE REVIEW is a comedy that doesn't sport one witty line of
Hampered by a budget so low that it is deprived of a diverting sparkle, RAVE REVIEW puts all its comedic eggs in one basket, a plot convolution that makes no dramatic sense at any level. Steve doesn't kill the critic, so what is he afraid of? The review would have run the following morning anyway.
Just as grievously insulting to viewers as the plot's limp premise is the film's snobbery about the theater's superiority to the movies. If RAVE REVIEW is any indication of what this movie's creative staff inflicts on live, unsuspecting audiences, then mercifully this bomb comedy will send the
no-talents scuttling back to the boards where they can ruin the evenings of fewer spectators than a lousy video can reach.(Extreme profanity, adult situations.)
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: NR
- Review: Embarrassed groans and involuntary yawns are the noises likely to be heard emanating from viewers of this rank fluff about silencing one's critics. Although budding theater impresario/acting coach Steve Maletti (Jeff Seymour) leads a hand-to-mouth existen… (more)