Ringmaster

  • 1998
  • 1 HR 35 MIN
  • R
  • Comedy, Drama

If your idea of entertainment includes hair-pulling, face-slapping, gut-punching, boob-flashing and booty shaking -- in short, if you're a fan of the Jerry Springer show -- then your just desserts have just been served. Springer is notorious for hosting the no-holds-barred TV talk show on which guests appear alongside their unfaithful lovers and feuding...read more

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If your idea of entertainment includes hair-pulling, face-slapping, gut-punching, boob-flashing and booty shaking -- in short, if you're a fan of the Jerry Springer show -- then your just desserts have just been served. Springer is notorious for hosting the

no-holds-barred TV talk show on which guests appear alongside their unfaithful lovers and feuding family members to discuss embarrassing personal problems in front of millions of people. Inevitably, tempers flare, fights break out and fists and chairs go flying. This vile movie -- a

behind-the-scenes look at a fictional Springer-type show called "Jerry," hosted by none other than Springer himself -- has none of the real show's lurid allure. It's simply tawdry, crudely made and reprehensible on just about any level you'd care to mention. The film goes inside the sad

lives of two sets of "Jerry" guests: Florida trailer-park denizen Connie Zorzak (Molly Hagan) signs on for a "Jerry" segment titled "You Did What with Your Stepdaddy?" after she catches her trashy daughter Angel (Jaime Pressly) having sex with stepfather Rusty (Michael Dudikoff). Detroit's

own Starletta (Wendy Raquel Robinson) wants to be on "My Traitor Girlfriend" because she can't trust her own best friend Vonda (Tangie Ambrose) -- or any other woman -- around her hound-dog boyfriend Demond (Michael Jai White). "White-trash" Connie and "ghetto-girl" Starletta are typical Jerry

Springer guests -- racist and classist stereotypes one is likely to see for "real" on his TV show any day of the week. So why bother with a movie? Well, it gives Springer a 95-minute opportunity to justify what he does for a living, and his rationale is a mind-blower. At the movie's climax,

the reigning king of TV talk show schadenfreude explains how he gives the poor and underprivileged the rare opportunity to be publicly humiliated, just like the rich and famous. Which makes Jerry Springer a fearless populist hero and proves that what his critics really can't handle is

poverty. If that doesn't turn your stomach, then perhaps Jerry's barely concealed contempt for the guests he so heartlessly exploits will.

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: R
  • Review: If your idea of entertainment includes hair-pulling, face-slapping, gut-punching, boob-flashing and booty shaking -- in short, if you're a fan of the Jerry Springer show -- then your just desserts have just been served. Springer is notorious for hosting… (more)

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