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In this high-energy satire of the music biz, Ivan Alexov (John Cusack) and Josh Tager (Tim Robbins) lose their jobs as security guards, and they decide to start their own video production company. Their first gigs are less than inspiring, including a rappin' commercial for a chicken-and-waffle place, a living will, and a right-wing Presidential-hopeful's (Clu Gulager) gala dinner. Eventually, they get to direct a heavy-metal music video which becomes a huge surprise success. But now the politician needs to get back a private videotape from the boys, and the Secret Service is put on… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A painful attempt to satirize the making of rock videos that runs aground with a puerile plot and bombastic, self-infatuated delivery."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The irony is that nothing Fishman and his cohorts have come up with is really as funny as a two-hour slice of MTV itself."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"A wacky, high-energy satire of the music business."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Tapeheads plays with the same kind of off-kilter energy that Repo Man has, but lacks the complete abandon of the former."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's all good fun: likeable performances, unpretentious, larky direction, and a haphazard story."
‑ , Time Out
"All of these elements have been lifted off the shelf of exhausted cliches, given a quick dusting, and plugged directly into the movie."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's the kind of harmless breezy film that's easy to take on late night cable TV when you don't feel like using your noodle."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The amiable screenplay by Mr. Fishman and Peter McCarthy is often funny, and never worse than silly."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Ignored both at the cinema and on tape, this is a gem that is as happy sending up the music video world as it is poking fun at politics."
‑ , Film4
"Silly fun."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
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