Tapeheads (1988)

John Cusack and Tim Robbins star as Ivan Alexov and Josh Tager, security officers who lose their jobs and decide to put together their own company producing videos. After taping a bunch of odd assignments including a fluke music video that… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 1, 1988
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A painful attempt to satirize the making of rock videos that runs aground with a puerile plot and bombastic, self-infatuated delivery.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

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.

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TV Guide

A wacky, high-energy satire of the music business.

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Time Out

It's all good fun: likeable performances, unpretentious, larky direction, and a haphazard story.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

All of these elements have been lifted off the shelf of exhausted cliches, given a quick dusting, and plugged directly into the movie.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The amiable screenplay by Mr. Fishman and Peter McCarthy is often funny, and never worse than silly.


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.

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Cole Smithey

Silly fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
I love this movie, and it's virtually unheard of! It has two big stars: Tim Robbins and John Cusack, as two unemployed friends who start a music video… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Great comedy film about 80's music video production. Another good one is "The Big Picture".
Conner Rainwater
John Cusak's stash is the funniest thing I've seen on a human being. This movie is another buddy 80's movie and if you don't enjoy those… More
Curt C
The movie itself is all over the place, but still enjoyable; mostly due to the great chemistry between Cusack and Robbins in 'before they made it big'… More
Jason Spencer
Good flick.