Joysticks (1983)


“I wish you would be like other dads and stay home and barbeque. ” – Patsy Rutter

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A businessman tries to close down the local video arcade.

My Take on it – A friend suggested a while back that I watch this film and I never had much of a desire to do so.

I finally decided to give it a try and see what it was all about.

Unfortunately, this is a completely horrendous film that makes absolutely no sense what so ever.

One would think that since this film is part of the 80’s teen sex comedy genre, there would at least be something redeemable in the plot, but no matter how hard one tries, there is nothing of value to find in this mess of a film.

The plot itself meanders along and makes very little sense and fails to try and find a way to make things more enjoyable or interesting in the way that they present the story.

Similar to most films in this genre, the characters all have only one goal in mind and they do all that they can to find a way to achieve this goal no matter what it takes.

Not surprisingly, the villain of this film (like in most films in this genre) is an adult who is doing his best to stop all of the sex and nudity going on around him.

Joe Don Baker makes a mockery of himself in this role and that’s a shame because one would expect more from an actor like him.

All of the characters in this film are quite strange and each have a unique quirk, but none of them come across as being sympathetic in any way which also hurts things so much.

Bottom Line – Horrendous film that even within the genre of teen sex comedy doesn’t manage to make any sense. The story meanders along in a very confusing way and fails to even attempt to try and make things more interesting.  Like in most teen comedies of this genre, the characters all have one goal in mind and do all they can to achieve that goal. The villain is obviously an adult trying to stop them from achieving said goal of as much sex and nudity as possible. The characters are all quite strange and none are sympathetic in any way for us to even want to care about them.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Greydon Clark approached game company Midway about using the image of Pac-Man in the film, he also requested that they allow him to feature a yet-to-be-released game in order to increase the film’s appeal. The game Midway chose to feature was Satan’s Hollow, which is played in the face-off between King Vidiot and McDorfus. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

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