is an American film directed by Peter Hyams
. It starred John Ritter
, Pam Dawber
, Jeffrey Jones
, and Eugene Levy
. The official Stay Tuned soundtrack
was released on August 29, 1992.
The film was not screened for film critics. The film received mixed reviews.
Stephen Holden of The New York Times called the film a "cleverly plotted movie" based on a "nifty satiric concept" but said that "most of its takeoffs ... show no feel for genre and no genuine wit." Holden liked only two of the film's sketches, "a cartoon created by the noted animator Chuck Jones, in which the Knables are turned into mice menaced by a nearly indestructible feline called RoboCat" and one which "finds Roy in drag pursued by the devil in an elaborate music video by the female rap duo Salt-n-Pepa."
Rita Kempley of the Washington Post called the film "wonderfully silly" and a "zippy action spoof."
Variety magazine said the film was "not diabolical enough for true black comedy, too scary and violent for kids lured by its PG rating and witless in its sendup of obsessive TV viewing...a picture with nothing for everybody"; it noted that the "six-minute cartoon interlude by the masterful Chuck Jones, with Ritter and Dawber portrayed as mice menaced by a robot cat...has a grace and depth sorely lacking in the rest of the movie."
Time Out called it "pointless 'satire'" with the "emotional depth of a 30-second soap commercial."