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  • As I am kind of a fetishist for these 1970's sketch comedy movies, I was rather excited to finally have a look at this one, which I had neither seen nor heard of. As far as I can tell, this is the only example of this small but potent sub-genre I haven't seen yet.

    If you liked Tunnelvision, which is much more well-known that this flick, you will enjoy the politically incorrect humor on display here, in the form of rapid-fire TV commercial and TV program parodies. This even has the same voice over guy as Tunnelvision (for part of it).

    There are plenty of familiar character actors on display here if you were a TV watcher in the 1970's, including George Furth (you might recognize him from Blazing Saddles) as the President of the United States.

    Also keep an eye open for fleeting parts by Stephen Furst, Three Stooge associate Mousie Garner, Harry Shearer, and current candidate for Governor of Texas and long time musician and mystery novelist Kinky Friedman, performing his chestnut "Ol Ben Lucas." This film is currently obtainable as it is present on a DVD box set titled "50 Drive-In Classics." Do an internet search for that and you should find it no problem. It costs about 20 bucks.

    I'd put this movie about half-way up the scale of entertainment in this genre. Of course, Kentucky Fried Movie and Amazon Women on the Moon are at the top, as they were the only ones of these sketch movies made with any kind of budget to speak of.

    As I was a young boy in the late 70's, I do remember most of the stuff they are taking off on in Prime Time, but you young movie hounds of today won't remember the R-O-L-A-I-D-S TV commercial, the Sears Die Hard battery spots or the American Express "Do You Know Me?" campaign, I fear.

    In spite of its die-hard political incorrectness, it seems to give most minority or religious groups something to be angry about (equal opportunity offender), and its jokes are mostly laugh-inducing, which can ameliorate a multitude of sins.

    If you like this film try the following, in order of recommendation: Kentucky Fried Movie, Tunnelvision, Amazon Women on the Moon, The Groove Tube, Loose Shoes, The Boob Tube, American Tickler, and Miss Nymphet's Zap-In. If there's any of these type of movies I forgot or am not aware of, drop me a line...
  • Closer to Tunnelvision than Groove Tube or Kentucky Fried Movie, in that it has a connecting plot this movie is pretty much 75 minutes of good TV show and commercial spoofs. The central plot has the President of the United States attempting to find out who is behind the decidedly un-family friendly shows that are playing on TVs across America.

    For the most part the movie is full of very funny low brow and topical humor. Some of the topical stuff, the Biafra TV dinner for example, will mean nothing to those who weren't around in 1977 when this was made. If you were around then you'll probably find this very funny. Of course some of the jokes are topical once more with a tobacco ad spoof taking aim at organizations like Save the Children. Much of the humor is very pointed and it would probably be a good guess that it helped keep this from ever being widely released (of course the glut of movies like this didn't help either) If you can find this movie its worth taking 75 minutes to give it a shot (though look for it under the name Prime Time). Odds are you won't remember it in the morning but you will get some laughs out of it.

    (Probably of interest to no one: The DVD I saw appears to have been made from an unmasked print which frequently allows lights, microphones and other goodies to be seen on the edges of the screen.)
  • This short film is a hilarious compilation of skits spoofing 70s era television and commercials, tweaking racial stereotypes, consumerism, and American prudishness. Its premise is that television broadcasts in American and other countries get interrupted by a series of increasingly offensive commercials and television shows. Nudity, profanity, and all around bad taste are on this evening's schedule.

    This movie is of its time, violating many of the tenets of political correctness that mute modern comedy. Spoofs on Apartheid South Africa and "Tran Puerto Rico Airlines" are particularly notable examples. Although some may find these skits offensive, they make one nostalgic for a time when satire and humor was more unbridled. Those who think that South Park and Judd Apatow movies are the height of ribald humor are in for a surprise.
  • Pumpkin_Man14 April 2010
    Warning: Spoilers
    Prime Time (American Raspberry) is extremely hilarious! I love all the skits and gags! It's a shame that hardly anyone knows about it and it's extremely hard to find. It's a very rare film, and you should try to find it. One night, an unknown source has interrupted all television around the world, and in it's place, some weird shows, commercials, and a sex telethon. There is news about aborting the fetus during it's 5th year of life. Ole Ben Lucas. Trans Puerto Rico, Poodles for Christ, The Charles Whitman Invitational. Manny's Nymphs, The S**theads, and much more! If you love spoofs, I highly recommend PRIME TIME (AMERICAN RASPBERRY)!!!
  • Some unknown source has interrupted all television transmissions around the world. In place of the regular broadcasts, a lineup of extremely tasteless programs and commercials have been substituted.

    Oddly, despite a cast of dozens, few known names appear in the film: a young Harry Shearer and Kinky Friedman are probably the best known (though maybe in the 1970s some of these people were better known and I am just too young).

    I loved some of the skits: the retroactive abortion, frontier gynecologist, Bad Lucas, and the midget sheriff. Many others got a smile or chuckle out of me. And the very idea of just having short little sketches was perhaps before its time -- today's ADHD folks love "Robot Chicken", which is not unlike this movie.

    Not every sketch is funny, and maybe some will appeal more to some people than others... but overall, not bad. Worth a look.
  • this made me laugh soooooooooo many times. this genre has only a few worthwhile entries and this is without a doubt one of them. politicaly incorrect humor that never stops and i mean never it jabs everything. only a few lulls but mostly pure classic comedy that will offend some but make others burst with laughter. the funny scenes are not just chuckles but roars.
  • ejrjr18 August 2006
    Series of parody skits skewer social topics and television commercials under the pretense of illegal television broadcasts by some unknown group. Some are quite funny while others don't survive the test of time. A few were licensed from National Lampoon. Some of the funniest are the parodies of the U.S. President and his chief arguing about the conspirators and actions to take. The ending is rather sardonic and poignant in light of Gorgeous Georgie and Doofus Dickie. Well produced and directed in spite of limited budget. Available as part of the Drive In 50-movie pack released by Mill Creek Entertainment. Unfortunately, the source print while complete was apparently turning or had lost color and the transfer has many extremely dark areas. But, the comedy doesn't suffer from such. These are similar to skits from the early years of Saturday Night Live.
  • If you're a fan of TV parody movies like "The Groove Tube" or "Kentucky Fried Movie" you'll love this film. It may not be the best of them (I gave it a 7) but if you're a fan of the genre, it's worth a look. Keep an eye out for a pre-"Animal House" Stephen Furst. It's very hard to find and is not available for purchase, but if you do happen to find it, you'll like it. WARNING: Not for all tastes.
  • jimel986 January 2013
    7/10
    Funny
    No, this isn't "Kentucky Fried Movie" or "Tunnelvision" (which I haven't seen in YEARS) but it's funny. A few misses and yeah, lots of dated material that, had I not grown up with some of these ads, I just would have found them amusing, not FUNNY. As I watched yesterday and finished up this morning, I could hear people saying, "That's just not funny. That's sick. It's disgusting that someone would find THAT funny after all that's happened." etc. The hunting sequence in Austin really hit me that way. You know what? This movie isn't MEANT to be nice, polite and bland, it's meant to stab you in the funny bone and twist until you can't help but laugh. Making fun of the extreme is great humor. No, not everyone will appreciate it, but not everyone is supposed to. It's like REAL TV, if you don't like it, change the channel.

    Now, if I could only find "Tunnelvision" "Grove Tube" somewhere, my collection could be complete.
  • This one feels like an even-lower-budget and less funny cousin to Kentucky Fried Movie. This has a loose storyline of the government and military officials gathering to deal with the problem of some mysterious forces tampering with the airwaves and airing all sorts of parody commercials, skits and telethons. I probably would've loved this if I saw it when I was 12, but it's clearly intended for adults, and juvenile ones at that.

    There's some good tasteless laughs, but mostly pretty poorly paced sketches sometimes leave you guessing the punchline well before you see it. The shorter bits were the funnier ones. The LONG Charlie's Angel parody seems to go on forever since it's really a one-joke premise.

    Watch for brief appearances by folks like Harry Shearer and author/musician/politician Kinky Friedman.
  • Rainey-Dawn29 October 2015
    This is one of the films I got in the Mill Creek Drive-in 50-pack collection. This movie is also known as "Prime Time". It's a crazy, politically incorrect comedy.

    I don't think this is a comedy that everyone will "get" the humor in - it could easily offend some people if they do not watch the film with an open mind and realize the fact it's crazy 1970s comedy film that is not meant to be taken seriously.

    The film is basically a series of fictional television programs and commercials being aired by an unknown group. In between the TV programs and commercials you will see a zany group of people that trying to find out the source of the transmission and put an end to the TV hijacking.

    Great little comedy film if you do not take it seriously.

    6/10
  • Sadly the laughs are seldom and few in this uninspired coming-to-a-drive-in-near-you pile of trash. It's not the micro-budget. It's not the insipid acting. The problem here is that the majority of the skits don't work, and simply aren't funny. Sure, there are a few "I know him" cameos. Sure there's a deserved chuckle here and there. Certainly this is a terrific example of low-budget movie making and an interesting snapshot of the era. However, I would recommend other options. "The Groove Tube", "Kentucky Fried Movie", or even "Amazon Women on the Moon" are all pretty hilarious. These are similar in set-up and shtick. Otherwise be warned: 10 minutes in will have you reaching for the remote.
  • To say the sketch revue American RASPBERRY (1977) is more offensive than it is funny is a little like saying water is drier than it is scratchy, and I'm sure actors like Harris Yulin and George Furth can't believe they accepted a paycheck for doing it either. Hell, Warren Oates is probably still scratching his head.

    Other than the Emily Prager tampon parody lifted (with credit) from National Lampoon, nothing in here raises a chuckle. You can go out of your way trying to shock and the filmmakers here certainly did, but there's one big problem: none of it is funny. (And certainly none of it is that shocking, even for 1977, when I doubt the term "political incorrectness" had even been invented yet.) For one of the thing, none of the ideas are terribly original (hey, look, commercial parodies), for example the Charles Whitman Invitational isn't much different from the Spider Savitch Open sketch on SNL. And, again, they simply aren't funny, especially when drawn out to tedious length. Look! It's chickens on a plane, because they're Puerto Ricans! Look! It's like Charlie's Angels, only everybody's fat! Yeah, we got the point in the first thirty seconds. Also, while admittedly I have lived only to see Laurie Zimmer strip naked, the comedy value of killing women in laundromats is limited.

    Even Kinky Friedman can't save this deadening parade of witlessness.

    What I wonder is: Did this actually play in theaters? And were any left standing afterwards? (On the other hand, if this is your cup of tea, apparently some of the 12-year-olds who found this hysterical grew up to produce 2007's UNIVERSAL REMOTE. Enjoy!)
  • The plot.

    Some unknown source has interrupted all television transmissions around the world.

    In place of the regular broadcasts, a lineup of extremely tasteless programs and commercials have been substituted.

    Included in the mix are such show as The Shitheads, The Charles Whitman Invitational, and commercials for a number of improbable products.

    Wow this movie is about of a time warp and could never been made today. Example Trans Puerto Rico airlines is filled with flies around chef made chili, goats on the plane and a live chicken that is not allowed so the guy rips its head off.

    It wasn't funny back then and still not funny.

    For a "sketch" type movie, it's very slow and boring. Harry Shearer actually shows up as a truck driver. He must be so embarrassed to be in this mess. You won't recognize anyone else and the writers never amounted to squat.

    Original title was American Raspberry. Instead of changing it, they should have burned the negative.
  • stevenfallonnyc27 February 2009
    I cannot believe this wreck of a "movie" (which I saw as "Prime Time") actually has a 5.2 (at the time of this writing) here at the IMDb? I am thinking how can that be, as this was definitely one of the worst films I have ever seen.

    However, to be fair, I didn't see the whole thing. I actually only made it through 15 minutes before I couldn't take it anymore. So is it fair to actually rate and review a movie I have seen only 15 minutes of? Well, I did skim through the rest of the movie to see if the skits got any better, and they didn't.

    Yes, this is one of those "funny TV skits that you'd never see on TV" messes that were popular (for whatever reason) in the 70's. Except, as usually is the case, the skits were incredibly unfunny and not clever in the least. Add downright stupid and there's "Prime Time." I just lasted as long as I did with this mess because I wanted to see Warren Oates. What a mistake. The skit he was in, about two hunters who snipe humans from a school tower like animals (literally, the joke is that they talk about the people in animal terms) and tie their kills to their truck, was so unfunny that I could not believe what I was seeing. I was in complete awe. After doing many cool movies, why on Earth did Warren Oates appear here, I cannot guess. (And no, I wasn't "offended" - like all I've seen in this movie, it just wasn't funny.)

    I never thought I'd see something in the "fake TV" genre (is it a genre?) that was worse than "The Groove Tube" or "Disco Beaver" but this may be worse. I have never seen "Kentucky Fried Movie" yet so I can't say anything about that one. But "Prime Time" is simply complete, utter garbage.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    This is another skit comedy film that was popular in the 1970's in both film and TV. This film uses politically incorrect humor insulting most minorities and Christianity. The humor has more shock value than satire. It it not as good as its contemporaries and is available on a 50 DVD pack under the title "Prime Time." Guide: F-word. Nudity.