Cinema: Video Follies

THE GROOVE TUBE Directed by KEN SHAPIRO Screenplay by KEN SHAPIRO and LANE SARASOHN

Two and three-tenths cheers for The Groove Tube, an amalgamation of juiced-up skits on the subject—and at the expense—of television. The Groove Tube first saw life some six years ago as a series of sketches on videotape. It has been expanding since, from the college circuit to its current incarnation here, a brisk theatrical feature made, according to the distributors, "at a cost of more than half a million dollars."

The Groove Tube probably looked better on tape. There, the visual texture of television can be effortlessly...

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