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Get a Life V.#2

Chris Elliott , Bob Elliott    Unrated   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Why buy a collection of episodes from a TV series that lasted a mere two low-rated seasons? Because Get a Life was so far ahead of its time, TV still hasn't completely caught up yet. Chris Elliott, TV's original jackass, stars as Chris Peterson, a 30-year-old paperboy who still lives with his bathrobed and perpetually embarrassed parents (the venerable Bob Elliott and Elinor Donahue, who was "Princess" on Father Knows Best). The first slacker sitcom subverts conventions with its unapologetically obnoxious and delusional lead character in this well-chosen quartet of episodes. Chris auditions for a local theatre production, "Zoo Animals on Wheels." In "Married," he meets, marries, cheats on, and divorces a model all in one day. He is a fish out of water in "The Big City," and a man stuck with his father in a two-man sub lodged in his own bathtub in "Neptune 2000." Since its 1992 cancellation, Get a Life has taken on a life of its own, its legend perhaps enhanced by the fact that it has not been widely syndicated. For devoted fans, this collection is the next best thing to a Get a Life reunion (don't hold your breath). --Donald Liebenson

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Sitcom You Like to Watch Again & Again June 7 2004
Format:DVD
This DVD offers a rare opportunity to some of us; the diehard fans of this sitcom, which appeared on Fox Network in late 1980s and 1990s. This is one of the few funniest TV comedies ever created that did not succeed in TV ratings because it was not aired on a major network. This show is about a 30 year old paperboy who never grows up in every sense of the word. He lives with his retired parents and run into all kinds of zany, sometime off-beat antics that provides entertainment to young and old. It was quite disappointing to many of us that it did not reappear in reruns, but this DVD offers a rare opportunity to view four episodes. All episodes are funny, which offers great value for the money. Let us hope the success of this DVD may persuade producers of the show to market all episodes, and a DVD with 12 episodes is made available to all the fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "different" -- not for every taste... May 29 2003
Format:DVD
When it first aired, ´¿Get a Life´¿ was a major break from what was considered an ´¿acceptable´¿ format for TV comedy. The principal character -- Chris Peterson, a 30-year-old newsboy who lives with his parents -- was weirdly asocial, perhaps even psychotic -- with no redeeming qualities. He looked ´¿good´¿ only in comparison with his antagonists, who were usually even more obnoxious than he.
How do you write comedy when the protagonist is so cut-off from the conventions of normal thought and behavior that the other characters´¿ reactions are little more than exasperated confusion? The answer is, ´¿with great difficulty.´¿ It´¿s like trying to assemble a wooden structure without nails. It´¿s hard to get laughs through character interaction when the main character doesn´¿t interact in any ´¿normal´¿ way with the other characters.
About all you can do is mine Chris Elliot´¿s innate weirdness. So not only is ´¿Get a Life´¿ weird -- it's weird merely for the sake of being weird. The writers aren´¿t worried whether the stories make sense, either practically or psychologically, because Chris Peterson neither worries nor makes sense. What other sitcom has ever shown a dummy of the main character being repeatedly run over by cars?
Clearly, ´¿Get a Life´¿ is a show about style, not content. In trying to be different from other sitcoms, the producers painted themselves into a corner that´¿s hard to maneuver in.
The reaction of some reviewers -- that ´¿Get a Life´¿ isn´¿t as funny as they remembered ´¿ isn´¿t surprising.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HILARIOUS! April 18 2003
Format:DVD
Chris Elliott is one of the side-split-n-ist funny guys around!
ZOO ANIMALS ON WHEELS is BRILLIANT!!! and oddly enough, if it were a REAL show...I'd actually pay to see it!
=^..^= waiting patiently for Vol 3 to be released!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting Better April 3 2003
Format:DVD
Volume 2 is actually better than Volume 1. There is a well-made interview with the producer and he explained a large number of the questions I've always had about the series and many of the difficulties they encountered. Volume 1 had 4 episodes, and absolutely nothing else.
One major complaint, why all this separate volume foolishness? Just put all the episodes out on DVD and be done with it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The show is great the DVD is weak Jan. 4 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This show is a blast I recorded every episode back when it was on tv. I only hoped that one day I could have them on DVD. Why do they just have a handful of random episodes on it? just make a set for season 1 and 2. I want every episode not just these selected ones! Rhino come on get it together.
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By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I have Volumes 1 and 2, and have ordered the latest release of this silly 90s TV show, but I must have more. Come on producers, stop teasing us. Let's get "Houseboy 2000" and some other episodes on video or DVD. There's a cult following out there who is hungry to see Chris bumble his way through life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Vol. 1 Oct. 16 2002
Format:DVD
The whole "Get a life" series is awesome, they need to come out with more volumes, better yet, they just need to come out with the whole series on dvd, that would be the best thing to do. I bought them both, they are both good, but I liked vol. 2 better than vol. 1. They picked funnier shows for the second one. But definetely pick them both up if you like to laugh!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why can't they just release a box set? !!! Sept. 28 2002
Format:DVD
I bought this because there is no other viable alternative on DVD. While I enjoyed the four episodes and the bonus interview was nice, this is no replacement for a complete season/series box set.
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