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The Amps Are On But Nobody's Home 

Year: 1994 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  

Chazz, Rex and Pip are the Lone Rangers, an un-signed band who are determined to get their demo tape heard despite their frequent rejections. In desperation, they resort to arming themselves with convincing water pistols and break into their favourite radio station, in this good-humoured farce directed by Micheal Lahmann, the man behind `Heathers'.

The Lone Rangers have little success in their radio station hijacking scheme; their demo tape is destroyed in a freakish accident, and while the police are searching for Chazz's girlfriend for the only other copy of the demo, the three intrepid rock 'n' rollers make friends with their hostages. However, one of the station employees is making a daring rescue attempt in the air vents, and it won't be long before their guns are discovered to be fake...

Although completely lacking in the black humour which might be expected of Lehmann, 'Airheads' is an enjoyable and light comedy, more in-keeping with the `Bill and Ted' school of humour. The Lone Rangers, played by Fraser, Buscemi and Sandler, may not be smart, but they are convinced that by playing loud and wearing bandanas they are making a significant statement. There's great acting support from Joe Mantegna and Harold Ramis (Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters), a great soundtrack (featuring Motorhead (Oh, YES! - Ed.) and Aerosmith to name but two) and a great light-hearted and escapist atmosphere. Even Beavis and Butthead appear, what more could you ask for?

Mark Chambers

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Screenings of this film:

1994/1995 Summer Term (35mm)
1994/1995 Summer Term (35mm)