YMMV / Stay Tuned

  • Anvilicious: The movie could be taken as "Cable / Satellite TV is worse than the 'Big 4'", or that Television in general is the work of the devil. Probably meant to be an Aesop.
    • Or just simply "Don't watch too much TV".
    • Considering Roy's job change at the end to something more active and fulfilling, it's probably along the lines of "Don't sit on your butt and let life pass you by... by watching too much TV."
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: During the end credits, one of the TV show titles is a parody of The Dukes of Hazzard, called David Dukes of Hazzard.note  With the Confederate flag now far more controversial than it was in The '90s, this title takes on a whole new meaning.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • When the movie was released, the TV parodies were hilariously graphic and disturbing for its time. Fast-forward to now and watch some of the late night programming on Cartoon Network or Comedy Central, or anything on HBO, Showtime, AMC, FX, or Netflix... and the TV parodies actually look pretty tame in comparison, given that the film is only rated PG.
    • During the cartoon segment, Helen as a mouse wears high heeled sneakers, which she laments makes "strange" too lacking of a word to describe. As of Fall 2011, high-heeled sneakers actually exist.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Some of the scenarios Roy and Helen get into can creep into this.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: This film gives off a vibe that it was produced by Steven Spielberg, even though it wasn't, with the animated segment directed by Chuck Jones echoing Spielberg's collaborations with Tom Ruegger on Tiny Toon Adventures (whose theme and episodes' music was done by Bruce Broughton, who also scored music for this feature), Animaniacs, and Freakazoid!. It's probably further helped by the fact the film's director Peter Hyams actually worked with Spielberg before when he directed an episode titled "The Amazing Falsworth" for Spielberg's show Amazing Stories. In this vein, it feels a lot like another Spielberg movie, Gremlins, which was also a Black Comedy like this film.
  • Vindicated by Cable: Thanks again, HBO.

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