TV has a new hit show: I'm a Juvenile Delinquent, Jail Me!,
a reality show in which five teenagers from various social backgrounds
(James Stone, Gary Molineux, Ben Molineux, Nicholas McGrane, Paisley Reid)
- whose identity is obscured of course - are seen committing all sorts of
crimes, from blowing up phone booths to robbing museums. The show makes
its two air-headed presenters Piers (Barry Sloane) and Dean (Neil
Fitzmaurice) stars, while Bette (Carla Henry), the actual creator/producer
of the show feels less and less appreciated and eventually gets the
feeling her original concept has been perverted in order to get higher
ratings. Fact is, the show becomes so popular that soon enough, every
channel in the country comes up with a similar show.
show falls onto Piers and Dean's head when CCCTV, the production company
of I'm a Juvenile Delinquent, Jail Me!, is to be sold to an
American extremely right wing company, which would mean big money, really
big money - but suddenly the show is standing in the sale's way ... so
Piers and Dean are abducted by CCCTV's board of directors and forced to
bring them a scapegoat - and fearing for their own heads, Piers and Dean
decide to sacrifice the kids. This would mean life sentences for four of
the kids - but one could have a media career.
Bette, caring for the kids
despite of everything, soon lures them away to a new series, but CCCTV
tries to track them down anyways, going directly to their school, trying
to lure them out into the open with promising them the chance of a media
career - and four life sentences - and all the kids at the school are so
taken by a media frenzy that they claim to be the kids on TV just to get
their 15 minutes of fame.
This happens when director Alex Cox
makes a half-hour television program for schoolchildren: A sharp yet
hilarious media satire, taking on everything from reality TV to big
American media conglomerates - that despite everything remains totally
comprehensible to a young audience and refrains from being preachy in any
way. And the whole thing is intelligent enough to entertain an adult
audience as well and sharper than most adult satire anyways - and Cox
actually claimed he made this film with a schoolkid-audience in mind
dramadepartment wouldn't touch it ...
Pretty good, actually, and
deserving more exposure than it presently has - so maybe you should go
to YouTube and watch it.