The VHS format means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For me it meant the static beauty of green-and-purple tracking errors and the crushing reality that we were too poor to afford DVD–or to afford cable most months, so I’ve seen the VHS for Tommy Boy an unhealthy amount of times. Some folks have never experienced VHS while others see it as a way of life. One thing we all agree on, though, is that VHS big box art is the best box art there will ever be.
As a love letter to the format, writer/director Jack Henry Robbins has crafted VHYES, which looks to be something of an Adult Swim-style mind-altering smorgasbord of absurdist sketches marrying public access quirks with home movie heart.
Shot entirely on VHS, the film follows Ralph playing with a camcorder, recording over his parents’ wedding tape with home videos and his favorite late-night programming. It looks cool and fun and trippy enough to get a big thumbs up from me.
VHYES–featuring Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenny, and Tim Robbins–will rewind theaters on January 17, 2019.