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Meet the Hollowheads (1989)

The Hollowheads, a slightly darker and more satirical 80s take on The Jetsons (1962), have their hands full when the head of the family's sleazy and abusive boss invites himself to their family dinner.


Thomas R. Burman (as Tom Burman)


Thomas R. Burman (as Tom Burman), Stanley Mieses (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Glover ... Henry Hollowhead
Nancy Mette ... Miriam Hollowhead
Richard Portnow ... Mr. Crabneck
Matt Shakman Matt Shakman ... Billy Hollowhead
Juliette Lewis ... Cindy Hollowhead
Joshua John Miller ... Joey (as Joshua Miller)
Shnutz Burman Shnutz Burman ... Spike
Lightfield Lewis ... Bud Hollowhead
Lee Arenberg ... Ream Instructor
Barney Burman ... Young Reamer
Anne Ramsey ... Babbleaxe
Logan Ramsey ... Top Drone
Layne Britton Layne Britton ... Grandpa Hollowhead (as Shotgun Britton)
Chaz Conner ... Oliver
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Cop #1 (as Jack Cheese)


The Hollowheads are a normal, loving, futuristic, middle class family who live in a dystopian, corporate-controlled, The Jetsons (1962)-type future world populated with many cool gadgets and some alien creatures. Henry, the pacifist head of the family, is hoping for a promotion at the slime factory where he works, and when his sleazy boss invites himself to the Hollowheads family dinner, Henry mistakes this for a sign that his moment has finally come. However, when his boss shows his dark, horny, perverted and rude side at the dinner table, and crosses all the lines when he starts verbally abusing Henry and sexually harassing his lovely wife, the family has no choice but to come together and fight back. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometime, somewhere, the Hollowhead family is having a bad day ....


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Release Date:

15 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life on the Edge See more »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)
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Tom Burman's first and only directorial effort. See more »


Cop #2: Just to be safe side you should have her drained.
[while Cindy Hollowhead is giggling & spaced out sitting on the couch]
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Written and Produced by Glenn A. Jordan (as Glenn Jordan)
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A Fabulous Sci Fi Movie...fun family viewing, great escapism.
26 April 2005 | by snapper-1See all my reviews

I must say I was laughing a lot and frightened a bit...but in a good-natured way...and most of all I was simply mesmerized by the brilliantly amusing storyline and wonderful special effects that used real full-sized movie sets and none of the cheap, too-obvious digital graphics used by all Sci Fi movie-makers of today.

This is a must-have Sci Fi movie for those who enjoy the eclectic, the bizarre and the esoteric worlds of anywhere else but earth. My best guess is that the Hollowheads live in a society on a distant planet that exists totally underground in a large population, a very large "city" with miles of tunnels, single-family homes, ultra modern conveniences using pipes that bring in food and every ingredient needed for life's daily needs.

Why does an entire civilization live beneath their planet's surface? Who knows? It is never explained; but then an explanation is never necessary either. The Hollowhead underground world is very well conceived and becomes as reasonable to the movie watcher, as does our own reality here on the surface of the earth appear normal to us.

Meet the Hollowheads with sexy Juliette Lewis as daughter Cindy Hollowhead, and John Glover and Nancy Mette as Mr. and Mrs. Hollowhead...as normal as any U.S. television family out of the 1950's...help to bring off this caricature of life as we thought we knew it, with good-natured humor, a zesty cast of fascinating characters and an alien lifestyle as crazy and fun as any which has ever been brought to film.

My suggestion: This is a must-have video for you and your family.


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