"Jerry Springer" is a stupid, crude, and pointless show - but it's a funny show. It might not give out the real representation of America, but it gives out a representation, one that parents want their children little to do with. And if they saw Ringmaster, there's no telling what they'd say, because even I, a semi-fan of the show, can't stand.
What Ringmaster should have been was a documentary of the happenings on Springer's real-life show, with his daily doings and "normal" guests. Instead, it's a completely fictional movie with a bunch of hicks and ghettos who sleep around with each other and squeal the normal swear words one has come to expect from Jerry Springer. But where's Springer? Jerry is not the star of the film. He has a mediocre role at best, and is definitely near the bottom when compared to Jaime Pressly and Molly Hagan, a mother and daughter duo who have slept with each other's men. Sure, them being the stars gave a background into what's happened, but isn't that what the show is for?
The only thing that could have possible saved this downright awful, completely idiotic story was the fact that it was meant to lead up to a show that was supposed to handle just these kind of downright awful, completely idiotic stories, but the show was background. Jerry and the show took a backseat to the feuding mother and daughter who bitched it out without any kind of common sense.
I'm just trying to figure out what director Neil Abramson was thinking when he signed on to this project. Watching the real "Jerry Springer" is one thing, but watching a movie based around the show but not featuring the show is just plain stupid. Ringmaster has a few semi-funny parts but there is nothing worthwhile enough to waste an hour and a half on.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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