Ringmaster - Movie Synopsis & Plot
JERRY SPRINGER is one of the world's most popular television stars of our time. Seen by over 25 million people a week, The Jerry Springer Show is the highest rated daytime show in it's format. Coupling his television success with that of his videos (he's sold more than a million units) and his soon to be released book, the fascination with Jerry Springer has made him a phenomenon of unimaginable proportion.
Springer now segues to the big screen with his feature film debut, Ringmaster, a fictional and comedic look into the behind-the-scenes of a highly controversial talk show. Ringmaster explores the human drama of the guests of a particular episode as they grapple with their complicated lives and foibles. And if you think the guests of Jerry's show cross the line ON CAMERA, wait until you see what happens when the camera's aren't around!
Incest, adultury and love triangles may be taboo to some; but its all in a day's work for the producers of The Jerry Show. Ringmaster delves into the lives of the guests who, for their chance at fame in Hollywood, come onto the show and reveal their darkest secrets to the world. Ringmaster takes you down a twisted road and into the twisted lives of the guests of one particular show, where we find out who these people are, why they come to the show, how they get there, and why they are willing to do this. And Ringmaster finally reveals what audiences have wanted to know about the man who stands in the middle as referee ... Jerry. For the first time, audiences will have the chance to find out who Jerry really is, what he goes through, and why HE is willing to do this.
Meet Connie Zorzak (MOLLY HAGAN), a thirty-something soap opera junkie who works at the local donut shop in Dade City, Florida. She's been suspecting foul play between her husband Rusty (MICHAEL DUDIKOFF) and her daughter Angel (JAIME PRESSLY) for quite some time. Angel is 19 and nothing like her name. Though she is about to tie the knot with the naive and slightly slow Willie (ASHLEY HOLBROOK), Angel divides her extra curricular sexual activity between the male guests of the motel where she works as a chambermaid, and her stepfather whether her mother is home or not. But Connie is on to them. They don't make the walls of a trailer as thick as they used to.
When Connie sets her trap and catches Rusty and Angel in the suspected compromising position, she gets back at her daughter by seducing her fiancee. Then she confronts everyone. She books her guilt-ridden husband, her unrepentant daughter and the unsuspecting and reluctant Willie on The Jerry Show. That'll teach 'em.
Meet Starletta (WENDY RAQUEL ROBINSON). When she catches her boyfriend Demond (MICHAEL JAI WHITE) and her best friend Vonda (TANGIE AMBROSE) taking a roll in the hay, she drags the two, along with her other good friend who's taken that same roll with Demond, Leshawnette (NICKI MICHEAUX), to The Jerry Show to confront their betrayals on national television.
The Jerry Show is the top-rated and most controversial talk show on TV. The frenetic activity and outrageous phone calls are all in a day's work for producers Troy (WILLIAM MACNAMARA) and Natalie (DAWN MAXEY). Forced to fish in the shallow end of the gene pool on a daily basis; Troy wonders if the $240,000 he spent for a Bachelor and Masters degree in TV Broadcasting will ever pay off, while Natalie can't understand why anyone would air their dirty laundry on national television in exchange for 15 minutes of fame and a free ticket to L.A.
Welcome to Ringmaster and the cast of characters who make up You Did WHAT With Your Stepdaddy? and My Traitor Girtfriends. We could only be one place. And when the guests arrive at the "Jerry" production offices for orientation, their worlds collide into a farcical, sordid lust fest. Connie, in constant competition with her daughter, slithers from office to office to see if what her daughter's up to could include her. Starletta stalks the hallways looking for Demond, an inveterate womanizer, whose eye isn't the only thing wandering. When Demond and Angel hook up during orientation, Angel manages to take him to third base, but not before her mother barges in and wants a piece of the action.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the offices, Vonda and LeShawnette have Jerry cornered, practically begging for a spot on his casting couch in order for them to become big Hollywood stars. Starletta is just as excited as her friends about being in Hollywood. After all, fame is her birthright having been named STARletta! But the brightest light shining from the marquee won't distract her from her philandering guy, and Starletta finds herself hunting down Demond at every turn of the corner.
Leshawnette and Vonda spy on Demond and hit on Jerry when they find him alone; but not before Angel's own private moment with Jerry is interrupted by Connie who insists Jerry sign the front of her t-shirt. All the while Troy, who is falling in love with Claire, a guest from another show, gets the shock of his life when he finds out Claire is not who she says she is.
Jerry is in constant demand from everyone around him. Not only do his female guests resort to scandalous measures to fight for his attention; Jerry is being sued, misquoted, attacked by fans, ridiculed and forced to comply with questionable stunts set up by his publicist to boost the show's ratings.
At the next day's taping of You Did What With Your Stepdaddy?, Willie reveals a secret about Angel, and it all hits the fan in a fight of colossal proportion. There goes a weave and a chair. But when the show comes to an end and the cameras cease to roll; the dust settles, and the 4-inch acrylic nails have been glued back on; everyone buries the hatchet go back to their separate corners of the world, a little relieved and a little sore; but nonetheless friends, because of Jerry.
And Jerry gets to go home only to get up the next morning and do it all over again. Ah, a day in the life of Jerry, the Ringmaster.