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Lip Service
Lip Service
Actors: Gail O'Grady, Peter Outerbridge, Stewart Bick, Harvey Atkin, Jerry Ciccoritti
Director: Graeme Campbell
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
NR     2002     1hr 33min

Sunni (Kari Wuhrer, TV?s "Anaconda," "Higher Learning," TV?s "Sliders") is a beautiful singer with an attitude, and is about to record her first album. Deacon (Peter Outerbridge, "Mission to Mars," TV?s "Millenium"), is an...  more »


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Actors: Gail O'Grady, Peter Outerbridge, Stewart Bick, Harvey Atkin, Jerry Ciccoritti
Director: Graeme Campbell
Creators: Nikos Evdemon, Anne Carlucci, Dan Lyon, Marian Brayton, Rona Edwards, Terry Gould, Eric Williams
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
Studio: Starlight Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/15/2002
Original Release Date: 07/12/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 07/12/2000
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

One Great and Interesting movie!!!
J. R Sategna | Martinez, California United States | 07/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I liked this movie--good plot, good acting and Kuri Wuhrer nude--what else do you need? She doesn't have a voice and she plays the part of one stupid singer who can't sing rather well--but she is good at it. The other actors are good also, especially the one with the voice--she is one good singer and she is beautiful. The plot is great and easy to follow. This is one B movie to watch!!!!"
A really cool movie.
Kazam Ali | 01/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Yeah, it's a B movie, but there are some wonderful things to point out. It was originally released on VH1 as "Out of Sync". I happened to catch it and all the cliche'd characters and catchy songs totally got me into it. Gail O' Grady is absolutely hot and her son in the movie (who's actually in the now defunct band, Serial Joe) reminds me of when I was young trying to find direction in music. For a TV movie it totally rocked and I could watch the ending song "If Love Could Only Live (Online)" a hundred times. From what I've found, that song was written and recorded by Kim Bingham with her band, "The Kim Band", but I haven't been able to find it...just a snippet from her website. As for Serial Joe and the movie soundtrack, there are no traces of it. If you haven't seen this movie, it's a real gem and comes with some great laughs...PLUS you can learn a thing or two on how to deal with your troublesome teenagers!!!"
Lip service very good
William Burts | 11/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a very well acted and humorous movie I liked it very much. Kari wuhrer is delightful as a seductive bimbo, who by her relationship with a record mogul gets a chance at a singing career her problem is that she has no talent at all as a singer but yet thinks she's very talented as a singer. enter record producer roger duncan who has to make it all work out, when he stumbles upon Maggie stanley at a karaoke bar who has a great voice but is crowd shy he tells her he is a record producer and would very much like her to make a demo unbeknownst to maggie he dubbeds over Kari's voice with maggie's Kari(sunni)becomes a instant star maggie becomes pissed! what follows is hilarious because now sunni wants to perform live. since this would be a great embarrassment to all involved in the coverup. what follows is trickery and backstabbing, in short what follows is sunni's humiliation and maggie's vindication. This movie was well produced entertaining and funny which is very uncommon in a video of this sort."
When Talent and Image Collide
Eric B. Gordon | Indianapolis, IN (USA) | 03/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"(Spoiler Alert!)

This made-for-TV feature is about a producer/songwriter named Roger "Deac" Deacon who is quite gifted, yet coming out of a drug/alcohol-adled losing streak and a housewife/mother named Maggie Stanley with a golden voice, golden hair, a troubled family life and a more-than-mild case of stage fright.

The story starts with Deac (portrayed by Peter Outerbridge) trying to find the right match for new material he's written to end his losing streak. He's approached by an entertainment mogul named Sidney Golden ((Harvey Atkin) to write and produce the debut album by a new face-with-an-attitude named Sunni (Kari Wuhrer). Deac is disappointed to find she can't carry a tune in a cement mixer. In a slump, he goes to an Italian restaurant downstairs from his home studio and hears Maggie (Gale O'Grady) singing the Carpenters classic, "Rainy Days and Mondays" in a near-paralyzed state of fright. Deac is mesmerized and tells Maggie where to find him.

The next day, she gives Deac a call (though skeptical about his compliments of her singing) and ends up doing a take of the first song Sunni laid down. Eventually, Deac gets Maggie to record an album's worth of songs, then allows an associate named Lowell Levitt (Stewart Bick) to pass her voice off as Sunni's. The album is packaged, videos are made, and Sunni becomes a household name. Maggie can't convince anybody from her family (who she kept in the dark about recording the songs) that it's her voice and not Sunni's. She confronts Deac, his engineer named Buddo and Levitt about the conspiracy and gets doors slammed in her face. Levitt isn't interested in what Sidney will do if he learns his young client can't sing.

Her son, Josh Stanley (Serial Joe guitarist/vocalist Ryan Dennis) is trying to get his band's demo heard by the same people who package Sunni's album. After Josh gets a letter of rejection, he approaches Sunni at an autograph signing to give the music a listen, as well as giving a live show. Maggie knows Sunni's real nature and tries to win back her son's affection by signing Sunni's name to a thank you note. He doesn't trust his mother and buys a ticket to the upcoming concert. Meanwhile, Levitt gets Buddo to pilfer the master tapes so the fans will think Sunni is really singing.

Coming to his senses and willing to accept the consequences if Sidney finds out the truth, Deac manages to sneak himself and Maggie into the concert venue. Slipping past Levitt and cornering Buddo in the control room, Deac accosts his engineer for stealing the tapes and forces him to work with him in exposing Sunni for her inability to sing. Maggie is introduced as the real voice, and she overcomes her stage fright to give a wonderful, heartfelt performance. While Levitt is beside himself with rage, Sidney and Maggie's son Josh (both near the foot of the stage) are profoundly impressed with the performance.

For an epilogue, the film closes with the Josh Stanley Band (comprising the members of Serial Joe) in Deac's studio cutting the song from their demo with Maggie singing along with Josh. Her husband and daughter are there during the session.

When this movie was first aired on TV, it was called Out of Sync. It was given the title Lip Service for the DVD publication. The first couple of times I saw the movie, I remember tuning in to VH1 and picking it up partway through. I immediately knew it was like a backward version of the Milli Vanilli saga (along with Singing in the Rain). Ironically, Gale (better known for her role on NYPD Blue) was lip syncing to a singer named Karen LeBlanc. But, it's very convincing, since Karen's singing voice is similar in character to Gale's talking voice. And Kari Wuhrer really can sing; she was pointedly sounding as though she couldn't sing, here. It's definitely a movie worth watching, especially when you consider the ending, which showcases how much more emphasis is placed on image than musical prowess. Just ask Susan Boyle about that."