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The Best Of Cheaters: Volume 1

Visual Entertainment // 2000 // 720 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // November 16th, 2005

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All Rise...

There are many downsides to infidelity, but Judge David Johnson thinks being confronted by a pretentious short guy in a leather coat on national television is right up there as one of the worst.

The Charge

For those who find The Jerry Springer Show too high-cultured.

Opening Statement

Under the guise of rectifying broken relationships and securing justice for jilted lovers, Cheaters really aims for one goal: filming the dregs of society with their paints down, for your enjoyment!

Facts of the Case

If you're not familiar with the show Cheaters, here's how it works: our host, usually Joey Greco, but in earlier episodes, Tommy Grand (neither of whom are porn stars as far as I know), introduce you to the upcoming cases.

First we meet the client, usually an amazingly oblivious dolt who needs to resort to national TV and a team of investigators to figure out if his or her loved on is playing smuggle the knockwurst with a third party.

After learning of the client's sad state of affairs, we launch into the meat of the show, where the cavalcade of aforementioned investigators track the suspect and run recon to see if there is indeed some illicit hanky-panky going on.

Following a stretch of grainy, black and white surveillance footage, often documenting the suspect in a compromising position, the client is reunited with the host, shown the damning footage, and whisked away to confront the cheater.

And cue trash. These confrontations are the bread and butter of Cheaters as we see the scorned lovers square-off, with the adulterer caught in the middle. Fist-fights, torrents of profanity, and sometimes a glimpse of white-trash nudity ensue.

With the fireworks done, the show wraps up with closing narration updating the viewer on the current status of all involved: the client, suspect, and the poor schmuck trapped in the middle.

There you have it, Cheaters, the unholy spawn of COPS and late Friday night in the parking lot of the dumpiest bar in your city.

The Evidence

This show is perhaps the guiltiest of guilty pleasures. Where else do you get to see the precise moment when a relationship completely falls apart? And often accompanied by savage fist-fights no less?!?

Wow, did I feel slimy watching this show. I could only take so much, and even the voyeuristic pleasure of witnessing a scumbag gets his just desserts couldn't rinse the grime away.

If you're into voyeurism, this set belongs in your collection. Even with the naughty bits blurred out Cheaters is still an exercise in leering at strangers doing intimate things with other strangers; but with these episodes newly uncensored and uncomfortably revealing, the grainy debauchery is even more explicit.

Folks, believe the warning label that says this set is for adults only. There are more than a few surveillance segments that feature hidden camera hard-core action. Expect much nudity, leather stirrups, a whip or two, graphic sexual movement, multiple partners, and at least one hot-tub scene. Of course this is all eventually shown to the client, where we get to soak up his or her stunned reaction. Following the reveal, buckle up for the main event: the confrontation.

This is where I had the most trashy fun with Cheaters, and I would submit this portion of the program is the most popular. Here, people go nuclear. If it's a guy confronting another guy you can bet on some violence happening, though a few of the girls won't hesitate in throwing down. Everyone, however, unleashes a barrage of profanity and once-lovers are referred to as whores and sluts and bitches and often the men's diminutive genitalia are mentioned. It's all entertaining in that three-train pileup kind of way.

Plus you have to love the high-and-mighty way Cheaters presents this trash. It's all "for the good of the client" and "to salvage the relationship," but when you take a guy who's just watched his girlfriend bang his best friend on herky-jerky home video stock and shuttle him off to confront the two, a Dr. Phil moment you will likely not have.

Then you've got the hosts of the show, who take themselves so seriously it's hilarious. Joey Greco is the main guy, and wow is he irritating. He never cracks a smile, relays information to the client as if the dude needs national security clearance to hear that his girlfriend's been boinking the milkman, and converses with the detectives and investigators over the cell phone like he's running point for a CIA black op.

But I don't want to be too hard on the guy, because, well, in one episode he gets stabbed. Yep, frickin' stabbed. It's probably the most infamous episode, and it's the first one on the set. After confronting a super white-trash guy on his boat, things turn ugly, and Greco takes a knife in the gut, and is hauled off, bleeding (we later find out he pulled through, of course).

This is all but a small sampling of what awaits you within this set. Each disc contains six episodes and each episode features two cases. The fourth disc is the designated "uncensored material," sporting seven abridged cases. However, most of these cases can be found, just as uncensored, on the other discs. Basically, this last disc offers quick, centralized access to the filthiest material from the previous three.

Closing Statement

This is the uncensored, trashy versions of the sleaziest show on television. If you think that's a positive statement, these discs are for you. If not, stick with a more wholesome form of entertainment, like hurling beer bottles at strippers.

The Verdict

The court needs to take a shower. Now.

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Scales of Justice

Video: 80
Audio: 80
Extras: 0
Acting: 70
Story: 80
Judgment: 78

Perp Profile

Studio: Visual Entertainment
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Subtitles:
• None
Running Time: 720 Minutes
Release Year: 2000
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Exploitation
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None

Accomplices

• IMDb
• Official Site








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