By Jim Schutze
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David Mamet's creepy, funny Bobby Gould in Hell is the more satisfying second half of the double bill, directed by Tom Parr and starring Martindale in the title role. The philandering Gould (a recurring character in Mamet's work) stumbles through the portal to everlasting damnation, where he's met by a pale, jittery receptionist (Lyle again) and the "Interrogator," none other than the horn-wearing devil himself (John Forkner).
Refusing to admit he was a "bad man," Gould begs for redemption, only to be presented with evidence of his sins in the body of Glenna (Michele Kline), the medical assistant he was shtupping just before his sudden demise. Turning the tables on Satan, Glenna takes over the interrogation, and her nagging outdoes the Evil One for torture tactics. Eventually, Gould gives the devil his due and Glenna an apology.
Hell for any man, according to Mamet, is having to tell a woman she's right in an argument.