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->'''Nadine:''' Mister, please, just let me go! I promise won't say anything! I'll do anything, just let me go!\\
'''Mr. Plinkett:''' ''Quiet! [[SkewedPriorities I'm making]] my Website/YouTube ''Franchise/StarWars'' review!''

'''[=RedLetterMedia=]''' is a film production company with a [[http://www.youtube.com/user/redlettermedia channel]] on Website/YouTube and a [[http://www.redlettermedia.com/ webzone]] that produces a number of films and shorts. It is made up of a small creative team and has made submissions for various film festivals. The group's ''real'' claim to fame are the ''Mr. Plinkett Reviews''. Created by Mike Stoklasa, who plays Plinkett, the reviews tackle primarily sci-fi films.

In these reviews, [[PunnyName Harry S.]] Plinkett is an elderly man (he claims in one review to be 119 years old) with DeadpanSnarker and SerialKiller tendencies who's been in various marriages where his wives have died under suspicious circumstances (and he routinely kidnaps other women as well).

To date, Plinkett has reviewed:
* All four ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' films
* Three ''StarWars'' films: ''ThePhantomMenace'' (the most famous review; it was re-released in eye-scorching 3D to "celebrate" the film's re-release in 3D), ''AttackOfTheClones'', and ''RevengeOfTheSith''
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' (his shortest review to date at a mere 20 minutes)
* ''Baby's Day Out''
* The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' reboot (a positive review, at that)
* ''Cop Dog''
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''
* ''Film/{{Titanic}}''
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' [[note]]Not so much a review as a perfunctory rundown of the film's many MythologyGags, and the announcement that the community could vote on his next review[[/note]]

Plinkett also released a Podcast/RiffTrax-style [[http://redlettermedia.bandcamp.com/track/mr-plinketts-phantom-commentary-full audio commentary]] for ''The Phantom Menace'' (for anyone who was willing to watch it again, anyway).

Though Stoklasa has refused to do formal Plinkett Reviews for the original trilogy of ''Star Wars'' films, he ''did'' release [[http://redlettermedia.bandcamp.com/album/mr-plinketts-star-wars-episode-4-a-new-hope-commentary an audio commentary]], slightly more serious and analytical than his ersatz-[=RiffTrax=] of ''The Phantom Menace'', for [[Film/ANewHope the original]] ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' [[Film/ANewHope film]].

Stoklasa also released a Plinkett-style commentary for ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'', where Plinkett presents the film as a noble failure, a well intentioned concept that was ruined though an amazing combination of Shatner's ego (while most reviewers tend to put all the blame on Shatner, Plinkett contends that while it was a major factor, it was far from the only, or even prevailing, one), ExecutiveMeddling (who demanded unnecessary humor be injected into the script), a WGA strike that prevented a necessary rewrite just before shooting began, a Teamsters strike that held up trucks and forced many exterior shots to be scrapped, ILM pulling out of doing new SFX (they had [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade other]] [[Film/GhostbustersII things]] to do) resulting in sub-par SFX, and a reduced budget.

In addition to the Plinkett reviews, RLM also hosts ''Half in the Bag'', a traditional review series featuring Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman discussing new releases. The show is more in the style of SiskelAndEbert, and while the two are supposed to be repairing Plinkett's VCR, they usually spend the whole time drinking beers and reviewing movies. The Plinkett character also appears, played by Rich Evans. Another new segment has been introduced called ''Best of the Worst'' in which three bad VHS movies are watched by Mike, Jay, Rich and the rest of the crew, and discussed afterward.

You can find the YMMV page right [[YMMV/RedLetterMedia here]].

...now this is where it gets complex, [[Main/UnusualEuphemism my lovelies...]]
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!!Their Analysis of the ''Star Wars'' Prequels
Criticism of the ''Star Wars'' prequels can normally be written off as easy (as well as being a bit behind the times), but the ''Phantom Menace'' review was widely spread around the internet and was even tweeted about by celebrities such as Damon Lindelof and Simon Pegg. Plinkett's reviews, while often containing borderline dark and tasteless humor, [[SophisticatedAsHell offer many insightful explanations]] as to why the prequels pale in comparison to Lucas' original trilogy -- and these explanations don't involve Jar-Jar (he's barely mentioned throughout all three reviews).[[note]]During the ''Revenge of the Sith'' review, Plinkett does refer to Binks as a "loathsome cunt''. Out of universe, Stoklasa gave an explanation that he thinks Jar Jar was a lousy character, but had the most coherent story arc of the prequels characters, and was actually one of the few things that made sense in the prequels. [[/note]] Some key critiques of the prequels include:
* How much exposition is given through dialog and talking heads [[ShowDontTell when compared to simple visuals]] from the original works. (Note how long the discussion of events of [[GreatOffscreenWar extravagant battles that are never shown to the viewer]] in the establishing shots of ''Revenge of the Sith'' are.) Also the fact that despite this, core concepts like who the Trade Federation is and what the original dispute is about are never explained and so nothing really makes sense.
* The lack of anything resembling an empathetic [[TheEveryman everyman]] character [[AudienceSurrogate for the audience to relate to]] (including the complete lack of a central protagonist in ''Phantom Menace''--even ruling out Anakin due to him appearing late in the film and [[PinballProtagonist having no real control over what is going on around him]]). In the ''Phantom Menace'' review, Mr. Plinkett gave four separate people the task of describing four characters (Han Solo, C-3PO, Queen Amidala, and Qui-Gon Jinn) without mentioning their appearances or actions -- while they each were able to expound greatly on the first two, they all fumbled for words for the prequel characters.[[note]]Rich Evans on Amidala: "That's fucking impossible and you know it. She doesn't ''have'' a character."[[/note]]
* The extravagance and over-reliance on special effects and blue-screen filming to create a fantastic world in lieu of actual story. (At one point, Plinkett [[CallBack calls back]] to a much younger George Lucas, who once said special effects were a means to an end.) Compare with ''Titanic'', a film written by a man [[Creator/JamesCameron as limited in developing his characters]] as George Lucas, which is arguably the last 'Golden Age' movie made with practical effects and real sets, reserving its CG visuals for special circumstances.
* The "dissolution of tension" in nearly every scene that should be exciting, mainly because viewers either don't care about or don't understand what's at stake in the scene (e.g. the fight scene with Darth Maul), don't understand what's happening (due to poor storytelling and/or cluttered visuals), or can't project ourselves into the [[InvincibleHero outlandish events that happen]] (e.g. the overly long light saber duel over an erupting volcano in Sith).
* [[CallBack Reusing imagery and concepts]] from the original trilogy without understanding why such scenes worked on their own in the first place. (In the ''Attack of the Clones'' review, Plinkett compares Leia's desperation at losing Han Solo to Boba Fett at the end of ''The Empire Strikes Back'' -- and the audience's emotional investment in those events -- to Amidala's weak retort at failing to capture Count Dooku.)

While there are a few overly-nerdy jabs at continuity and nitpicking at illogical story elements, much of the commentary is given from a filmmaker's point of view, which made the reviews enlightening for numerous viewers. A number of ''Star Wars'' fans disliked the approach -- and one fan even wrote a 117-page rebuttal of the ''Phantom Menace'' review (which Plinkett [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTpWzg4aiEU scoffed at]]). The style of the ''Star Wars'' reviews (and the reviews which followed those) are similar in style to his earlier ''Star Trek'' movie reviews (though those reviews nitpicked even more, mostly about details and inconsistencies between the movies and the show).

!!''Mr. Plinkett's Reviews'' give examples of:

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* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: It's very common for Mr. Plinkett to mispronounce certain words, such as "prota-gonist" and "anal-sis."
* AbusiveParents: In the commentary for the History of Plinkett Documentary, Plinkett reveals that his father used to hit him. [[UnreliableNarrator At least according to Plinkett.]]
** Though he's probably no where ''near'' as bad as [[UpToEleven The Grabowskis]].
* AccidentalMisnaming:
** He jokingly calls Jango Fett "Boba" in the ''Episode II'' review. Some viewers took the joke at face value and thought that he seriously couldn't see the difference.
** Also Ewan [=McDonald=] instead of [=McGregor=], and William Shakesman/Shatner/Shakespeare.
** Senator PaulMcCartney's hearings on [[RedScare Soviet spies]] were a milestone in U.S. history.[[note]]As were the Salem Wolf-Man trials.[[/note]]
** Rose [=McGowan=] plays KateWinslet.
* AffablyEvil: Plinkett gives off an air of this at first glance, what with his insightful criticisms and snarky quips... that is until his insanity and horrible actions start to slip through...
** Plus, Plinkett seems to treat his hostages with a fair amount of respect ([[SerialKiller before murdering them]]) and is [[RunningGag very generous with his Pizza Rolls]]...
* AbortedArc: Plinkett being apprehended by the police. It happens at the end of his Phantom Menace review, it's mentioned that he's "in the clink" in the ''Attack of the Clones'' preview, and then it's never mentioned again.
-->"Stay back, coppers, I'm packin' heat!"
** The preview of his Episode II review seems to suggest that the ghost of JohnnyCash magically & inexplicably broke him out of jail.
** It's also weird how Mr. Plinkett gets feedback from other people about describing characters from the old and new prequels instead of them fleeing in horror or being kidnapped.
* AnAesop: Plinkett dispenses several of these over the course of reviewing the prequel trilogy, but at the end of the ''Revenge of the Sith'' review, and as the very last line of the review proper, he distills everything he's said into a single sentence:
-->'''Plinkett:''' And in the end, all the computers in the world can't generate the most basic thing that a movie needs: an emotional connection with the audience.
* TheAlcoholic: You'd need a drink, too, if you had to review these movies.
-->"Maybe It's time for another vodka gimlet... ''[trips over furniture]'' '''GW'OOH FCK!'''"
* AllIsWellThatEndsWell: Following his duel with Nadine, subsequent hospital stay, and near-assassination, Plinkett cheerfully returns home to...[[spoiler:microwave his cat]].
* AllThereInTheManual: Plinkett ''abhors'' this trope, or at least despises the fact that fans so often invoke it to explain away the all but incomprehensible plot and setting of the Star Wars prequels:
-->"...Point is, I'm still not sure what the [Trade Federation] ships were there to do. And [[BerserkButton don't any of you faggots tell me it was explained more in the novelization or some Star Wars BOOK]]! What matters is the MOVIE!!"
* AlternateDVDCommentary: [[http://redlettermedia.bandcamp.com/ Mr. Plinkett's Phantom Commentary]].
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse: Plinkett claims that ''Cop Dog'' was originally meant to be a dark psychological thriller directed by Creator/ToddSolondz.
** Like [[{{SFDebris}} Chuck Sonnenberg]], he's taken aback when he learns that Captain Janeway hasn't been imprisoned by now.
** Qui-Gon Jinn is a drunkard, and wanted to sleep with Shmi Skywalker.
** Anakin's a megalomaniacal psycho from the very start, and getting burned and put in a robot suit is just a formality.
** Any given part of Palpatine's plan could have been easily foiled if the Jedi weren't [[NewAgeRetroHippie a bunch of disorganized hippies]].
** Jar-Jar Binks was inspired by Tara Reid on a bender.
** Padawans are raised in a creepy, cult-like environment where they lose all their free will.
** The Old Republic is composed entirely of asexuals. The only person in the universe getting any action is Jimmy Smits! (Not counting Palpatine, who gets aroused by hatred, and Shmi who was [[MysticalPregnancy making out with the Force]])
** The maid in ''Baby's Day Out'' is the baby's real mother, and Mrs. Cotwell is into servant sex.
** The kid in ''Cop Dog'' is a jibbering lunatic.
** They don't call him "[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Kit_Fisto Kid Fisto]]" 'cause he's into chicks, if you know what I mean.
** Really, he sees a closeted gay subtext in nearly everyone. Anakin and Obi-Wan, Indiana Jones and Mac, Chekhov and Sulu, [[InterspeciesRomance Scotty and Keesner]], [[FoeYay himself and George Lucas]]....
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Invoked in the ''Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'' review where Plinkett states that the scene where Mutt uses a snake as a rope to get Indy out of quicksand couldn't happen since the snake would get ripped in half.
-->'''Mr. Plinkett''': I don't know, it just doesn't seem realistic to me. Now go ahead and post comments about how people have used snakes as ropes for years in the Amazon or whatever, you fuckin assho-
* AmbiguouslyGay: Mr Plinkett himself. Apparently, he made out with George Lucas and he compliments William Shatner's "merkin"[[note]]if you don't know what it means, [[SchmuckBait don't look it up]][[/note]] in the Star Trek the... Star Trek review.
** We should also remember that he's a deranged, psychotic, senile old man who's frequently drunk, so make what you will of his occasional hilarious offhand comments.
* AnythingButThat: ...Except for the bagpipes.
* {{Angrish}}: several minor occasions scattered throughout the series, usually with The Scary Voice, but the best example would have to be when confronted with the asspull of Yoda telling Obiwan how to talk to Force Specters.
-->And then Yoda tells Obiwan that he should talk to Qui-Gon's ghost! (LaughTrack plays) WHAT THE FUCK?! No-one-evermentionedanyoneeverdevertime 'bout talkin' to ghosts!!!!!!"
* AnythingThatMoves: Hookers, claims he raped the Millennium Falcon...and his cat.
** He also fucks sharks for breakfast.
* ArcWords: The entire quote by GeorgeLucas, [[OverlyLongGag constantly repeated]] in the reviews of all three prequels: "And again, it's like poetry, it's sort of, they ''rhyme''. Every stanza kind of rhymes with the last one. [[TemptingFate Hopefully it'll work]]."
** Another quote by his NumberTwo, Rick [=McCallum=], repeated almost as often: "[[CompletelyMissingThePoint It's so dense, every single image has so many things going on...]]"
** ''What is wrong with your faaaaaace?''
** ''...But your brain did...''
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->'''Mr. Plinkett''': I don't think I've ever seen a movie like this, with mind rape, child slave labor, guy getting impaled on a spike and then pulling it through his own guts, horrific scenes of death, close-ups of Marina Sirtis...
** He even does a ''positive'' example of this, listing two really important good things cultures with technology has before listing something far less important.
-->'''Mr. Plinkett''': Plus they (savage cultures without technology) don't got things like antibiotics, indoor plumbing, or Taco Bell.
** Elsa Schneider's ListOfTransgressions include "Nazi, Whore, Liar, [[HeManWomanHater Woman]]."
** He complains about the recent trend of ''Star Trek'' movies all being revenge films. "I'm filled with so much hate I don't know what to do with it! Usually I turn it into murder. Or complaining at the Post Office about the price of stamps."
* AsHimself: "Man In A Black Cloak"
* AuthorAppeal: Mr. Plinkett isn't the only foul-mouthed sociopathic elderly person Stoklasa's created, ie. ''Recipe for Disaster''.
* AxCrazy: He's killed several of his ex-girlfriends and wives, several Koreans, and now needs to go because his cat isn't going to milk itself.
* BaitAndSwitch: In the Episode 3 review, he talks about the "funniest scene in movie history". He goes through the part when Vader arises in detail, and shows the moment as...[[spoiler: Yoda telling Obi-Wan to talk to Qui-Gon's ghost.]]
* BaitAndSwitchComment: "Fuckin' Ray Charles could have seen that coming...[[spoiler:and he doesn't even know anything about Star Wars!]]
** Another good one from the same review, where he rants about how reviews have called the movie better because it's DarkerAndEdgier
---> MY ''[[ToiletHumour STOOL]]'' IS DARK! And doctor says that's bad! ...I don't know why he thinks he knows so much about interior decorating though (RimShot and a picture of a leather stool)
** ''Avatar'' ushered in a new age of 3-D film-making.[[note]]And by age I mean six months.[[/note]]
** Chalks up the misfire of ''Star Trek V'' to an issue of ego. "'''James Doohan's''' ego was out of contr--!!...[[WilliamShatner wait]]."
* BetterByADifferentName: In a variation, he says the latest ''Film/StarTrek'' actually ''is'' better if you think of it as a ''StarWars'' movie instead of a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movie. He also says that it's a better SW film than the prequels.
* BigBad: George Lucas fills this role in the Plinkett Reviews continuity if you count ''Revenge of Nadine'' as part of it.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: At the end of the ''Phantom Menace'' review, he says that the part where a floating pizza roll told him to go murder his wife was really strange. ''[[LampshadeHanging Plinkett himself states he doesn't understand how it fit into The Phantom Menace either.]]'' ([[StrawmanHasAPoint But he thought it made a good point.]])
** Continued in the conclusion of his ''Titanic'' review, Plinkett ends up rambling about how James Cameron was very inaccurate. [[spoiler:He goes on to mention how ''he'' actually crashed the ship because another talking pizza roll talked him into it, the ship was unmanned as Plinkett's mother was having sex with the captain at the time, aliens caused the ship to snap in two, his father died hiding in a suitcase, and the whole thing was covered up out of embarrassment.]] [[invoked]]
* BigShutUp: "[[LawAndOrder Fred Thompson]], shut yer trap! SHUT UP! Let her go look for her baby, she'd probably've found it by now. ''You'' [[PoliceAreUseless haven't gotten shit done!]]"
** Gives one to Rick [=McCallum=] during a later use of the "its so dense" line. "SHUTYOURFUCKINGFACE!"
** He berates George Lucas' "It's like poetry" line once or twice, but eventually gives up and mutters, "Okay, yeah, we get it. Thank you."
* BigWhat: His discovery of the ''Revenge of the Sith'' dvd inside his ''Baby's Day Out'' case.
** The results of the Kodak printer challenge™.
** And again in his review of ''[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact First Contact]]'':
-->'''Picard:''' No, there's a chance we could hit the dish, it's charged with antiprotons. We could destroy half the ship!\\
''(cut to Picard unloading a phaser at the dish)''\\
'''Plinkett:''' [=WhaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAT?=]
** Palpatine, after Plinkett preempts his demands for more reviews by linking him to a gay porn video.
-->'''Palpatine:''' I was not going to ask for a review of '''THAT'''!
-->'''Plinkett:''' [[IronicEcho I have forseen it]], though.
** And Palpatine again after answering his cell phone:
-->"Hello? The Phantom Menace in 3-D? [=WHAAAAAT?=]"
* BigWordShout: Picard's magically teleporting photo album. You know what ''that'' spells: '''''[[spoiler:LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZZYYYYYYYYYYYYY]]'''''
* BizarroEpisode: [[invoked]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2lnI_XqHSU ''Recipe for Disaster!'']], the replacement video for Baby's Day Out because [[ExecutiveMeddling FOX wouldn't let him upload the review to YouTube]].
* BlackComedyRape: Each of the StarWars reviews have lines about "the Force" being used on women. Another running gag is a reference to the pinball table scene from ''TheAccused''.
-->"Haha. Rape jokes. I love 'em!"
--> (on Picard disobeying orders) "In fact, Picard's orders get violated more often than Councilor Troi."
--> "Remember in ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Nemesis]]'' when Riker fought that alien for mind-raping his wife? I don't know why he did that, you'd think he'd want to give the guy a fifty dollar bill!"
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: He originally tried to extort money from his viewers by claiming it was for his grandkids' ear medicine.
** While shilling ''Half in the Bag'' [=DVD=]s, he offhandedly mentions that they have such a big surplus, Plinkett is forced to store them in front of [[ShameIfSomethingHappened the only fire exit of a children's orphanage]]. "Order ''today''."
* BlandNameProduct: Parodied in the ''Episode III'' Review Epilogue when Nadine meets Emperor Palpatine.
-->'''Nadine''': What do you want, man-in-a-black-cloak-who-is-not-a-trademarked-character-of-Lucas-Limited?
-->'''Palpatine''': I see you know my name.
* BookDumb: "I ain't never read one a 'dem [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars books]], or any books in general for that matter!"
** "The only things I've ever read is the directions to my fleshlight."
** "I mean, even when ''Cop and a Half'' half-assed it, it was still ''three-quarters'' cop! ..Wait, gotta check my math on that. [cue [[HardWorkMontage montage of charts and calculations]]] --Yeah I'm right."
* BrainBleach: Mr. Plinkett advocates drinking the real deal to make all memories of the prequels go away.
-->"Fuck the pain away, fuck the pain away, fuck the pain away..."
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: "Classic ''Franchise/StarTrek'' images are as identifiable and well-known as, like, the [=McDonald’s=] logo, Santa Claus, Superman, and dog crap."
** ''The Dog Who Saved Christmas, The Dog Who Ruined Christmas, The Dog Who Got Shot Out Back for Ruining Christmas...''
** "''Star Trek V'' is what they call a 'train wreck': good intentions gone horribly wrong.
--->"Trains ''usually'' have good intentions: To move people, cargo, {{hobos}}, et cetera..."
*** "I'm all for recycling things. Glass, paper, [[GenuineHumanHide people]]..."
* BreathlessNonSequitur: So, ''so'' many. Particularly among Plinkett's digressions about his past victims.
* BreakoutCharacter: There's a reason this page is 99% about Mr. Plinkett despite being a page for all of Red Letter Media's productions.
* BrickJoke: When describing the sex appeal of the Na'vi, he pointed out, "Look at 'dem lips! Aren't those the kinda lips you wanna put duct tape over-- I mean, ''kiss''." A few years later, Plinkett actually abducts a Na'vi cosplayer.
** An anonymous mother on Amazon.com complains about the [[CoversAlwaysLie misleading kid-appeal]] of Cop Dog ...[[PrecisionFStrike MOTHERFUCKER]]! That was brought back in an Applebee's [[ProductPlacement plug]] by Plinkett.
* BrokenAesop: Just [[Film/StarTrekInsurrection relocate the fuckin' people]], ok? It's what we did to the Indians on Earth, and look how ''that'' turned out! We have so many wonderful casinos.
* BrokenBird: Nadine the Hooker seems to have become one, as the trailer for the [[RevengeOfTheSith Episode III]] review shows her heading to Plinkett's house to kill him and apparently being insane herself.
* BuffySpeak: "Every character is ''dumb''! But who's the dumbdest? Let's find out..."
** Mmm, pizza rolls. They're hot, and pizza-y.
** "Pass the [[SuckinessIsPainful Vicodins]]. No wait, we need [[InstantSedation Ambiens]]. ...well, we sure need somethingens."
* CaneFu: His duel with Nadine.
* CaptionHumor: "'''''[[PhysicsGoof 7 Metric Tons?!?!?!?!?]]'''''"
** Inserting sexual innuendo into "what could have been [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the greatest lesbian sex scene ever put into a children's film.]]"
** "??????????????????". (Most often used during clips of anything said by WalterKoenig in behind-the-scenes interviews.)
** The mom in ''Cop Dog'' calculating the cost of the psychotherapy her son needs.
* CardCarryingVillain / ObviouslyEvil: The reason Plinkett likes Palpatine in ''Revenge of the Sith''.
* CatsAreMean: His theory for why there aren't more direct-to-DVD movies featuring cats instead of dogs.
** ''Cat Cop''. [[{{Tagline}} He's a cat....and a cop....whatever]].
* CatchPhrase: "Oh? ...[[FridgeHorror Oh]]! ...[[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Ohhhh]]..."
** I'll [[DoubleEntendre get deeper into that]] later..."
** ...So let's dive right in! ''(*cut to someone drowning/falling to their death*)'' Huh huh huhhh.
** WHAMMO! SHABOOMZ! BLAMMO!
** And then the dumbest thing ever happens...
** MadLibsCatchphrase: "[movie title] is [[WorstWhateverEver the worst thing since]] [whatever].
** "Now I've anal-yzed this scene with a team of scientists/engineers/perverts/from the Hair Club for Men/cheerleaders/dead people/two experts on the field of love, porn star Joslyn James and Tiger Woods/etc."
** "You might not have noticed [some visual element of the movie he's discussing] -- but [[SubliminalSeduction your brain did]]."
** (says something shocking) "''Any''way..."
* [[ChildHater Child Actor Hater]]: Kids in movies make him want to sterilize the human race.
* ClusterFBomb: Plinkett is fond of these.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: After condensing his reviews of dog-themed kid's movies into one unintelligible, mumbling cacophony, Plinkett concludes that it was a horrible idea:
-->"I totally forgot to include ''Karate Dog and Santa Paws''!"
** In an update video, Plinkett awakes to find himself BuriedAlive with a lot of [=DVDs=] and a player lying around in his coffin.
---> Why would they bury me with these movies? They must not want me to review them...
* CountryMatters: Uses this word twice to date, once to describe Jar Jar Binks, once to describe Rose's mother in the Titanic review.
* CozyCatastrophe: Points out that the reason it's hard to care about the Clone Wars in the prequel trilogy is that it never really seems to affect anything. Aside from the war being mainly between equally disposable robots and clones, Coruscant, where most of the focus is, is still just as lively and active in the third movie (when the war's been going on for quite a while) was it was in the first.
* CreepyBasement: The most memorable and frightening scenes take place in Harry's creepy, dilapidated basement; contents include a plastic bin, several piles of various debris, a [[StuffedIntoTheFridge refrigerator containing flesh eating cockroaches]], more than one [[NightmareFuel human skeleton]], one or more living victims to be occasionally tormented by Plinkett, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers a Titanic promotional popcorn tub]].
** A popcorn tub ''filled with bones.''
---> "[[EvilSoundsDeep GET OUT OF MY POPCORN TUB! JAARG-!]]"
* CreditsGag: ''(Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)'' had some good moments but overall it was pretty disappointing '''[[{{Anticlimax}} That's the end thanks for checking out my review!]]'''
* DamnedByFaintPraise: The things he likes best about ''Revenge of the Sith'' are things that '''aren't''' in ''Revenge of the Sith.''
** Plinkett says that ''Baby's Day Out'' is in fact what it says it is, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin about a baby out loose in the city]]. The one positive about the movie.
** Finally, the only kid in [[RevengeOfTheSith this film]] that talks dies. And all of 'em die. These are positive changes.
** [[invoked]]So, what else did I like? [{{beat}}] um... I guess I liked it when [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Anakin got burned]]. [[EndingFatigue I liked it when it was over]]!
** Before complaining some more about ''Crystal Skull'', I thought it'd be fair to point out some of the things I liked about the film. [-Don't worry, this won't take long.-]
** ''Titanic'' aimed for the middle. And it hit the target ''perfectly''.
* DecidedByOneVote: Where did the ''Star Trek'' franchise go horribly wrong? ''[Why hello, [[Film/StarTrekGenerations Generations]].]'' Now, I ain't sayin' no one in particular is to blame... ''[Unrelated publicity video of Rick Berman]''
** So do the prequels basically expose Lucas as being a shallow, emotionless [[ExecutiveMeddling businessman]]? I'll let ''you'' decide! -- [-but the answer is yes.-]
** "So, y'know. ''You'' might like the characters, you know... If you're stupid."
** "Now, whether an idea is good or bad is subjective...[-Except for here, these are all bad ideas-]."
** "Again: A matter of opinion, but mine is right."
** "I guess ''everything'' is a matter of opinion, unless it's ''my'' opinion, and then it's ''right''!"
* DeliciousDistraction: Subverted and combined with {{Squick}} of the highest order. Plinkett is at one point comparing the {{Filler}} in the ''Star Wars'' prequels to the filler in Twinkies, when he suddenly goes "Mmmm...[[spoiler:I like to fuck my cat...]]"
* DemonicPossession: During his ''Avatar'' review he [[NoodleIncident mentioned]] experiencing one once.
** Who says it [[WildMassGuessing stopped?]] It would certainly explain the Scary Voice and Harry's more [[SerialKiller eccentric activities.]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Qui-Gon Jin and Obi-Wan Kenobi should have been combined to form a new character, called Obi-Wan Kenobi."
** ''Star Trek: The''....[[StockSubtitle Star Trek]]."
** ''Cop Dog'' is the worst cop film since ''Kid Cop'', ''CopOut'', and ''[[CopLand Cop Cop]]''.
** And then Film/StarTrek becomes ''Space Adventure Film - Set in the future ...'' [[RecycledInSpace OF SPAAAAAAA--]]!
** When weighing the faults of ''Titanic'''s leads, Plinkett can't find any aside from [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth a tendency toward suicide]] and [[PokeThePoodle littering]]. He then lists off the memorable traits of Hockley (Billy Zane): Objectifies women, beats woman, and tries to shoot at women.
--->"He ''also'' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint has no faults]]!"
* DiscriminateAndSwitch "Even RayCharles could have seen that one coming. And he doesn't know anything about StarWars."
** "In this new situation, ''without'' the Indians, Picard's suddenly willing to defy orders and risk everything to save white peop-- [[LastSecondWordSwap I-I MEAN, save people he's grown attached to!]]"
** "Anakin's just sitting there like a retard! [---oh, can I still say retard?-] Anakin is just sitting there like [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar an exceptional individual]]."
** "Who's this dog's trainer, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Vick Michael Vick]]? [[spoiler:([[DontExplainTheJoke Didja get that joke?]] It's because Michael Vick would often throw passes that would go well ahead of the intended receiver...)]]"
** "[[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs What were these people smoking?]] ''Cigarettes?'' [[AC:(warning: smoking these may cause you to make a lousy IndianaJones film)]]. [[invoked]]
** "Once again, drug 'em out of retirement for one last shot at embarrassment." [cue images of Brett Farve and MichaelJordan] "--hey, how'd these sports images get into my review?
** The [[UsefulNotes/BlackHoles supermassive black hole]] should not be confused with a supermassive black '''ho'''. ...Y'know. ''(beat)'' Which is a large tool I use to garden with." (''Star Trek V'')
* DontExplainTheJoke: "That must be why they call him Qui-gon Gin. [-'cuz he's always drinkin' gin.-]
** "So Yoda might be a powerful Jedi, [[StrangeSyntaxSpeaker but wise he is not]]. [-(Get it? I--I did like a Yoda thing?)-]
** "Maybe he should download a program into his brain about child care." [-(That was a ''[[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' joke! Didya get it?!)-]
** The Cop Dog is suffering from "post-partner depression. Geddit? '''''I SAID [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooke_Shields#Postpartum_depression GEDDIT?]]'''''
** Although Plinkett also subverted this: His attempts to save time [[spoiler:by giving the description of four different films at once]] are acknowledged as a bad idea [[spoiler: not because his speech was incomprehensible, but because he forgot two films he wanted to describe. He then discusses ''six'' films at once.]]
* DoubleEntendre: "What red blooded male ''wouldn't'' want to dock his canoe in [[NataliePortman Natalie's]] port, man? ''(RimShot)''
** How about a night in [[MeganFox Megan's foxhole]]?
** Hey, baby. Looks like you're a [[Characters/StarTrek Trill]]. Maybe I can put ''my'' worm inside you, huh huh huhh.
** Maybe Anakin was spending too much time in Obi-Wan's outer rim.
** "Take 'er to warp speed! [-(But don't forget to [[ButWeUsedACondom vulcanize your nacelle]].)-]"
** "[[ChrisPine Chris' Pine Tree]]"
** "Hey, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Chapman Anna.]] I wanna ''spy'' on your ''pie''. ''(beat)'' I mean, I wanna ''translate'' into ''Russian''. ..meh I dunno, [[OverlyLongGag that's all I got]]."
** Kate's heart will go on, but [[LeonardoDicaprio Leo's]] ''hard-on'' will go on.
** Let us all take a minute of silence for the two "That's what she said" girls.
** Why does Kirk randomly battle a CatGirl in ''Star Trek V''? Because Shatner feels Kirk always needs a scene where [[CatsHateWater he gets a pussy wet]].
* DrivenToSuicide: His second wife killed herself in a bathtub out of guilt for stealing Plinkett's money. [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident Yep]].
* DroneOfDread: One can be heard near the end of the ''Baby's Day Out'' review, as the sheer number of plot holes and inconsistencies [[GoMadFromTheRevelation begin to overwhelm Plinkett]] and [[SanitySlippage drive him over the edge.]]
* DropTheCow: He usually cuts a segment short really abruptly (like in mid-sentence) if his picking on a point is beginning to ramble.
* DumpMonths: Coined the phrase "fuck you, it's January!" to mock the low standards for movies released during that month.
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness : Back in 2005, Mike Stoklasa did a precursor videos to his Star Wars reviews, called the [[http://www.redlettermedia.com/noooo.html United States of Noooo!!!]] which explored what he considered to be the JumpingTheShark Dethroning Moment Of Suck of Star Wars, namely, the scene when Darth Vader utters a BigNo after Palpatine tells him Padmé is dead. While rather funny, the video is also a very ordinary talk-to-the-camera video, without the antics that made Plinkett's reviews famous. Stoklasa's uncannily good imitation of Palpatine's voice can already be heard in this video.
* EasilyForgiven: Nadine waves the white flag in her ''Revenge'' video. Unfortunately for Plinkett, it seems he's made an even [[GeorgeLucas worse enemy]]...
* EEqualsMCHammer: Plinkett when calculating how much movies suck:
-->'''Plinkett''': Ok, I gotta add in the puppy factor, plus two... times square root of pi... 56 point 92 point 986, multiplied by the factor of puppy, added to the compound equation... and then equals--
* EightDeadlyWords: In ''The Phantom Menace'' review, Plinkett remarks in regards to the plot, "why in fuck's name should we care at all? I don't care about any of these characers." [[invoked]]
* EpicFail: Once compared ruining the ''Star Wars'' saga to ruining mashed potatoes.
* EscapistCharacter: Makes a case in his ''Crystal Skull'' review that IndianaJones is designed to be this, so making him older dillutes this element. [[invoked]]
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: Believes they are "the worst thing ever made by a human."
* EvilCripple: The official Plinkett promo image features him in a powerchair. He moves about normally in the videos, so it may just not be used in his house.
** Making it even more strange and ominous is that the official drawings of Plinkett show him with his right leg severed off.
** "Now that's just crazy talk. GeorgeLucas didn't ruin my childhood, fucking polio did."
** The end of the 3rd Star Wars review also has his basement prisoner calling him "El diablo en una silla de ruedas" ([[BilingualBonus The devil in a wheelchair]])
* EvilLaugh: There's his usual 'huh-huh-huh' when he finds something humorous, but he gives one hell of an unsettling laugh in his most recent Star Trek review.
--> "I know a [[IncrediblyLamePun black hoe]] once tried to scramble my brains (Shows picture of a well followed by a scream) but don't worry...everything turned out [[VisualPun well]]...huh huh huh (Scary Voice) HA HA HA HA HA!!"
* EvilSoundsDeep: Harry's voice is fairly deep anyway but will drop a few octaves and gain a flavor of reverb when he gets angry.
-->"You're going to watch it! You understand?! LOOK AT ME!! '''YOU'RE GONNA WATCH IIIIIIIIIT!!!!!!'''"
** Seems to have gained the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin apt title]] of "The Scary Voice" amongst some fans.
** He also does this to Creator/PatrickStewart's voice during his ''[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact First Contact]]'' review to show the difference between "TV Show Picard" ([[SomeCallMeTim we'll call him Larry]]) and [[TookALevelInJerkass "Movie Picard"]].
* TheFaceless: Mr. Plinkett's face actually has been seen in several instances, both in illustrations and in a still photo from one of the Star Trek reviews. Throughout the Star Wars material, however, Mr. Plinkett seems to be abiding by this trope; we see only his first person perspective while he wanders through his basement and captures women.
** Averted in the Revenge of Nadine video.
** The trailer for his ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' review reveals that there are in fact ''two'' Plinketts, and the one we've seen is not the one who does the reviews. No it doesn't make any sense, did you think it was supposed to?
* FanNickname: Cate Blanchett's impressive turn as [[PunnyName Ivanna Spankov]].
** TV Show Picard--we'll call him Larry.
* {{Fanservice}}/ToplessnessFromTheBack: The inclusion in his Avatar review of the iconic shot of Rose from Titanic dropping her robe to show her butt to the audience. May also apply to his sex puns (with accompanying sexy pictures) for Megan Fox, Natalie Portman and Chris Pine.
* {{Filler}}: Arguably the Baby's Day Out review and Cop Dog review to some fans, as no one would really care much about these movies and would rather see Plinkett review another important Blockbuster. These shorter reviews would tease the audience for the next major review.
* {{Flanderization}}: Plinkett says that the ''Film/StarTrek'' remake took minor character traits from all the original crew members and '''ELECTRIFIED''' them, to make the characters more interesting.
** Also applies to Plinkett himself; in the earlier reviews his penchant for murder is just hinted at with a few offhand comments, while in the later reviews we actually see him tormenting his victims and his serial-killer tendencies are mentioned much more often and become much more central to his character.
* ForWantOfANail: Reviewing ''Star Trek'' (2009) creates an alternate timeline where Plinkett's cat is still alive. Cue the chaos.
-->"Bambi's alive in this timeline! ...Only, now she's my first cat. [[MindScrew I'm so confused]]."
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "DON'T TRY TO ESCAPE LIKE THE OTHER ONE!" He says near the end of the Episode II review to the two girls making the Puzzles.
* FourLinesAllWaiting: Plinkett tears into ''Episode I'' for this happening at the climax. Well, not him so much as selected clips of Lucas and co. looking less than comfortable about having done this and not being able to change it so late in production.
* FourthWallMailSlot: Parodied in Plinkett's occasional youtube updates where Palpatine harasses him into making reviews, although these mostly exist so he can show off his impressive Ian [=McDiarmid=] impression.
** The [[OneHundredAndEight 108]] page rebuttal to the TPM review is, however, astoundingly real.
* FranchiseKiller: Plinkett blames [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine the Dominion War]] for creating a rapid burnout and causing the temporary death of ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* FreudianExcuse: Plinkett's serial killer tendencies make a lot more sense the more we learn about his past. His father died on the Titanic when he was six, and Plinkett has a history of mental illness. Not to mention that he's senile.
* FreudianSlip: "I'm sure they cleared it with PETI.'
** "Now, onto the excrement!'
** The Impo[--r--]tence of Darth Vader.
* FunWithAcronyms: '''H'''ome '''I'''nfant '''C'''omedy '''I'''njury. (Or "hickey".)
* FunctionalAddict: [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty Soon you will learn to appreciate blow]].
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: In his review of ''The Phantom Menace'' when a plot hole so enrages him he begins to wonder if someone was screwing with his meds, leading to an... [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment interesting scene]] in which he repeats "Who's fucking with my medicine?!" while he scoops several [[RunningGag Pizza Rolls]] into a paper envelope before slurring "What's wrong with me?!" and blacking out.
** And again in his ''Attack of the Clones'' review upon seeing the prop from Star Trek that has red lights moving back and forth in one of the TheLastStarfighter clips and then seeing PKE meters being used in [[TheyLive another movie]].
-->"Do those guys have PKE meters? Am I going insane?! MY BRAIN IS COLLAPSING IN ON ITSELF-okay, back to the review."
** [[RuleOfThree Finally]], in ''Revenge of the Sith'', he has an almost pitiful breakdown as he realises just how much of the film refers back to the original trilogy.
-->"Oh god, all I hear is Star Wars inside my brain! Someone help me!"
** In ''Film/BabysDayOut'', he starts ranting about all the physics liberties and coincidences that he eventually starts repeating [[Music/{{Peaches}} Fuck the Pain Away]].
* GuideDangIt. Plinkett has no use for anything but what is presented in the source material.
* [[GushingAboutShowsYouLike Gushing About Sequels You Like]]: "I love ''[[TheEmpireStrikesBack Empire]]'' so much I [[[WhyDontYouMarryIt bleep]]] it."
* HalfHumanHybrid: Stop feeding us this pig slop! I'm only ''half''-pig.
* HandicappedBadass: An evil version in Mr. Plinkett. Despite having one amputated leg, he is at least able to kidnap several women and fight his way through numerous police officers at the end of his Phantom Menace review (despite being shot at least once)
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Harry explains the somewhat tacked-on nature of the Spock/Uhura romance as a case of the [[BuryYourGays NotGays]] wherein the director draws undue time away from the plot in order to establish that a character is in fact heterosexual. He then goes on to show how other characters have a case of the [[BuryYourGays NotGays]] and begins to refer to it as the disease the director seems to think it is.
** Points out how it's also done in dog movies.
* HearingVoices
* HeroAntagonist: Nadine.
* HopelessWithTech: It's a wonder Plinkett can put together a review. He still thinks "digital downloads" involve stuffing money in the disk drive until movies come out..
* HurricaneOfPuns: Via some clever quote mining with ''Titanic''.
* HypocriticalHumor: A RunningGag, such as him confusing WorldWarOne with the Cuban Missile Crisis or the Nazi invasion of France with the French Revolution.
-->"Geez, you stupid people need to learn your history right."
** "This film is racist against Chinamen!"
** "Babies are fragile! This kind of disgusting, misleading and irresponsible film should've never been made! Now to talk about my favorite scene: The one where Baby Bink is trapped in a gorilla cage and nearly EatenAlive..."
** "Can't they leave this sex stuff out of a kid's movie? I mean, kids have up until they're eight to start havin' sex, leave 'em with those precious few years of innocence, for God's sake!'
** "What kind of an idiot would take the time to [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs review a children's movie, anyways?]] You must be a real stupid asshole."
** ''Generations'' and ''Crystal Skull'' convinces Plinkett that it's time for retirement, and he [[RidingIntoTheSunset Rolls Into the Sunset]] for good. --Wait, who's gonna review ''The Matrix'', ''Twilight'', and ''RedTails''? "Shit, I ain't even ''close'' to done yet!!"
** "Hey, anyone see the keys to my red Lamborghini?" (ItMakesSenseInContext.)
** After several shot-by-shot comparisons of ''Titanic'' with previous films based around the ship, Plinkett confesses that it's too much to sort out; he's too busy for this. He then continues to play an endless stream of camera shots cribbed by James Cameron and stitched back together, talking over them for a solid five minutes.
** "George Lucas is kinda mocking the civil rights movement and the memory of Dr. Martin Luther Jones."
** After slamming Lucas for selling out and using the prequels to sell merchandise, Plinkett takes a time out to promote the "[[ProductPlacement Kodak Printer Challenge]]".
* IdiotBall: Another pet peeve of Plinkett, such as Padme being transferred to be "processed", even though the villains not knowing what happened to the Jedis ''and'' the fact ''she's central to their entire plans''.
* IdiotPlot: [[invoked]] {{Discussed}} in the ''Star Wars'' reviews. Contends that if any of the characters had exercised even the tiniest amount of common sense in the prequels, Palpatine's plans would have been easily thwarted and Anakin wouldn't have become Darth Vader.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: Ends up breaking his TV.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: "Pantaloons".
* IncestIsRelative: Dubbed the 2009 ''Star Trek'' a "guilty pleasure" - much like his pole-dancing granddaughter, Crystal.
* InformedAbility: Plinkett ''loves'' pointing these out, such as Anakin's alleged pilot skills.
* IronicNurseryTune: '''♪ [[WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory COOOME WITH ME...AN' YOU'LL BE...IN A WOOOOOORLD OF PURE IMAGINAAASHUUN...]] ♪'''
* IsThisThingStillOn: Pausing during the ''Baby's Day Out'' review to phone-order sex toys (using [[TheMan Rick Berman's]] credit card), unaware that he has left the mic on.
** Accidentally cutting & pasting his AIM chat (in which he's [[ChubbyChaser propositioning an offscreen fat woman for sex]]) into the episode title.
* {{Joisey}}: Plinkett lives in Atlantic City, and pronounces "Joisey" in that way.
** In his Star Wars: Episode III review, he also refers to the Cedar Lane Theater in Teaneck. This is, in fact, a real theater in Northern New Jersey, that's sadly closed down.
* JumpScare: Allusions to the murder of Mrs. Plinkett are often followed by an abrupt scream and split-second cut to a crash site or a blood-covered bathtub.
* JumpTheShark: {{Lampshaded}} and {{Discussed}} InUniverse. Palpatine tells Plinkett to stop jumping the shark, and Plinkett responses thus:
-->"Look bitch, I don't jump sharks. [[AdjacentToThisCompleteBreakfast I fuck 'em for breakfast]]!"
* JuxtapositionGag: One of their more effective ways of showing contradictions or any comparsions.
* KnightOfCerebus: The entire Nadine arc was essentially this done to the Plinkett Reviews (with judicious use of SnapBack at the end, of course).
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: A list of various fictional protagonists... and KevinBacon.
** Plinketts list of types of New Media includes "the zoo".
** ''Baby's Day Out'' as the modern-day take on Film/TheThreeStooges: There's the slightly smarter one that's in charge, there's the dumb one, and lastly the guy that was in ''TheMatrix''. [[BigWhat Whaaaaa?]]
** In a visual twist on this, when showing how a protagonist "often gets the girl in the end as icing on the cake", he shows four clips of pairs kissing... last of which is Charlie hugging Willy Wonka.
** Likewise, James Cameron's fifth wife is a Na'vi.
** A very telling comparison of Indiana Jones' adversaries and their on-screen crimes. Spalko's dossier says, "Patriot, Hero of Socialist Labor."
** In his Cop Dog review he names a series of dog based children's film titles. One of these is ''GhostDog''.
** In the Episode III review, Plinkett mentions how a long, uncut entirely computer-generated shot is no longer impressive, since entire movies are made by computers without real actors these days. As examples, he shows ''TheIncredibles'', ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', and ''[[TakeThat Transformers]]''.
* LaughTrack: Employed sarcastically during the Prequel reviews, such as when Yoda tells Obi-Wan to talk to Qui-Gon's ghost (preceded by a "[[BigWhat WhaaaaAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaat]] the ''FUCK''?!?!" from Plinkett.)
* {{Leitmotif}}: Many of Pinkett's lists are narrated over the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udvQECNtPiw "Oranges"]]
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: Mike ''loves'' this.
** The first example was his interviewing of co-workers to get their impressions on the Prequel characters. The bombastic John Williams score screeches to a halt as they search for words to define Qui-gon or Padme.
--->"................monotone?"
** During the CreditsGag in KOTCS, Plinkett plugs a few of his [=YouTube=] comments. "I Squeeze Gats" abruptly stops when he reads a (presumably real) comment from one of [=YouTube=]'s innumerable trolls.
* LighterAndSofter: One of Plinkett's complaints about ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. Indy only murders one enemy, and even Plinkett is confused about how the enemy died (why would the poison dart be poisoned on the ''wrong'' side?)
** DarkerAndEdgier: Not a fan of this one as shown in his Franchise/StarTrek and StarWars reviews. Ever more so if its simply for the sake of being Dark. Like how it's utterly unnecessarily for there to be rape in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''.
* LittleStowaway: Little Plinkett stowed away on the ''Titanic'' in a suitcase, [[PersonOfMassDestruction inadvertently dooming the ship]].
* LongList: Those directors who are exempted from his advice to follow the [[TheHerosJourney traditional story arc]] in films: Creator/TheCoenBrothers, Creator/DavidLynch, Creator/PaulThomasAnderson, Creator/StanleyKubrick, Creator/AlfredHitchcock, Creator/LarsVonTrier, Creator/DavidCronenberg, Creator/GusVanSant, Creator/QuentinTarantino, Creator/JohnWaters, Creator/WesAnderson, Creator/SamPeckinpah, Creator/TerryGilliam, Creator/MartinScorsese, Creator/WernerHerzog, and Creator/JimJarmusch.
* LooksLikeSheIsEnjoyingIt: The gag behind his 'original' Abrams ''Trek'' review. A girl gets dragged into an alley by the movie poster, then comes out looking disheveled yet satisfied.
** The idea was that Creator/JJAbrams took a bloated franchise and ruthlessly twisted it into something marketable again; Mike thinks this is a good thing in the long run. Of course, he had to address the joke in his extended review, explaining that he doesn't really believe Star Trek was "raped".
* MadnessMantra: [[CrowningMomentofFunny Fuck the pain away. Fuck the pain away. FUCK THE PAIN AWAY. FUCK THE PAIN AWAY. FUCK THE PAIN AWAY.]]
** [[GratuitousGerman Geschlechtsverkehr der Schmerz entfernt.]]
** "Oh, no! OH, NO! Somebody please make it stop! I'm gonna fuck my cat, then eat my cat, then kidnap a hooker and fuck the pain away!"
* {{Malaproper}}: Related to the trope below, he does this with names. Thus we have Boba Fett instead of Jango Fett, Queen Armadillo, Ewan [=McDonald=], Kate [=McGowan=], Cliff Huxtable, General Grievance, William Shakesman/Shatner, et cetera.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Mike can imitate virtually any Lucasfilm character.
* TheMerch: Parodied in his plugs for real-world RLM merchandise.
-->"We've got ''Half in the Bag'' pint glasses, dvds, posters, stickers, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment shot glasses]], t-shirts, baby bibs, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick babies...]]"
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Lots. "But when it gets going the story starts to suck, like someone pulling a thread out of a sweater until the sweater eventually sucks."
* MisanthropeSupreme: "Fuck [[ChildHater kids]]! Fuck [[HypocriticalHumor the elderly]]! Fuck [[SoMyKidsCanWatch families]]! Fuck everyone!" [shows photo of Earth]
* MomentKiller: Nadine's heartfelt speech at Plinkett's bedside.
-->''([[ToiletHumor farts]])'' "My balls itch!"
* MommyIssues: In the ''Episode III'' review, Plinkett mentions that he once threw a psychologist out a window for asking about his "dear mother."
-->"[[spoiler:Bury them under the floorboards, Harry. No one has to know. It'll be our little secret.]]"
* MoodWhiplash: Whenever Plinkett's other hobbies come up out of nowhere in the middle of a detailed analysis.
** One of Plinkett's complains about the Trilogy, specifically noted in the ''Sith'' review, when he says the opening leaps between comedy, slapstick, dismemberment, and drama indiscriminately.
* MultipleChoicePast: Plinkett, who always seems to have a different recollection about his youth (which contradicts all of the ''other'' recollections).
* NegativeContinuity
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: His descriptions of how his wives, girlfriends, prostitutes and Koreans came to their untimely ends is hilarious in its terror.
* NotSoDifferent: In his review for ''Avatar'', Plinkett says that, in real life, the tribal cultures that the Na'vi portrayed could be every bit as screwed up as the modern ones.
* [[OneSteveLimit One Rick Limit]]: Averted. Over a picture of Rick [=McCallum=]: "Fuck you, Rick Berman! Ya ruined ''this'', too?! STOP RUINING-- wait. That ain't Rick Berman. What is it with Ricks?"
* OnlySaneMan: The ''First Contact'' guy, who points out how ridiculous Movie Picard and Padme's plans are.
--> "Get back in the Franchise/StarTrek reviews..."
* OpinionMyopia: [[invoked]] PlayedForLaughs in Plinkett's Episode III trailer, where Palpatine shows a 108 page rebuttal he wrote to the TPM review. His opening lines explain how Plinkett is a stupidpants because he didn't like the prequels, and how the prequels were extremely complex "like a very deep game of chess where both players don't know how to play chess." This is in direct response to an actual rebuttal that surfaced on the internet that was 108 pages long.
* TheOtherDarrin: Sorta. The Plinkett character originated in a couple of short films, where he was portrayed by Rich Evans. Mike Stokasa, the main writer of those shorts, decided to use the character for the reviews, and performed the voice himself. Evans portrays the character in a full-length movie that came out well after the reviews started, but was produced earlier. Unlike other examples of this trope, the two versions of Plinkett are not in canon with each other, and it's possible that Evans will continue to portray the character in the future.
** The line between the two different Plinketts (described by Stoklasa as "Plinkett A" and "Plinkett B") was blurred in "The Revenge of Nadine" short and the ''Half in the Bag'' series. In them, Plinkett (as played by Evans) is the same Plinkett that made the ''Star Wars'' reviews and became an internet sensation (and who was, of course, voiced by Stoklasa); essentially they seem to have become a kind of TheOtherDarrin tag team; this was [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in a ''Half in the Bag'' intro which has Plinkett shouting "I don't even know who I am anymore!!!" at the top of his lungs.
** The teaser trailer for the ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' review seems to establish the two Plinketts as two different people who just happen to be very similar to one another, [[NegativeContinuity even though this blatantly contradicts "The Revenge Of Nadine"]]. This may be because of VillainDecay on the part of Evans!Plinkett, given his portrayal in ''Half in the Bag'' as docile and incredibly senile. The [[BackFromTheDead mysteriously revived Palpatine]], an established StrawFan, naturally refers to Evans!Plinkett as "Fake Plinkett" and Stoklasa!Plinkett as "the ''real'' Lord Plinkett", and at the end of the teaser, [[spoiler: attacks "Fake Plinkett" with Force lightning in an attempt to kill him]].
*** {{Lampshaded}} in the ''Half in the Bag'' review of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', where Mike is forced to do an impression of Mr. Plinkett. Jay tells him that's the ''worst'' Plinkett impression he'd ever heard, and no one would believe it's the real Plinkett.
*** [[http://redlettermedia.com/mr-plinkett-the-animated-series-when-harry-met-harry/ Then there's this.]]
* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: From ''Revenge of Nadine''
--> '''Nadine''': What do you want Man-in-a-Black-Cloak-[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial who-is-not-a-trademarked-character-owned-by-Lucasfilm-Ltd?]]
** In the teaser for his ''Star Trek'' rifftrack, Plinkett refers to his guests as "Man" (Palpy), "Creature" (Jar Jar), and "James Doohan" (Boss Nass). He's now living in fear of {{Disney}} suing them.
--->"Wassa matter, Palpy? ''[[MickeyMouse Mouse]]'' got yer tongue?"\\
"FUCK YOU."
* OutOfCharacterMoment: A major problem Mr. Plinkett has with the ''Next Generation'' movies is that Picard acts like an angry, vengeful, action movie character rather than a diplomatic captain who uses violence as a last resort.
** Also, Plinkett points out how the Borg in ''First Contact'' randomly act like Frankenstein's monster. Plus Obi-Wan has random moments of being foolhardy and showing off in Episodes II and III.
** Also Palpatine using a lightsaber and everything Yoda does in the prequels.
** As far as Plinkett himself goes, doesn't anyone else think him saying that he really liked ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' was weird? Twilight is about a 100-year-old guy who looks young for his age who stalks someone [[FridgeBrilliance ...Oh, wait.]]
* OverlyLongGag: "And the four-letter-word I'm thinking of is 'fuck'. ''(Yoda stares)'' Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'crap'. ''(Yoda stares)'' Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'shit'. ''(Yoda stares)'' Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'poop'. ''(Yoda stares)'' Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'piss'. ''(Yoda stares)'' Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'garbage'. [Beat] ''(Yoda stares)'' Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'tone'."
** Having a creepy [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse Skeletor]] hand -- [[BrickJoke oh wait, we're done with that part, right?]]
** The Star Trek Goldshirt briefly appears in the ''Phantom Menace'' commentary with some questions. This time, Plinkett opens fire on him with a 12-gauge.
** Also the ShoutOut to ''ParkerLewisCantLose'' in his ''CopDog'' review, which doubles as DontExplainTheJoke.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]: "''Star Trek: First Contact'' is the 3967th worst film ever made."
** Played straight with "WhatCouldHaveBeen the greatest lesbian sex scene to ever appear in a children's film."
* ParallelPornTitles: ''Star Trek: Hiserection''
** "We couldn't have a picture of [[PowerTrio Kirk, Spock, and Bones]] on the cover. It'd be waaay too gay. We'd have to call it ''[[ShockSite Three Guys, One Saucer]]''. Huh huh huuh."
** The real life "''TIT''anic 2000" is mentioned in his review of ''Titanic''.
* PetTheDog: Plinkett's review of "Revenge of the Sith" contains one of these in regards to Hayden Christensen, saying that Hayden himself is not a bad actor, just one handed bad lines.
* PinballProtagonist: Plinkett's explanation for why he doesn't consider Anakin the main character in Phantom Menace, due to him having little to no control over the events going on around him, even pointing out that him blowing up the trade federation ship at the end was an accident, and also because Anakin was introduced somewhat late in the film.
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: Welcome to Coruscant, home of the mid-air collision. And ''boring scenes.''
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: USA! USA! Oh wait, I mean [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Captain Adventure Man]] and [[Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra Multinational Joe]].
* PopularityPower: Plinkett argues in the ROTS review that this kicks in for Darth Vader. Before the PT, Darth Vader was an iconic character and a symbol of the Empire, formerly a good man gone bad, but only one aspect of a larger story. However, in the prequels he becomes Space Jesus and the most pivotal man in the Galaxy. Plinkett believes this is because Vader is a popular and iconic figure, his life is central to not only the story, but to the in-story universe as well, when it was not suggested in the OT.
** Plinkett also questions why in the world Padme would bother thanking R2-D2, "a piece of equipment". Why would the queen be ordered to clean a dirty droid? If she's thanking inanimate objects, why not thank ''the spaceship''. This, despite in previous films R2-D2 was treated as just another machine by Luke and others. Once again, R2-D2 is famous to the ''viewer'', not to the characters in the original film.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: "I'm like Sinead O'Connor, and you're a picture of the Pope. [[SaturdayNightLive Prepare to get torn up]]."
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Inserting [[{{Music/NWA}} Dr. Dre]] songs into his ''Star Wars'' reviews. One Youtube description even reads, "I squeeze gats."
* ProductPlacement: By the way, have you guys seen ''CopOut''? It's amaaaazing. [[-{{ahem}}-]] I ''said'', it's amazing. Check it out...! [sound of cash register] --oh, there it is.
** And there's his plug of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1B_1dprjVY Kodak Printer Challenge]]! [[spoiler: [[AngerMontage It doesn't end well. At all.]]]]
** ("This review sponsored by Applebee's. Proudly serving shitty food and weak alcoholic drinks to fat middle-aged moms everywhere.")
-->"''[[BrickJoke MOTHERFUCKER!]]''"
** And, of course, Tostino's Pizza Rolls - [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall which goes meta]] whenever a Pizza Rolls ad is played before or after a video.
** [[http://www.chunkyschicken.com/ CHUNKY'S CHICKEN!!!]] [[spoiler: Yes, they actually went to the trouble of creating a fake website and "promotional video" for the sake of a gag.]]
* PromotedFanboy: A fan who created a number of animations about Plinkett (using sound collage from various sources for the voice work) was officially invited to create further episodes under the Red Letter Media banner, complete with newly-recorded Plinkett dialogue specifically for the cartoons.
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* ARealManIsAKiller: Believes that a ''good'' Indiana Jones movie is reflected in how many people Indy brutally murders throughout the film.
* RealSongThemeTune: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs9XL1ownpA I Squeeze Gats]]" by Charlie Brown Beatz.
** Mike & Jay get a lot of their samples from the Garageband library, since they edit their content on Macs. One such song is "Fifth Avenue Stroll", a jazz standard which plays over {{Establishing Shot}}s of Plinkett's home and Lightning Fact VCR Repair. "West Precint" plays out each ''Half in the Bag'' review.
** Mike (or rather Plinkett) is also fond of "Oranges", usually played when examining flaws in a script.
** George Lucas' theme song appears to be "We're in the Money."
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: If he was a kid on the Titanic, he's no less than 100 years old, especially if he remembers bits of it. This is also supported by his claims to have sold big & tall menswear to [[UsefulNotes/WilliamHowardTaft President Taft]], being in his forties back in 1950s, and to have had grandchildren in the 1960s.
** His Website/YouTube [[RunningGag zone]] lists his age at [[OneHundredAndEight 108]].
*** His Baby's Day Out review say he's 119.
** In his Episode III review, a short (somewhat disturbing) childhood flashback is shown of his mother, which appears to take place sometime in the late 19th century.
* RiseFromYourGrave: It looks like Palpatine buried him alive in between reviews. He escapes by punching his way out as [[Film/KillBill "L'Arena" by Ennio Morricone]] plays.
-->"[[TaughtByTelevision I saw this once in a movie]]. It was called ''{{Cars 2}}''.'"
* RoleAssociation: Plinkett regrets the missed potential lesbian sex scene between the mother and the nanny in "Baby's Day Out" since Lara Flynn Boyle and [[SexAndTheCity Cynthia Nixon]] have "done their fair share of dirty roles, why can't they make room for that here?".
* RootingForTheEmpire:[[invoked]] Not five minutes after being introduced to Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, Plinkett is shouting advice at the droids on how to poison them (as Plinkett has experience in that area).
** Not technically rooting for the Empire, but Plinkett wonders how Obi-Wan automatically knows the Trade Federation attack on Naboo was totally unprovoked.
** Mace Windu decapitating a poor working stiff who's just trying to make his way in the universe.[[spoiler:(Jango Fett)]]
** In ''Crystal Skull'', [=McCarthyite=] America terrifies Plinkett way more than Spalko does.
** Vader throwing poor Palpatine down a mine shaft.
* RunningGag: Oh? You want a [[RunningGag Pizza Roll]]? Let's go down to my [[CreepyBasement basement]] and get you a Pizza Roll...
** [[MyGrandmaCanDoBetterThanYou My dead wife could've done a better job]]. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment And she's dead]].
** Oh my GOD! What is wrong with your FAAAAACE?!
** [[AWizardDidIt It was the will of the Force]].
** It's like poetry, it sort of rhymes.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTbsluR-Jug PALPATINESBEHINDITALL]]
** The proper term for website/webpage is "webzone."
** [[PlotHole How did you know x?]] Did you read the script too? What's that on the ground over there? Is that the script?
** Kirk getting jabbed with a hypospray every time Creator/JJAbrams reminds us the heroes are straight. Straight as a die. ''Straight'', you hear me?
** Hit the music, [[TheGhost Johnny!]] .....oh, that's right, [[JohnnyCash Johnny]]'s dead.
** The [[{{Redshirt}} goldshirt]] interrupting the review with a few questions. Outside the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Star Trek]] reviews, usually has Plinkett trying to keep him out.
--> Excuse me, sir? I have a question...
** Plinkett saying "analsis/anal-ize" (or "analgy") with Spock making an [[FascinatingEyebrow inquisitive face]].
** "Shut up, I'm talking!"
** "I just ''said'' that!"
** During the ''RevengeOfTheSith'' review, the squealing pig.
** [[Film/StarTrek UhhurroOOouurraaa.]]
** ...and Kevin Bacon.
* DarthWiki/RuinedFOREVER: {{Discussed}} InUniverse
-->'''Mike (The United States of Noooo!!!):''' ''"[that scene] ruined everything. Not just ''Star Wars'' movies, but every other type of movie ever made."''
-->'''Plinkett (''Star Trek Generations'' review):''' ''"It ruined everything. And not just ''Star Trek'' movies, but '''everything'''."''
* SanitySlippage: The chapter introductions to ''The Phantom Menace''. They start out with fairly basic titles, but degenerate into "Is It Time For Death Yet?", and, "Oh God Make It Stop Please Make It End"
* SayingTooMuch: Plinkett does this a lot.
-->"[''Star Trek: Generations'' is being cheap]. Cheap like my wife. That's why I killed her in that [[RunningGag fake car accident]]- I mean-"
* SelfDeprecation: The entire character of Plinkett could be considered a lampooning of Stoklasa's own age and crotchety views.
** "I like to anal-lyze things." Lampshaded in Stoklasa's review of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x1YuvUQFJ0 Prometheus]].''
** Reckons that ''Titanic'' is marketed to retards. Cue shot of proud Wisconsinite Jack Dawson. (Redlettermedia is based in Milwaulkee.)
* SequelHook: "Wait. ...There's a PUPPY in this film?"
** "Y'know, I haven't seen ''Film/{{Star Trek V|The Final Frontier}}'' in a looong time. Maybe I'll give it a look..." This served as a preface to his audio commentary.
* SeriousBusiness:
** One riled up Star Wars fan threatened to punch Stoklasa in the face if they ever met in real life.
** Unrelated to RLM, but a direct nod to Plinkett: a forum poster on [[Franchise/WingCommander WingCenter]] compared that "terrible person called Mike Stoklasa" with another web personality, The Spoony One (for his unflattering views on the ''Film/WingCommander'' film), and said they deserved to die in a car fire. Spoony referenced this in his ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' review, but left out the part about Plinkett.
* ShootTheTV: Plinkett's [[spoiler:ejaculation]] is powerful enough to do this, albeit unintentionally.
* ShowDontTell: Plinkett's adamantly stresses visual storytelling as a virtue of the original films (particularly highlighting the opening of A New Hope) in contrast to how much blatant exposition though talking is given in the prequel films.
* ShoutOut: Most younger viewers don't get the pinball table reference, which is a reference to the infamous rape scene from ''TheAccused''.
** One of the Jedis lying in wait for Darth Maul is none other than...[[MemeticMutation Star Wars Kid.]] [[invoked]]
* ShownTheirWork: Compared with the earlier TNG reviews, Stoklasa clearly makes an effort to begin the ''Phantom Menace'' review by piquing your interest and establishing his credentials as anything but an angry {{Fanboy}}. The first ten minutes include an explanation of basic storytelling, familiar examples of other movies which use those techniques successfully, lists of (better) filmmakers who don't use them, and interviews with people which demonstrate the poor characterization in the ''Phantom Menace''. Don't expect to find any nerd rage directed at poor Jar Jar (though Plinkett calls him a "loathesome cunt" in the ''Revenge of the Sith'' review.)
** When asked in an interview why he didn't make fun of Jar-Jar in his TPM review, Stoklasa said that while Jar-Jar was a horrible character, he also had the most coherent story arc in TPM.
* SickAndWrong: "Darth Vader should ''never'' say the word 'Padme'. Or [[SesameStreet Snuffleupagus]]."
* SickbedSlaying: After Plinkett is hospitalized by Nadine, [[spoiler:George Lucas]] himself arrives to unplug his respirator.
* SignificantAnagram: Mr Plinkett on the title of Episode 3: "[...] if you simply rearrange the letters in the word 'SITH,' you could spell out a different word that just might predict what this movie was gonna be: [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope TSHI]]']] [[note]](which is Chinese for 'disappointed in the cooking of the duck meat.')"[[/note]]
* SimpleCountryLawyer: "Now, I'm not an expert..."
* SimpletonVoice: Mike originally tried recording a review in his natural voice, but decided it was boring. His "annoying TV personality" voice is closer to the original recordings.
** The voice is quite similar to the voice of Little John in the BugsBunny RobinHood spoof ''Rabbit Hood''.
* SinisterSilhouettes: [[spoiler:George Lucas]] at the end of ''Revenge of Nadine''.
* SmashCut: Plinkett has a bad habit of getting cut off before he can finish his senten-
* {{Smurfing}}: The [[Film/StarTrekInsurrection Ba'ku]] ''love'' to ba'ku.
* SoWasX: James Cameron is a man clearly dedicated to his craft. ...But then again so was Jim Jones.
-->"But Cameron had much better results. Eleven less people [[DrivenToSuicide died from cyanide poisoning]]."
* SpecialEffectFailure: Plinkett considers this a big problem with the prequels due to their over reliance on CGI. [[invoked]]
-->'''Plinkett''': The human eye can detect fakeness real easy. [[DragQueen It's not too hard]].
* SpoofAesop: ''Baby's Day Out'' has a lesson all of us can relate to. "If you live in a [[BigFancyHouse giant mansion]] and want a picture of your baby in the paper, you better care about your baby too, or else he'll get kidnapped, crawl across a busy street, and a truck will drive over him."
* StalkerWithACrush: Towards the woman held captive in the ''Attack of the Clones'' review. He just needs someone to share his pain!
* StealthPun: He refers to the Neimoidians as the "Shatnerians", a double pun on the fact that their actual name sounds like Leonard Nimoy's surname, as well as how they talk much like the typical Shatner parody.
* StrawFan: ''Palpatine'', of all people.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Literally with a threat by Plinkett. Considering it's two women he's threatening to stuff in a fridge, it borders on ShoutOut.
* SuddenlyShouting: In the ''Cop Dog'' review:
-->You never see, like, a "Cat Cop" movie. Why? Why not? I guess it's because '''CATS ARE FUCKING CREEPY.'''
* SurrealHumor: During the ''Episode II'' review at one point a levitating probe droid impossibly shows up in Plinkett’s basement.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Mike is evidently a fan of the {{Rat Pack}} and swing music in general. This is reflected in Plinkett, a resident of Joisey who actually sold toupees to Sinatra at some point in the past ("SINATRA, ''YOU FUCK!!''"). Most of his Plinkett reviews have featured instrumentals from a song by [[FrankSinatra Frank]] or [[DeanMartin Dino]]:
## Plinkett offering dating advice, using Anakin Skywalker as a poster boy for what ''not'' to do. This can be best summed up with "Nice N' Easy".
## The courtship of Anakin and Padme is set to the strings of "Love and Marriage", "You Make Me Feel So Young", and "That's Amore."
## "My Way" plays over George Lucas' homages to Creator/RidleyScott.
## ''Titanic'' featured "The Summer Wind", "The Tender Trap", and "Strangers in the Night" (in the latter's case, the Peter Hughes cover from ''EyesWideShut'').
** But wait! Marvin Gaye and Kool and the Gang get their time in the spotlight, too:
## When Plinkett sums up ''Insurrection'' as "[[EpicFail a symphony of stupid]]", we get a strangled version of "Hooray For Hollywood" played on accordion. He also plays [[Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven's]] "Symphony No. 5" to punctuate the film's idiocy; the music rises to a crescendo at key points, such as when Ru'Afo dismisses an armed shuttle piloted by a loose cannon android as "[[VillainBall no threat]]."
## As the logical fallacies keep piling up in ''Phantom Menace'', a hapless Plinkett plays "What's Going On."
## Nute Gunray's theme, "[[Music/JimCroce Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"]].
## "[[DavidBowie Let's Dance]]" when contrasting the Abrams film with TOS. Bowie, catering to a more-obtuse audience, produced ''Let's Dance'' in 1983; it's considered his laziest album.
## "Hollywood Swinging" when examining the lack of subtlety when it came to the Not-Gays.
## Johnny Cash's "[[Creator/SamuelLJackson Jackson]]" in preparation for the ''Episode II'' review.
## ''Titanic'' concludes with the score from ''Film/YankeeDoodleDandy'', just as Plinkett is explaining how American films are written on a [[ViewersAreGoldfish fourth-grade reading level.]]
--->''(WHILE [[SoundtrackDissonance ORCHESTRA IS BLARING]])'' "We're mostly creatures of habit, and we're all... average. [-I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry.-]"
* SwordDrag: Nadine in the trailer for the ''RevengeOfTheSith'' review.
* TakeThat: Several, mostly toward GeorgeLucas, and a few against ''Franchise/StarTrek'' producer Rick Berman.
-->"Creator/JJAbrams should have directed [[StarWars the prequels]], and George Lucas should have directed [[spoiler:people to their seats in the theater]]. Huh huh huh"
** The euphemism for autograph booths is the "celebrity zoo"; places where endangered B-list actors go after their habitat (''Star Wars'') has ceased to sustain them.
** [T]his is just some random crappy Indiana Jones adventure. Lord knows they're have been plenty of ''those'' already. ''(cue'' YoungIndianaJones ''title card)''
** He also lets loose a few against Creator/MichaelBay in general and the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movies in particular.
** If cancer were pretentious, it would be called ''GardenState''.
** "The entire senate is filled with stupid idiots. *picture of the US Senate* ...y-yeah, okay, that's true. Yes. But I was talking about ''this'' senate. *shot of the Galactic Senate from the Star Wars prequels."
* TakeThatAudience: His portrayals of "audiences" who enjoy the films he vilifies. Often shown as [[{{Eagleland}} morons queuing up at fast food places or fat women eating cake]].
** A personalized greeting for those who purchase the ''Episode 1'' commentary track:
-->"Hello and welcome. You've made the right decision. You've chosen to listen to my droning, monotone voice for 136 minutes rather than the actual soundtrack to this movie. [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs For that I applaud your common sense and good taste.]]"
* TakeThatCritics: Palpatine is a rather cathartic TakeThat toward RLM's FanDumb, as he constantly makes outlandish requests (such as for a review of to of a Anime/MobileSuitGundam ''video game'', and compare it to ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Kido Senshi Z-Gundam: Hot Scramble]]'') and berates Plinkett for not posting updates fast enough, and criticizes them for being stupid once they are released. He also hates Creator/ChristopherNolan with a passion and often demands that Plinkett exposes him as the hack Palpatine sees him as.
--->"If you didn't like the ''Star War'' prequels then you're [[BigStupidDoodooHead stupid-pants]]."
** The ''Crystal Skull'' opens with a [[FourthWallMailSlot YouTube comment]] calling him a "fat homo" for splitting his time between ''Half in the Bag''. Later on, Plinkett mentions that audiences love "sameness and predictability", then interjects with the tired pizza roll gag.
** "Enough of this sellout crap! '''When's the next Plinkett review?!''' Oh wait, [[GotMeDoingIt I'm me]]." [[invoked]]
** A [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Douchey McNitpick]] sound-alike from ''Titanic'':
--->'''[[{{Twitter}} Tweet]]:''' Technically, the ''Titanic'' didn't split down the middle. It split between the third and fourth funnels, which is not really in half! CHECK YOUR FACTS!\\
'''Plinkett:''' ...W-What? What the fuck?\\
'''Tweet:''' [[RuinedForever UNSUBSCRIBE!]]
* TalkingToHimself: {{Smash Cut}}s are a frequent occurrence, making it seem like Plinkett interrupts himself. Before finishing a sentence, the screen will switch and he'll break out with the next point he's making. It seems to be a massively efficient and time-saving maneuver, as there are plenty of ideas the viewer understands before Plinkett completes the entire thought.
** Creator Mike Stoklasa has also said he finds these sorts of "jump cuts and hard edits" humorous.
* TantrumThrowing: The most brutal murder of a printer since ''OfficeSpace''.
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: "Special effects are just tools. A means of telling a story. People have a tendency to confuse them as ends themselves. A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing." -- '''''George Lucas'''''.
--> '''Plinkett:''' You said it brother... [[DoubleTake Wait]], ''you'' said that?!
** Mike's promotional popcorn tub for ''Titanic'''s initial release date suggests a more action-oriented film, including the tagline, "Collide With Destiny." Compare to the finished tagline, "Nothing On Earth Can Keep Them Apart."
--->"But something DID keep them apart. It was an iceberg! Oh wait, it said 'nothing on Earth', [[DontExplainTheJoke an iceberg's in the water]]. I get it..."
* TenMinuteRetirement: At the end of his ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' review, Plinkett sadly rolls away into the sunset in his wheelchair, reciting [[http://www.bartleby.com/103/32.html 'To An Athlete Dying Young']], looking very much like it's the last episode... then he suddenly remembers that he needs to review Film/TheMatrix movies and the {{Twilight}} movies and [[Film/{{Terminator}} Terminator Salvation]]...
** His next review was ''{{Titanic}}'', for the record.
* ThatPoorCat: Plinkett manages to do this inside [[spoiler: ''his coffin'']].
* ThatsWhatSheSaid: "Hey! Only guys are allowed to do that!"
* TheyJustDidntCare: Invoked; Plinkett often seems so genuinely uninterested in actually reviewing his movies, that sometimes he doesn't even care to finish words or to enunciate them whatsoever properly. This works perfectly with Mr. Plinkett's trademark sloppy style, as the sloppy style itself seems coordinated with brilliant craft.
** Implied in the ''Star Wars'' reviews. See, for example, the mention of two Jedi Knights in the ''Phantom Menace'' [[OpeningScroll title scroll]] or the difference between Gungas and Gungans.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Not necessarily [[AudienceSurrogate applied to Plinkett]], though as a {{Satire}} the reviews feature archetypes of the [[ViewersAreMorons dumb masses]] and the FanDumb. See also TakeThatAudience and TakeThatCritics.
** The closing argument in the ''{{Titanic}}'' review: "We are all average. [[WorldsSmallestViolin I'm so, so sorry]]."
* ToTheBatNoun: Stupid grandkids, stop leaving toys in his creepy basement™. And stay out of his creepy house™.
-->"I've behn keepin' a record of it here'n mah creepy notebook."
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Pizza Rolls. Supposedly it's about all he eats these days.
** FridgeBrilliance: Note he cooks them in an oven, since he's too technologically backward to own a microwave.
*** He has a microwave...for his cat.
* [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]: While acknowledging many good filmmakers stray away from traditional structure, Plinkett argues that Lucas shouldn't have for the Star Wars prequels. Credits classic Star Wars characters for being memorable partly by fullfilling certain archetypes like the FishOutOfWater, LoveableRogue, DistressedDamsel, TheObiWan, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers gay robots]].
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: InUniverse: "Palpatine" takes this position toward the Star Wars prequels.
* TrustMeImADoctor: After Plinkett [[GloveSnap puts on his rubber gloves]] before beginning his review of ''Revenge of the Sith'', he says, "Trust me, I'm a doctor... kind of."
* UnfortunateNames: Harry S. Plinkett. Just say it out loud with an American accent.
* UnintentionalInnuendo: His home recipe book, ''Eating Pussy''. [[spoiler:"First you have to take a cat. And it's gotta be alive, 'cause then it's the freshest meat." *turns on rotary saw*]]
* UnreliableNarrator: With Plinkett's nigh-constant fits of insanity, it's impossible to take practically anything he says for granted. Apart from his opinions on films, which are invariably spot on.
* TheUnseen: Plinkett. Justified, as he's always behind the camera.
* VideoReviewShow: Leans about as far as is possible on the "Show" end of the Sliding Scale of Review vs. Show while still actually managing to conduct a thorough and comprehensive review.
* [[ViewersAreMorons "They think the audience is stupid"]] : Lampshaded and discussed in several reviews.
* [[VillainProtagonist Villain Pro-tah-gone-ist/Proerrgonist/Protoghrmehnrr]]: Go on, guess.
* WaxingLyrical: "Paradise City, [[Music/GunsNRoses where the grass is sand and the girls aren't pretty]]."
* WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties: BAM BAM! "Plinkett! Open up! We have a warrant for your arrest!"
-->"Oh. [[DissonantSerenity Hold on, let me get my gat]]."
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Plinkett has a starring role in RLM's film ''Feeding Frenzy'', in which he's wearing a tacky jacket with an American flag emblazoned over it. The jacket frequently reappears in ''Half in the Bag''.
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: According to Plinkett, gets broken when characters act like weird, unrelatable space aliens (which they are) and by seeing live-action actors put into physically impossible and unsurvivable situations, such as in Baby's Day Out and Attack of the Clones, that serve only to draw attention to the artifice.
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* InNameOnly: [[invoked]] Invoked verbatim when describing such films as ''TheHangover Part III'' and ''StarTrekIntoDarkness''.
* RunningGag: AccidentalInnuendo is almost always followed by the [[StockSoundEffects Stock Sound Effect]] of a slide whistle.
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[[folder:''Half in the Bag'']]
* AccidentalMisnaming: Mike in the ''Film/AfterEarth'' review refers to WillSmith's wife as Jada ''Plinkett'' Smith, causing Jay to give the appropriate reaction.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse: Adam Sandler has actually been pulling a SpringtimeForHitler with his movies.
* AnnoyingLaugh: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPUPaxgIo98 Rich Evans.]] His laugh is referenced multiple times within the episodes as quite possibly the worst thing you'll ever hear.
* AnythingButThat: When Jay shows a poster of ''Film/JeffWhoLivesAtHome'', Mike exclaims, "'''''[[BigNo NO!!!]]''''' Get that ''away'' from me!", then calmly tears the poster into tiny pieces, while Jay deadpans, "Oh, no" in the most emotionless tone possible.
* AssholeVictim: Anytime something bad happens to Jay and Mike, [[LaserGuidedKarma they basically deserved it]]. Plinkett began as this, but has gradually devolved into TheChewToy as the duo continues to exploit him.
* AuthorAppeal: Mike considers ''Film/TheRocketeer'' an underrated gem, and occasionally includes a clip as an examples of ''correct'' storytelling.
** He's also quite biased towards Kirsten Dunst.
** While on-screen AsHimself, Mike's brand of humor revolves around BadBadActing and lampshading [[MediumAwareness the trappings of his own show]], Gary Shandling-style.
* BadBadActing: This is Mike's signature comedic style. Jay does this, too, but he's not as good at pretending to be a bad actor as Mike is.
** {{Subverted}} and PlayedForLaughs in their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5hSwnZ7FyY Dark Knight Rises review]]:
-->[Mike answers Plinkett's phone]\\
'''Man''': Is this Harry S. Plinkett?\\
'''Jay''': Pretend to be Pinkett!\\
'''Mike''': [doing the Mr. Plinkett voice] Yes, this is Harry S. Plinkett, who is this?\\
'''Jay''': ''[[{{Irony}} That is the worst Plinkett impression I ever heard. He's going to think you're a fake!]]''
* BaitAndSwitch: A common running gag consists of them building up the "plot" of the episode to the movie they're about to review (which the audience knows since it's in the title), but then mention the movie in a completely different context and proceed to review it.
-->'''Jay:''' "Speaking of hungry, have you seen ''[[Film/TheHungerGames The Hung-]]''"\\
'''Mike:''' "We should now talk about the recent films we've seen."\\
(''Film/TheHungerGames'' trailer rolls)
** Also, in their review of ''Film/TheLastStand'':
--->[Jay explains the premise]\\
'''Jay''': Mike, what did you think of ''The Last''-- movie we saw?
** Used in a different way in their ''Film/IronMan3'' and ''Film/PainAndGain'' review. Instead, it immediately voices their general opinion on them.
--->'''Mike''': Seen any good movies lately?\\
'''Jay''': Yeah. And I saw Pain and Gain.
** Lampshaded in the Another Day to Die Hard review:
--->'''Mike:''': "Speaking of reference, have you seen movie?"
* BigBad: George Lucas fills this role here also, with requisite LampshadeHanging from Mike and Jay, of course.
* BitingTheHandHumor: If you invite these guys to a fan expo, expect to be blasted with both barrels.
* BlackComedyRape: In one episode, the hosts accidentally create a robot while trying to fix Plinkett's DVD player and VCR. Then [[RefugeInAudacity another robot comes in and rapes the first robot to death]].
-->'''Jay:''' "I never thought I'd be so happy about rape!"
* BrandX: The bottles on the title card are labeled "CHEAP BEER". Averted within the show proper, in which Mike and Jay are quite frequently seen to be drinking Wisconsin's own [[http://www.newglarusbrewing.com/index.cfm/beers/ourbeers/beer/spotted-cow Spotted Cow]].
* BrokenRecord: The "Red Letter Media Talks About ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''" segment. Mike asks endless questions "Why did they...(x20) ''Whhhhhhhyyyyyy?''". Jay stares vacantly into the distance and says [[TheVoiceless precisely nothing]].
* ButtMonkey: Plinkett has essentially been [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] into this trope on ''Half in the Bag''. He's still creepy and a pervert, but he's generally portrayed as ineffectual. He's suffering from amnesia, and is abused by Jay and Mike on a regular basis, up to attempted murder. He even shows some form of genuine affection for them in some episodes.
* CallBack: In the review for ''Film/JackAndJill'', Mike uses Plinkett's memetic line, "''you'' may not have noticed, but your ''brain'' did," complete with the identical "child playing with molding clay" image.
* CallingTheOldManOut: While having a female guest who enjoys "chick flicks" discuss What's Your Number with them, she eventually gets frustrated and calls Mike out for trying to insinuate she and fans of the genre must be stupid for liking it.
* TheCameo: [[spoiler: [[Creator/TimAndEric Tim Heidecker]]]] in the season finale.
* CatScare: Used endlessly in the ''ParanormalActivity 4'' review, chiefly to make a point and mock the film at the same time.
* TheChewToy: Plinkett has gradually evolved into this. The show makes light of his age, deteriorating health and senility, and constantly getting killed over and over a la ''South Park'''s Kenny only to arise again next month.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Jay and Mike spend the first few minutes of the review of "[[Film/{{Skyfall}} SkyFAIL]]" bashing the movie for being [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny full of cliches]] and unrealistic ("[[WhyDontYouJustShootHim Why doesn't the bad guy just shoot M in the face]]") before the ''real'' review cuts in and they say what they really think (they liked it).
* {{Corpsing}}: During Mike's CaptainObvious description of ''Film/WhiteHouseDown'', he concludes, "Thank you, Roland Emmerich! I hope someone shoves a club up your ass!" then giggles out of character.
** Jay ''finally'' gets Mike to really laugh (after ''45 episodes'') during the ''Haunted House'' discussion, which segues into a riff on the Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg films (ironically, it's about how unfunny their jokes are). Jay is [[IThinkYouBrokeHim clearly taken aback by how hard Mike is laughing]], even starting to ask him "Did your brain...", before being overcome with laughter himself.
** In the review of ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Mike laughed the hardest he ever has in a video... when Jay refers to the villain as Benedict [[CabbagePatchKids Cabbagepatch]]. Both Jay and Rich react to his sudden burst with wonder.
** Mike gets Jay to corpse during the 2014 Summer Movie Preview when he says that MichaelBay's ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'' film is so bad it won't be screened for ''audiences''.
* CouchGag: Plinkett knocking over the beers at the start of each episode.
-->"Half in the baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag!"\\
"Fuck movies."\\
"I don't even know who I am anymore."\\
"Jay and Mike are frauds."\\
"Hey, ain'tcha got anythin' better to do?"\\
"Why are you even watching this shit?"\\
"Who do these guys think they are? Rick Berman?"\\
"Everyone always complains about things on the internet!"\\
"I just shit in a coffee can."\\
"Whatever happened to Meg Ryan? [-oh right, she died-]"\\
[[Franchise/RoboCop "I'd buy THAT for a dollar!"]]
* {{Catchphrase}}: Mike, in his lawyerly way, will always ask, "Are you suggesting that...", as a lead-up to Jay openly accusing the filmmakers of being hacks.
** Whenever Mike gives an (honest) unpopular opinion on a movie, Jay will respond with an understated "Oh my god..."
* CreditsGag: This joke is done when Jay asks Mike for his opinion about ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods''.
** Jay's final word on ''Film/TheLoneRanger'' was "don't bother", but he complimented them for using the ''The William Tell Overture" to trick the audience. Said theme rises to a crescendo as Mike responds, [[CriticProof drowning out his complaints]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Mike Stoklasa appears to be this in RealLife, and it's a trait that all his characters share, but especially [[AlterEgoActing Mike on "Half In The Bag"]]. He's usually able to get his co-host Jay to laugh without even cracking a smile himself, and any time he's called upon to show any kind of emotion, he always does it in a very phony and insincere way. He also likes to say things that he knows will piss off his audience (i.e. DrSeuss is [[HypeBacklash overrated]] and TheMuppets are [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids for babies]]).
** In the review for ''Film/{{Movie 43}}'', they go UpToEleven in snarking, talking about how ''"clever"'' the writing was, complete with LaughTrack galore, finally saying things like eating dog poop or leaky periods are [[ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars Not Supposed To Win Oscars]].
* TheDogBitesBack: During the ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'' review:
-->'''Plinkett:''' I'm just watching the end of the movie on my [=iPad=]... These things are great. You know all about it - '''yours is in my TV'''. ''(chuckles)'' I sure loved watching the same movie 68 times tonight. Maybe that'll '''teach you fucks not to LIE to me.'''
* {{Doorstopper}}: The ''Prometheus'' box set promises to answer all of Mike and Jay's questions... which is why it comes in 47 discs.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Jay, who's spent most of the series exploiting, belittling, abusing, and even attempting to ''murder'' Plinkett, objects to Mike trying to take advantage of his recent meth addiction. Though how much of this is due to genuine concern or [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall because the story demanded it]] is unknown.
* FatAndSkinny: In true ''Siskel and Ebert'' tradition. Jay is the wiry {{straight man}}, while Mike is a big, sardonic JerkAss. (In-character, that is.)
* GainaxEnding: The end of the Film/RoboCop2014'' reboot review, where [[spoiler:the cop played by Rich Evans flies into space and lands on the planet of Film/HowardTheDuck, which is his favourite film. Also doubles as a BrickJoke.]]
* GenreThrowback: In the review of ''Film/RedTails'', Stoklasa deconstructs this, asserting that making a film a throwback to 1940s wartime B movies actually hurt the film overall, because, while the subject matter and presentation were familiar and nostalgic, other, less positive tropes (cliched characters, illogical plotlines, caricatured and demonized villains...) were not excised and had already been a part of the genre from the beginning. He further asserts that this makes ''Film/RedTails'' an uncomfortably offensive film because "we know better."
* GushingAboutShowsYouLike:
** Mike is an avowed fan of ''Film/TheRocketeer'', and encourages viewers not to write it off as a flop.
** Episode 66 is devoted to ''Film/RoboCop1987''. Mike professes to love ''Film/RoboCop2'' as much (if not more) than the first film.
* HardWorkMontage: Jay has one of his day-to-day tasks since he's not quite as interested in talking about ''StarWars'' than Mike and the director of ''The People Versus George Lucas''.
* HeroicBSOD: When Jay and Mike note the endless sequels coming in 2013, such as ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'', ''TheFastAndTheFurious 6'', ''TheHangover Part III''', and so on.
* HissBeforeFleeing: George Lucas does this when scared off by the original release of StarWars.
* HypocriticalHumor: "Did you just say black? ''(To Rhoda)'' How does it feel to sit so close to a racist? ({{Beat}}) Anyways, the movie was directed by black filmmaker Clayton Prince ..."
* IAmNotShazam: In-universe example. In the review of ''[[Film/TheBloodWatersOfDrZ ZaAt]]'', the duo keep referring to Dr. Leopard as "Zaat".
* INeedAFreakingDrink: In episode 40 of ''Half in the Bag'', Mike and Jay goes out seeing ''ParanormalActivity 4'' wondering how bad it could be. GilliganCut to "2 hours later", where they sit in the repair shop and pour up vodka shots.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Mike indulging in a Gene Shalit-style soundbite: "I guess you could say I'm ''hungry'' for more ''[[Film/TheHungerGames Hunger Games]]''." He immediately [[VomitIndiscretionShot vomits]].
** An earlier episode had one so bad that the 'Pun Police' came by sirens blazing.
** "I think ''Film/{{Battleship}}'' will sink. [[DontExplainTheJoke AT THE BOX OFFICE!]]"
* InstantAIJustAddWater: Connecting a VCR and a DVD player apparently creates an intelligent robot that wants to kill everyone.
* JumpScare: Their main criticism of ''Paranormal Activity 4'' is that it consists almost entirely of these. The review includes some JumpScares itself to spoof this practice.
* {{Kayfabe}}: [[DefiedTrope Defied]]. While the show nominally centers around Mike and Jay, two amoral VCR repairmen, the duo barely even try to conceal the fact that they're Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman, two internet sensations and indie filmmakers.
** In their review of ''Film/RoboCop1987'', frequent guest reviewer Rich Evans is introduced as a police officer who has never met Mike or Jay before. Lampshading this inconsistency becomes a RunningGag.
** For ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Mike asks Rich about how as a construction worker if he had any reactions to the buildings collapsing. Rich replied, "Construction worker...? ''Oh'', I'm a ''construction worker''!"
* KnightOfCerebus: Jocelyn Ridgely seems to be their go-to actress for playing these characters. When she first appears in the show, it marks the beginning of a lengthy story arc [[spoiler: which culminates in George Lucas attempting to destroy every VCR and kill every VCR repairman in the world, so that nobody will ever be able to watch the original edits of the original ''Star Wars'' trilogy, which were only ever released on VHS (at least, for the purposes of the story).]]
* LackOfEmpathy: Jay and Mike. They almost never feel... gooeelt? Gooey-elt? Gweelt? Guilt-- no, that doesn't sound right.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: During the review of ''A Haunted House'', Jay talks about ''ScaryMovie'' as the template for the "horrible plague" of the modern era of spoof movies, and examples of movies that fits the template such as ''Epic Movie'', ''Date Movie'', ''Vampires Suck'', and ''Meet the Spartans'' are shown on the screen. The last of the "horrible spoof movies" examples is ''IAmSam''.
* LastSecondWordSwap: Mike (in full SarcasmMode) sending up FanDumb:
--> I call him Javier BOREDOM... I call him [[DanielCraig Daniel BOREDOM]].
* MidReviewSketchShow: There's generally one at the beginning of the video, and one at the end. Sometimes if they're reviewing two movies, they'll include sketch material in between. The sketches themselves are often openly parodying the trope, in the sense that they are deliberately hackneyed and self-deprecating.
** The most prominent example is Episode 37. In what is supposed to be a review of ''Step Up: Revolution'', only about 7 seconds of the 8 minutes long episode are spend talking about the film ("It sucked!"), the rest is about wrapping the season's running storyline.
* TheNicknamer: Mike does this a lot, such as calling Channing Tatum "MagicMike" during the ''WhiteHouseDown'' review.
* NoodleIncident: "Remember that time when we misplaced [Plinkett's] kitchen?"
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: During the Half in the Bag review of ''Film/GhostRiderSpiritOfVengeance''they have to put "This is REALLY in the movie" below one of the weirder scenes included by the directors of ''Film/{{Crank}}''.
* NutritionalNightmare: In the episode where Mike and Jay review ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet'', there's a subplot about Mr. Plinkett trying to intentionally have a heart attack through eating A LOT of this (mostly burgers that he fills with butter and lots of bacon).
* OneSteveLimit: ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' apparently has characters called Bruce Wayne, Bane, Bruce Bane and [[TheHulk Bruce Banner]], and they travel to Brisbane to watch basketball. It's very confusing.
* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: In their review of ''Jack and Jill'' they make a very half-hearted one as they make the transition from the review proper to making their case that the movie is basically a scheme to pump the cash from an inflated movie budget into the pockets of Sandler and his friends. Though the first two notes they start to read from their lawyers are themselves libelous (and even in the third, Mike has to change the word "cohorts" to "associates" as he is reading statement.)
* OverlyLongGag
** Mike dialing the paranormal investigators' number in the ''Paranormal Activity 4'' review.
** Mike asking Jay which summer movies he has seen which include ''Film/{{Elysium}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}'', and ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious The Fast and the Furious 6]]'' in ''Film/TheWolverine'' review. Each one is responded with the same clip of a blunt no from Jay.
* ParallelPornTitles: According to Mike, ''Prometheus'''s first title was ''[[TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo The Girl With a Dragon in Her Cooch.]]''
* PermaStubble: Mike has a perpetual five o'clock shadow. Contrast Jay, who can't seem to make up his mind whether he wants to be clean-shaven or wear a beard.
* PetTheDog: Plinkett of all people literally pets a dog at some point. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Okay, it was a VCR he mistook for a dog]], but still.
* PricelessMingVase: Subverted. In the review of ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'', Plinkett puts out a priceless vase on a flimsy stand while people are throwing bricks with notes responding to Mike and Jay's ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' review [[WindowPain through his window]]. The vase is never broken.
** Until the next episode, that is, where the first thing they do is smashing it with a baseball bat without any further comment.
* ProductPlacement: This trope is frequently discussed and parodied in the ''Jack and Jill'' review, especially when outlining its ExcusePlot:
-->'''Mike''': They wanna get Al Pacino in a '''Dunkin' Donuts''' commercial.\\
'''Jay''': '''Dunkin' Donuts'''? \\
'''Mike''': '''Dunkin' Donuts'''.\\
'''Jay''': Did you say '''Dunkin' Donuts'''?\\
'''Mike''': '''Dunkin' Donuts'''.\\
'''Jay''': Oh, so '''Dunkin' Donuts''' is in the movie?\\
'''Mike''': '''Dunkin' Donuts''' plays a prominent role in the film.
* PutOnABus: In the ''Film/ManOfSteel'' review, Mr. Plinkett is forced to move out of his house since the city is going to pave a highway over his property. Later reviews so far have only taken place in the Lighting Fast [=VCR=] repair shop.
** TheBusCameBack: Mr. Plinkett is revealed to have moved into an apartment that he shares with Palpatine and still calls Mike and Jay to fix the very same VCR.
* RealTrailerFakeMovie: On a "Special Edition" episode, Mike and Jay review a parody fake trailer, for a "movie" called ''The Zookeeper'', starring Kevin James. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope It turns out the movie is very, very real.]]]]
* ResetButton: Mr. Plinkett's LaserGuidedAmnesia thanks to dementia allows Mike and Jay to mooch off him as VHS repairmen once more, after Plinkett had exiled them.
* RuleOfThree: Discussed while talking about Lucas' record of creating cultural icons. To quote Mike "Two means coincidence, three equals a pattern." They cannot come up with anything else besides ''StarWars'' and ''IndianaJones''.
** Their guest for that episode, Alexandre Phillipe, suggests ''AmericanGraffiti'', which ''was'' a big hit in its day, but which Mike oddly seems to dismiss because it does not appeal to ''his'' generation.
* SarcasmMode: Mike puts on an extraordinary thick layer when he claims that ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'' is one of his favorite films.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Mr. Plinkett, during a robot attack: "Fuck this, I'm taking a bath!"
* SelfDeprecation: Mike and Jay often jokingly diss their own film, ''Feeding Frenzy,'' as being a horrible flop movie.
** Don't miss a chance to purchase RLM's greatest hits on "ancient non-digital media."
** Also, they really like to do whatever they've criticized in the movie they've been reviewing in the ending segment of the episode, for example in the ''Jack And Jill'' and {{Transformers}} episodes.
* SellOut: {{Lampshaded}} in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hAovTH_n8M this]] merchandise promo. Jay and Mike make it apparent they're ashamed ''by remaining completely miserable and monotone.''
* SharedUniverse: Relentlessly mocked, especially by the presence of the various Mr. Plinketts.
** Despite an entire episode where Mike spoke with indie filmmaker Alexandre Phillipe about the making of the Plinkett reviews, Mike later claims to have never heard of the reviews in their "2013 recap" episode.
* ShoutOut
** George Lucas is [[ThisWasHisTrueForm eventually revealed to be]] one of the aliens from ''Film/TheyLive''.
** Mr. Plinkett lives on 847 [[Series/AllInTheFamily Hauser St.]]
** Several scenes from ''Titanic'' are interspersed with parodies of the film, including [[SaturdayNightLive Cheri Oteri]] as Old Rose.
** Mike makes one to his other series, ''Best of the Worst'', in ''Film/TheWolverine'' review when trying to decide whether that one or ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' is better.
* SoOkayItsAverage[[invoked]]: Their general consensus is that this is the worst kind of movie, or at least the least interesting one to talk about on their show. In contrast, they dedicate several episodes to showcase SoBadItsGood movies.
* SpitTake: Mike does in the review of ''Film/SuckerPunch'' when mentioned that it was meant to empower Women.
** He gets another one when Jay informs him that [[Film/{{Twilight}} Taylor Lautner was in love with a]] [[RunningGag vampire baby]].
** In the ''AfterEarth'' review, Mike in a INeedAFreakingDrink moment downs a bottle of pills, then suddenly spits it out and exclaims, "''[[IAteWhat LAXATIVE?!]]''"
* StraightMan: Jay is usually depicted as this, in contrast to the senile Plinkett and the bizarrely fetishistic Mike (though both he and Mike are about equally misanthropic).
* StylisticSuck: Anytime anyone is called upon to "act". The "plot" and any "effects" fall under this as well.
* SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum: George Lucas' face melted off after he realized that he could never cleanse the world of the original ''Star Wars''.
* TakeThat:
** At the fans who were disappointed by [[spoiler:the fake Mandarin twist]] in ''Film/IronMan3'' by Mike in the ''Film/ManOfSteel'' review. He imitates their feelings towards it with a dumb-sounding lisp.
** During the Film/{{Looper}} [=/=] Film/{{Dredd}} review, Mike gets a call from Rick Berman - former Star Trek producer and now pizza delivery guy.
** At the people who accused them of being Marvel fanatics by hating ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and liking a lot of Marvel movies in their ''Film/TheWolverine'' review even though they actually liked ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''.
* TakeThatAudience: In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hAovTH_n8M "Selling Out" video]], Jay's response to Mike listing things they have on sale is [[UnpleasableFanbase "When is the next Plinkett review?"]]. [[invoked]]
-->'''Mike:''' That's right, Jay.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Mike and Jay hasn't had a VCR repair job in 15 years before Plinkett called them..
* ThatPoorCat: Nearly every time one of the guys throws something offscreen, we hear an unhappy cat.
* TheyJustDidntCare: [[invoked]] They show that even this [[TropesAreNotBad trope isn't bad]] in the review of ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''. One of the reviewers watched the first half of the movie and the other watched the second half of the movie out of protest of the bloated nature of the movie. They then compare notes about what happens in their respective halves of the movie and manage an effective criticism by showing the disconnects between the first and second halves of the movie.
* ThisCannotBe: Jay and Mike are amazed that ''ParanormalActivity 4'' makes ''Film/JackAndJill'' look ''competent''.
* ThrowItIn: Subverted in the ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney'' review:
-->'''Mike''': It's sort of amazing how we just... *coughs wildly* SORRY *cough* PLEASE LEAVE THIS IN THE FINAL EDIT *cough*
* TitleScream: Every episode opens with Stoklasa's Plinkett voice saying "Half in the [=BaaAAAaaag=]", followed by a random comment ("Mike and Jay are frauds!" etc.).
* ToBeContinued: Episode 66 retroviews the original ''Film/RoboCop1987'' film (as well as the two sequels), and ends with a To Be Continued as Mike, Jay and Rich go off to watch the [[Film/RoboCop2014 remake.]]
** After the ''Film/RoboCop2014'' review, "Officer Rich" finds himself on the ''HowardTheDuck'' planet, [[YankTheDogsChain only to find]] that there will be ''no'' To Be Continued on ''his'' adventures there. Ever.
* TrashTheSet: Plinkett's house takes quite the beating over the course of the show.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Harry S. Plinkett (Sr. and Jr.), Telekinetic Plinkett, Telekinetic Plinkett's brother, and Harriet Plinkett are all played by Rich Evans.
* UndercoverCopReveal: {{Inverted}}. "Officer Cooper" turns out to be an undercover ''hooker'', out to get Mike and Jay to pay money so that she and her colleagues can perform "humiliating sex acts". Cue EvilLaugh.
* UnpleasableFanbase: Invoked in the review of ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''. Jay expresses his frustration that a fanbase will either react to movies by saying that they are terrible or will form a backlash against acclaimed movies by calling them over-rated. Also mentioned in the reviews of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' and ''Prometheus'', Mike and Jay's deadpan sarcastic "That Creator/ChristopherNolan[=/=]Creator/RidleyScott is an overrated hack" when talking about minor plot holes is clearly a TakeThat at this kind of FanDumb.
* TheUntwist: [[invoked]] The mastermind behind all of the attempts on Jay and Mike's lives is -- George Lucas (again), trying to wipe the original cut of ''Star Wars'' from the face of the Earth (again). Jay and Mike go on openly express their disappointment about TheReveal being just "another lame George Lucas thing" and make small-talk over Lucas' MotiveRant, barely even paying attention to him.
* VerbalTic: An amiable "Sure," for Jay.
* VerySpecialEpisode: Spoofed in episode 49, wherein Mr. Plinkett develops a meth addiction.
* VideoReviewShow: More review-oriented than the Plinkett Reviews (though that's not saying much), but still always includes a MidReviewSketchShow.
* VillainProtagonist: Jay and Mike have their moments, especially when they try to kill Plinkett for his life insurance money.
* VisualPun: The "bomb" George Lucas uses to kill the repairman and their guest is a HowardTheDuck DVD box.
* VulgarHumor: The ending of the ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' review. Plinkett's ruptured colostomy bag sets off [[CrossesTheLineTwice over a minute of Mike and Jay throwing up]].
* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where The Hell Is Plinkett's House]]: Early episodes of ''Half in the Bag'' are contradictory about whether the show is set in Teaneck, New Jersey (setting of the Plinkett Reviews) or Milwaukee, Wisconsin (RealLife home of Red Letter Media). About the same time that the "two separate Plinketts" theory prevailed, so too did the show's setting in Milwaukee.
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: The one time Mike used the Mr. Plinkett voice on-camera, Jay told him that it was a terrible Plinkett impression.
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[[folder:''Best of the Worst'']]
* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: The crew gets a lot of mileage on the actors of ''Russian Terminator'' clearly reading all their English lines phonetically, leading to hilarious line reads like, "That's ''what'' friends ''are'' for?"[[note]]It wasn't a question - the line reading made it ''sound'' like it was a question.[[/note]]
-->'''"Music/KennyRogers"''': What the hell is this?\\
'''Phil Davis''': I['ve] [=SEen=] one of [=THOse=] [=beFOre=].
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse, Gary Coleman is thought to be an "[[GodModeSue all-powerful deity]]" in his own safety video, [[JerkassGods spying on and magically tormenting]] a pair of [[WouldHurtAChild children]] for the sake of [[ItAmusedMe his own amusement]] and impressing a [[HospitalHottie hot nurse]].
** The crew discuss the possibility that [[FanNickname "Backdoor Mayor"]], from the same video, really did have a legitimate UPS package for the boy's mother, and the kid screwed up the shipment by not letting him inside.
** Though the protagonist of ''[[Film/TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]'' is meant to be a straitlaced, sympathetic [[TheHero hero]], he is agreed upon by the crew to instead be an AssholeVictim, the DesignatedHero, a complete simpleton, and even a VillainProtagonist. Rich also speculates that the one scene in which the actor portraying the Exterminator actually tried to act was filmed first, immediately after which the actor was diagnosed with MS.
* AndStarring: Not only does Rich Evans get this treatment, but he's also the only cast member credited [[FullNameBasis by his full name]].
* AnythingButThat: Jay and Jessi's reaction to ''The Dance of Birth'' being the third pick on The Wheel of the Worst.
-->'''Jay:''' Aaaaaah. Fuck you, ''The Dance of Birth''!\\
'''Jessi:''' ''{horrified)'' Can we do this over?! Please, I don't want that one!
* AssholeVictim: The crew describe the protagonist of ''[[Film/TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]'' as this, pointing out that "he [[KillItWithFire set people on fire]] ''first''."
* {{Author Appeal}}/{{Ho Yay}}: ''The Killer Eye'' has many, many shots of shirtless beefcake in their underwear with their crotches thrust toward the camera and rubbing their chests when they see the monster. The crew accuse the director of getting off on the male flesh. It's not a surprise David [=DeCoteau=] is [[http://www.thebiggaymovieblog.com/2011/01/interview-with-gay-horror-film-director.html an openly gay horror film director]].
* BadBadActing: A fade-in of the ''Best of the Worst'' crew seated at a table and "discussing" amongst themselves, a la daytime talk shows. Rich is clearly looking at no one, moving his mouth without speaking, and absurdly gesticulating with his arms. (''Christmas Special'')
* BaitAndSwitch: At the beginning of ''R.O.T.O.R.'', [[FanNickname Back Problems]] spends [[{{Padding}} several needless onscreen minutes]] preparing coffee, retrieving carrots from his fridge, and walking across his front lawn to his horse. When he finally gets there, he gives the horse the coffee and eats the carrots himself. Rich is not amused.
* BaitAndSwitchComment: Done when discussing the crew's motivation for destroying their copy of ''Ninja Vengeance''.
-->'''Mike''': We need to get ''[[IncrediblyLamePun vengeance]]'' on[[{{Beat}} ...]] [[SubvertedTrope this movie]].\\
'''Jay''': [[LampshadeHanging Oh, I get it.]]
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Ever since since the Wheel of the Worst was introduced the crew have waited for the chance to watch [[spoiler: ''Tree Stand Safety''.]] When it finally happens the video switches between their excitement before watching it and their bored reactions watching it.
* [[invoked]] BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** The climactic battle with the snake in ''Hard Ticket to Hawaii'', which has no relevance to the rest of the film's plot.
** The ending sequence of ''Film/TheAmazingBulk'', which features the Bulk jogging through a disjointed multitude of stock CGI locales populated by a leprechaun, a kid playing soccer during a helicopter air strike, and a hostile, lightning-hurling Zeus. The crew declare it the most baffling thing they've ever watched.
** The five-second shot of the [[MonsterClown creepy birthday clown]] in ''Bloody Birthday'', who has no significance to the plot but provides the movie's only genuinely frightening moment.
** From ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'', the lengthy scene of the spider-guy erratically moving around a small section of the backyard. The group speculates that, during filming, the camera was pointing in the wrong direction and filming the director instead of the actual scene.
** The scene from ''Psycho From Texas'' in which the titular psycho forces a young female bartender to strip naked and dance as he pours beer all over her. The crew explains that, though it could have been a genuinely well-done piece of disturbing character-building in a different context, it comes out of nowhere, [[MoodWhiplash clashes wildly with the rest of the film]], and gives the impression that the director made the whole movie out of a SickAndWrong urge to film that one scene.
* BigLippedAlligatorMovie: ''Film/MiamiConnection'', to such a degree that it wins the title of Best of the Worst on this basis alone.
** Not only does ''The Aftermath'''s tone and content shift wildly between family-friendliness, gut-wrenching violence, and nihilistic despair, but all of the film's darkest content is [[SoundtrackDissonance set to music reminiscent of]] ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.
** ''The Dance of Birth'', a.k.a. "the greatest movie that Creator/DavidLynch never made."
** ''Shapeshifter'' is described as at least five completely separate movies (or potential elements of one miniseries) packed into a single, incomprehensible children's film.
* BigNo:
** By all six members of the group when they watch the scene in ''Xtro'' where the grandma smashes the pet snake into bloody pieces. Jessi even [[ScreamingWoman gives a high-pitched scream]] to complement the guys' [[{{Squick}} visible revulsion]].
** The crew all say "Oh, NO!" in reaction to the opening {{flashback}} murder in ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'' - due not to the murder itself, but the cheap VHS production value.
* BlackComedyRape: Invoked when the protagonist of ''Film/DeadlyPrey'', just after his wife's murder, tells the BigBad to take off his shirt.
-->'''Rich''': "You're gonna have to take my wife's place!"
** The crew surmises that ''Key Matters'' was made for kids like Mike who, as Jack outlines, would otherwise probably have been kidnapped, raped multiple times, and had their body dumped. [[CrossesTheLineTwice Mike claims that this would have been the best outcome for him.]]
-->'''Hispanic Father''': ''[[RunningGag Excelente]]''.
* BoringButPractical: While admitting that ''Let's Rap About Fire Safety'' is horribly out of date, Rich Evans says that the information on the video is useful because it would have helped him as a child; a dramatized incident in the video where somebody started a grease fire while trying to cook french fries actually happened to him once in real life. Though not for the same reasons, Mike comes to the same conclusion.
* BrokenAesop: After the heroes of ''Film/MiamiConnection'' have graphically and brutally killed a band of ninjas (in a severe MoodWhiplash from the rest of the film which the crew says resembled a college edition of ''SavedByTheBell''), the end card says, "Only through the [[IWillFightNoMoreForever elimination of violence]] can we achieve world peace." This earns perhaps a bigger laugh from the crew than any other they had while watching the film.
* CallingYourAttacks: "Film/{{Gymkata}}!"
* CatScare: Quite literally in ''Psycho From Texas'', as a cat is ''literally'' thrown at an actor in an attempt at a Cat Scare. Doubles as ThatPoorCat.
* CatchPhrase: The constant refrain for choosing which movie is the Best of the Worst is "Most entertaining, for whatever reason".
* ChekhovsGun: Averted in ''Film/DeadlyPrey''. The grenades on the evil merc leader's desk are always prominent in every shot of him at his desk, but they're never used.
* ChekhovsGunman: The snake in ''Hard Ticket To Hawaii'', which appears only a couple times early on and doesn't appear again until the end where it kills Seth.
* ChewingTheScenery: The crew felt that [[Music/{{KISS}} Gene Simmons]] was by far the most watchable aspect of ''Never to Young to Die'' due to his playing up the camp value of being a villainous, glam hermaphrodite. Same goes for Mario Van Peebels in ''[[Film/TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]''.
* ChristmasEpisode: Episode 14, featuring ''Elves'', ''Film/SantaClaus'', and ''NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation 2''.
* ClicheStorm: ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' is considered by the group to be filled with nothing but stock 1980s action movie cliches with little to no plot or character developement. Even more so by it's sequel, ''The Deadliest Prey'', which reuses all the same cliches the previous movie had [[spoiler:until the twist ending]]. [[invoked]]
* CloudCuckooLand: The "Crazy Town" in ''Film/{{Gymkata}}'', which has a HiveMind full of old weirdos that attack the hero wherever he is.
* CloudCuckooLander: Billy from ''Playing Dangerous 2'', a MotorMouth who seems to be intrigued by the "live Jello" he eats and the piggy bank he was saving pennies in.
* {{Corpsing}}
** While reviewing ''Psycho From Texas'', Mike, Jack, Gillian, and Jay are given two lists of titles that the director of ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'' made and try to read them without laughing. All four of them fail to do so (though Gillian gives the best effort). Even Jessi, who is offscreen, couldn't maintain her composure. [[note]]Titles include ''Wendy's Naughty Night'', ''Fire In Her Bed'', ''Sex Weirdo'', ''Confessions of a Dirty Pair'', and ''The Slut''.[[/note]]
** The primary reason Mike's "''[[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober Ed Hunt for Red October]]''" [[IncrediblyLamePun pun]] earns such a big laugh is that he himself starts laughing midway through.
** Mike, Rich, Jessi, Jack, and even Jay [[note]] Who was behind camera. [[/note]] ''all completely lose it'' for a good ten minutes about trying to figure out how ''Film/SantaClaus'' was made.
--->'''Rich:''' '''''It hurts! It hurts! IT HURTS!!!'''''
* CoversAlwaysLie: ''Ninja Vengeance'', ''Never Too Young to Die'', ''Playing Dangerous'', ''Shapeshifter'', ''Thunderpants'' and ''Bloody Birthday''. By far the biggest offender is ''Playing Dangerous'', with ''Never Too Young to Die'''s tantalizing claim of "one-against-a-hundred bazooka battles" in a close second.
** Perhaps the most disappointing example of this is "Tree Stand Safety," the cover of which promises spectacular safety film injuries, with a man or dummy falling out of a tree. That scene, nor any other mishap, aside from a brief slip off the bottom rung of a ladder, never appears, and 60 minutes of the video's 75 minute runtime is a stealth advertisement for a new type of tree stand that requires none of the preceding safety tips [[note]] That particular type of tree stand is actually quite popular to this day. If the video had something to do with it is anybody's guess. [[/note]], and allows an old lady to kill and puppeteer a deer.
* CrazyAwesome: [[invoked]] The crew considers ''Film/MiamiConnection'' to be this as one massive BigLippedAlligatorMovie.
** The ''Killbike'' sequence from ''The New Gladiators'', wherein, among other things, all the vehicles are MadeOfExplodium.
-->'''Jay''': I want ''this'' for ninety minutes.
** The scene from ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' where Logan chops off TheDragon's arm and [[GrievousHarmWithABody beats him to death with it]], which causes the group to burst into laughter and applause.
-->'''Jay''': The movie really should have ended right there.\\
'''Josh''': You know, ''fine'' if [[BigBad the colonel]] gets away, I don't care - because ''that'' happened.
** ''Playing Dangerous'' spends nearly thirty slow-motion seconds building up to the kid firing a Super Soaker [[KillItWithFire filled with gasoline]] at a {{Mook}} trying to light a cigarette, with the crew on the edges of their seats all the while. [[spoiler: It turns out to be an unintentional subversion; when it finally does happen, the film awkwardly cuts to a brief shot of the mook screaming and falling out of frame with only a weak smoke effect to suggest that he was even lit on fire. The entire group simultaneously gives an identical dejected groan at this.]]
* [[MonsterClown Creepy Clown]]: A bizarre party clown with a ratty t-shirt saying "[[FridgeHorror I Can't Say No]]" appears briefly in ''Bloody Birthday'' [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment for no apparent reason]] and is considered by the crew to be scarier than the psychopathic children. Jay and Mike identify him as Bagul from ''{{Sinister}}''.
-->'''Jay:''' This movie just got ''[[NightmareFuel genuinely scary]]''.
* ADateWithRosiePalms
** The crew surmises that the characters of ''The New Gladiators'' have to masturbate in order to land their flying vehicles.
** Mike picks ''Candid Candid Camera'' as "Best of the Worst'' because he thinks it's value is that elderly men get to masturbate to it.
** After ''Psycho From Texas'' ultimately comes across as an excuse by the director to film the perverse "dancing" scene, the group accuses him of "furiously masturbating" while shooting the scene. The same accusation is summarily leveled at Rich Evans, who provides us with a short scene confirming this.
* DesignatedHero
** [[invoked]] The protagonist of ''[[TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]'' as described by the crew.
** Gary Coleman's safety lessons might be a little easier to swallow if he wasn't the one repeatedly putting the kids in danger with [[JerkassGods his divine powers]].
* DiabolusExMachina: An audio issue forced the crew to re-record Episode 6, and because ''The Vindicator'' turned out to be too mediocre to derive much entertainment value from, the group decided to watch a different movie in its place. Their second pick, ''Class of '99 II'', had a promising premise and positive word-of-mouth, but their copy broke the moment they tried to play it. Only after attempting to watch a third movie, ''Cyber Tracker'', and finding that it was the most boring movie they'd ever tried to watch did they give up on the whole business and resign themselves to discussing only the two remaining films. Of the two, [[spoiler: ''Film/RobotJox'' turned out to be a legitimately good movie and thus ill-suited to the show, while ''R.O.T.O.R.'' may have proven ''too'' good a fit for the show]].
-->'''Jay''': So, what started out as an innocent attempt to watch some bad movies with robots in them has turned out to be the most miserable experience in any of our lives.
** Basically the only plot to be found in ''[[TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]'' is all of the people close to the Exterminator being taken from him one by one and him seeking revenge.
* [[DieHardOnAnX Die Hard with a Kid]]: ''Playing Dangerous'', [[CoversAlwaysLie though you'd never know it from the cover]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: ''R.O.T.O.R.''
-->'''Rich:''' ''R.O.T.O.R.'' is about a police program to create a robotic policeman who will execute people for minor traffic violations.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Heimlich maneuver scene from ''Gary Coleman For Safety's Sake'', which includes a close-up of the girl making an... ''interesting'' face while rhythmically performing offscreen abdominal thrusts on her brother. The group later comments on the fact that there's no logical reason for that shot to exist in a scene meant to teach children how to perform the Heimlich maneuver.
** The glass harmonica from ''Shapeshifter''.
--->'''Sorceror''': You caress the lips.\\
'''Mike''': He's teaching him something else...
** From ''Playing Dangerous'''s back-of-the-box summary:
--->'''Mike''': "When his mom said to go outside and play... she didn't exactly have this in mind." Well, that sounds like-\\
'''Rich''': Sounds like a porno.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Played straight by Rich [[ZigZaggingTrope and]] subsequently [[ParodiedTrope parodied]] by Mike when discussing Backdoor Mayor's claim that he has a "package" for the child's mother in ''Gary Coleman For Safety's Sake''.
-->'''Rich''': ''[[LampshadedDoubleEntendre "If you know what I mean."]]'' ...Sorry.\\
'''Mike''': ''[[SarcasmMode Oh]]'', you mean, like... his penis.
* DownerEnding:
** Not [[spoiler: ''Exterminator 2'']], but the review of it, which ends on the note that the lead actor may have spent all but one scene of the movie having been diagnosed with MS. This provides the perfect segue into the discussion of...
** [[spoiler: ''The Aftermath'']], which ends after a KillEmAll climax with a shot of a young child, who has just murdered an adult, walking down a highway by himself with a revolver in hand.
** [[spoiler: ''Deadly Prey'']], in misguided imitation of [[spoiler: ''Rambo: First Blood'']].
* DrivenToSuicide: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Rich Evans.
-->'''Rich''': I had to call the [[UsefulNotes/SuicidePrevention suicide prevention hotline]] last night because of ''R.O.T.O.R.'' [''sic''] [[FateWorseThanDeath They told me to do it.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: In ''Half In the Bag'' #21 (''JackAndJill''), Mr. Plinkett angrily states he wants to be able to watch his VHS copy of ''Russian Terminator''.
* [[invoked]] EnsembleDarkhorse
** Gene Simmons's character in ''Never Too Young To Die'' is said by the group to light up the film whenever he's onscreen.
** The crew mentions that they'd like to watch a film entirely about the Exterminator's jovial BlackBestFriend going to bars and picking up ladies - or, better yet, that ''he'' was the Exterminator.
** Logan's wife's father from ''Deadly Prey'', who provides one of the film's funniest deaths and gives a speech that earns a spirited applause from the crew.
** Robot Cop from ''R.O.T.O.R.'' is rightly described as the film's only interesting character. He has a delightfully silly design, his vocal performance is hilarious and oozing with personality, all of his lines are gold, and the movie is just begging for him to face off against R.O.T.O.R. in the climax. [[invoked]] [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot Alas, he disappears halfway through the movie]], though the method by which he does so goes a long way toward making up for it.
** ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'' has Granny, who is charming not only on the basis that her home, colleagues, and actress are seemingly those of the director's actual grandmother, but also because of her flawlessly condescending delivery of the film's best line. The man who thinks he's a spider is also highlighted.
* EveryCarIsAPinto
** The crew gets a lot of mileage out of the easily exploding motorbikes in ''The New Gladiators'', including one that explodes when it touches the base of a ramp.
** A car at the end explodes for almost no reason at the end of ''Film/TheExterminator''.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The crew gets mileage out of the girl in ''The Family Guide To The Internet'' who doesn't know what an Internet Service Provider is.
-->'''Rich:''' It's... an ''internet service provider''.
* ExcusePlot: ''Film/{{Gymkata}}'''s ''Film/GameOfDeath''-esque plot is only there so that Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas[[note]]Technically an Olympic-level gymnast. His one shot at getting a gold medal was forever sidetracked by the US boycotting the 1980 Moscow Olympics[[/note]] can show off his gymnastic skills.
* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: Featured [[StealthPun prominently]] in ''Xtro''.
* FacePalm: Whenever someone (particularly Rich) does this during the discussions, the camera tends to zoom in on them.
* FanDisservice: The shot of the pregnant woman with the hairy armpits in ''The Dance of Birth''.
* FanNickname: Many of the films watched by the group have at least one fan-dubbed character.
** Music/KennyRogers in ''Russian Terminator''.
** [[MarionetteMotion Muppet]] [[{{Angrish}} Cow]] Lady from ''Ninja Vengeance''.
** [[OneManArmy Action Man]], the [[Characters/{{Rambo}} John Rambo]] knockoff from ''Film/DeadlyPrey''.
** Barrett Coldyron in ''R.O.T.O.R.'' is dubbed "Back Problems" since he looks like he's in constant pain and is always talking through his teeth; his female sidekick is similarly named "Skunk Lady" due to her SkunkStripe hair.
** A misheard line in ''Gary Coleman For Safety's Sake'' leads to the creation of the hypothetical character "Backdoor Mayor." Later on, when a sketchy-looking stranger shows up and asks to be let in the house, saying he has a [[DoubleEntendre "package"]] for the boy's mother, the name is assigned to him.
** Since the crew can barely remember the name of ''Film/{{Gymkata}}'''s protagonist, [[IAmNotShazam they usually just call him "Gymkata" instead]].
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Particularly blatant in ''Hard Ticket to Hawaii'' in which exposition is accompanied by huge bare breasts.
** As discussed above, ''The Killer Eye'' arguably panders more to viewers attracted to males than it does viewers attracted to females thanks to its openly gay director.
* FistPump: Watching ''They Bite!'', the crew guffaw at a porn film producer's exclamation complete with fist pump, "WHAT A GREAT IDEA! FISH MONSTERS!"
-->'''Jay:''' He's so excited! They want to make a monster porno!
* FollowTheLeader: ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' is such a carbon copy of ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' that it drifts into {{mockbuster}} territory.
** Just as the crew speculates, the movie ''Russian Ninja'' was retitled ''Russian Terminator'' to cash in on ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'''s popularity.
** ''Never Too Young to Die'' aggravates Mike because it comes off as a studio-driven combination of then-popular elements: John Stamos and Vanity as the leads, a plot straight out of a ''Film/JamesBond'' movie, and inexplicable ''Film/MadMax'' villains.
** Not only is ''Playing Dangerous'' an uninspired ''Franchise/DieHard''[[DieHardOnAnX -style action movie]], but it's packaged and advertised as a shameless ''Film/HomeAlone'' ripoff.
** ''The New Gladiators'' is described as ''Film/TheRunningMan'' "shot cheap and [[Creator/LucioFulci Italian]]."
** ''Cyber Tracker'' is a blatant ripoff of various other movies (most notably ''Terminator''), and ends up being so boring that the crew are incapable of even paying attention to it as it's playing.
** Though ''Shapeshifter'' is actually a BigLippedAlligatorMovie, its cover is clearly designed to suggest that it's a straight imitation of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.
** ''The Family Guide to the Internet'' was a combined attempt to cheaply cash in on the home movie and internet crazes.
** As with ''Russian Terminator'', ''V-World Matrix'' was probably originally titled "''V-World''", with the ''[[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' part added for a few extra sales.
** ''Film/TheAmazingBulk'' is a {{mockbuster}} of ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''. [[MindScrew ...We think.]]
*** A bit near the beginning of the same episode has the crew almost watch the renowned mockbuster ''Film/{{Transmorphers}}''.
** ''Bloody Birthday'' features deceptive packaging meant to look subtly reminiscent of a ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Nightmare On Elm Street]]'' movie, despite containing no such content.
** The crew speculates that Len Kabasinski adds techniques he's just seen or gotten access to - with no skill, of course. Such as using shaky cam and Dutch angles ''for no reason at all''.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: A moment of sheer panic sets in during the Haloween episode when the crew spots Billy Bob, the Showbiz Pizza Place bear mascot from Rich's "[[NeverLiveItDown Dick the Birthday Boy]]" photo in ''Film/TrickOrTreat''.
* FridgeLogic: Brought up by the crew in ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' when they see the protagonist walk home from the mercenary camp and note that he could have done this at any point during the movie, does so in the middle of the night while half-naked and covered in blood, and doesn't inform the police of his abduction or the camp's existence. [[invoked]]
* GiftedlyBad: The reason the crew loves Len Kabazinski.
* GoneHorriblyRight
** The crew watches ''[[spoiler:Xtro]]'' expecting it to be a bad movie. It isn't.
--->'''Jay:''' We have a problem. This movie is actually interesting.
** ''[[spoiler:The New Gladiators]]'' was directed by Creator/LucioFulci. The crew only find out [[CriticalResearchFailure once the opening credits end]].
--->'''Josh:''' ''What?''\\
'''Jay:''' "Directed by Creator/LucioFulci!"\\
'''Josh:''' Holy shit, okay!
** Happens once again with ''[[spoiler:Film/RobotJox]]'', although Jay is quick to point out that it was suggested by fans.
--->'''Rich:''' I don't know why people recommend this. This is not a bad movie. It's a B-movie, but it's not... bad.
** And again with ''[[spoiler:Thunderpants]]'', which was so good they took it out of the judging section of the show.
** ''R.O.T.O.R.'', in an episode where two sci-fi robot films proved to be terribly dull, one broke before they could watch it, and another one (''Film/RobotJox'') wasn't a bad film at all, wound up singlehandedly saving the day with its pure astounding awfulness.
--->'''Jay:''' I never thought I would say this in my life, but thank ''God'' for a little movie called ''R.O.T.O.R.''.
* GoryDiscretionShot
** Used a lot in ''Playing Dangerous'', which the crew concludes was done to drop the film's rating from an R to a PG-13.
** Completely [[AvertedTrope averted]] in ''The Aftermath'', as noted by the crew, even when the movie is depicting [[WouldHurtAChild children being massacred]] (when, [[MoodWhiplash up to that point]], the movie has been corny, [[TheSixties '60s]]-style science fiction.
** Used a couple times in ''Film/TheExterminator'', which made Jay think the VHS copy they had was an edited version when it was actually the threatrical cut they had. [[note]] A Director's Cut exists on both DVD and blu-ray. [[/note]]
* GrievousHarmWithABody: In ''Film/DeadlyPrey'', Logan cuts off TheDragon's arm ([[BloodlessCarnage which doesn't spill a single drop of blood]]) and beats him ''to death'' with it. Happens once again [[spoiler: to the identical brother of the ''very same'' character]] in ''The Deadliest Prey''.
* GuiltyPleasures: Len Kabasinski films.
* GushingAboutShowsYouLike: The crew raves about ''NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', before having to discuss the dreadful sequel.
* [[invoked]] [[IAmNotShazam I Am Not]] Film/{{Gymkata}}
* {{Improv}}:
** Jay likes to think of the pre-fight argument between the band managers in ''Film/MiamiConnection'' as this.
** A later scene, wherein the black character's friends repeatedly ask him to tell them what's wrong, provokes similar speculation.
** Jay also points out that the "cancer-infected rats" line in ''Hard Ticket to Hawaii'' sounds like it was made up on the spot, both in terms of the line itself and how it was delivered.
** Jay doesn't compare the submarine action sequence from ''V-World Matrix'' to a LetsPlay for nothing.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: After the ''Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend'' is chosen Jessi walks over and opens a beer.
* IncrediblyLamePun: While reviewing ''The Killer Eye'':
-->'''Mike:''' I think the director Richard Chasen[[note]] ("Richard Chasen" was the AlanSmithee name for David [=DeCoteau=].)[[/note]] was chasin' guys in their underwear.
** Then, just before the review of ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'', we get this:
-->'''Jay''': So what's your favorite Ed Hunt film?\\
'''Gillian''': [[SarcasmMode Ah, God, there's so many.]]\\
'''Mike:''' I really like ''[[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober Ed Hunt for Red October]]''. ''(cue laughing from the rest)''
** Forms the basis for [[BaitAndSwitch an]] [[AntiHumor anti-joke]] about destroying their copy of ''Ninja Vengeance''.
-->'''Mike''': We need to get ''vengeance'' on[[{{Beat}} ...]] [[SubvertedTrope this movie]].
* InformedAbility: Mike says that a better title for ''Ninja Vengeance'' would be "''Somewhat Competent Yellow Belt''."
-->'''Rich:''' He's a ''terrible'' ninja!
* InsultToRocks: During their review of the Roger Corman Fantastic Four movie, one guy describes the full-on "Flame On!" CGI effect of the Human Torch (which had not been seen in the rest of the movie) as "[[WesternAnimation/ReBoot ReBoot-esque]]". Rich Evans interrupts, saying "You are doing a disservice to ReBoot." Everyone else laughs uproariously.
* InvincibleHero: Logan from ''Film/DeadlyPrey'', who is aptly [[FanNickname nicknamed]] "Action Man" and described as Rambo without pants or personality. It apparently carried to ''The Deadliest Prey'', but the crew either didn't seem to mind anymore or had grown accustomed to it.
* [[JerkassGods Jerkass God]]: Gary Coleman, according to the crew's AlternativeCharacterInterpretation. In his efforts to [[ItAmusedMe amuse himself]] and impress [[HospitalHottie a hot nurse]], he chokes a boy almost to death, nearly gives him a concussion, and summons an attempted home intruder to rape the children's mother.
* KillEmAll: ''The Aftermath'', which ends with nearly everyone dead except for a small boy who walks alone down a road to fend for himself with nothing but a revolver.
* KillItWithFire: The M.O. of ''[[TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]'''s "hero"; the crew thinks he's an AssholeVictim though, because he's a DesignatedHero who is actually a murderous thug.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The means by which ''Film/TheAmazingBulk'' and ''Psycho From Texas'' are destroyed parody contemptible aspects of the respective films themselves.
* TheLeader: Mike and Jay like to switch out filming duties, though Jay is usually the lead discusser and Mike is usually the lead in other shots.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: After a raucous celebration of ''Elves'' and ''Santa Claus'' -- which reduces the whole gang to hysteria and causes Rich to break a rib from laughter -- the gang has absolutely nothing to say about ''National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure.'' Jessi immediately swaps the DVD for the original ''Christmas Vacation'', triggering loud Christmas Music as the gang happily reminiscences about that film... but a DroneOfDread sets in when the topic inevitably turns back to ''Island Adventure''.
** Rich and Jack's introduction of ''{{Film/Supergirl}}''. They look like they just received sweaters for Christmas.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: One of the chief complaints about both ''The New Gladiators'' and ''Robot Jox'' was that the middle fifty minutes of the film between major action set pieces was this.
** During the opening, Rich Evans calls ''R.O.T.O.R.'' by a new title: ''[[{{Padding}} Establishing Shot: The Movie]]''!
*** Even when it's not wasting time with establishing shots, it's finding astounding new ways to waste time with ''other'' shots.
---->'''Jack''': So then, finally, once it's established that he's a guy who lives in a farmhouse, and has a coffee cup, [[OverlyLongGag and pullin' some carrots out of the fridge]], and then he goes to hang out with his friend the horse, and his horse is way the fuck over ''there'', and he's gotta take his time just amblin' on over there, and we needed to see every goddamn step he takes to get up to the horse.
** [[invoked]] ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'', in a severe example of {{Padding}}. A notable instance is the creepy orderly serving dog food as "pate": he sets each of the six dishes, then scoops out servings for each dish in a meticulous fashion for an obscene amount of time.
* MadeOfExplodium
** The crew gets some mileage from watching a truck falling from a cliff in ''The Vindicator'' that somehow explodes in mid-air.
** Let's not forget the [[EveryCarIsAPinto exploding motorbikes]] from ''The New Gladiators''!
* {{Mammy}}: ''Psycho From Texas'' has one of these in the movie and she has every characteristic that the trope describes. What really makes this noteworthy is that the movie was made - and probably takes place - in ''1975''.
* MathematiciansAnswer: In response to the question of whether ''The Amazing Bulk'' was a sincere filmmaking endeavor gone horribly wrong, an attempt to intentionally make the next ''Film/{{Birdemic}}'' or ''Film/TheRoom'', or a simple {{mockbuster}}:
-->'''Jay''': The answer is yes.\\
'''Mike''': Which one?\\
'''Jay''': ''[nods]'' Mmhmm.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: In ''R.O.T.O.R.'', while Coldyron brings the victimized Bait Lady beside a truck, the climactic fight scene is happening between Skunk Lady and R.O.T.O.R. not only in the background, but out of focus.
-->'''Jay:''' It's like a [[Film/{{Airplane}} Zucker Brothers]] gag!
* MindScrew
** ''The Aftermath'''s wild [[MoodWhiplash tonal inconsistency]] has this effect on Jay in particular.
** ''The Dance of Birth'', a supposedly instructional video featuring completely nonsensical narration and randomly-arranged shots of flailing pregnant women, husbands, and women dancing with their babies (much of which is against a green screen for no apparent reason).
-->'''Jay:''' ''The Dance of Birth'' is the greatest movie that Creator/DavidLynch never made.
** The ending of ''The Amazing Bulk'', which has the title character running through a CGI hillbilly town getting assaulted by stock CG entities and effects, including cars, random explosions, and the inexplicable lightning-hurling Zeus. The crew deems it the most confusing movie they've ever watched.
* MoodWhiplash
** In ''Russian Terminator'', the protagonist tells his female accomplice that he got attacked by the Russian Ninja out of nowhere. In the very next scene, said man and woman are cozying around a pool in bathing suits with ''no'' sync sound, shot in what seems like ''home movie 8mm film''.
** In ''[[Film/TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]'': "[[TheEighties Breakdancing may happen at any time.]]" And it does!
** Jay claims that the tone of ''The Aftermath'' "completely fucked with my brain," cutting back and forth between cheesy, family-friendly, B-movie sci-fi scenes and graphic sequences of mass murder (including [[WouldHurtAChild that of children]], without a GoryDiscretionShot in sight) and rape. What's worse, even the violent scenes seemingly can't decide on a coherent mood, as [[SoundtrackDissonance they're all set to]] "''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' music."
** The scene in ''Deadly Prey'' where Logan beats TheDragon to death [[CrazyAwesome with his own]] [[GrievousHarmWithABody severed arm]] comes just after his wife is KilledOffForReal, and is shortly followed by a DownerEnding that's horribly suited to the rest of the movie.
** The black guy's monologue in ''Miami Connection'', which the group agrees is the most awkward tonal shift they've seen in a long time.
** The female bartender being forced to strip by the sadistic villain in ''Psycho From Texas'' comes right after a very long and [[invoked]] [[SoBadItsGood unintentionally hilarious]] chase scene.
* MundaneMadeAwesome
** ''V-World Matrix'' has one of the protagonists reading very mundane things they could do in their cybervacation, which includes eating food and...
--->"Hookers?" ''Hookers...!''
** ''Playing Dangerous 2'' has Stewart enjoying a toast with his associates with juice boxes for what seems to be a minute.
--->'''Associate Jack:''' Well, that was fun.
--->''(cue to laughter from the crew)''
--->'''Jay:''' Ah, the famous ''apple juice drinking'' scene.
--->'''Josh:''' Well, that happened.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: ''Candid CandidCamera Vol. 6'' sure seems to think so.
-->'''Allen Funt:''' Our next segment may as well be called "Why I Like To Be Nude."\\
''[Cue chortles from the crew.]''\\
'''Jay:''' If it doesn't feature ''him'' being nude, I don't care.
* {{Narm}}
** [[invoked]] Invoked during ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' on the actor playing the CorruptCorporateExecutive.
--->'''Executive:''' ''(monotone)'' I'm a businessman, Hogan, not a fool.\\
'''Jay:''' ''(imitating)'' [[AC: [[DullSurprise Actor-tron 5000.]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Generic Evil Businessman]] [[ObviouslyEvil program running.]]]]
** And again during ''Cyber Tracker''.
--->'''Wife''': ''(overdramatically gesturing)'' No! You were an investigator when I married you, not... not a bodyguard.\\
'''Jay''': ''[mimics her gestures]'' [[BadBadActing She is acting!]]
** "The world's silliest death truck," built by [[Film/TheExterminator the Exterminator]]. It's said to be reminiscent of what would result from the ''Film/HomeAlone'' kid's efforts to build a death truck.
* NightmareFuel: [[invoked]] Invoked by the crew while watching ''Xtro''. Jay is visibly disturbed and covering his eyes.
-->'''Jay:''' This is like my worst nightmare!
** The look on Jay's face when ''The Aftermath'''s "rape camps" are mentioned is something to behold.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: From ''Film/MiamiConnection'':
-->'''Rich:''' So, they're a kung fu band fighting a biker band, being pursued by ... the girlfriend's brother's drug lord ninja friends.\\
'''Jack:''' Who, I'm sure, are also in a band.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Averted ''hard'' in ''Tree Stand Safety''. Aside from a granny grinning over deer carcasses she just killed, the video shows ''a deer explicitly getting gut shot''. Red Letter Media censor bars the actual bullet strike. The trope is invoked by Jessi, who sarcastically wonders if the "No animals were harmed" disclaimer will appear at the end of the video.
* NoBudget:
** Presumably because ''The Killer Eye'' blew most of its money on the prop of the titular eye, its set is incredibly cheap-looking. The crew surmises that it's the basement of a Goodwill location.
-->'''Rich:''' They couldn't even afford to buy the junk at the Goodwill. They actually had to film it at the Goodwill.
** Very clearly shown in ''V-World Matrix'', which has styrofoam cups used to drink beer in the virtual world and special effects that literally look like they were done in Microsoft Paint. The only remotely passable special effects sequence is lifted straight from another movie.
** ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'' is even ''worse'', in that it appears to have been shot with an old VHS video camera[[note]]complete with audio bleed from the camera's motor[[/note]] and in someone's house, with the neighbors as supporting actors.
* [[NonindicativeName Non-Indicative Title]]/SecondaryCharacterTitle: ''Russian Terminator'' has no "terminator," and the character who is supposed to be a terminator is a ''ninja'' and is only a minor character.
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer:
** ''Film/MiamiConnection'' gets this twice during some weird scenes and edits.
** ''Skull Forest'' gets this treatment thanks to Len Kabasinski's LeaveTheCameraRunning directorial style.
* {{Padding}}
** ''R.O.T.O.R.'' was so full of it that they had to speed up the more egregious parts just to get their point across. And even sped up, it all ''still'' takes too long. [[invoked]]
-->''[After the crew watches an overlong opening crawl, separate opening narration, a series of increasingly specific establishing shots, [[OverlyLongGag and Coldyron making coffee, taking carrots out of his fridge, walking to his horse, and sharing the food and drink with the horse]].]''\\
'''Jack''': This all should've happened in thirty seconds!
** ''The Family Guide to the Internet'' crams all of its potentially useful information into the first few minutes, then spends most of its remaining running time on montages of various website pages.
** ''V-World Matrix''. Not only does it have scenes go on long just to cover songs from beginning to end, but there's a ten-minute sequence of StockFootage from another, better film, in which it sounds like the leads are providing improvised commentary from their ''couch'' like a LetsPlay.
** ''Some''how, ''some''way, ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'' has tons of padding - despite ''a sixty-minute running time''.
** ''Psycho From Texas'' is even worse in the same episode - which features what's estimated to be a full half-hour of a dull chase on foot. Footage of the crew's reactions synced with sped-up clips from the movie drives the point home.
** The granny shimmying up a tree in ''Tree Stand Safety'' is shown in its entirety.
* PoesLaw: This was the crew's main problem with ''The Amazing Bulk'', as they found the film to be so bad that they couldn't decide on whether it was a sincere attempt to make a ''Film/SinCity''-esque stylized superhero film, a terrible superhero parody, an intentionally SoBadItsGood movie with StylisticSuck, or simply a cheap {{Mockbuster}} to ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''.
* ProductPlacement: 15 minutes of ''Tree Stand Safety'' goes into, well, tree stand safety. The rest of ''Tree Stand Safety'' is for an alternative product.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Done by Jessi while watching ''Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend''.
-->'''Jessi''': Nobody! Irons! A jean skirt!
* RasputinianDeath: Seth in ''Hard Ticket to Hawaii''. He gets shot on one cheek with a pistol, gets shot through the shoulder with an arrow, gets stabbed in the stomach with his own knife, and finally dies when a giant snake bites him on the ''other'' cheek.
* ReactionShot: The round table portions are intercut with footage of the panelists watching the film, capturing their emotions as they watch it for the first time. This is crucial in capturing such things as [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Rich Evans' reaction to the Showbiz Pizza Bear]] appearing in ''Film/TrickOrTreat''.
* RefugeInAudacity: Josh provides a nice instance of this during the discussion of Gary Coleman's obvious lack of enjoyment in filming his safety video.
-->'''Josh''': I mean, he can't even [[SickAndWrong get off on choking a kid]].
** Jay's claim that the natural, satisfying resolution to ''Bloody Birthday'' would have been for the kids to be [[WouldHurtAChild graphically murdered by the adults]] onscreen, citing ''Beware! Children at Play'' as a positive example. Gillian's expression as he's saying this is what really seals the deal.
* RunningGag:
** The line [[CatchPhrase "You have a problem. You're gonna die."]] from ''Russian Terminator''. [[BeamMeUpScotty The crew remembers it as "You've got a problem."]]
*** The whole crew laughs when a character from ''The Killer Eye'' says "You're gonna die."
---->'''Jack:''' ''(thick Russian accent)'' You've got a problem!
*** {{Lampshaded}} when BoringInvincibleHero Logan in ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' tells TheDragon "You're gonna die..."
---->'''Josh:''' Are we going to hear that in ''every movie'' we watch?!
*** {{Lampshaded}} once again when Alexander from ''Film/RobotJox'' says "Yeah! We'll break your mind and kill you dead!"
---->'''Josh and Jay:''' ''(with bad Russian accents)'' You've got a problem...
*** Referenced one last time at the end of Episode 6.
---->'''Rich:''' ''Cyber Tracker'' has a problem. It's gonna die.
** In the same style as Red Letter Media's other shows (particularly ''Half in the Bag''), short clips from the movies watched each episode are used to comedically punctuate certain moments, sometimes multiple times. Examples include "''What?''" from ''Russian Terminator'' and "''Excelente''" from ''Key Matters''.
** Rich having almost burned down his grandmother's house while making french fries as a child comes up multiple times in the second "Wheel of the Worst" episode; roughly half of these take the form of the shot of Rich's reaction as the video shows a pan of fries spilling burning grease onto the floor, complete with [[SoundtrackDissonance asynchronously upbeat "Be Cool About Fire Safety" music]].
** During the ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'' review, Rich Evans (complete with ''Muppet News Flash'' music) repeatedly runs in with trivia about the original ''Crazy Fat Ethel'', its sequel, their lead actress, and the director's other work.
* SchmuckBait: Jack offhandedly plugs a ShockSite to the camera for a second during the second "Wheel of the Worst," with Mike genuinely questioning what it is.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: ''R.O.T.O.R.''. When R.O.T.O.R. goes on a vigilante killing spree, Robot Cop tenders his resignation almost immediately.
* TheScrooge: Rich and his bathrobe. (''Christmas Special'')
-->"Ho ho hooo.....''[[ThisIsGonnaSuck no]].''"
* {{Sequelitis}}: [[invoked]] This was what made Jay worried before he saw ''The Deadliest Prey'', having him think that the movie would just be like a satirical parody of ''Film/DeadlyPrey''. As it turns out, it plays just as straight as its predecessor and is just as enjoyable to the crew, even if it looks like a ShotForShotRemake.
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: ''Candid CandidCamera Vol. 6''. The blond strips in front of two cameras and ''one hick'' in an empty auditorium. [[YouKeepUsingThatWord Not exactly "candid camera" there, guys.]]
* ShoutOut: Watching ''{{Gymkata}}'', the crew tells, "GYMNASTICS!" when the hero attacks using gymnastics, then one yells, "GYMKATA!" when he does it again. It's unknown whether the crew is aware it was a {{Catchphrase}} for ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'', though Mike professes to be a fan.
* ShownTheirWork
** Pacing issues aside, the crew commends the people behind ''Film/RobotJox'' for making the best movie they could with the limited budget they had while adding very subtle world building details. Jay in particular was charmed by this and admitted that it made him like the movie more.
** To a lesser extent, they admit that, while the miniatures and sets in ''The New Gladiators'' and the matte paintings in ''Film/TheAftermath'' aren't 100% convincing, the craftsmanship and effort that went into making them is admirable.
** While concluding that ''Film/TheExterminator'' was somewhat flawed, Jay and Josh admit that some craft went into the camera work and that it had some very good shots and sequences.
** Talking about Jay and Mike themselves, they are able to spot things -due to their film making background- that most normal viewers can't. The most clear example is when Jay theorizes that there were reshoots in [[Film/TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]. This was months before the official DVD came out with commentary by the film's director which pretty much confirmed this.
** Jack and Jessi vote for the otherwise incomprehensible ''Film/SantaClaus'' as the ''Best of the Worst'' because of this.
--->'''Jack''': This is classic cinema where their imagination was bigger than their budget or means and I really enjoyed how big it was for how little they did.
* SickAndWrong:
-->'''Rich:''' Can you ''imagine'' watching [''Candid CandidCamera''] without the LaughTrack?! It would be just like watching a SnuffFilm!
** The handjob scene from ''The Amazing Bulk''.
** The crew's reaction to the sadistic stripping scene in ''Psycho From Texas'', which could have worked if it didn't [[MoodWhiplash come out]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment of nowhere]] and give the impression that the entire rest of the film was a [[{{Padding}} time-wasting]] excuse for the director to get off on filming that one scene.
* {{Small Name Big Ego}}/{{Know Nothing Know It All}}: Melissa Michaels, the host of ''The Dance of Birth'', who spouts completely insane NewAge gibberish, to Mike's disgust.
-->'''Melissa Michaels:''' Breathing in... and breathing out. Oxygenating our wombspace...\\
''(Cue hysterical laughter from crew.)''\\
'''Jessi:''' That's not your "wombspace," it's your ''womb!''
* SoBadItsGood[=/=]DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible: [[invoked]] The entire point of ''Best of the Worst'' is to decide if a film is "good bad" or "bad bad". That is, entertaining or not.
* SoOkayItsAverage: [[invoked]] The crew's main complaint with ''The Vindicator'' and ''Cyber Tracker'', saying that either the movie didn't have enough to criticize or it was so mind-numbingly boring that it doesn't even earn the honor of being deemed SoBadItsGood.
-->'''Jay''': There's nothing worse than middle of the road.
** To a lesser extent, ''Ninja Vengeance'', ''[[TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]'', ''They Bite!'', ''Let's Rap Fire Safety'', ''Playing Dangerous'', and ''Key Matters'' are all hit with the same criticism.
* SoundtrackDissonance:
** In ''The Aftermath'', the BigBad kills women and children on camera to what sounds like goofy LooneyTunes music.
** ''V-World Matrix'' has commercial heavy metal music behind ''every single scene'' regardless of whether it's appropriate or not.
** PlayedForLaughs in "Wheel of the Worst #2" [[RunningGag whenever]] Rich's reaction to the burning french fries scene is juxtaposed against the "Be Cool About Fire Safety" song.
* SoUnfunnyItsFunny: Averted with ''Playing Dangerous 2'', which made Rich invent the term "Non-medy", defined as a joke so bad that it actually makes it even duller to the listener.
* SpecialEffectsFailure:
** [[invoked]] The obviously fake dummies in ''Never Too Young To Die'', including one that has a ''reverse RailingKill''.
** [[invoked]] ''V-World Matrix''. The only special effects scene that doesn't literally look like it was done using MS Paint lifts its footage from another movie, and even that sequence is done in rather obvious CGI.
** [[invoked]] The crew devote their entire time with ''The Amazing Bulk'' to discussing the cheap visual effects in the movie and what shortcuts the creators took to create them.
* StealthParody: The crew debate whether ''The Amazing Bulk'' and ''Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend'' are one or not.[[note]]According to the producers of the latter, it is indeed a gag gift. The jury is still out on the former.[[/note]]
* StepThreeProfit: The crew summarize ''Elves'' as this. Step 1: Nazis breed hideous two foot "elves" as their master race. Step 2: ??? Step 3: Rule the world.
* StuffedIntoATrashcan: Mike, Rich, Jessi, and Jay find themselves at an impasse when attempting to judge the fourth "Wheel of the Worst" picks, as all three are uniquely horrible. At long last, Mike grandly announces that they've come to a unanimous decision -- and we cut to the Wheel of the Worst lying abandoned in a dumpster.
* StupidEvil
** TheDragon from ''Deadly Prey'' [[YouHaveFailedMe killing off his own men]] well after that would have stopped reaping any benefit.
** What did the Ukrainian general and witch from ''Shapeshifter'' stand to gain from causing a nuclear holocaust, again?
* StylisticSuck
** Mike, Jay, Rich, and Colin destroying the copy of ''The Amazing Bulk'' in front of stock footage from the movie, complete with gunshot effects copied from ''V-World Matrix'' and other stock effects.
*** [[PoesLaw It's ambiguous]] as to whether ''The Amazing Bulk'' itself utilized StylisticSuck or if it genuinely was just ''that'' bad.
** Josh and Rich imitate the stripping scene from ''Psycho With Texas'' with the VHS tape of the movie itself, complete with VHS quality footage of the scene and obvious puppetry work.
** Much of the sketch material follows ''Half in the Bag'''s template of BadBadActing and other such elements.
* TalkingToYourself: During the April Fool's Day prank (a "30 minute" episode that's five minutes long), there's an extremely convincing composite of Jack and Josh arguing with ''themselves'' about ''Film/IceCreamMan''.
* TemptingFate: During ''The Dance of Birth''.
-->'''Jessi:''' ''[sullen]'' Why don't they just slap me in the face with more feminist bullshit?\\
''[Pregnant woman raises arms, showing armpit hair]''\\
'''Jessi''': ''Oh my God!''\\
'''Jay:''' That was perfect timing!\\
'''Jessi''': I'm ''offended!''
* ThatPoorCat: When Jessi throws the VHS tape for ''They Bite!'' offscreen, a cat meows in pain.
* TheresNoBInMovie: Played straight generally, but highlighted in the Superhero movie episode ('{{Film/Supergirl}}'', ''Film/CaptainAmerica1990'', and ''Film/TheFantasticFour'') with Rich, Jack, Josh and Jay.
-->"We watched these in descending order of budget, and it turned out to an ''ascending'' order of entertainment."''
* TheyJustDidntCare
** [[invoked]] Many boom mike shots in ''Never Too Young To Die'', some of which were blatantly obvious. Mike states the filmmakers just didn't care.
** Invoked by the crew on ''The Killer Eye'', which had the monster [[TheReveal reveal]] in the first minute of the film, and was the only part of the film that had any semblance of a budget.
** Invoked by Jay and Rich on ''Film/DeadlyPrey''.
--->'''Rich:''' It's a lazy script! They didn't bother to have a plot, bother to have characterization.
** Invoked again with ''The Deadliest Prey'', which is shot by shot identical to ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' until [[spoiler:Danton's son shoots Thornton.]]
** ''The Family Guide To The Internet'' is accused of being lazily made thanks to script mistakes being left in, production equipment and cue marks being visible onscreen, and most of the video being composed of montages of various webpages.
** Invoked UpToEleven by the crew when they outline the numerous shortcuts the creators made for the special effects for ''The Amazing Bulk'', which includes stock CGI models a la ''VideoGame/LimboOfTheLost'', DrivingADesk in what look like cars drawn in MSPaint, and a town that's only a series of repeated hypercolor polygons on a grid.
** Invoked in ''Skull Forest'' when commenting on Len Kabasinski not fixing the aspect ratio of some StockFootage to match the film.
--->'''Jay:''' That sounds like a lot of work.\\
'''Jack:''' It's not! You just have to type in a single number.\\
'''Jay:''' That sounds like a lot of work.
** ''YorTheHunterFromTheFuture'' was Best of the Worst by default because, according to the crew, no one working on either ''Robo C.H.I.C.'' or ''Alien Seed'' cared about their respective production.
*** Mike himself is so obviously bored with the latter two films, during the discussion of ''Yor'', he references scenes from them, and basically says when corrected, "I don't give a shit. I don't have the energy to care about those two films."
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: [[invoked]] In ''They Bite!'', TheFifties-style [[ShowWithinAShow sea monster porno]], ''Invasion of the Fish Fuckers'', is far more interesting than the film it's in. The crew compliments the sequence's satire and expresses their wish that they were watching it instead of the actual film.
-->'''Scientist:''' If we don't stop these creatures, no women with big tits will be safe anywhere!
** One of the greatest perceived crimes of ''R.O.T.O.R.'' was that R.O.T.O.R. didn't have a climactic battle against [[invoked]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse Robot Cop]].
** ''Ninja Vengeance'' initially seems to be setting itself up as an underdog story wherein the titular ninja protagonist, after being [[CurbStompBattle summarily defeated]] early on, will go on to hone his ninja skills, [[CharacterDevelopment grow as a character]], and ultimately emerge triumphant. Instead, the ninja doesn't fare any better in the action climax than he did before, and the film is resolved by the female sidekick simply murdering the antagonist with a shotgun.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Rich's expression when Jack discovers that their copy of ''Supergirl'' contains bonus footage. The camera zooms on Rich's grimace as a {{scare chord}} plays.
* ThrowItIn: Jay surmises that ''Never Too Young to Die'''s first [[SpecialEffectsFailure bad dummy shot]] was the result of the editor thinking it would be hilarious to include it in the final cut of the film.[[note]]It was.[[/note]]
** A sudden loud and hard sneeze by Mike that caught everyone in the discussion off guard was apparently too good to leave out from the episode.
* TooDumbToLive: The mooks in ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' don't figure out how to avoid a line of rocks rolling down a hill.
-->'''Jay:''' [[CallBack It's like]] ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''! Just run to one side and you'll be safe!
* TooMuchInformation: ''The Dance of Birth'' - that is, [[MindScrew assuming the information even made sense in the first place]].
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: [[invoked]] The crew concludes this is the case with Mario Van Peebles from ''[[TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]'', who gave a very sincere performance.
* TotallyRadical: ''Let's Rap Fire Safety'', complete with teenage rapping firemen (and -woman). [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Yo!]]
* UnfortunateImplications: In-universe, the reviewers thought the ''Key Matters'' video came off as "subtly racist". [[spoiler: In the end, Mike kicks the remains of the crushed tape and declares "Take that, racism!"]]
** ''The Family Guide to the Internet'''s two female characters are the wife, who becomes visibly excited at any mention of online shopping, and the daughter, who's so clueless and incompetent at everything that she even makes [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecating]] remarks about it.
-->'''Daughter''': And it's easy to do, too. Even I know how!\\
''(The crew bursts into laughter.)''\\
'''Jack''': "And I'm a woman!"\\
'''Jessi''': "I usually only [[StayInTheKitchen make sandwiches!]]"
* VaginaDentata: Featured in ''They Bite!'' Naturally, it makes a blood splashing GroinAttack.
-->'''Jessi:''' She got her period!
* VideoReviewShow: This is the most straightforward review show on Red Letter Media. Even the "sketch" material is very straightforward: choosing what movie to review, and then how to destroy the worst of the worst at the end of the episode.
* VillainProtagonist: Josh proclaims that [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation the Exterminator is the actual bad guy]] in his own movie.
** [[JerkassGods Gary Coleman]] may be giving helpful safety advice, but he's also using [[RealityWarper his divine powers]] to cause each of the dangers that need to be overcome, all for the sake of [[ItAmusedMe his own entertainment]] and selfish desire to impress [[HospitalHottie a hot nurse]].
* VisualPun: After the crew declare ''The Amazing Bulk'' as the worst, its "destruction" is a series of visual puns that serve as a TakeThat to the film's [[SpecialEffectFailure cheap green screen effects]]. However, [[PetTheDog the actual DVD is never shown to be ''destroyed'']], perhaps because the crew also realizes that it's really one-of-a-kind.
* WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties: Rich "unwrapping" ''Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure'' causes him to [[RageBreakingPoint rip the ornaments from the office Christmas tree, then hoist up the tree and smash it on the floor.]] The camera shakes comically as the crew screams at Rich to calm himself, and we cut to a test pattern.
* WereStillRelevantDammit: [[invoked]] The crew's reaction to the hacker crew's dialogue as written by David A. Prior, with the most prevalent VerbalTic being "True that".
* [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs What Do You mean, It Wasn't Made On Tequila?]]:[[invoked]] Mike theorizes that ''Santa Claus'' was the result of a fateful bender which ended with everyone awakening on a beach in wizard costumes, surrounded by unconscious children and empty bottles, and with a film reel mysteriously sitting nearby.
-->''(slurring)'' "Jusch call it ''Schanta Claus.''"
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: [[invoked]] The group was shocked at how violent and disturbing the movie ''Playing Dangerous'' is, thinking it was a ''Film/HomeAlone'' ripoff as advertised by the cover, and spent most of their discussion talking about why the distributors would market it like that.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: During the fourth "Wheel of The Worst" episode, the crew watches "Florence Henderson's Looking Great, Feeling Great". They do not include it in their discussion, and the video is not mentioned during the rest of the episode.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: The mercs in ''Film/DeadlyPrey'', who had been killing people in their MostDangerousGame camp, decide to capture Logan instead of killing him like everyone else in one huge IdiotBall - even as TheDragon keeps [[YouHaveFailedMe killing his own]] {{mook}}s [[StupidEvil for no good reason]]. The {{Heel Face Turn}}ed merc even inexplicably refuses to finish off the Dragon when given the chance, which promptly results in his death.
** The sequel ''Deadliest Prey'' brings this Trope UpToEleven.
* WouldHurtAChild: The villains of ''The Aftermath'' and ''Playing Dangerous'', and the heroes of ''Beware! Children at Play''. And [[JerkassGods Gary Coleman]].
* YouHaveFailedMe: One of the many tropes that ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' copied from other eighties action movies without understanding it. What would have made sense would be for TheDragon to shoot one of his men early on [[LetsGetDangerous to show that he means business]]. Instead, [[BadBoss he kills his own men at the slightest provocation]], even after [[FanNickname Action Man]] has killed so many {{Mook}}s that punishing them with death is [[StupidEvil only making things worse for himself]].
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[[folder:Other Works]]
* AbusiveParents: The Grabowskis.
* BaitAndSwitch: The Grabowskis episode "The Hardware Store" starts out as a typical sitcom but ends up as a [[spoiler:SurrealHorror]].
* GagBoobs: Occasionally [[IncrediblyLamePun perks up]] in their work, as Mike seems [[BuxomIsBetter preferential toward casting busty women]] in their films. Most memorably, the two main female characters of the RLM short "The Great Space Jam" size up one another's racks before deploying them as weapons.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: The series finale of The Grabowskis ends with the two title characters experiencing a flashbacks of [[BlatantLies "Good times"]].
-->'''Honey:''' Cliff, did you see that too?\\
'''Cliff:''' Yeah, I did. And let's never speak of it again.
* LineOfSightName: When 'George Lucas' visits the Chicago Comic Con to destroy all the copies of ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'', he tells one vendor that his name is 'Paul Superman' after seeing someone in a Superman costume walk by.
* MindScrew
** Recipe for Disaster.
** "The Hardware Store"
* NoBudget: Many of the early shorts. While some of their newer stuff is a bit better backed by the bank, it is still pretty bare-bones.
* ProductionPosse: Take everyone who appeared in at least two out of the three following projects: the Plinkett Reviews, ''Half in the Bag'', and ''Feeding Frenzy''; and there you have it. The "core" posse seems to be Mike, Jay, Rich Evans, and Jocelyn Ridgely, along with other, less well-known behind-the-scenes folks.
* ShoutOut
** Darth Maul running away in terror at the sight of fifty Jedis. ...and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPPj6viIBmU this guy]].
** Creator/GeorgeLucas is [[ThisWasHisTrueForm eventually revealed to be]] one of the aliens from ''Film/TheyLive''.
** "The Hardware Store" contains characteristics reminiscent of Creator/DavidLynch's works.
* SurrealHumor: The gorilla movie.
* ThatWasNotADream: Mike in "The United States of Noooooo!" wakes up and says he had a bad dream about the ending of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' stumbling out of a contraption and screaming "No", then invoked the Trope.
* TheyKilledKenny: Sammy Grabowski.
* TotallyRadical: The basic premise of their show ''Dudebros''.
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[[caption-width-right:218:"Oh no! ''Half in the Bag'' has [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark]]! It's never been the same since episode four!"]]
->'''Nadine:''' Mister, please, just let me go! I promise won't say anything! I'll do anything, just let me go!\\
'''Mr. Plinkett:''' ''Quiet! [[SkewedPriorities I'm making]] my Website/YouTube ''Franchise/StarWars'' review!''

'''[=RedLetterMedia=]''' is a film production company with a [[http://www.youtube.com/user/redlettermedia channel]] on Website/YouTube and a [[http://www.redlettermedia.com/ webzone]] that produces a number of films and shorts. It is made up of a small creative team and has made submissions for various film festivals. The group's ''real'' claim to fame are the ''Mr. Plinkett Reviews''. Created by Mike Stoklasa, who plays Plinkett, the reviews tackle primarily sci-fi films.

In these reviews, [[PunnyName Harry S.]] Plinkett is an elderly man (he claims in one review to be 119 years old) with DeadpanSnarker and SerialKiller tendencies who's been in various marriages where his wives have died under suspicious circumstances (and he routinely kidnaps other women as well).

To date, Plinkett has reviewed:
* All four ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' films
* Three ''StarWars'' films: ''ThePhantomMenace'' (the most famous review; it was re-released in eye-scorching 3D to "celebrate" the film's re-release in 3D), ''AttackOfTheClones'', and ''RevengeOfTheSith''
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' (his shortest review to date at a mere 20 minutes)
* ''Baby's Day Out''
* The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' reboot (a positive review, at that)
* ''Cop Dog''
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''
* ''Film/{{Titanic}}''
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' [[note]]Not so much a review as a perfunctory rundown of the film's many MythologyGags, and the announcement that the community could vote on his next review[[/note]]

Plinkett also released a Podcast/RiffTrax-style [[http://redlettermedia.bandcamp.com/track/mr-plinketts-phantom-commentary-full audio commentary]] for ''The Phantom Menace'' (for anyone who was willing to watch it again, anyway).

Though Stoklasa has refused to do formal Plinkett Reviews for the original trilogy of ''Star Wars'' films, he ''did'' release [[http://redlettermedia.bandcamp.com/album/mr-plinketts-star-wars-episode-4-a-new-hope-commentary an audio commentary]], slightly more serious and analytical than his ersatz-[=RiffTrax=] of ''The Phantom Menace'', for [[Film/ANewHope the original]] ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' [[Film/ANewHope film]].

Stoklasa also released a Plinkett-style commentary for ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'', where Plinkett presents the film as a noble failure, a well intentioned concept that was ruined though an amazing combination of Shatner's ego (while most reviewers tend to put all the blame on Shatner, Plinkett contends that while it was a major factor, it was far from the only, or even prevailing, one), ExecutiveMeddling (who demanded unnecessary humor be injected into the script), a WGA strike that prevented a necessary rewrite just before shooting began, a Teamsters strike that held up trucks and forced many exterior shots to be scrapped, ILM pulling out of doing new SFX (they had [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade other]] [[Film/GhostbustersII things]] to do) resulting in sub-par SFX, and a reduced budget.

In addition to the Plinkett reviews, RLM also hosts ''Half in the Bag'', a traditional review series featuring Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman discussing new releases. The show is more in the style of SiskelAndEbert, and while the two are supposed to be repairing Plinkett's VCR, they usually spend the whole time drinking beers and reviewing movies. The Plinkett character also appears, played by Rich Evans. Another new segment has been introduced called ''Best of the Worst'' in which three bad VHS movies are watched by Mike, Jay, Rich and the rest of the crew, and discussed afterward.

You can find the YMMV page right [[YMMV/RedLetterMedia here]].

...now this is where it gets complex, [[Main/UnusualEuphemism my lovelies...]]
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!!Their Analysis of the ''Star Wars'' Prequels
Criticism of the ''Star Wars'' prequels can normally be written off as easy (as well as being a bit behind the times), but the ''Phantom Menace'' review was widely spread around the internet and was even tweeted about by celebrities such as Damon Lindelof and Simon Pegg. Plinkett's reviews, while often containing borderline dark and tasteless humor, [[SophisticatedAsHell offer many insightful explanations]] as to why the prequels pale in comparison to Lucas' original trilogy -- and these explanations don't involve Jar-Jar (he's barely mentioned throughout all three reviews).[[note]]During the ''Revenge of the Sith'' review, Plinkett does refer to Binks as a "loathsome cunt''. Out of universe, Stoklasa gave an explanation that he thinks Jar Jar was a lousy character, but had the most coherent story arc of the prequels characters, and was actually one of the few things that made sense in the prequels. [[/note]] Some key critiques of the prequels include:
* How much exposition is given through dialog and talking heads [[ShowDontTell when compared to simple visuals]] from the original works. (Note how long the discussion of events of [[GreatOffscreenWar extravagant battles that are never shown to the viewer]] in the establishing shots of ''Revenge of the Sith'' are.) Also the fact that despite this, core concepts like who the Trade Federation is and what the original dispute is about are never explained and so nothing really makes sense.
* The lack of anything resembling an empathetic [[TheEveryman everyman]] character [[AudienceSurrogate for the audience to relate to]] (including the complete lack of a central protagonist in ''Phantom Menace''--even ruling out Anakin due to him appearing late in the film and [[PinballProtagonist having no real control over what is going on around him]]). In the ''Phantom Menace'' review, Mr. Plinkett gave four separate people the task of describing four characters (Han Solo, C-3PO, Queen Amidala, and Qui-Gon Jinn) without mentioning their appearances or actions -- while they each were able to expound greatly on the first two, they all fumbled for words for the prequel characters.[[note]]Rich Evans on Amidala: "That's fucking impossible and you know it. She doesn't ''have'' a character."[[/note]]
* The extravagance and over-reliance on special effects and blue-screen filming to create a fantastic world in lieu of actual story. (At one point, Plinkett [[CallBack calls back]] to a much younger George Lucas, who once said special effects were a means to an end.) Compare with ''Titanic'', a film written by a man [[Creator/JamesCameron as limited in developing his characters]] as George Lucas, which is arguably the last 'Golden Age' movie made with practical effects and real sets, reserving its CG visuals for special circumstances.
* The "dissolution of tension" in nearly every scene that should be exciting, mainly because viewers either don't care about or don't understand what's at stake in the scene (e.g. the fight scene with Darth Maul), don't understand what's happening (due to poor storytelling and/or cluttered visuals), or can't project ourselves into the [[InvincibleHero outlandish events that happen]] (e.g. the overly long light saber duel over an erupting volcano in Sith).
* [[CallBack Reusing imagery and concepts]] from the original trilogy without understanding why such scenes worked on their own in the first place. (In the ''Attack of the Clones'' review, Plinkett compares Leia's desperation at losing Han Solo to Boba Fett at the end of ''The Empire Strikes Back'' -- and the audience's emotional investment in those events -- to Amidala's weak retort at failing to capture Count Dooku.)

While there are a few overly-nerdy jabs at continuity and nitpicking at illogical story elements, much of the commentary is given from a filmmaker's point of view, which made the reviews enlightening for numerous viewers. A number of ''Star Wars'' fans disliked the approach -- and one fan even wrote a 117-page rebuttal of the ''Phantom Menace'' review (which Plinkett [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTpWzg4aiEU scoffed at]]). The style of the ''Star Wars'' reviews (and the reviews which followed those) are similar in style to his earlier ''Star Trek'' movie reviews (though those reviews nitpicked even more, mostly about details and inconsistencies between the movies and the show).

!!''Mr. Plinkett's Reviews'' give examples of:

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* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: It's very common for Mr. Plinkett to mispronounce certain words, such as "prota-gonist" and "anal-sis."
* AbusiveParents: In the commentary for the History of Plinkett Documentary, Plinkett reveals that his father used to hit him. [[UnreliableNarrator At least according to Plinkett.]]
** Though he's probably no where ''near'' as bad as [[UpToEleven The Grabowskis]].
* AccidentalMisnaming:
** He jokingly calls Jango Fett "Boba" in the ''Episode II'' review. Some viewers took the joke at face value and thought that he seriously couldn't see the difference.
** Also Ewan [=McDonald=] instead of [=McGregor=], and William Shakesman/Shatner/Shakespeare.
** Senator PaulMcCartney's hearings on [[RedScare Soviet spies]] were a milestone in U.S. history.[[note]]As were the Salem Wolf-Man trials.[[/note]]
** Rose [=McGowan=] plays KateWinslet.
* AffablyEvil: Plinkett gives off an air of this at first glance, what with his insightful criticisms and snarky quips... that is until his insanity and horrible actions start to slip through...
** Plus, Plinkett seems to treat his hostages with a fair amount of respect ([[SerialKiller before murdering them]]) and is [[RunningGag very generous with his Pizza Rolls]]...
* AbortedArc: Plinkett being apprehended by the police. It happens at the end of his Phantom Menace review, it's mentioned that he's "in the clink" in the ''Attack of the Clones'' preview, and then it's never mentioned again.
-->"Stay back, coppers, I'm packin' heat!"
** The preview of his Episode II review seems to suggest that the ghost of JohnnyCash magically & inexplicably broke him out of jail.
** It's also weird how Mr. Plinkett gets feedback from other people about describing characters from the old and new prequels instead of them fleeing in horror or being kidnapped.
* AnAesop: Plinkett dispenses several of these over the course of reviewing the prequel trilogy, but at the end of the ''Revenge of the Sith'' review, and as the very last line of the review proper, he distills everything he's said into a single sentence:
-->'''Plinkett:''' And in the end, all the computers in the world can't generate the most basic thing that a movie needs: an emotional connection with the audience.
* TheAlcoholic: You'd need a drink, too, if you had to review these movies.
-->"Maybe It's time for another vodka gimlet... ''[trips over furniture]'' '''GW'OOH FCK!'''"
* AllIsWellThatEndsWell: Following his duel with Nadine, subsequent hospital stay, and near-assassination, Plinkett cheerfully returns home to...[[spoiler:microwave his cat]].
* AllThereInTheManual: Plinkett ''abhors'' this trope, or at least despises the fact that fans so often invoke it to explain away the all but incomprehensible plot and setting of the Star Wars prequels:
-->"...Point is, I'm still not sure what the [Trade Federation] ships were there to do. And [[BerserkButton don't any of you faggots tell me it was explained more in the novelization or some Star Wars BOOK]]! What matters is the MOVIE!!"
* AlternateDVDCommentary: [[http://redlettermedia.bandcamp.com/ Mr. Plinkett's Phantom Commentary]].
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse: Plinkett claims that ''Cop Dog'' was originally meant to be a dark psychological thriller directed by Creator/ToddSolondz.
** Like [[{{SFDebris}} Chuck Sonnenberg]], he's taken aback when he learns that Captain Janeway hasn't been imprisoned by now.
** Qui-Gon Jinn is a drunkard, and wanted to sleep with Shmi Skywalker.
** Anakin's a megalomaniacal psycho from the very start, and getting burned and put in a robot suit is just a formality.
** Any given part of Palpatine's plan could have been easily foiled if the Jedi weren't [[NewAgeRetroHippie a bunch of disorganized hippies]].
** Jar-Jar Binks was inspired by Tara Reid on a bender.
** Padawans are raised in a creepy, cult-like environment where they lose all their free will.
** The Old Republic is composed entirely of asexuals. The only person in the universe getting any action is Jimmy Smits! (Not counting Palpatine, who gets aroused by hatred, and Shmi who was [[MysticalPregnancy making out with the Force]])
** The maid in ''Baby's Day Out'' is the baby's real mother, and Mrs. Cotwell is into servant sex.
** The kid in ''Cop Dog'' is a jibbering lunatic.
** They don't call him "[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Kit_Fisto Kid Fisto]]" 'cause he's into chicks, if you know what I mean.
** Really, he sees a closeted gay subtext in nearly everyone. Anakin and Obi-Wan, Indiana Jones and Mac, Chekhov and Sulu, [[InterspeciesRomance Scotty and Keesner]], [[FoeYay himself and George Lucas]]....
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Invoked in the ''Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'' review where Plinkett states that the scene where Mutt uses a snake as a rope to get Indy out of quicksand couldn't happen since the snake would get ripped in half.
-->'''Mr. Plinkett''': I don't know, it just doesn't seem realistic to me. Now go ahead and post comments about how people have used snakes as ropes for years in the Amazon or whatever, you fuckin assho-
* AmbiguouslyGay: Mr Plinkett himself. Apparently, he made out with George Lucas and he compliments William Shatner's "merkin"[[note]]if you don't know what it means, [[SchmuckBait don't look it up]][[/note]] in the Star Trek the... Star Trek review.
** We should also remember that he's a deranged, psychotic, senile old man who's frequently drunk, so make what you will of his occasional hilarious offhand comments.
* AnythingButThat: ...Except for the bagpipes.
* {{Angrish}}: several minor occasions scattered throughout the series, usually with The Scary Voice, but the best example would have to be when confronted with the asspull of Yoda telling Obiwan how to talk to Force Specters.
-->And then Yoda tells Obiwan that he should talk to Qui-Gon's ghost! (LaughTrack plays) WHAT THE FUCK?! No-one-evermentionedanyoneeverdevertime 'bout talkin' to ghosts!!!!!!"
* AnythingThatMoves: Hookers, claims he raped the Millennium Falcon...and his cat.
** He also fucks sharks for breakfast.
* ArcWords: The entire quote by GeorgeLucas, [[OverlyLongGag constantly repeated]] in the reviews of all three prequels: "And again, it's like poetry, it's sort of, they ''rhyme''. Every stanza kind of rhymes with the last one. [[TemptingFate Hopefully it'll work]]."
** Another quote by his NumberTwo, Rick [=McCallum=], repeated almost as often: "[[CompletelyMissingThePoint It's so dense, every single image has so many things going on...]]"
** ''What is wrong with your faaaaaace?''
** ''...But your brain did...''
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->'''Mr. Plinkett''': I don't think I've ever seen a movie like this, with mind rape, child slave labor, guy getting impaled on a spike and then pulling it through his own guts, horrific scenes of death, close-ups of Marina Sirtis...
** He even does a ''positive'' example of this, listing two really important good things cultures with technology has before listing something far less important.
-->'''Mr. Plinkett''': Plus they (savage cultures without technology) don't got things like antibiotics, indoor plumbing, or Taco Bell.
** Elsa Schneider's ListOfTransgressions include "Nazi, Whore, Liar, [[HeManWomanHater Woman]]."
** He complains about the recent trend of ''Star Trek'' movies all being revenge films. "I'm filled with so much hate I don't know what to do with it! Usually I turn it into murder. Or complaining at the Post Office about the price of stamps."
* AsHimself: "Man In A Black Cloak"
* AuthorAppeal: Mr. Plinkett isn't the only foul-mouthed sociopathic elderly person Stoklasa's created, ie. ''Recipe for Disaster''.
* AxCrazy: He's killed several of his ex-girlfriends and wives, several Koreans, and now needs to go because his cat isn't going to milk itself.
* BaitAndSwitch: In the Episode 3 review, he talks about the "funniest scene in movie history". He goes through the part when Vader arises in detail, and shows the moment as...[[spoiler: Yoda telling Obi-Wan to talk to Qui-Gon's ghost.]]
* BaitAndSwitchComment: "Fuckin' Ray Charles could have seen that coming...[[spoiler:and he doesn't even know anything about Star Wars!]]
** Another good one from the same review, where he rants about how reviews have called the movie better because it's DarkerAndEdgier
---> MY ''[[ToiletHumour STOOL]]'' IS DARK! And doctor says that's bad! ...I don't know why he thinks he knows so much about interior decorating though (RimShot and a picture of a leather stool)
** ''Avatar'' ushered in a new age of 3-D film-making.[[note]]And by age I mean six months.[[/note]]
** Chalks up the misfire of ''Star Trek V'' to an issue of ego. "'''James Doohan's''' ego was out of contr--!!...[[WilliamShatner wait]]."
* BetterByADifferentName: In a variation, he says the latest ''Film/StarTrek'' actually ''is'' better if you think of it as a ''StarWars'' movie instead of a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movie. He also says that it's a better SW film than the prequels.
* BigBad: George Lucas fills this role in the Plinkett Reviews continuity if you count ''Revenge of Nadine'' as part of it.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: At the end of the ''Phantom Menace'' review, he says that the part where a floating pizza roll told him to go murder his wife was really strange. ''[[LampshadeHanging Plinkett himself states he doesn't understand how it fit into The Phantom Menace either.]]'' ([[StrawmanHasAPoint But he thought it made a good point.]])
** Continued in the conclusion of his ''Titanic'' review, Plinkett ends up rambling about how James Cameron was very inaccurate. [[spoiler:He goes on to mention how ''he'' actually crashed the ship because another talking pizza roll talked him into it, the ship was unmanned as Plinkett's mother was having sex with the captain at the time, aliens caused the ship to snap in two, his father died hiding in a suitcase, and the whole thing was covered up out of embarrassment.]] [[invoked]]
* BigShutUp: "[[LawAndOrder Fred Thompson]], shut yer trap! SHUT UP! Let her go look for her baby, she'd probably've found it by now. ''You'' [[PoliceAreUseless haven't gotten shit done!]]"
** Gives one to Rick [=McCallum=] during a later use of the "its so dense" line. "SHUTYOURFUCKINGFACE!"
** He berates George Lucas' "It's like poetry" line once or twice, but eventually gives up and mutters, "Okay, yeah, we get it. Thank you."
* BigWhat: His discovery of the ''Revenge of the Sith'' dvd inside his ''Baby's Day Out'' case.
** The results of the Kodak printer challenge™.
** And again in his review of ''[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact First Contact]]'':
-->'''Picard:''' No, there's a chance we could hit the dish, it's charged with antiprotons. We could destroy half the ship!\\
''(cut to Picard unloading a phaser at the dish)''\\
'''Plinkett:''' [=WhaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAT?=]
** Palpatine, after Plinkett preempts his demands for more reviews by linking him to a gay porn video.
-->'''Palpatine:''' I was not going to ask for a review of '''THAT'''!
-->'''Plinkett:''' [[IronicEcho I have forseen it]], though.
** And Palpatine again after answering his cell phone:
-->"Hello? The Phantom Menace in 3-D? [=WHAAAAAT?=]"
* BigWordShout: Picard's magically teleporting photo album. You know what ''that'' spells: '''''[[spoiler:LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZZYYYYYYYYYYYYY]]'''''
* BizarroEpisode: [[invoked]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2lnI_XqHSU ''Recipe for Disaster!'']], the replacement video for Baby's Day Out because [[ExecutiveMeddling FOX wouldn't let him upload the review to YouTube]].
* BlackComedyRape: Each of the StarWars reviews have lines about "the Force" being used on women. Another running gag is a reference to the pinball table scene from ''TheAccused''.
-->"Haha. Rape jokes. I love 'em!"
--> (on Picard disobeying orders) "In fact, Picard's orders get violated more often than Councilor Troi."
--> "Remember in ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Nemesis]]'' when Riker fought that alien for mind-raping his wife? I don't know why he did that, you'd think he'd want to give the guy a fifty dollar bill!"
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: He originally tried to extort money from his viewers by claiming it was for his grandkids' ear medicine.
** While shilling ''Half in the Bag'' [=DVD=]s, he offhandedly mentions that they have such a big surplus, Plinkett is forced to store them in front of [[ShameIfSomethingHappened the only fire exit of a children's orphanage]]. "Order ''today''."
* BlandNameProduct: Parodied in the ''Episode III'' Review Epilogue when Nadine meets Emperor Palpatine.
-->'''Nadine''': What do you want, man-in-a-black-cloak-who-is-not-a-trademarked-character-of-Lucas-Limited?
-->'''Palpatine''': I see you know my name.
* BookDumb: "I ain't never read one a 'dem [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars books]], or any books in general for that matter!"
** "The only things I've ever read is the directions to my fleshlight."
** "I mean, even when ''Cop and a Half'' half-assed it, it was still ''three-quarters'' cop! ..Wait, gotta check my math on that. [cue [[HardWorkMontage montage of charts and calculations]]] --Yeah I'm right."
* BrainBleach: Mr. Plinkett advocates drinking the real deal to make all memories of the prequels go away.
-->"Fuck the pain away, fuck the pain away, fuck the pain away..."
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: "Classic ''Franchise/StarTrek'' images are as identifiable and well-known as, like, the [=McDonald’s=] logo, Santa Claus, Superman, and dog crap."
** ''The Dog Who Saved Christmas, The Dog Who Ruined Christmas, The Dog Who Got Shot Out Back for Ruining Christmas...''
** "''Star Trek V'' is what they call a 'train wreck': good intentions gone horribly wrong.
--->"Trains ''usually'' have good intentions: To move people, cargo, {{hobos}}, et cetera..."
*** "I'm all for recycling things. Glass, paper, [[GenuineHumanHide people]]..."
* BreathlessNonSequitur: So, ''so'' many. Particularly among Plinkett's digressions about his past victims.
* BreakoutCharacter: There's a reason this page is 99% about Mr. Plinkett despite being a page for all of Red Letter Media's productions.
* BrickJoke: When describing the sex appeal of the Na'vi, he pointed out, "Look at 'dem lips! Aren't those the kinda lips you wanna put duct tape over-- I mean, ''kiss''." A few years later, Plinkett actually abducts a Na'vi cosplayer.
** An anonymous mother on Amazon.com complains about the [[CoversAlwaysLie misleading kid-appeal]] of Cop Dog ...[[PrecisionFStrike MOTHERFUCKER]]! That was brought back in an Applebee's [[ProductPlacement plug]] by Plinkett.
* BrokenAesop: Just [[Film/StarTrekInsurrection relocate the fuckin' people]], ok? It's what we did to the Indians on Earth, and look how ''that'' turned out! We have so many wonderful casinos.
* BrokenBird: Nadine the Hooker seems to have become one, as the trailer for the [[RevengeOfTheSith Episode III]] review shows her heading to Plinkett's house to kill him and apparently being insane herself.
* BuffySpeak: "Every character is ''dumb''! But who's the dumbdest? Let's find out..."
** Mmm, pizza rolls. They're hot, and pizza-y.
** "Pass the [[SuckinessIsPainful Vicodins]]. No wait, we need [[InstantSedation Ambiens]]. ...well, we sure need somethingens."
* CaneFu: His duel with Nadine.
* CaptionHumor: "'''''[[PhysicsGoof 7 Metric Tons?!?!?!?!?]]'''''"
** Inserting sexual innuendo into "what could have been [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the greatest lesbian sex scene ever put into a children's film.]]"
** "??????????????????". (Most often used during clips of anything said by WalterKoenig in behind-the-scenes interviews.)
** The mom in ''Cop Dog'' calculating the cost of the psychotherapy her son needs.
* CardCarryingVillain / ObviouslyEvil: The reason Plinkett likes Palpatine in ''Revenge of the Sith''.
* CatsAreMean: His theory for why there aren't more direct-to-DVD movies featuring cats instead of dogs.
** ''Cat Cop''. [[{{Tagline}} He's a cat....and a cop....whatever]].
* CatchPhrase: "Oh? ...[[FridgeHorror Oh]]! ...[[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Ohhhh]]..."
** I'll [[DoubleEntendre get deeper into that]] later..."
** ...So let's dive right in! ''(*cut to someone drowning/falling to their death*)'' Huh huh huhhh.
** WHAMMO! SHABOOMZ! BLAMMO!
** And then the dumbest thing ever happens...
** MadLibsCatchphrase: "[movie title] is [[WorstWhateverEver the worst thing since]] [whatever].
** "Now I've anal-yzed this scene with a team of scientists/engineers/perverts/from the Hair Club for Men/cheerleaders/dead people/two experts on the field of love, porn star Joslyn James and Tiger Woods/etc."
** "You might not have noticed [some visual element of the movie he's discussing] -- but [[SubliminalSeduction your brain did]]."
** (says something shocking) "''Any''way..."
* [[ChildHater Child Actor Hater]]: Kids in movies make him want to sterilize the human race.
* ClusterFBomb: Plinkett is fond of these.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: After condensing his reviews of dog-themed kid's movies into one unintelligible, mumbling cacophony, Plinkett concludes that it was a horrible idea:
-->"I totally forgot to include ''Karate Dog and Santa Paws''!"
** In an update video, Plinkett awakes to find himself BuriedAlive with a lot of [=DVDs=] and a player lying around in his coffin.
---> Why would they bury me with these movies? They must not want me to review them...
* CountryMatters: Uses this word twice to date, once to describe Jar Jar Binks, once to describe Rose's mother in the Titanic review.
* CozyCatastrophe: Points out that the reason it's hard to care about the Clone Wars in the prequel trilogy is that it never really seems to affect anything. Aside from the war being mainly between equally disposable robots and clones, Coruscant, where most of the focus is, is still just as lively and active in the third movie (when the war's been going on for quite a while) was it was in the first.
* CreepyBasement: The most memorable and frightening scenes take place in Harry's creepy, dilapidated basement; contents include a plastic bin, several piles of various debris, a [[StuffedIntoTheFridge refrigerator containing flesh eating cockroaches]], more than one [[NightmareFuel human skeleton]], one or more living victims to be occasionally tormented by Plinkett, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers a Titanic promotional popcorn tub]].
** A popcorn tub ''filled with bones.''
---> "[[EvilSoundsDeep GET OUT OF MY POPCORN TUB! JAARG-!]]"
* CreditsGag: ''(Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)'' had some good moments but overall it was pretty disappointing '''[[{{Anticlimax}} That's the end thanks for checking out my review!]]'''
* DamnedByFaintPraise: The things he likes best about ''Revenge of the Sith'' are things that '''aren't''' in ''Revenge of the Sith.''
** Plinkett says that ''Baby's Day Out'' is in fact what it says it is, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin about a baby out loose in the city]]. The one positive about the movie.
** Finally, the only kid in [[RevengeOfTheSith this film]] that talks dies. And all of 'em die. These are positive changes.
** [[invoked]]So, what else did I like? [{{beat}}] um... I guess I liked it when [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Anakin got burned]]. [[EndingFatigue I liked it when it was over]]!
** Before complaining some more about ''Crystal Skull'', I thought it'd be fair to point out some of the things I liked about the film. [-Don't worry, this won't take long.-]
** ''Titanic'' aimed for the middle. And it hit the target ''perfectly''.
* DecidedByOneVote: Where did the ''Star Trek'' franchise go horribly wrong? ''[Why hello, [[Film/StarTrekGenerations Generations]].]'' Now, I ain't sayin' no one in particular is to blame... ''[Unrelated publicity video of Rick Berman]''
** So do the prequels basically expose Lucas as being a shallow, emotionless [[ExecutiveMeddling businessman]]? I'll let ''you'' decide! -- [-but the answer is yes.-]
** "So, y'know. ''You'' might like the characters, you know... If you're stupid."
** "Now, whether an idea is good or bad is subjective...[-Except for here, these are all bad ideas-]."
** "Again: A matter of opinion, but mine is right."
** "I guess ''everything'' is a matter of opinion, unless it's ''my'' opinion, and then it's ''right''!"
* DeliciousDistraction: Subverted and combined with {{Squick}} of the highest order. Plinkett is at one point comparing the {{Filler}} in the ''Star Wars'' prequels to the filler in Twinkies, when he suddenly goes "Mmmm...[[spoiler:I like to fuck my cat...]]"
* DemonicPossession: During his ''Avatar'' review he [[NoodleIncident mentioned]] experiencing one once.
** Who says it [[WildMassGuessing stopped?]] It would certainly explain the Scary Voice and Harry's more [[SerialKiller eccentric activities.]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Qui-Gon Jin and Obi-Wan Kenobi should have been combined to form a new character, called Obi-Wan Kenobi."
** ''Star Trek: The''....[[StockSubtitle Star Trek]]."
** ''Cop Dog'' is the worst cop film since ''Kid Cop'', ''CopOut'', and ''[[CopLand Cop Cop]]''.
** And then Film/StarTrek becomes ''Space Adventure Film - Set in the future ...'' [[RecycledInSpace OF SPAAAAAAA--]]!
** When weighing the faults of ''Titanic'''s leads, Plinkett can't find any aside from [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth a tendency toward suicide]] and [[PokeThePoodle littering]]. He then lists off the memorable traits of Hockley (Billy Zane): Objectifies women, beats woman, and tries to shoot at women.
--->"He ''also'' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint has no faults]]!"
* DiscriminateAndSwitch "Even RayCharles could have seen that one coming. And he doesn't know anything about StarWars."
** "In this new situation, ''without'' the Indians, Picard's suddenly willing to defy orders and risk everything to save white peop-- [[LastSecondWordSwap I-I MEAN, save people he's grown attached to!]]"
** "Anakin's just sitting there like a retard! [---oh, can I still say retard?-] Anakin is just sitting there like [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar an exceptional individual]]."
** "Who's this dog's trainer, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Vick Michael Vick]]? [[spoiler:([[DontExplainTheJoke Didja get that joke?]] It's because Michael Vick would often throw passes that would go well ahead of the intended receiver...)]]"
** "[[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs What were these people smoking?]] ''Cigarettes?'' [[AC:(warning: smoking these may cause you to make a lousy IndianaJones film)]]. [[invoked]]
** "Once again, drug 'em out of retirement for one last shot at embarrassment." [cue images of Brett Farve and MichaelJordan] "--hey, how'd these sports images get into my review?
** The [[UsefulNotes/BlackHoles supermassive black hole]] should not be confused with a supermassive black '''ho'''. ...Y'know. ''(beat)'' Which is a large tool I use to garden with." (''Star Trek V'')
* DontExplainTheJoke: "That must be why they call him Qui-gon Gin. [-'cuz he's always drinkin' gin.-]
** "So Yoda might be a powerful Jedi, [[StrangeSyntaxSpeaker but wise he is not]]. [-(Get it? I--I did like a Yoda thing?)-]
** "Maybe he should download a program into his brain about child care." [-(That was a ''[[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' joke! Didya get it?!)-]
** The Cop Dog is suffering from "post-partner depression. Geddit? '''''I SAID [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooke_Shields#Postpartum_depression GEDDIT?]]'''''
** Although Plinkett also subverted this: His attempts to save time [[spoiler:by giving the description of four different films at once]] are acknowledged as a bad idea [[spoiler: not because his speech was incomprehensible, but because he forgot two films he wanted to describe. He then discusses ''six'' films at once.]]
* DoubleEntendre: "What red blooded male ''wouldn't'' want to dock his canoe in [[NataliePortman Natalie's]] port, man? ''(RimShot)''
** How about a night in [[MeganFox Megan's foxhole]]?
** Hey, baby. Looks like you're a [[Characters/StarTrek Trill]]. Maybe I can put ''my'' worm inside you, huh huh huhh.
** Maybe Anakin was spending too much time in Obi-Wan's outer rim.
** "Take 'er to warp speed! [-(But don't forget to [[ButWeUsedACondom vulcanize your nacelle]].)-]"
** "[[ChrisPine Chris' Pine Tree]]"
** "Hey, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Chapman Anna.]] I wanna ''spy'' on your ''pie''. ''(beat)'' I mean, I wanna ''translate'' into ''Russian''. ..meh I dunno, [[OverlyLongGag that's all I got]]."
** Kate's heart will go on, but [[LeonardoDicaprio Leo's]] ''hard-on'' will go on.
** Let us all take a minute of silence for the two "That's what she said" girls.
** Why does Kirk randomly battle a CatGirl in ''Star Trek V''? Because Shatner feels Kirk always needs a scene where [[CatsHateWater he gets a pussy wet]].
* DrivenToSuicide: His second wife killed herself in a bathtub out of guilt for stealing Plinkett's money. [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident Yep]].
* DroneOfDread: One can be heard near the end of the ''Baby's Day Out'' review, as the sheer number of plot holes and inconsistencies [[GoMadFromTheRevelation begin to overwhelm Plinkett]] and [[SanitySlippage drive him over the edge.]]
* DropTheCow: He usually cuts a segment short really abruptly (like in mid-sentence) if his picking on a point is beginning to ramble.
* DumpMonths: Coined the phrase "fuck you, it's January!" to mock the low standards for movies released during that month.
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness : Back in 2005, Mike Stoklasa did a precursor videos to his Star Wars reviews, called the [[http://www.redlettermedia.com/noooo.html United States of Noooo!!!]] which explored what he considered to be the JumpingTheShark Dethroning Moment Of Suck of Star Wars, namely, the scene when Darth Vader utters a BigNo after Palpatine tells him Padmé is dead. While rather funny, the video is also a very ordinary talk-to-the-camera video, without the antics that made Plinkett's reviews famous. Stoklasa's uncannily good imitation of Palpatine's voice can already be heard in this video.
* EasilyForgiven: Nadine waves the white flag in her ''Revenge'' video. Unfortunately for Plinkett, it seems he's made an even [[GeorgeLucas worse enemy]]...
* EEqualsMCHammer: Plinkett when calculating how much movies suck:
-->'''Plinkett''': Ok, I gotta add in the puppy factor, plus two... times square root of pi... 56 point 92 point 986, multiplied by the factor of puppy, added to the compound equation... and then equals--
* EightDeadlyWords: In ''The Phantom Menace'' review, Plinkett remarks in regards to the plot, "why in fuck's name should we care at all? I don't care about any of these characers." [[invoked]]
* EpicFail: Once compared ruining the ''Star Wars'' saga to ruining mashed potatoes.
* EscapistCharacter: Makes a case in his ''Crystal Skull'' review that IndianaJones is designed to be this, so making him older dillutes this element. [[invoked]]
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: Believes they are "the worst thing ever made by a human."
* EvilCripple: The official Plinkett promo image features him in a powerchair. He moves about normally in the videos, so it may just not be used in his house.
** Making it even more strange and ominous is that the official drawings of Plinkett show him with his right leg severed off.
** "Now that's just crazy talk. GeorgeLucas didn't ruin my childhood, fucking polio did."
** The end of the 3rd Star Wars review also has his basement prisoner calling him "El diablo en una silla de ruedas" ([[BilingualBonus The devil in a wheelchair]])
* EvilLaugh: There's his usual 'huh-huh-huh' when he finds something humorous, but he gives one hell of an unsettling laugh in his most recent Star Trek review.
--> "I know a [[IncrediblyLamePun black hoe]] once tried to scramble my brains (Shows picture of a well followed by a scream) but don't worry...everything turned out [[VisualPun well]]...huh huh huh (Scary Voice) HA HA HA HA HA!!"
* EvilSoundsDeep: Harry's voice is fairly deep anyway but will drop a few octaves and gain a flavor of reverb when he gets angry.
-->"You're going to watch it! You understand?! LOOK AT ME!! '''YOU'RE GONNA WATCH IIIIIIIIIT!!!!!!'''"
** Seems to have gained the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin apt title]] of "The Scary Voice" amongst some fans.
** He also does this to Creator/PatrickStewart's voice during his ''[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact First Contact]]'' review to show the difference between "TV Show Picard" ([[SomeCallMeTim we'll call him Larry]]) and [[TookALevelInJerkass "Movie Picard"]].
* TheFaceless: Mr. Plinkett's face actually has been seen in several instances, both in illustrations and in a still photo from one of the Star Trek reviews. Throughout the Star Wars material, however, Mr. Plinkett seems to be abiding by this trope; we see only his first person perspective while he wanders through his basement and captures women.
** Averted in the Revenge of Nadine video.
** The trailer for his ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' review reveals that there are in fact ''two'' Plinketts, and the one we've seen is not the one who does the reviews. No it doesn't make any sense, did you think it was supposed to?
* FanNickname: Cate Blanchett's impressive turn as [[PunnyName Ivanna Spankov]].
** TV Show Picard--we'll call him Larry.
* {{Fanservice}}/ToplessnessFromTheBack: The inclusion in his Avatar review of the iconic shot of Rose from Titanic dropping her robe to show her butt to the audience. May also apply to his sex puns (with accompanying sexy pictures) for Megan Fox, Natalie Portman and Chris Pine.
* {{Filler}}: Arguably the Baby's Day Out review and Cop Dog review to some fans, as no one would really care much about these movies and would rather see Plinkett review another important Blockbuster. These shorter reviews would tease the audience for the next major review.
* {{Flanderization}}: Plinkett says that the ''Film/StarTrek'' remake took minor character traits from all the original crew members and '''ELECTRIFIED''' them, to make the characters more interesting.
** Also applies to Plinkett himself; in the earlier reviews his penchant for murder is just hinted at with a few offhand comments, while in the later reviews we actually see him tormenting his victims and his serial-killer tendencies are mentioned much more often and become much more central to his character.
* ForWantOfANail: Reviewing ''Star Trek'' (2009) creates an alternate timeline where Plinkett's cat is still alive. Cue the chaos.
-->"Bambi's alive in this timeline! ...Only, now she's my first cat. [[MindScrew I'm so confused]]."
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "DON'T TRY TO ESCAPE LIKE THE OTHER ONE!" He says near the end of the Episode II review to the two girls making the Puzzles.
* FourLinesAllWaiting: Plinkett tears into ''Episode I'' for this happening at the climax. Well, not him so much as selected clips of Lucas and co. looking less than comfortable about having done this and not being able to change it so late in production.
* FourthWallMailSlot: Parodied in Plinkett's occasional youtube updates where Palpatine harasses him into making reviews, although these mostly exist so he can show off his impressive Ian [=McDiarmid=] impression.
** The [[OneHundredAndEight 108]] page rebuttal to the TPM review is, however, astoundingly real.
* FranchiseKiller: Plinkett blames [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine the Dominion War]] for creating a rapid burnout and causing the temporary death of ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* FreudianExcuse: Plinkett's serial killer tendencies make a lot more sense the more we learn about his past. His father died on the Titanic when he was six, and Plinkett has a history of mental illness. Not to mention that he's senile.
* FreudianSlip: "I'm sure they cleared it with PETI.'
** "Now, onto the excrement!'
** The Impo[--r--]tence of Darth Vader.
* FunWithAcronyms: '''H'''ome '''I'''nfant '''C'''omedy '''I'''njury. (Or "hickey".)
* FunctionalAddict: [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty Soon you will learn to appreciate blow]].
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: In his review of ''The Phantom Menace'' when a plot hole so enrages him he begins to wonder if someone was screwing with his meds, leading to an... [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment interesting scene]] in which he repeats "Who's fucking with my medicine?!" while he scoops several [[RunningGag Pizza Rolls]] into a paper envelope before slurring "What's wrong with me?!" and blacking out.
** And again in his ''Attack of the Clones'' review upon seeing the prop from Star Trek that has red lights moving back and forth in one of the TheLastStarfighter clips and then seeing PKE meters being used in [[TheyLive another movie]].
-->"Do those guys have PKE meters? Am I going insane?! MY BRAIN IS COLLAPSING IN ON ITSELF-okay, back to the review."
** [[RuleOfThree Finally]], in ''Revenge of the Sith'', he has an almost pitiful breakdown as he realises just how much of the film refers back to the original trilogy.
-->"Oh god, all I hear is Star Wars inside my brain! Someone help me!"
** In ''Film/BabysDayOut'', he starts ranting about all the physics liberties and coincidences that he eventually starts repeating [[Music/{{Peaches}} Fuck the Pain Away]].
* GuideDangIt. Plinkett has no use for anything but what is presented in the source material.
* [[GushingAboutShowsYouLike Gushing About Sequels You Like]]: "I love ''[[TheEmpireStrikesBack Empire]]'' so much I [[[WhyDontYouMarryIt bleep]]] it."
* HalfHumanHybrid: Stop feeding us this pig slop! I'm only ''half''-pig.
* HandicappedBadass: An evil version in Mr. Plinkett. Despite having one amputated leg, he is at least able to kidnap several women and fight his way through numerous police officers at the end of his Phantom Menace review (despite being shot at least once)
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Harry explains the somewhat tacked-on nature of the Spock/Uhura romance as a case of the [[BuryYourGays NotGays]] wherein the director draws undue time away from the plot in order to establish that a character is in fact heterosexual. He then goes on to show how other characters have a case of the [[BuryYourGays NotGays]] and begins to refer to it as the disease the director seems to think it is.
** Points out how it's also done in dog movies.
* HearingVoices
* HeroAntagonist: Nadine.
* HopelessWithTech: It's a wonder Plinkett can put together a review. He still thinks "digital downloads" involve stuffing money in the disk drive until movies come out..
* HurricaneOfPuns: Via some clever quote mining with ''Titanic''.
* HypocriticalHumor: A RunningGag, such as him confusing WorldWarOne with the Cuban Missile Crisis or the Nazi invasion of France with the French Revolution.
-->"Geez, you stupid people need to learn your history right."
** "This film is racist against Chinamen!"
** "Babies are fragile! This kind of disgusting, misleading and irresponsible film should've never been made! Now to talk about my favorite scene: The one where Baby Bink is trapped in a gorilla cage and nearly EatenAlive..."
** "Can't they leave this sex stuff out of a kid's movie? I mean, kids have up until they're eight to start havin' sex, leave 'em with those precious few years of innocence, for God's sake!'
** "What kind of an idiot would take the time to [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs review a children's movie, anyways?]] You must be a real stupid asshole."
** ''Generations'' and ''Crystal Skull'' convinces Plinkett that it's time for retirement, and he [[RidingIntoTheSunset Rolls Into the Sunset]] for good. --Wait, who's gonna review ''The Matrix'', ''Twilight'', and ''RedTails''? "Shit, I ain't even ''close'' to done yet!!"
** "Hey, anyone see the keys to my red Lamborghini?" (ItMakesSenseInContext.)
** After several shot-by-shot comparisons of ''Titanic'' with previous films based around the ship, Plinkett confesses that it's too much to sort out; he's too busy for this. He then continues to play an endless stream of camera shots cribbed by James Cameron and stitched back together, talking over them for a solid five minutes.
** "George Lucas is kinda mocking the civil rights movement and the memory of Dr. Martin Luther Jones."
** After slamming Lucas for selling out and using the prequels to sell merchandise, Plinkett takes a time out to promote the "[[ProductPlacement Kodak Printer Challenge]]".
* IdiotBall: Another pet peeve of Plinkett, such as Padme being transferred to be "processed", even though the villains not knowing what happened to the Jedis ''and'' the fact ''she's central to their entire plans''.
* IdiotPlot: [[invoked]] {{Discussed}} in the ''Star Wars'' reviews. Contends that if any of the characters had exercised even the tiniest amount of common sense in the prequels, Palpatine's plans would have been easily thwarted and Anakin wouldn't have become Darth Vader.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: Ends up breaking his TV.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: "Pantaloons".
* IncestIsRelative: Dubbed the 2009 ''Star Trek'' a "guilty pleasure" - much like his pole-dancing granddaughter, Crystal.
* InformedAbility: Plinkett ''loves'' pointing these out, such as Anakin's alleged pilot skills.
* IronicNurseryTune: '''♪ [[WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory COOOME WITH ME...AN' YOU'LL BE...IN A WOOOOOORLD OF PURE IMAGINAAASHUUN...]] ♪'''
* IsThisThingStillOn: Pausing during the ''Baby's Day Out'' review to phone-order sex toys (using [[TheMan Rick Berman's]] credit card), unaware that he has left the mic on.
** Accidentally cutting & pasting his AIM chat (in which he's [[ChubbyChaser propositioning an offscreen fat woman for sex]]) into the episode title.
* {{Joisey}}: Plinkett lives in Atlantic City, and pronounces "Joisey" in that way.
** In his Star Wars: Episode III review, he also refers to the Cedar Lane Theater in Teaneck. This is, in fact, a real theater in Northern New Jersey, that's sadly closed down.
* JumpScare: Allusions to the murder of Mrs. Plinkett are often followed by an abrupt scream and split-second cut to a crash site or a blood-covered bathtub.
* JumpTheShark: {{Lampshaded}} and {{Discussed}} InUniverse. Palpatine tells Plinkett to stop jumping the shark, and Plinkett responses thus:
-->"Look bitch, I don't jump sharks. [[AdjacentToThisCompleteBreakfast I fuck 'em for breakfast]]!"
* JuxtapositionGag: One of their more effective ways of showing contradictions or any comparsions.
* KnightOfCerebus: The entire Nadine arc was essentially this done to the Plinkett Reviews (with judicious use of SnapBack at the end, of course).
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: A list of various fictional protagonists... and KevinBacon.
** Plinketts list of types of New Media includes "the zoo".
** ''Baby's Day Out'' as the modern-day take on Film/TheThreeStooges: There's the slightly smarter one that's in charge, there's the dumb one, and lastly the guy that was in ''TheMatrix''. [[BigWhat Whaaaaa?]]
** In a visual twist on this, when showing how a protagonist "often gets the girl in the end as icing on the cake", he shows four clips of pairs kissing... last of which is Charlie hugging Willy Wonka.
** Likewise, James Cameron's fifth wife is a Na'vi.
** A very telling comparison of Indiana Jones' adversaries and their on-screen crimes. Spalko's dossier says, "Patriot, Hero of Socialist Labor."
** In his Cop Dog review he names a series of dog based children's film titles. One of these is ''GhostDog''.
** In the Episode III review, Plinkett mentions how a long, uncut entirely computer-generated shot is no longer impressive, since entire movies are made by computers without real actors these days. As examples, he shows ''TheIncredibles'', ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', and ''[[TakeThat Transformers]]''.
* LaughTrack: Employed sarcastically during the Prequel reviews, such as when Yoda tells Obi-Wan to talk to Qui-Gon's ghost (preceded by a "[[BigWhat WhaaaaAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaat]] the ''FUCK''?!?!" from Plinkett.)
* {{Leitmotif}}: Many of Pinkett's lists are narrated over the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udvQECNtPiw "Oranges"]]
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: Mike ''loves'' this.
** The first example was his interviewing of co-workers to get their impressions on the Prequel characters. The bombastic John Williams score screeches to a halt as they search for words to define Qui-gon or Padme.
--->"................monotone?"
** During the CreditsGag in KOTCS, Plinkett plugs a few of his [=YouTube=] comments. "I Squeeze Gats" abruptly stops when he reads a (presumably real) comment from one of [=YouTube=]'s innumerable trolls.
* LighterAndSofter: One of Plinkett's complaints about ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. Indy only murders one enemy, and even Plinkett is confused about how the enemy died (why would the poison dart be poisoned on the ''wrong'' side?)
** DarkerAndEdgier: Not a fan of this one as shown in his Franchise/StarTrek and StarWars reviews. Ever more so if its simply for the sake of being Dark. Like how it's utterly unnecessarily for there to be rape in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''.
* LittleStowaway: Little Plinkett stowed away on the ''Titanic'' in a suitcase, [[PersonOfMassDestruction inadvertently dooming the ship]].
* LongList: Those directors who are exempted from his advice to follow the [[TheHerosJourney traditional story arc]] in films: Creator/TheCoenBrothers, Creator/DavidLynch, Creator/PaulThomasAnderson, Creator/StanleyKubrick, Creator/AlfredHitchcock, Creator/LarsVonTrier, Creator/DavidCronenberg, Creator/GusVanSant, Creator/QuentinTarantino, Creator/JohnWaters, Creator/WesAnderson, Creator/SamPeckinpah, Creator/TerryGilliam, Creator/MartinScorsese, Creator/WernerHerzog, and Creator/JimJarmusch.
* LooksLikeSheIsEnjoyingIt: The gag behind his 'original' Abrams ''Trek'' review. A girl gets dragged into an alley by the movie poster, then comes out looking disheveled yet satisfied.
** The idea was that Creator/JJAbrams took a bloated franchise and ruthlessly twisted it into something marketable again; Mike thinks this is a good thing in the long run. Of course, he had to address the joke in his extended review, explaining that he doesn't really believe Star Trek was "raped".
* MadnessMantra: [[CrowningMomentofFunny Fuck the pain away. Fuck the pain away. FUCK THE PAIN AWAY. FUCK THE PAIN AWAY. FUCK THE PAIN AWAY.]]
** [[GratuitousGerman Geschlechtsverkehr der Schmerz entfernt.]]
** "Oh, no! OH, NO! Somebody please make it stop! I'm gonna fuck my cat, then eat my cat, then kidnap a hooker and fuck the pain away!"
* {{Malaproper}}: Related to the trope below, he does this with names. Thus we have Boba Fett instead of Jango Fett, Queen Armadillo, Ewan [=McDonald=], Kate [=McGowan=], Cliff Huxtable, General Grievance, William Shakesman/Shatner, et cetera.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Mike can imitate virtually any Lucasfilm character.
* TheMerch: Parodied in his plugs for real-world RLM merchandise.
-->"We've got ''Half in the Bag'' pint glasses, dvds, posters, stickers, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment shot glasses]], t-shirts, baby bibs, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick babies...]]"
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Lots. "But when it gets going the story starts to suck, like someone pulling a thread out of a sweater until the sweater eventually sucks."
* MisanthropeSupreme: "Fuck [[ChildHater kids]]! Fuck [[HypocriticalHumor the elderly]]! Fuck [[SoMyKidsCanWatch families]]! Fuck everyone!" [shows photo of Earth]
* MomentKiller: Nadine's heartfelt speech at Plinkett's bedside.
-->''([[ToiletHumor farts]])'' "My balls itch!"
* MommyIssues: In the ''Episode III'' review, Plinkett mentions that he once threw a psychologist out a window for asking about his "dear mother."
-->"[[spoiler:Bury them under the floorboards, Harry. No one has to know. It'll be our little secret.]]"
* MoodWhiplash: Whenever Plinkett's other hobbies come up out of nowhere in the middle of a detailed analysis.
** One of Plinkett's complains about the Trilogy, specifically noted in the ''Sith'' review, when he says the opening leaps between comedy, slapstick, dismemberment, and drama indiscriminately.
* MultipleChoicePast: Plinkett, who always seems to have a different recollection about his youth (which contradicts all of the ''other'' recollections).
* NegativeContinuity
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: His descriptions of how his wives, girlfriends, prostitutes and Koreans came to their untimely ends is hilarious in its terror.
* NotSoDifferent: In his review for ''Avatar'', Plinkett says that, in real life, the tribal cultures that the Na'vi portrayed could be every bit as screwed up as the modern ones.
* [[OneSteveLimit One Rick Limit]]: Averted. Over a picture of Rick [=McCallum=]: "Fuck you, Rick Berman! Ya ruined ''this'', too?! STOP RUINING-- wait. That ain't Rick Berman. What is it with Ricks?"
* OnlySaneMan: The ''First Contact'' guy, who points out how ridiculous Movie Picard and Padme's plans are.
--> "Get back in the Franchise/StarTrek reviews..."
* OpinionMyopia: [[invoked]] PlayedForLaughs in Plinkett's Episode III trailer, where Palpatine shows a 108 page rebuttal he wrote to the TPM review. His opening lines explain how Plinkett is a stupidpants because he didn't like the prequels, and how the prequels were extremely complex "like a very deep game of chess where both players don't know how to play chess." This is in direct response to an actual rebuttal that surfaced on the internet that was 108 pages long.
* TheOtherDarrin: Sorta. The Plinkett character originated in a couple of short films, where he was portrayed by Rich Evans. Mike Stokasa, the main writer of those shorts, decided to use the character for the reviews, and performed the voice himself. Evans portrays the character in a full-length movie that came out well after the reviews started, but was produced earlier. Unlike other examples of this trope, the two versions of Plinkett are not in canon with each other, and it's possible that Evans will continue to portray the character in the future.
** The line between the two different Plinketts (described by Stoklasa as "Plinkett A" and "Plinkett B") was blurred in "The Revenge of Nadine" short and the ''Half in the Bag'' series. In them, Plinkett (as played by Evans) is the same Plinkett that made the ''Star Wars'' reviews and became an internet sensation (and who was, of course, voiced by Stoklasa); essentially they seem to have become a kind of TheOtherDarrin tag team; this was [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in a ''Half in the Bag'' intro which has Plinkett shouting "I don't even know who I am anymore!!!" at the top of his lungs.
** The teaser trailer for the ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' review seems to establish the two Plinketts as two different people who just happen to be very similar to one another, [[NegativeContinuity even though this blatantly contradicts "The Revenge Of Nadine"]]. This may be because of VillainDecay on the part of Evans!Plinkett, given his portrayal in ''Half in the Bag'' as docile and incredibly senile. The [[BackFromTheDead mysteriously revived Palpatine]], an established StrawFan, naturally refers to Evans!Plinkett as "Fake Plinkett" and Stoklasa!Plinkett as "the ''real'' Lord Plinkett", and at the end of the teaser, [[spoiler: attacks "Fake Plinkett" with Force lightning in an attempt to kill him]].
*** {{Lampshaded}} in the ''Half in the Bag'' review of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', where Mike is forced to do an impression of Mr. Plinkett. Jay tells him that's the ''worst'' Plinkett impression he'd ever heard, and no one would believe it's the real Plinkett.
*** [[http://redlettermedia.com/mr-plinkett-the-animated-series-when-harry-met-harry/ Then there's this.]]
* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: From ''Revenge of Nadine''
--> '''Nadine''': What do you want Man-in-a-Black-Cloak-[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial who-is-not-a-trademarked-character-owned-by-Lucasfilm-Ltd?]]
** In the teaser for his ''Star Trek'' rifftrack, Plinkett refers to his guests as "Man" (Palpy), "Creature" (Jar Jar), and "James Doohan" (Boss Nass). He's now living in fear of {{Disney}} suing them.
--->"Wassa matter, Palpy? ''[[MickeyMouse Mouse]]'' got yer tongue?"\\
"FUCK YOU."
* OutOfCharacterMoment: A major problem Mr. Plinkett has with the ''Next Generation'' movies is that Picard acts like an angry, vengeful, action movie character rather than a diplomatic captain who uses violence as a last resort.
** Also, Plinkett points out how the Borg in ''First Contact'' randomly act like Frankenstein's monster. Plus Obi-Wan has random moments of being foolhardy and showing off in Episodes II and III.
** Also Palpatine using a lightsaber and everything Yoda does in the prequels.
** As far as Plinkett himself goes, doesn't anyone else think him saying that he really liked ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' was weird? Twilight is about a 100-year-old guy who looks young for his age who stalks someone [[FridgeBrilliance ...Oh, wait.]]
* OverlyLongGag: "And the four-letter-word I'm thinking of is 'fuck'. ''(Yoda stares)'' Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'crap'. ''(Yoda stares)'' Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'shit'. ''(Yoda stares)'' Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'poop'. ''(Yoda stares)'' Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'piss'. ''(Yoda stares)'' Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'garbage'. [Beat] ''(Yoda stares)'' Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'tone'."
** Having a creepy [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse Skeletor]] hand -- [[BrickJoke oh wait, we're done with that part, right?]]
** The Star Trek Goldshirt briefly appears in the ''Phantom Menace'' commentary with some questions. This time, Plinkett opens fire on him with a 12-gauge.
** Also the ShoutOut to ''ParkerLewisCantLose'' in his ''CopDog'' review, which doubles as DontExplainTheJoke.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]: "''Star Trek: First Contact'' is the 3967th worst film ever made."
** Played straight with "WhatCouldHaveBeen the greatest lesbian sex scene to ever appear in a children's film."
* ParallelPornTitles: ''Star Trek: Hiserection''
** "We couldn't have a picture of [[PowerTrio Kirk, Spock, and Bones]] on the cover. It'd be waaay too gay. We'd have to call it ''[[ShockSite Three Guys, One Saucer]]''. Huh huh huuh."
** The real life "''TIT''anic 2000" is mentioned in his review of ''Titanic''.
* PetTheDog: Plinkett's review of "Revenge of the Sith" contains one of these in regards to Hayden Christensen, saying that Hayden himself is not a bad actor, just one handed bad lines.
* PinballProtagonist: Plinkett's explanation for why he doesn't consider Anakin the main character in Phantom Menace, due to him having little to no control over the events going on around him, even pointing out that him blowing up the trade federation ship at the end was an accident, and also because Anakin was introduced somewhat late in the film.
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: Welcome to Coruscant, home of the mid-air collision. And ''boring scenes.''
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: USA! USA! Oh wait, I mean [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Captain Adventure Man]] and [[Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra Multinational Joe]].
* PopularityPower: Plinkett argues in the ROTS review that this kicks in for Darth Vader. Before the PT, Darth Vader was an iconic character and a symbol of the Empire, formerly a good man gone bad, but only one aspect of a larger story. However, in the prequels he becomes Space Jesus and the most pivotal man in the Galaxy. Plinkett believes this is because Vader is a popular and iconic figure, his life is central to not only the story, but to the in-story universe as well, when it was not suggested in the OT.
** Plinkett also questions why in the world Padme would bother thanking R2-D2, "a piece of equipment". Why would the queen be ordered to clean a dirty droid? If she's thanking inanimate objects, why not thank ''the spaceship''. This, despite in previous films R2-D2 was treated as just another machine by Luke and others. Once again, R2-D2 is famous to the ''viewer'', not to the characters in the original film.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: "I'm like Sinead O'Connor, and you're a picture of the Pope. [[SaturdayNightLive Prepare to get torn up]]."
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Inserting [[{{Music/NWA}} Dr. Dre]] songs into his ''Star Wars'' reviews. One Youtube description even reads, "I squeeze gats."
* ProductPlacement: By the way, have you guys seen ''CopOut''? It's amaaaazing. [[-{{ahem}}-]] I ''said'', it's amazing. Check it out...! [sound of cash register] --oh, there it is.
** And there's his plug of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1B_1dprjVY Kodak Printer Challenge]]! [[spoiler: [[AngerMontage It doesn't end well. At all.]]]]
** ("This review sponsored by Applebee's. Proudly serving shitty food and weak alcoholic drinks to fat middle-aged moms everywhere.")
-->"''[[BrickJoke MOTHERFUCKER!]]''"
** And, of course, Tostino's Pizza Rolls - [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall which goes meta]] whenever a Pizza Rolls ad is played before or after a video.
** [[http://www.chunkyschicken.com/ CHUNKY'S CHICKEN!!!]] [[spoiler: Yes, they actually went to the trouble of creating a fake website and "promotional video" for the sake of a gag.]]
* PromotedFanboy: A fan who created a number of animations about Plinkett (using sound collage from various sources for the voice work) was officially invited to create further episodes under the Red Letter Media banner, complete with newly-recorded Plinkett dialogue specifically for the cartoons.
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* ARealManIsAKiller: Believes that a ''good'' Indiana Jones movie is reflected in how many people Indy brutally murders throughout the film.
* RealSongThemeTune: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs9XL1ownpA I Squeeze Gats]]" by Charlie Brown Beatz.
** Mike & Jay get a lot of their samples from the Garageband library, since they edit their content on Macs. One such song is "Fifth Avenue Stroll", a jazz standard which plays over {{Establishing Shot}}s of Plinkett's home and Lightning Fact VCR Repair. "West Precint" plays out each ''Half in the Bag'' review.
** Mike (or rather Plinkett) is also fond of "Oranges", usually played when examining flaws in a script.
** George Lucas' theme song appears to be "We're in the Money."
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: If he was a kid on the Titanic, he's no less than 100 years old, especially if he remembers bits of it. This is also supported by his claims to have sold big & tall menswear to [[UsefulNotes/WilliamHowardTaft President Taft]], being in his forties back in 1950s, and to have had grandchildren in the 1960s.
** His Website/YouTube [[RunningGag zone]] lists his age at [[OneHundredAndEight 108]].
*** His Baby's Day Out review say he's 119.
** In his Episode III review, a short (somewhat disturbing) childhood flashback is shown of his mother, which appears to take place sometime in the late 19th century.
* RiseFromYourGrave: It looks like Palpatine buried him alive in between reviews. He escapes by punching his way out as [[Film/KillBill "L'Arena" by Ennio Morricone]] plays.
-->"[[TaughtByTelevision I saw this once in a movie]]. It was called ''{{Cars 2}}''.'"
* RoleAssociation: Plinkett regrets the missed potential lesbian sex scene between the mother and the nanny in "Baby's Day Out" since Lara Flynn Boyle and [[SexAndTheCity Cynthia Nixon]] have "done their fair share of dirty roles, why can't they make room for that here?".
* RootingForTheEmpire:[[invoked]] Not five minutes after being introduced to Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, Plinkett is shouting advice at the droids on how to poison them (as Plinkett has experience in that area).
** Not technically rooting for the Empire, but Plinkett wonders how Obi-Wan automatically knows the Trade Federation attack on Naboo was totally unprovoked.
** Mace Windu decapitating a poor working stiff who's just trying to make his way in the universe.[[spoiler:(Jango Fett)]]
** In ''Crystal Skull'', [=McCarthyite=] America terrifies Plinkett way more than Spalko does.
** Vader throwing poor Palpatine down a mine shaft.
* RunningGag: Oh? You want a [[RunningGag Pizza Roll]]? Let's go down to my [[CreepyBasement basement]] and get you a Pizza Roll...
** [[MyGrandmaCanDoBetterThanYou My dead wife could've done a better job]]. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment And she's dead]].
** Oh my GOD! What is wrong with your FAAAAACE?!
** [[AWizardDidIt It was the will of the Force]].
** It's like poetry, it sort of rhymes.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTbsluR-Jug PALPATINESBEHINDITALL]]
** The proper term for website/webpage is "webzone."
** [[PlotHole How did you know x?]] Did you read the script too? What's that on the ground over there? Is that the script?
** Kirk getting jabbed with a hypospray every time Creator/JJAbrams reminds us the heroes are straight. Straight as a die. ''Straight'', you hear me?
** Hit the music, [[TheGhost Johnny!]] .....oh, that's right, [[JohnnyCash Johnny]]'s dead.
** The [[{{Redshirt}} goldshirt]] interrupting the review with a few questions. Outside the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Star Trek]] reviews, usually has Plinkett trying to keep him out.
--> Excuse me, sir? I have a question...
** Plinkett saying "analsis/anal-ize" (or "analgy") with Spock making an [[FascinatingEyebrow inquisitive face]].
** "Shut up, I'm talking!"
** "I just ''said'' that!"
** During the ''RevengeOfTheSith'' review, the squealing pig.
** [[Film/StarTrek UhhurroOOouurraaa.]]
** ...and Kevin Bacon.
* DarthWiki/RuinedFOREVER: {{Discussed}} InUniverse
-->'''Mike (The United States of Noooo!!!):''' ''"[that scene] ruined everything. Not just ''Star Wars'' movies, but every other type of movie ever made."''
-->'''Plinkett (''Star Trek Generations'' review):''' ''"It ruined everything. And not just ''Star Trek'' movies, but '''everything'''."''
* SanitySlippage: The chapter introductions to ''The Phantom Menace''. They start out with fairly basic titles, but degenerate into "Is It Time For Death Yet?", and, "Oh God Make It Stop Please Make It End"
* SayingTooMuch: Plinkett does this a lot.
-->"[''Star Trek: Generations'' is being cheap]. Cheap like my wife. That's why I killed her in that [[RunningGag fake car accident]]- I mean-"
* SelfDeprecation: The entire character of Plinkett could be considered a lampooning of Stoklasa's own age and crotchety views.
** "I like to anal-lyze things." Lampshaded in Stoklasa's review of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x1YuvUQFJ0 Prometheus]].''
** Reckons that ''Titanic'' is marketed to retards. Cue shot of proud Wisconsinite Jack Dawson. (Redlettermedia is based in Milwaulkee.)
* SequelHook: "Wait. ...There's a PUPPY in this film?"
** "Y'know, I haven't seen ''Film/{{Star Trek V|The Final Frontier}}'' in a looong time. Maybe I'll give it a look..." This served as a preface to his audio commentary.
* SeriousBusiness:
** One riled up Star Wars fan threatened to punch Stoklasa in the face if they ever met in real life.
** Unrelated to RLM, but a direct nod to Plinkett: a forum poster on [[Franchise/WingCommander WingCenter]] compared that "terrible person called Mike Stoklasa" with another web personality, The Spoony One (for his unflattering views on the ''Film/WingCommander'' film), and said they deserved to die in a car fire. Spoony referenced this in his ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' review, but left out the part about Plinkett.
* ShootTheTV: Plinkett's [[spoiler:ejaculation]] is powerful enough to do this, albeit unintentionally.
* ShowDontTell: Plinkett's adamantly stresses visual storytelling as a virtue of the original films (particularly highlighting the opening of A New Hope) in contrast to how much blatant exposition though talking is given in the prequel films.
* ShoutOut: Most younger viewers don't get the pinball table reference, which is a reference to the infamous rape scene from ''TheAccused''.
** One of the Jedis lying in wait for Darth Maul is none other than...[[MemeticMutation Star Wars Kid.]] [[invoked]]
* ShownTheirWork: Compared with the earlier TNG reviews, Stoklasa clearly makes an effort to begin the ''Phantom Menace'' review by piquing your interest and establishing his credentials as anything but an angry {{Fanboy}}. The first ten minutes include an explanation of basic storytelling, familiar examples of other movies which use those techniques successfully, lists of (better) filmmakers who don't use them, and interviews with people which demonstrate the poor characterization in the ''Phantom Menace''. Don't expect to find any nerd rage directed at poor Jar Jar (though Plinkett calls him a "loathesome cunt" in the ''Revenge of the Sith'' review.)
** When asked in an interview why he didn't make fun of Jar-Jar in his TPM review, Stoklasa said that while Jar-Jar was a horrible character, he also had the most coherent story arc in TPM.
* SickAndWrong: "Darth Vader should ''never'' say the word 'Padme'. Or [[SesameStreet Snuffleupagus]]."
* SickbedSlaying: After Plinkett is hospitalized by Nadine, [[spoiler:George Lucas]] himself arrives to unplug his respirator.
* SignificantAnagram: Mr Plinkett on the title of Episode 3: "[...] if you simply rearrange the letters in the word 'SITH,' you could spell out a different word that just might predict what this movie was gonna be: [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope TSHI]]']] [[note]](which is Chinese for 'disappointed in the cooking of the duck meat.')"[[/note]]
* SimpleCountryLawyer: "Now, I'm not an expert..."
* SimpletonVoice: Mike originally tried recording a review in his natural voice, but decided it was boring. His "annoying TV personality" voice is closer to the original recordings.
** The voice is quite similar to the voice of Little John in the BugsBunny RobinHood spoof ''Rabbit Hood''.
* SinisterSilhouettes: [[spoiler:George Lucas]] at the end of ''Revenge of Nadine''.
* SmashCut: Plinkett has a bad habit of getting cut off before he can finish his senten-
* {{Smurfing}}: The [[Film/StarTrekInsurrection Ba'ku]] ''love'' to ba'ku.
* SoWasX: James Cameron is a man clearly dedicated to his craft. ...But then again so was Jim Jones.
-->"But Cameron had much better results. Eleven less people [[DrivenToSuicide died from cyanide poisoning]]."
* SpecialEffectFailure: Plinkett considers this a big problem with the prequels due to their over reliance on CGI. [[invoked]]
-->'''Plinkett''': The human eye can detect fakeness real easy. [[DragQueen It's not too hard]].
* SpoofAesop: ''Baby's Day Out'' has a lesson all of us can relate to. "If you live in a [[BigFancyHouse giant mansion]] and want a picture of your baby in the paper, you better care about your baby too, or else he'll get kidnapped, crawl across a busy street, and a truck will drive over him."
* StalkerWithACrush: Towards the woman held captive in the ''Attack of the Clones'' review. He just needs someone to share his pain!
* StealthPun: He refers to the Neimoidians as the "Shatnerians", a double pun on the fact that their actual name sounds like Leonard Nimoy's surname, as well as how they talk much like the typical Shatner parody.
* StrawFan: ''Palpatine'', of all people.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Literally with a threat by Plinkett. Considering it's two women he's threatening to stuff in a fridge, it borders on ShoutOut.
* SuddenlyShouting: In the ''Cop Dog'' review:
-->You never see, like, a "Cat Cop" movie. Why? Why not? I guess it's because '''CATS ARE FUCKING CREEPY.'''
* SurrealHumor: During the ''Episode II'' review at one point a levitating probe droid impossibly shows up in Plinkett’s basement.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Mike is evidently a fan of the {{Rat Pack}} and swing music in general. This is reflected in Plinkett, a resident of Joisey who actually sold toupees to Sinatra at some point in the past ("SINATRA, ''YOU FUCK!!''"). Most of his Plinkett reviews have featured instrumentals from a song by [[FrankSinatra Frank]] or [[DeanMartin Dino]]:
## Plinkett offering dating advice, using Anakin Skywalker as a poster boy for what ''not'' to do. This can be best summed up with "Nice N' Easy".
## The courtship of Anakin and Padme is set to the strings of "Love and Marriage", "You Make Me Feel So Young", and "That's Amore."
## "My Way" plays over George Lucas' homages to Creator/RidleyScott.
## ''Titanic'' featured "The Summer Wind", "The Tender Trap", and "Strangers in the Night" (in the latter's case, the Peter Hughes cover from ''EyesWideShut'').
** But wait! Marvin Gaye and Kool and the Gang get their time in the spotlight, too:
## When Plinkett sums up ''Insurrection'' as "[[EpicFail a symphony of stupid]]", we get a strangled version of "Hooray For Hollywood" played on accordion. He also plays [[Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven's]] "Symphony No. 5" to punctuate the film's idiocy; the music rises to a crescendo at key points, such as when Ru'Afo dismisses an armed shuttle piloted by a loose cannon android as "[[VillainBall no threat]]."
## As the logical fallacies keep piling up in ''Phantom Menace'', a hapless Plinkett plays "What's Going On."
## Nute Gunray's theme, "[[Music/JimCroce Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"]].
## "[[DavidBowie Let's Dance]]" when contrasting the Abrams film with TOS. Bowie, catering to a more-obtuse audience, produced ''Let's Dance'' in 1983; it's considered his laziest album.
## "Hollywood Swinging" when examining the lack of subtlety when it came to the Not-Gays.
## Johnny Cash's "[[Creator/SamuelLJackson Jackson]]" in preparation for the ''Episode II'' review.
## ''Titanic'' concludes with the score from ''Film/YankeeDoodleDandy'', just as Plinkett is explaining how American films are written on a [[ViewersAreGoldfish fourth-grade reading level.]]
--->''(WHILE [[SoundtrackDissonance ORCHESTRA IS BLARING]])'' "We're mostly creatures of habit, and we're all... average. [-I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry.-]"
* SwordDrag: Nadine in the trailer for the ''RevengeOfTheSith'' review.
* TakeThat: Several, mostly toward GeorgeLucas, and a few against ''Franchise/StarTrek'' producer Rick Berman.
-->"Creator/JJAbrams should have directed [[StarWars the prequels]], and George Lucas should have directed [[spoiler:people to their seats in the theater]]. Huh huh huh"
** The euphemism for autograph booths is the "celebrity zoo"; places where endangered B-list actors go after their habitat (''Star Wars'') has ceased to sustain them.
** [T]his is just some random crappy Indiana Jones adventure. Lord knows they're have been plenty of ''those'' already. ''(cue'' YoungIndianaJones ''title card)''
** He also lets loose a few against Creator/MichaelBay in general and the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movies in particular.
** If cancer were pretentious, it would be called ''GardenState''.
** "The entire senate is filled with stupid idiots. *picture of the US Senate* ...y-yeah, okay, that's true. Yes. But I was talking about ''this'' senate. *shot of the Galactic Senate from the Star Wars prequels."
* TakeThatAudience: His portrayals of "audiences" who enjoy the films he vilifies. Often shown as [[{{Eagleland}} morons queuing up at fast food places or fat women eating cake]].
** A personalized greeting for those who purchase the ''Episode 1'' commentary track:
-->"Hello and welcome. You've made the right decision. You've chosen to listen to my droning, monotone voice for 136 minutes rather than the actual soundtrack to this movie. [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs For that I applaud your common sense and good taste.]]"
* TakeThatCritics: Palpatine is a rather cathartic TakeThat toward RLM's FanDumb, as he constantly makes outlandish requests (such as for a review of to of a Anime/MobileSuitGundam ''video game'', and compare it to ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Kido Senshi Z-Gundam: Hot Scramble]]'') and berates Plinkett for not posting updates fast enough, and criticizes them for being stupid once they are released. He also hates Creator/ChristopherNolan with a passion and often demands that Plinkett exposes him as the hack Palpatine sees him as.
--->"If you didn't like the ''Star War'' prequels then you're [[BigStupidDoodooHead stupid-pants]]."
** The ''Crystal Skull'' opens with a [[FourthWallMailSlot YouTube comment]] calling him a "fat homo" for splitting his time between ''Half in the Bag''. Later on, Plinkett mentions that audiences love "sameness and predictability", then interjects with the tired pizza roll gag.
** "Enough of this sellout crap! '''When's the next Plinkett review?!''' Oh wait, [[GotMeDoingIt I'm me]]." [[invoked]]
** A [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Douchey McNitpick]] sound-alike from ''Titanic'':
--->'''[[{{Twitter}} Tweet]]:''' Technically, the ''Titanic'' didn't split down the middle. It split between the third and fourth funnels, which is not really in half! CHECK YOUR FACTS!\\
'''Plinkett:''' ...W-What? What the fuck?\\
'''Tweet:''' [[RuinedForever UNSUBSCRIBE!]]
* TalkingToHimself: {{Smash Cut}}s are a frequent occurrence, making it seem like Plinkett interrupts himself. Before finishing a sentence, the screen will switch and he'll break out with the next point he's making. It seems to be a massively efficient and time-saving maneuver, as there are plenty of ideas the viewer understands before Plinkett completes the entire thought.
** Creator Mike Stoklasa has also said he finds these sorts of "jump cuts and hard edits" humorous.
* TantrumThrowing: The most brutal murder of a printer since ''OfficeSpace''.
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: "Special effects are just tools. A means of telling a story. People have a tendency to confuse them as ends themselves. A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing." -- '''''George Lucas'''''.
--> '''Plinkett:''' You said it brother... [[DoubleTake Wait]], ''you'' said that?!
** Mike's promotional popcorn tub for ''Titanic'''s initial release date suggests a more action-oriented film, including the tagline, "Collide With Destiny." Compare to the finished tagline, "Nothing On Earth Can Keep Them Apart."
--->"But something DID keep them apart. It was an iceberg! Oh wait, it said 'nothing on Earth', [[DontExplainTheJoke an iceberg's in the water]]. I get it..."
* TenMinuteRetirement: At the end of his ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' review, Plinkett sadly rolls away into the sunset in his wheelchair, reciting [[http://www.bartleby.com/103/32.html 'To An Athlete Dying Young']], looking very much like it's the last episode... then he suddenly remembers that he needs to review Film/TheMatrix movies and the {{Twilight}} movies and [[Film/{{Terminator}} Terminator Salvation]]...
** His next review was ''{{Titanic}}'', for the record.
* ThatPoorCat: Plinkett manages to do this inside [[spoiler: ''his coffin'']].
* ThatsWhatSheSaid: "Hey! Only guys are allowed to do that!"
* TheyJustDidntCare: Invoked; Plinkett often seems so genuinely uninterested in actually reviewing his movies, that sometimes he doesn't even care to finish words or to enunciate them whatsoever properly. This works perfectly with Mr. Plinkett's trademark sloppy style, as the sloppy style itself seems coordinated with brilliant craft.
** Implied in the ''Star Wars'' reviews. See, for example, the mention of two Jedi Knights in the ''Phantom Menace'' [[OpeningScroll title scroll]] or the difference between Gungas and Gungans.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Not necessarily [[AudienceSurrogate applied to Plinkett]], though as a {{Satire}} the reviews feature archetypes of the [[ViewersAreMorons dumb masses]] and the FanDumb. See also TakeThatAudience and TakeThatCritics.
** The closing argument in the ''{{Titanic}}'' review: "We are all average. [[WorldsSmallestViolin I'm so, so sorry]]."
* ToTheBatNoun: Stupid grandkids, stop leaving toys in his creepy basement™. And stay out of his creepy house™.
-->"I've behn keepin' a record of it here'n mah creepy notebook."
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Pizza Rolls. Supposedly it's about all he eats these days.
** FridgeBrilliance: Note he cooks them in an oven, since he's too technologically backward to own a microwave.
*** He has a microwave...for his cat.
* [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]: While acknowledging many good filmmakers stray away from traditional structure, Plinkett argues that Lucas shouldn't have for the Star Wars prequels. Credits classic Star Wars characters for being memorable partly by fullfilling certain archetypes like the FishOutOfWater, LoveableRogue, DistressedDamsel, TheObiWan, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers gay robots]].
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: InUniverse: "Palpatine" takes this position toward the Star Wars prequels.
* TrustMeImADoctor: After Plinkett [[GloveSnap puts on his rubber gloves]] before beginning his review of ''Revenge of the Sith'', he says, "Trust me, I'm a doctor... kind of."
* UnfortunateNames: Harry S. Plinkett. Just say it out loud with an American accent.
* UnintentionalInnuendo: His home recipe book, ''Eating Pussy''. [[spoiler:"First you have to take a cat. And it's gotta be alive, 'cause then it's the freshest meat." *turns on rotary saw*]]
* UnreliableNarrator: With Plinkett's nigh-constant fits of insanity, it's impossible to take practically anything he says for granted. Apart from his opinions on films, which are invariably spot on.
* TheUnseen: Plinkett. Justified, as he's always behind the camera.
* VideoReviewShow: Leans about as far as is possible on the "Show" end of the Sliding Scale of Review vs. Show while still actually managing to conduct a thorough and comprehensive review.
* [[ViewersAreMorons "They think the audience is stupid"]] : Lampshaded and discussed in several reviews.
* [[VillainProtagonist Villain Pro-tah-gone-ist/Proerrgonist/Protoghrmehnrr]]: Go on, guess.
* WaxingLyrical: "Paradise City, [[Music/GunsNRoses where the grass is sand and the girls aren't pretty]]."
* WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties: BAM BAM! "Plinkett! Open up! We have a warrant for your arrest!"
-->"Oh. [[DissonantSerenity Hold on, let me get my gat]]."
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Plinkett has a starring role in RLM's film ''Feeding Frenzy'', in which he's wearing a tacky jacket with an American flag emblazoned over it. The jacket frequently reappears in ''Half in the Bag''.
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: According to Plinkett, gets broken when characters act like weird, unrelatable space aliens (which they are) and by seeing live-action actors put into physically impossible and unsurvivable situations, such as in Baby's Day Out and Attack of the Clones, that serve only to draw attention to the artifice.
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* InNameOnly: [[invoked]] Invoked verbatim when describing such films as ''TheHangover Part III'' and ''StarTrekIntoDarkness''.
* RunningGag: AccidentalInnuendo is almost always followed by the [[StockSoundEffects Stock Sound Effect]] of a slide whistle.
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[[folder:''Half in the Bag'']]
* AccidentalMisnaming: Mike in the ''Film/AfterEarth'' review refers to WillSmith's wife as Jada ''Plinkett'' Smith, causing Jay to give the appropriate reaction.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse: Adam Sandler has actually been pulling a SpringtimeForHitler with his movies.
* AnnoyingLaugh: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPUPaxgIo98 Rich Evans.]] His laugh is referenced multiple times within the episodes as quite possibly the worst thing you'll ever hear.
* AnythingButThat: When Jay shows a poster of ''Film/JeffWhoLivesAtHome'', Mike exclaims, "'''''[[BigNo NO!!!]]''''' Get that ''away'' from me!", then calmly tears the poster into tiny pieces, while Jay deadpans, "Oh, no" in the most emotionless tone possible.
* AssholeVictim: Anytime something bad happens to Jay and Mike, [[LaserGuidedKarma they basically deserved it]]. Plinkett began as this, but has gradually devolved into TheChewToy as the duo continues to exploit him.
* AuthorAppeal: Mike considers ''Film/TheRocketeer'' an underrated gem, and occasionally includes a clip as an examples of ''correct'' storytelling.
** He's also quite biased towards Kirsten Dunst.
** While on-screen AsHimself, Mike's brand of humor revolves around BadBadActing and lampshading [[MediumAwareness the trappings of his own show]], Gary Shandling-style.
* BadBadActing: This is Mike's signature comedic style. Jay does this, too, but he's not as good at pretending to be a bad actor as Mike is.
** {{Subverted}} and PlayedForLaughs in their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5hSwnZ7FyY Dark Knight Rises review]]:
-->[Mike answers Plinkett's phone]\\
'''Man''': Is this Harry S. Plinkett?\\
'''Jay''': Pretend to be Pinkett!\\
'''Mike''': [doing the Mr. Plinkett voice] Yes, this is Harry S. Plinkett, who is this?\\
'''Jay''': ''[[{{Irony}} That is the worst Plinkett impression I ever heard. He's going to think you're a fake!]]''
* BaitAndSwitch: A common running gag consists of them building up the "plot" of the episode to the movie they're about to review (which the audience knows since it's in the title), but then mention the movie in a completely different context and proceed to review it.
-->'''Jay:''' "Speaking of hungry, have you seen ''[[Film/TheHungerGames The Hung-]]''"\\
'''Mike:''' "We should now talk about the recent films we've seen."\\
(''Film/TheHungerGames'' trailer rolls)
** Also, in their review of ''Film/TheLastStand'':
--->[Jay explains the premise]\\
'''Jay''': Mike, what did you think of ''The Last''-- movie we saw?
** Used in a different way in their ''Film/IronMan3'' and ''Film/PainAndGain'' review. Instead, it immediately voices their general opinion on them.
--->'''Mike''': Seen any good movies lately?\\
'''Jay''': Yeah. And I saw Pain and Gain.
** Lampshaded in the Another Day to Die Hard review:
--->'''Mike:''': "Speaking of reference, have you seen movie?"
* BigBad: George Lucas fills this role here also, with requisite LampshadeHanging from Mike and Jay, of course.
* BitingTheHandHumor: If you invite these guys to a fan expo, expect to be blasted with both barrels.
* BlackComedyRape: In one episode, the hosts accidentally create a robot while trying to fix Plinkett's DVD player and VCR. Then [[RefugeInAudacity another robot comes in and rapes the first robot to death]].
-->'''Jay:''' "I never thought I'd be so happy about rape!"
* BrandX: The bottles on the title card are labeled "CHEAP BEER". Averted within the show proper, in which Mike and Jay are quite frequently seen to be drinking Wisconsin's own [[http://www.newglarusbrewing.com/index.cfm/beers/ourbeers/beer/spotted-cow Spotted Cow]].
* BrokenRecord: The "Red Letter Media Talks About ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''" segment. Mike asks endless questions "Why did they...(x20) ''Whhhhhhhyyyyyy?''". Jay stares vacantly into the distance and says [[TheVoiceless precisely nothing]].
* ButtMonkey: Plinkett has essentially been [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] into this trope on ''Half in the Bag''. He's still creepy and a pervert, but he's generally portrayed as ineffectual. He's suffering from amnesia, and is abused by Jay and Mike on a regular basis, up to attempted murder. He even shows some form of genuine affection for them in some episodes.
* CallBack: In the review for ''Film/JackAndJill'', Mike uses Plinkett's memetic line, "''you'' may not have noticed, but your ''brain'' did," complete with the identical "child playing with molding clay" image.
* CallingTheOldManOut: While having a female guest who enjoys "chick flicks" discuss What's Your Number with them, she eventually gets frustrated and calls Mike out for trying to insinuate she and fans of the genre must be stupid for liking it.
* TheCameo: [[spoiler: [[Creator/TimAndEric Tim Heidecker]]]] in the season finale.
* CatScare: Used endlessly in the ''ParanormalActivity 4'' review, chiefly to make a point and mock the film at the same time.
* TheChewToy: Plinkett has gradually evolved into this. The show makes light of his age, deteriorating health and senility, and constantly getting killed over and over a la ''South Park'''s Kenny only to arise again next month.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Jay and Mike spend the first few minutes of the review of "[[Film/{{Skyfall}} SkyFAIL]]" bashing the movie for being [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny full of cliches]] and unrealistic ("[[WhyDontYouJustShootHim Why doesn't the bad guy just shoot M in the face]]") before the ''real'' review cuts in and they say what they really think (they liked it).
* {{Corpsing}}: During Mike's CaptainObvious description of ''Film/WhiteHouseDown'', he concludes, "Thank you, Roland Emmerich! I hope someone shoves a club up your ass!" then giggles out of character.
** Jay ''finally'' gets Mike to really laugh (after ''45 episodes'') during the ''Haunted House'' discussion, which segues into a riff on the Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg films (ironically, it's about how unfunny their jokes are). Jay is [[IThinkYouBrokeHim clearly taken aback by how hard Mike is laughing]], even starting to ask him "Did your brain...", before being overcome with laughter himself.
** In the review of ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Mike laughed the hardest he ever has in a video... when Jay refers to the villain as Benedict [[CabbagePatchKids Cabbagepatch]]. Both Jay and Rich react to his sudden burst with wonder.
** Mike gets Jay to corpse during the 2014 Summer Movie Preview when he says that MichaelBay's ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'' film is so bad it won't be screened for ''audiences''.
* CouchGag: Plinkett knocking over the beers at the start of each episode.
-->"Half in the baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag!"\\
"Fuck movies."\\
"I don't even know who I am anymore."\\
"Jay and Mike are frauds."\\
"Hey, ain'tcha got anythin' better to do?"\\
"Why are you even watching this shit?"\\
"Who do these guys think they are? Rick Berman?"\\
"Everyone always complains about things on the internet!"\\
"I just shit in a coffee can."\\
"Whatever happened to Meg Ryan? [-oh right, she died-]"\\
[[Franchise/RoboCop "I'd buy THAT for a dollar!"]]
* {{Catchphrase}}: Mike, in his lawyerly way, will always ask, "Are you suggesting that...", as a lead-up to Jay openly accusing the filmmakers of being hacks.
** Whenever Mike gives an (honest) unpopular opinion on a movie, Jay will respond with an understated "Oh my god..."
* CreditsGag: This joke is done when Jay asks Mike for his opinion about ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods''.
** Jay's final word on ''Film/TheLoneRanger'' was "don't bother", but he complimented them for using the ''The William Tell Overture" to trick the audience. Said theme rises to a crescendo as Mike responds, [[CriticProof drowning out his complaints]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Mike Stoklasa appears to be this in RealLife, and it's a trait that all his characters share, but especially [[AlterEgoActing Mike on "Half In The Bag"]]. He's usually able to get his co-host Jay to laugh without even cracking a smile himself, and any time he's called upon to show any kind of emotion, he always does it in a very phony and insincere way. He also likes to say things that he knows will piss off his audience (i.e. DrSeuss is [[HypeBacklash overrated]] and TheMuppets are [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids for babies]]).
** In the review for ''Film/{{Movie 43}}'', they go UpToEleven in snarking, talking about how ''"clever"'' the writing was, complete with LaughTrack galore, finally saying things like eating dog poop or leaky periods are [[ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars Not Supposed To Win Oscars]].
* TheDogBitesBack: During the ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'' review:
-->'''Plinkett:''' I'm just watching the end of the movie on my [=iPad=]... These things are great. You know all about it - '''yours is in my TV'''. ''(chuckles)'' I sure loved watching the same movie 68 times tonight. Maybe that'll '''teach you fucks not to LIE to me.'''
* {{Doorstopper}}: The ''Prometheus'' box set promises to answer all of Mike and Jay's questions... which is why it comes in 47 discs.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Jay, who's spent most of the series exploiting, belittling, abusing, and even attempting to ''murder'' Plinkett, objects to Mike trying to take advantage of his recent meth addiction. Though how much of this is due to genuine concern or [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall because the story demanded it]] is unknown.
* FatAndSkinny: In true ''Siskel and Ebert'' tradition. Jay is the wiry {{straight man}}, while Mike is a big, sardonic JerkAss. (In-character, that is.)
* GainaxEnding: The end of the Film/RoboCop2014'' reboot review, where [[spoiler:the cop played by Rich Evans flies into space and lands on the planet of Film/HowardTheDuck, which is his favourite film. Also doubles as a BrickJoke.]]
* GenreThrowback: In the review of ''Film/RedTails'', Stoklasa deconstructs this, asserting that making a film a throwback to 1940s wartime B movies actually hurt the film overall, because, while the subject matter and presentation were familiar and nostalgic, other, less positive tropes (cliched characters, illogical plotlines, caricatured and demonized villains...) were not excised and had already been a part of the genre from the beginning. He further asserts that this makes ''Film/RedTails'' an uncomfortably offensive film because "we know better."
* GushingAboutShowsYouLike:
** Mike is an avowed fan of ''Film/TheRocketeer'', and encourages viewers not to write it off as a flop.
** Episode 66 is devoted to ''Film/RoboCop1987''. Mike professes to love ''Film/RoboCop2'' as much (if not more) than the first film.
* HardWorkMontage: Jay has one of his day-to-day tasks since he's not quite as interested in talking about ''StarWars'' than Mike and the director of ''The People Versus George Lucas''.
* HeroicBSOD: When Jay and Mike note the endless sequels coming in 2013, such as ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'', ''TheFastAndTheFurious 6'', ''TheHangover Part III''', and so on.
* HissBeforeFleeing: George Lucas does this when scared off by the original release of StarWars.
* HypocriticalHumor: "Did you just say black? ''(To Rhoda)'' How does it feel to sit so close to a racist? ({{Beat}}) Anyways, the movie was directed by black filmmaker Clayton Prince ..."
* IAmNotShazam: In-universe example. In the review of ''[[Film/TheBloodWatersOfDrZ ZaAt]]'', the duo keep referring to Dr. Leopard as "Zaat".
* INeedAFreakingDrink: In episode 40 of ''Half in the Bag'', Mike and Jay goes out seeing ''ParanormalActivity 4'' wondering how bad it could be. GilliganCut to "2 hours later", where they sit in the repair shop and pour up vodka shots.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Mike indulging in a Gene Shalit-style soundbite: "I guess you could say I'm ''hungry'' for more ''[[Film/TheHungerGames Hunger Games]]''." He immediately [[VomitIndiscretionShot vomits]].
** An earlier episode had one so bad that the 'Pun Police' came by sirens blazing.
** "I think ''Film/{{Battleship}}'' will sink. [[DontExplainTheJoke AT THE BOX OFFICE!]]"
* InstantAIJustAddWater: Connecting a VCR and a DVD player apparently creates an intelligent robot that wants to kill everyone.
* JumpScare: Their main criticism of ''Paranormal Activity 4'' is that it consists almost entirely of these. The review includes some JumpScares itself to spoof this practice.
* {{Kayfabe}}: [[DefiedTrope Defied]]. While the show nominally centers around Mike and Jay, two amoral VCR repairmen, the duo barely even try to conceal the fact that they're Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman, two internet sensations and indie filmmakers.
** In their review of ''Film/RoboCop1987'', frequent guest reviewer Rich Evans is introduced as a police officer who has never met Mike or Jay before. Lampshading this inconsistency becomes a RunningGag.
** For ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Mike asks Rich about how as a construction worker if he had any reactions to the buildings collapsing. Rich replied, "Construction worker...? ''Oh'', I'm a ''construction worker''!"
* KnightOfCerebus: Jocelyn Ridgely seems to be their go-to actress for playing these characters. When she first appears in the show, it marks the beginning of a lengthy story arc [[spoiler: which culminates in George Lucas attempting to destroy every VCR and kill every VCR repairman in the world, so that nobody will ever be able to watch the original edits of the original ''Star Wars'' trilogy, which were only ever released on VHS (at least, for the purposes of the story).]]
* LackOfEmpathy: Jay and Mike. They almost never feel... gooeelt? Gooey-elt? Gweelt? Guilt-- no, that doesn't sound right.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: During the review of ''A Haunted House'', Jay talks about ''ScaryMovie'' as the template for the "horrible plague" of the modern era of spoof movies, and examples of movies that fits the template such as ''Epic Movie'', ''Date Movie'', ''Vampires Suck'', and ''Meet the Spartans'' are shown on the screen. The last of the "horrible spoof movies" examples is ''IAmSam''.
* LastSecondWordSwap: Mike (in full SarcasmMode) sending up FanDumb:
--> I call him Javier BOREDOM... I call him [[DanielCraig Daniel BOREDOM]].
* MidReviewSketchShow: There's generally one at the beginning of the video, and one at the end. Sometimes if they're reviewing two movies, they'll include sketch material in between. The sketches themselves are often openly parodying the trope, in the sense that they are deliberately hackneyed and self-deprecating.
** The most prominent example is Episode 37. In what is supposed to be a review of ''Step Up: Revolution'', only about 7 seconds of the 8 minutes long episode are spend talking about the film ("It sucked!"), the rest is about wrapping the season's running storyline.
* TheNicknamer: Mike does this a lot, such as calling Channing Tatum "MagicMike" during the ''WhiteHouseDown'' review.
* NoodleIncident: "Remember that time when we misplaced [Plinkett's] kitchen?"
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: During the Half in the Bag review of ''Film/GhostRiderSpiritOfVengeance''they have to put "This is REALLY in the movie" below one of the weirder scenes included by the directors of ''Film/{{Crank}}''.
* NutritionalNightmare: In the episode where Mike and Jay review ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet'', there's a subplot about Mr. Plinkett trying to intentionally have a heart attack through eating A LOT of this (mostly burgers that he fills with butter and lots of bacon).
* OneSteveLimit: ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' apparently has characters called Bruce Wayne, Bane, Bruce Bane and [[TheHulk Bruce Banner]], and they travel to Brisbane to watch basketball. It's very confusing.
* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: In their review of ''Jack and Jill'' they make a very half-hearted one as they make the transition from the review proper to making their case that the movie is basically a scheme to pump the cash from an inflated movie budget into the pockets of Sandler and his friends. Though the first two notes they start to read from their lawyers are themselves libelous (and even in the third, Mike has to change the word "cohorts" to "associates" as he is reading statement.)
* OverlyLongGag
** Mike dialing the paranormal investigators' number in the ''Paranormal Activity 4'' review.
** Mike asking Jay which summer movies he has seen which include ''Film/{{Elysium}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}'', and ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious The Fast and the Furious 6]]'' in ''Film/TheWolverine'' review. Each one is responded with the same clip of a blunt no from Jay.
* ParallelPornTitles: According to Mike, ''Prometheus'''s first title was ''[[TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo The Girl With a Dragon in Her Cooch.]]''
* PermaStubble: Mike has a perpetual five o'clock shadow. Contrast Jay, who can't seem to make up his mind whether he wants to be clean-shaven or wear a beard.
* PetTheDog: Plinkett of all people literally pets a dog at some point. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Okay, it was a VCR he mistook for a dog]], but still.
* PricelessMingVase: Subverted. In the review of ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'', Plinkett puts out a priceless vase on a flimsy stand while people are throwing bricks with notes responding to Mike and Jay's ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' review [[WindowPain through his window]]. The vase is never broken.
** Until the next episode, that is, where the first thing they do is smashing it with a baseball bat without any further comment.
* ProductPlacement: This trope is frequently discussed and parodied in the ''Jack and Jill'' review, especially when outlining its ExcusePlot:
-->'''Mike''': They wanna get Al Pacino in a '''Dunkin' Donuts''' commercial.\\
'''Jay''': '''Dunkin' Donuts'''? \\
'''Mike''': '''Dunkin' Donuts'''.\\
'''Jay''': Did you say '''Dunkin' Donuts'''?\\
'''Mike''': '''Dunkin' Donuts'''.\\
'''Jay''': Oh, so '''Dunkin' Donuts''' is in the movie?\\
'''Mike''': '''Dunkin' Donuts''' plays a prominent role in the film.
* PutOnABus: In the ''Film/ManOfSteel'' review, Mr. Plinkett is forced to move out of his house since the city is going to pave a highway over his property. Later reviews so far have only taken place in the Lighting Fast [=VCR=] repair shop.
** TheBusCameBack: Mr. Plinkett is revealed to have moved into an apartment that he shares with Palpatine and still calls Mike and Jay to fix the very same VCR.
* RealTrailerFakeMovie: On a "Special Edition" episode, Mike and Jay review a parody fake trailer, for a "movie" called ''The Zookeeper'', starring Kevin James. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope It turns out the movie is very, very real.]]]]
* ResetButton: Mr. Plinkett's LaserGuidedAmnesia thanks to dementia allows Mike and Jay to mooch off him as VHS repairmen once more, after Plinkett had exiled them.
* RuleOfThree: Discussed while talking about Lucas' record of creating cultural icons. To quote Mike "Two means coincidence, three equals a pattern." They cannot come up with anything else besides ''StarWars'' and ''IndianaJones''.
** Their guest for that episode, Alexandre Phillipe, suggests ''AmericanGraffiti'', which ''was'' a big hit in its day, but which Mike oddly seems to dismiss because it does not appeal to ''his'' generation.
* SarcasmMode: Mike puts on an extraordinary thick layer when he claims that ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'' is one of his favorite films.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Mr. Plinkett, during a robot attack: "Fuck this, I'm taking a bath!"
* SelfDeprecation: Mike and Jay often jokingly diss their own film, ''Feeding Frenzy,'' as being a horrible flop movie.
** Don't miss a chance to purchase RLM's greatest hits on "ancient non-digital media."
** Also, they really like to do whatever they've criticized in the movie they've been reviewing in the ending segment of the episode, for example in the ''Jack And Jill'' and {{Transformers}} episodes.
* SellOut: {{Lampshaded}} in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hAovTH_n8M this]] merchandise promo. Jay and Mike make it apparent they're ashamed ''by remaining completely miserable and monotone.''
* SharedUniverse: Relentlessly mocked, especially by the presence of the various Mr. Plinketts.
** Despite an entire episode where Mike spoke with indie filmmaker Alexandre Phillipe about the making of the Plinkett reviews, Mike later claims to have never heard of the reviews in their "2013 recap" episode.
* ShoutOut
** George Lucas is [[ThisWasHisTrueForm eventually revealed to be]] one of the aliens from ''Film/TheyLive''.
** Mr. Plinkett lives on 847 [[Series/AllInTheFamily Hauser St.]]
** Several scenes from ''Titanic'' are interspersed with parodies of the film, including [[SaturdayNightLive Cheri Oteri]] as Old Rose.
** Mike makes one to his other series, ''Best of the Worst'', in ''Film/TheWolverine'' review when trying to decide whether that one or ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' is better.
* SoOkayItsAverage[[invoked]]: Their general consensus is that this is the worst kind of movie, or at least the least interesting one to talk about on their show. In contrast, they dedicate several episodes to showcase SoBadItsGood movies.
* SpitTake: Mike does in the review of ''Film/SuckerPunch'' when mentioned that it was meant to empower Women.
** He gets another one when Jay informs him that [[Film/{{Twilight}} Taylor Lautner was in love with a]] [[RunningGag vampire baby]].
** In the ''AfterEarth'' review, Mike in a INeedAFreakingDrink moment downs a bottle of pills, then suddenly spits it out and exclaims, "''[[IAteWhat LAXATIVE?!]]''"
* StraightMan: Jay is usually depicted as this, in contrast to the senile Plinkett and the bizarrely fetishistic Mike (though both he and Mike are about equally misanthropic).
* StylisticSuck: Anytime anyone is called upon to "act". The "plot" and any "effects" fall under this as well.
* SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum: George Lucas' face melted off after he realized that he could never cleanse the world of the original ''Star Wars''.
* TakeThat:
** At the fans who were disappointed by [[spoiler:the fake Mandarin twist]] in ''Film/IronMan3'' by Mike in the ''Film/ManOfSteel'' review. He imitates their feelings towards it with a dumb-sounding lisp.
** During the Film/{{Looper}} [=/=] Film/{{Dredd}} review, Mike gets a call from Rick Berman - former Star Trek producer and now pizza delivery guy.
** At the people who accused them of being Marvel fanatics by hating ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and liking a lot of Marvel movies in their ''Film/TheWolverine'' review even though they actually liked ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''.
* TakeThatAudience: In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hAovTH_n8M "Selling Out" video]], Jay's response to Mike listing things they have on sale is [[UnpleasableFanbase "When is the next Plinkett review?"]]. [[invoked]]
-->'''Mike:''' That's right, Jay.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Mike and Jay hasn't had a VCR repair job in 15 years before Plinkett called them..
* ThatPoorCat: Nearly every time one of the guys throws something offscreen, we hear an unhappy cat.
* TheyJustDidntCare: [[invoked]] They show that even this [[TropesAreNotBad trope isn't bad]] in the review of ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''. One of the reviewers watched the first half of the movie and the other watched the second half of the movie out of protest of the bloated nature of the movie. They then compare notes about what happens in their respective halves of the movie and manage an effective criticism by showing the disconnects between the first and second halves of the movie.
* ThisCannotBe: Jay and Mike are amazed that ''ParanormalActivity 4'' makes ''Film/JackAndJill'' look ''competent''.
* ThrowItIn: Subverted in the ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney'' review:
-->'''Mike''': It's sort of amazing how we just... *coughs wildly* SORRY *cough* PLEASE LEAVE THIS IN THE FINAL EDIT *cough*
* TitleScream: Every episode opens with Stoklasa's Plinkett voice saying "Half in the [=BaaAAAaaag=]", followed by a random comment ("Mike and Jay are frauds!" etc.).
* ToBeContinued: Episode 66 retroviews the original ''Film/RoboCop1987'' film (as well as the two sequels), and ends with a To Be Continued as Mike, Jay and Rich go off to watch the [[Film/RoboCop2014 remake.]]
** After the ''Film/RoboCop2014'' review, "Officer Rich" finds himself on the ''HowardTheDuck'' planet, [[YankTheDogsChain only to find]] that there will be ''no'' To Be Continued on ''his'' adventures there. Ever.
* TrashTheSet: Plinkett's house takes quite the beating over the course of the show.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Harry S. Plinkett (Sr. and Jr.), Telekinetic Plinkett, Telekinetic Plinkett's brother, and Harriet Plinkett are all played by Rich Evans.
* UndercoverCopReveal: {{Inverted}}. "Officer Cooper" turns out to be an undercover ''hooker'', out to get Mike and Jay to pay money so that she and her colleagues can perform "humiliating sex acts". Cue EvilLaugh.
* UnpleasableFanbase: Invoked in the review of ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''. Jay expresses his frustration that a fanbase will either react to movies by saying that they are terrible or will form a backlash against acclaimed movies by calling them over-rated. Also mentioned in the reviews of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' and ''Prometheus'', Mike and Jay's deadpan sarcastic "That Creator/ChristopherNolan[=/=]Creator/RidleyScott is an overrated hack" when talking about minor plot holes is clearly a TakeThat at this kind of FanDumb.
* TheUntwist: [[invoked]] The mastermind behind all of the attempts on Jay and Mike's lives is -- George Lucas (again), trying to wipe the original cut of ''Star Wars'' from the face of the Earth (again). Jay and Mike go on openly express their disappointment about TheReveal being just "another lame George Lucas thing" and make small-talk over Lucas' MotiveRant, barely even paying attention to him.
* VerbalTic: An amiable "Sure," for Jay.
* VerySpecialEpisode: Spoofed in episode 49, wherein Mr. Plinkett develops a meth addiction.
* VideoReviewShow: More review-oriented than the Plinkett Reviews (though that's not saying much), but still always includes a MidReviewSketchShow.
* VillainProtagonist: Jay and Mike have their moments, especially when they try to kill Plinkett for his life insurance money.
* VisualPun: The "bomb" George Lucas uses to kill the repairman and their guest is a HowardTheDuck DVD box.
* VulgarHumor: The ending of the ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' review. Plinkett's ruptured colostomy bag sets off [[CrossesTheLineTwice over a minute of Mike and Jay throwing up]].
* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where The Hell Is Plinkett's House]]: Early episodes of ''Half in the Bag'' are contradictory about whether the show is set in Teaneck, New Jersey (setting of the Plinkett Reviews) or Milwaukee, Wisconsin (RealLife home of Red Letter Media). About the same time that the "two separate Plinketts" theory prevailed, so too did the show's setting in Milwaukee.
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: The one time Mike used the Mr. Plinkett voice on-camera, Jay told him that it was a terrible Plinkett impression.
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[[folder:''Best of the Worst'']]
* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: The crew gets a lot of mileage on the actors of ''Russian Terminator'' clearly reading all their English lines phonetically, leading to hilarious line reads like, "That's ''what'' friends ''are'' for?"[[note]]It wasn't a question - the line reading made it ''sound'' like it was a question.[[/note]]
-->'''"Music/KennyRogers"''': What the hell is this?\\
'''Phil Davis''': I['ve] [=SEen=] one of [=THOse=] [=beFOre=].
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse, Gary Coleman is thought to be an "[[GodModeSue all-powerful deity]]" in his own safety video, [[JerkassGods spying on and magically tormenting]] a pair of [[WouldHurtAChild children]] for the sake of [[ItAmusedMe his own amusement]] and impressing a [[HospitalHottie hot nurse]].
** The crew discuss the possibility that [[FanNickname "Backdoor Mayor"]], from the same video, really did have a legitimate UPS package for the boy's mother, and the kid screwed up the shipment by not letting him inside.
** Though the protagonist of ''[[Film/TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]'' is meant to be a straitlaced, sympathetic [[TheHero hero]], he is agreed upon by the crew to instead be an AssholeVictim, the DesignatedHero, a complete simpleton, and even a VillainProtagonist. Rich also speculates that the one scene in which the actor portraying the Exterminator actually tried to act was filmed first, immediately after which the actor was diagnosed with MS.
* AndStarring: Not only does Rich Evans get this treatment, but he's also the only cast member credited [[FullNameBasis by his full name]].
* AnythingButThat: Jay and Jessi's reaction to ''The Dance of Birth'' being the third pick on The Wheel of the Worst.
-->'''Jay:''' Aaaaaah. Fuck you, ''The Dance of Birth''!\\
'''Jessi:''' ''{horrified)'' Can we do this over?! Please, I don't want that one!
* AssholeVictim: The crew describe the protagonist of ''[[Film/TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]'' as this, pointing out that "he [[KillItWithFire set people on fire]] ''first''."
* {{Author Appeal}}/{{Ho Yay}}: ''The Killer Eye'' has many, many shots of shirtless beefcake in their underwear with their crotches thrust toward the camera and rubbing their chests when they see the monster. The crew accuse the director of getting off on the male flesh. It's not a surprise David [=DeCoteau=] is [[http://www.thebiggaymovieblog.com/2011/01/interview-with-gay-horror-film-director.html an openly gay horror film director]].
* BadBadActing: A fade-in of the ''Best of the Worst'' crew seated at a table and "discussing" amongst themselves, a la daytime talk shows. Rich is clearly looking at no one, moving his mouth without speaking, and absurdly gesticulating with his arms. (''Christmas Special'')
* BaitAndSwitch: At the beginning of ''R.O.T.O.R.'', [[FanNickname Back Problems]] spends [[{{Padding}} several needless onscreen minutes]] preparing coffee, retrieving carrots from his fridge, and walking across his front lawn to his horse. When he finally gets there, he gives the horse the coffee and eats the carrots himself. Rich is not amused.
* BaitAndSwitchComment: Done when discussing the crew's motivation for destroying their copy of ''Ninja Vengeance''.
-->'''Mike''': We need to get ''[[IncrediblyLamePun vengeance]]'' on[[{{Beat}} ...]] [[SubvertedTrope this movie]].\\
'''Jay''': [[LampshadeHanging Oh, I get it.]]
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Ever since since the Wheel of the Worst was introduced the crew have waited for the chance to watch [[spoiler: ''Tree Stand Safety''.]] When it finally happens the video switches between their excitement before watching it and their bored reactions watching it.
* [[invoked]] BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** The climactic battle with the snake in ''Hard Ticket to Hawaii'', which has no relevance to the rest of the film's plot.
** The ending sequence of ''Film/TheAmazingBulk'', which features the Bulk jogging through a disjointed multitude of stock CGI locales populated by a leprechaun, a kid playing soccer during a helicopter air strike, and a hostile, lightning-hurling Zeus. The crew declare it the most baffling thing they've ever watched.
** The five-second shot of the [[MonsterClown creepy birthday clown]] in ''Bloody Birthday'', who has no significance to the plot but provides the movie's only genuinely frightening moment.
** From ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'', the lengthy scene of the spider-guy erratically moving around a small section of the backyard. The group speculates that, during filming, the camera was pointing in the wrong direction and filming the director instead of the actual scene.
** The scene from ''Psycho From Texas'' in which the titular psycho forces a young female bartender to strip naked and dance as he pours beer all over her. The crew explains that, though it could have been a genuinely well-done piece of disturbing character-building in a different context, it comes out of nowhere, [[MoodWhiplash clashes wildly with the rest of the film]], and gives the impression that the director made the whole movie out of a SickAndWrong urge to film that one scene.
* BigLippedAlligatorMovie: ''Film/MiamiConnection'', to such a degree that it wins the title of Best of the Worst on this basis alone.
** Not only does ''The Aftermath'''s tone and content shift wildly between family-friendliness, gut-wrenching violence, and nihilistic despair, but all of the film's darkest content is [[SoundtrackDissonance set to music reminiscent of]] ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.
** ''The Dance of Birth'', a.k.a. "the greatest movie that Creator/DavidLynch never made."
** ''Shapeshifter'' is described as at least five completely separate movies (or potential elements of one miniseries) packed into a single, incomprehensible children's film.
* BigNo:
** By all six members of the group when they watch the scene in ''Xtro'' where the grandma smashes the pet snake into bloody pieces. Jessi even [[ScreamingWoman gives a high-pitched scream]] to complement the guys' [[{{Squick}} visible revulsion]].
** The crew all say "Oh, NO!" in reaction to the opening {{flashback}} murder in ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'' - due not to the murder itself, but the cheap VHS production value.
* BlackComedyRape: Invoked when the protagonist of ''Film/DeadlyPrey'', just after his wife's murder, tells the BigBad to take off his shirt.
-->'''Rich''': "You're gonna have to take my wife's place!"
** The crew surmises that ''Key Matters'' was made for kids like Mike who, as Jack outlines, would otherwise probably have been kidnapped, raped multiple times, and had their body dumped. [[CrossesTheLineTwice Mike claims that this would have been the best outcome for him.]]
-->'''Hispanic Father''': ''[[RunningGag Excelente]]''.
* BoringButPractical: While admitting that ''Let's Rap About Fire Safety'' is horribly out of date, Rich Evans says that the information on the video is useful because it would have helped him as a child; a dramatized incident in the video where somebody started a grease fire while trying to cook french fries actually happened to him once in real life. Though not for the same reasons, Mike comes to the same conclusion.
* BrokenAesop: After the heroes of ''Film/MiamiConnection'' have graphically and brutally killed a band of ninjas (in a severe MoodWhiplash from the rest of the film which the crew says resembled a college edition of ''SavedByTheBell''), the end card says, "Only through the [[IWillFightNoMoreForever elimination of violence]] can we achieve world peace." This earns perhaps a bigger laugh from the crew than any other they had while watching the film.
* CallingYourAttacks: "Film/{{Gymkata}}!"
* CatScare: Quite literally in ''Psycho From Texas'', as a cat is ''literally'' thrown at an actor in an attempt at a Cat Scare. Doubles as ThatPoorCat.
* CatchPhrase: The constant refrain for choosing which movie is the Best of the Worst is "Most entertaining, for whatever reason".
* ChekhovsGun: Averted in ''Film/DeadlyPrey''. The grenades on the evil merc leader's desk are always prominent in every shot of him at his desk, but they're never used.
* ChekhovsGunman: The snake in ''Hard Ticket To Hawaii'', which appears only a couple times early on and doesn't appear again until the end where it kills Seth.
* ChewingTheScenery: The crew felt that [[Music/{{KISS}} Gene Simmons]] was by far the most watchable aspect of ''Never to Young to Die'' due to his playing up the camp value of being a villainous, glam hermaphrodite. Same goes for Mario Van Peebels in ''[[Film/TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]''.
* ChristmasEpisode: Episode 14, featuring ''Elves'', ''Film/SantaClaus'', and ''NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation 2''.
* ClicheStorm: ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' is considered by the group to be filled with nothing but stock 1980s action movie cliches with little to no plot or character developement. Even more so by it's sequel, ''The Deadliest Prey'', which reuses all the same cliches the previous movie had [[spoiler:until the twist ending]]. [[invoked]]
* CloudCuckooLand: The "Crazy Town" in ''Film/{{Gymkata}}'', which has a HiveMind full of old weirdos that attack the hero wherever he is.
* CloudCuckooLander: Billy from ''Playing Dangerous 2'', a MotorMouth who seems to be intrigued by the "live Jello" he eats and the piggy bank he was saving pennies in.
* {{Corpsing}}
** While reviewing ''Psycho From Texas'', Mike, Jack, Gillian, and Jay are given two lists of titles that the director of ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'' made and try to read them without laughing. All four of them fail to do so (though Gillian gives the best effort). Even Jessi, who is offscreen, couldn't maintain her composure. [[note]]Titles include ''Wendy's Naughty Night'', ''Fire In Her Bed'', ''Sex Weirdo'', ''Confessions of a Dirty Pair'', and ''The Slut''.[[/note]]
** The primary reason Mike's "''[[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober Ed Hunt for Red October]]''" [[IncrediblyLamePun pun]] earns such a big laugh is that he himself starts laughing midway through.
** Mike, Rich, Jessi, Jack, and even Jay [[note]] Who was behind camera. [[/note]] ''all completely lose it'' for a good ten minutes about trying to figure out how ''Film/SantaClaus'' was made.
--->'''Rich:''' '''''It hurts! It hurts! IT HURTS!!!'''''
* CoversAlwaysLie: ''Ninja Vengeance'', ''Never Too Young to Die'', ''Playing Dangerous'', ''Shapeshifter'', ''Thunderpants'' and ''Bloody Birthday''. By far the biggest offender is ''Playing Dangerous'', with ''Never Too Young to Die'''s tantalizing claim of "one-against-a-hundred bazooka battles" in a close second.
** Perhaps the most disappointing example of this is "Tree Stand Safety," the cover of which promises spectacular safety film injuries, with a man or dummy falling out of a tree. That scene, nor any other mishap, aside from a brief slip off the bottom rung of a ladder, never appears, and 60 minutes of the video's 75 minute runtime is a stealth advertisement for a new type of tree stand that requires none of the preceding safety tips [[note]] That particular type of tree stand is actually quite popular to this day. If the video had something to do with it is anybody's guess. [[/note]], and allows an old lady to kill and puppeteer a deer.
* CrazyAwesome: [[invoked]] The crew considers ''Film/MiamiConnection'' to be this as one massive BigLippedAlligatorMovie.
** The ''Killbike'' sequence from ''The New Gladiators'', wherein, among other things, all the vehicles are MadeOfExplodium.
-->'''Jay''': I want ''this'' for ninety minutes.
** The scene from ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' where Logan chops off TheDragon's arm and [[GrievousHarmWithABody beats him to death with it]], which causes the group to burst into laughter and applause.
-->'''Jay''': The movie really should have ended right there.\\
'''Josh''': You know, ''fine'' if [[BigBad the colonel]] gets away, I don't care - because ''that'' happened.
** ''Playing Dangerous'' spends nearly thirty slow-motion seconds building up to the kid firing a Super Soaker [[KillItWithFire filled with gasoline]] at a {{Mook}} trying to light a cigarette, with the crew on the edges of their seats all the while. [[spoiler: It turns out to be an unintentional subversion; when it finally does happen, the film awkwardly cuts to a brief shot of the mook screaming and falling out of frame with only a weak smoke effect to suggest that he was even lit on fire. The entire group simultaneously gives an identical dejected groan at this.]]
* [[MonsterClown Creepy Clown]]: A bizarre party clown with a ratty t-shirt saying "[[FridgeHorror I Can't Say No]]" appears briefly in ''Bloody Birthday'' [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment for no apparent reason]] and is considered by the crew to be scarier than the psychopathic children. Jay and Mike identify him as Bagul from ''{{Sinister}}''.
-->'''Jay:''' This movie just got ''[[NightmareFuel genuinely scary]]''.
* ADateWithRosiePalms
** The crew surmises that the characters of ''The New Gladiators'' have to masturbate in order to land their flying vehicles.
** Mike picks ''Candid Candid Camera'' as "Best of the Worst'' because he thinks it's value is that elderly men get to masturbate to it.
** After ''Psycho From Texas'' ultimately comes across as an excuse by the director to film the perverse "dancing" scene, the group accuses him of "furiously masturbating" while shooting the scene. The same accusation is summarily leveled at Rich Evans, who provides us with a short scene confirming this.
* DesignatedHero
** [[invoked]] The protagonist of ''[[TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]'' as described by the crew.
** Gary Coleman's safety lessons might be a little easier to swallow if he wasn't the one repeatedly putting the kids in danger with [[JerkassGods his divine powers]].
* DiabolusExMachina: An audio issue forced the crew to re-record Episode 6, and because ''The Vindicator'' turned out to be too mediocre to derive much entertainment value from, the group decided to watch a different movie in its place. Their second pick, ''Class of '99 II'', had a promising premise and positive word-of-mouth, but their copy broke the moment they tried to play it. Only after attempting to watch a third movie, ''Cyber Tracker'', and finding that it was the most boring movie they'd ever tried to watch did they give up on the whole business and resign themselves to discussing only the two remaining films. Of the two, [[spoiler: ''Film/RobotJox'' turned out to be a legitimately good movie and thus ill-suited to the show, while ''R.O.T.O.R.'' may have proven ''too'' good a fit for the show]].
-->'''Jay''': So, what started out as an innocent attempt to watch some bad movies with robots in them has turned out to be the most miserable experience in any of our lives.
** Basically the only plot to be found in ''[[TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]'' is all of the people close to the Exterminator being taken from him one by one and him seeking revenge.
* [[DieHardOnAnX Die Hard with a Kid]]: ''Playing Dangerous'', [[CoversAlwaysLie though you'd never know it from the cover]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: ''R.O.T.O.R.''
-->'''Rich:''' ''R.O.T.O.R.'' is about a police program to create a robotic policeman who will execute people for minor traffic violations.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Heimlich maneuver scene from ''Gary Coleman For Safety's Sake'', which includes a close-up of the girl making an... ''interesting'' face while rhythmically performing offscreen abdominal thrusts on her brother. The group later comments on the fact that there's no logical reason for that shot to exist in a scene meant to teach children how to perform the Heimlich maneuver.
** The glass harmonica from ''Shapeshifter''.
--->'''Sorceror''': You caress the lips.\\
'''Mike''': He's teaching him something else...
** From ''Playing Dangerous'''s back-of-the-box summary:
--->'''Mike''': "When his mom said to go outside and play... she didn't exactly have this in mind." Well, that sounds like-\\
'''Rich''': Sounds like a porno.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Played straight by Rich [[ZigZaggingTrope and]] subsequently [[ParodiedTrope parodied]] by Mike when discussing Backdoor Mayor's claim that he has a "package" for the child's mother in ''Gary Coleman For Safety's Sake''.
-->'''Rich''': ''[[LampshadedDoubleEntendre "If you know what I mean."]]'' ...Sorry.\\
'''Mike''': ''[[SarcasmMode Oh]]'', you mean, like... his penis.
* DownerEnding:
** Not [[spoiler: ''Exterminator 2'']], but the review of it, which ends on the note that the lead actor may have spent all but one scene of the movie having been diagnosed with MS. This provides the perfect segue into the discussion of...
** [[spoiler: ''The Aftermath'']], which ends after a KillEmAll climax with a shot of a young child, who has just murdered an adult, walking down a highway by himself with a revolver in hand.
** [[spoiler: ''Deadly Prey'']], in misguided imitation of [[spoiler: ''Rambo: First Blood'']].
* DrivenToSuicide: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Rich Evans.
-->'''Rich''': I had to call the [[UsefulNotes/SuicidePrevention suicide prevention hotline]] last night because of ''R.O.T.O.R.'' [''sic''] [[FateWorseThanDeath They told me to do it.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: In ''Half In the Bag'' #21 (''JackAndJill''), Mr. Plinkett angrily states he wants to be able to watch his VHS copy of ''Russian Terminator''.
* [[invoked]] EnsembleDarkhorse
** Gene Simmons's character in ''Never Too Young To Die'' is said by the group to light up the film whenever he's onscreen.
** The crew mentions that they'd like to watch a film entirely about the Exterminator's jovial BlackBestFriend going to bars and picking up ladies - or, better yet, that ''he'' was the Exterminator.
** Logan's wife's father from ''Deadly Prey'', who provides one of the film's funniest deaths and gives a speech that earns a spirited applause from the crew.
** Robot Cop from ''R.O.T.O.R.'' is rightly described as the film's only interesting character. He has a delightfully silly design, his vocal performance is hilarious and oozing with personality, all of his lines are gold, and the movie is just begging for him to face off against R.O.T.O.R. in the climax. [[invoked]] [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot Alas, he disappears halfway through the movie]], though the method by which he does so goes a long way toward making up for it.
** ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'' has Granny, who is charming not only on the basis that her home, colleagues, and actress are seemingly those of the director's actual grandmother, but also because of her flawlessly condescending delivery of the film's best line. The man who thinks he's a spider is also highlighted.
* EveryCarIsAPinto
** The crew gets a lot of mileage out of the easily exploding motorbikes in ''The New Gladiators'', including one that explodes when it touches the base of a ramp.
** A car at the end explodes for almost no reason at the end of ''Film/TheExterminator''.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The crew gets mileage out of the girl in ''The Family Guide To The Internet'' who doesn't know what an Internet Service Provider is.
-->'''Rich:''' It's... an ''internet service provider''.
* ExcusePlot: ''Film/{{Gymkata}}'''s ''Film/GameOfDeath''-esque plot is only there so that Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas[[note]]Technically an Olympic-level gymnast. His one shot at getting a gold medal was forever sidetracked by the US boycotting the 1980 Moscow Olympics[[/note]] can show off his gymnastic skills.
* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: Featured [[StealthPun prominently]] in ''Xtro''.
* FacePalm: Whenever someone (particularly Rich) does this during the discussions, the camera tends to zoom in on them.
* FanDisservice: The shot of the pregnant woman with the hairy armpits in ''The Dance of Birth''.
* FanNickname: Many of the films watched by the group have at least one fan-dubbed character.
** Music/KennyRogers in ''Russian Terminator''.
** [[MarionetteMotion Muppet]] [[{{Angrish}} Cow]] Lady from ''Ninja Vengeance''.
** [[OneManArmy Action Man]], the [[Characters/{{Rambo}} John Rambo]] knockoff from ''Film/DeadlyPrey''.
** Barrett Coldyron in ''R.O.T.O.R.'' is dubbed "Back Problems" since he looks like he's in constant pain and is always talking through his teeth; his female sidekick is similarly named "Skunk Lady" due to her SkunkStripe hair.
** A misheard line in ''Gary Coleman For Safety's Sake'' leads to the creation of the hypothetical character "Backdoor Mayor." Later on, when a sketchy-looking stranger shows up and asks to be let in the house, saying he has a [[DoubleEntendre "package"]] for the boy's mother, the name is assigned to him.
** Since the crew can barely remember the name of ''Film/{{Gymkata}}'''s protagonist, [[IAmNotShazam they usually just call him "Gymkata" instead]].
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Particularly blatant in ''Hard Ticket to Hawaii'' in which exposition is accompanied by huge bare breasts.
** As discussed above, ''The Killer Eye'' arguably panders more to viewers attracted to males than it does viewers attracted to females thanks to its openly gay director.
* FistPump: Watching ''They Bite!'', the crew guffaw at a porn film producer's exclamation complete with fist pump, "WHAT A GREAT IDEA! FISH MONSTERS!"
-->'''Jay:''' He's so excited! They want to make a monster porno!
* FollowTheLeader: ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' is such a carbon copy of ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' that it drifts into {{mockbuster}} territory.
** Just as the crew speculates, the movie ''Russian Ninja'' was retitled ''Russian Terminator'' to cash in on ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'''s popularity.
** ''Never Too Young to Die'' aggravates Mike because it comes off as a studio-driven combination of then-popular elements: John Stamos and Vanity as the leads, a plot straight out of a ''Film/JamesBond'' movie, and inexplicable ''Film/MadMax'' villains.
** Not only is ''Playing Dangerous'' an uninspired ''Franchise/DieHard''[[DieHardOnAnX -style action movie]], but it's packaged and advertised as a shameless ''Film/HomeAlone'' ripoff.
** ''The New Gladiators'' is described as ''Film/TheRunningMan'' "shot cheap and [[Creator/LucioFulci Italian]]."
** ''Cyber Tracker'' is a blatant ripoff of various other movies (most notably ''Terminator''), and ends up being so boring that the crew are incapable of even paying attention to it as it's playing.
** Though ''Shapeshifter'' is actually a BigLippedAlligatorMovie, its cover is clearly designed to suggest that it's a straight imitation of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.
** ''The Family Guide to the Internet'' was a combined attempt to cheaply cash in on the home movie and internet crazes.
** As with ''Russian Terminator'', ''V-World Matrix'' was probably originally titled "''V-World''", with the ''[[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' part added for a few extra sales.
** ''Film/TheAmazingBulk'' is a {{mockbuster}} of ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''. [[MindScrew ...We think.]]
*** A bit near the beginning of the same episode has the crew almost watch the renowned mockbuster ''Film/{{Transmorphers}}''.
** ''Bloody Birthday'' features deceptive packaging meant to look subtly reminiscent of a ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Nightmare On Elm Street]]'' movie, despite containing no such content.
** The crew speculates that Len Kabasinski adds techniques he's just seen or gotten access to - with no skill, of course. Such as using shaky cam and Dutch angles ''for no reason at all''.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: A moment of sheer panic sets in during the Haloween episode when the crew spots Billy Bob, the Showbiz Pizza Place bear mascot from Rich's "[[NeverLiveItDown Dick the Birthday Boy]]" photo in ''Film/TrickOrTreat''.
* FridgeLogic: Brought up by the crew in ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' when they see the protagonist walk home from the mercenary camp and note that he could have done this at any point during the movie, does so in the middle of the night while half-naked and covered in blood, and doesn't inform the police of his abduction or the camp's existence. [[invoked]]
* GiftedlyBad: The reason the crew loves Len Kabazinski.
* GoneHorriblyRight
** The crew watches ''[[spoiler:Xtro]]'' expecting it to be a bad movie. It isn't.
--->'''Jay:''' We have a problem. This movie is actually interesting.
** ''[[spoiler:The New Gladiators]]'' was directed by Creator/LucioFulci. The crew only find out [[CriticalResearchFailure once the opening credits end]].
--->'''Josh:''' ''What?''\\
'''Jay:''' "Directed by Creator/LucioFulci!"\\
'''Josh:''' Holy shit, okay!
** Happens once again with ''[[spoiler:Film/RobotJox]]'', although Jay is quick to point out that it was suggested by fans.
--->'''Rich:''' I don't know why people recommend this. This is not a bad movie. It's a B-movie, but it's not... bad.
** And again with ''[[spoiler:Thunderpants]]'', which was so good they took it out of the judging section of the show.
** ''R.O.T.O.R.'', in an episode where two sci-fi robot films proved to be terribly dull, one broke before they could watch it, and another one (''Film/RobotJox'') wasn't a bad film at all, wound up singlehandedly saving the day with its pure astounding awfulness.
--->'''Jay:''' I never thought I would say this in my life, but thank ''God'' for a little movie called ''R.O.T.O.R.''.
* GoryDiscretionShot
** Used a lot in ''Playing Dangerous'', which the crew concludes was done to drop the film's rating from an R to a PG-13.
** Completely [[AvertedTrope averted]] in ''The Aftermath'', as noted by the crew, even when the movie is depicting [[WouldHurtAChild children being massacred]] (when, [[MoodWhiplash up to that point]], the movie has been corny, [[TheSixties '60s]]-style science fiction.
** Used a couple times in ''Film/TheExterminator'', which made Jay think the VHS copy they had was an edited version when it was actually the threatrical cut they had. [[note]] A Director's Cut exists on both DVD and blu-ray. [[/note]]
* GrievousHarmWithABody: In ''Film/DeadlyPrey'', Logan cuts off TheDragon's arm ([[BloodlessCarnage which doesn't spill a single drop of blood]]) and beats him ''to death'' with it. Happens once again [[spoiler: to the identical brother of the ''very same'' character]] in ''The Deadliest Prey''.
* GuiltyPleasures: Len Kabasinski films.
* GushingAboutShowsYouLike: The crew raves about ''NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', before having to discuss the dreadful sequel.
* [[invoked]] [[IAmNotShazam I Am Not]] Film/{{Gymkata}}
* {{Improv}}:
** Jay likes to think of the pre-fight argument between the band managers in ''Film/MiamiConnection'' as this.
** A later scene, wherein the black character's friends repeatedly ask him to tell them what's wrong, provokes similar speculation.
** Jay also points out that the "cancer-infected rats" line in ''Hard Ticket to Hawaii'' sounds like it was made up on the spot, both in terms of the line itself and how it was delivered.
** Jay doesn't compare the submarine action sequence from ''V-World Matrix'' to a LetsPlay for nothing.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: After the ''Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend'' is chosen Jessi walks over and opens a beer.
* IncrediblyLamePun: While reviewing ''The Killer Eye'':
-->'''Mike:''' I think the director Richard Chasen[[note]] ("Richard Chasen" was the AlanSmithee name for David [=DeCoteau=].)[[/note]] was chasin' guys in their underwear.
** Then, just before the review of ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'', we get this:
-->'''Jay''': So what's your favorite Ed Hunt film?\\
'''Gillian''': [[SarcasmMode Ah, God, there's so many.]]\\
'''Mike:''' I really like ''[[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober Ed Hunt for Red October]]''. ''(cue laughing from the rest)''
** Forms the basis for [[BaitAndSwitch an]] [[AntiHumor anti-joke]] about destroying their copy of ''Ninja Vengeance''.
-->'''Mike''': We need to get ''vengeance'' on[[{{Beat}} ...]] [[SubvertedTrope this movie]].
* InformedAbility: Mike says that a better title for ''Ninja Vengeance'' would be "''Somewhat Competent Yellow Belt''."
-->'''Rich:''' He's a ''terrible'' ninja!
* InsultToRocks: During their review of the Roger Corman Fantastic Four movie, one guy describes the full-on "Flame On!" CGI effect of the Human Torch (which had not been seen in the rest of the movie) as "[[WesternAnimation/ReBoot ReBoot-esque]]". Rich Evans interrupts, saying "You are doing a disservice to ReBoot." Everyone else laughs uproariously.
* InvincibleHero: Logan from ''Film/DeadlyPrey'', who is aptly [[FanNickname nicknamed]] "Action Man" and described as Rambo without pants or personality. It apparently carried to ''The Deadliest Prey'', but the crew either didn't seem to mind anymore or had grown accustomed to it.
* [[JerkassGods Jerkass God]]: Gary Coleman, according to the crew's AlternativeCharacterInterpretation. In his efforts to [[ItAmusedMe amuse himself]] and impress [[HospitalHottie a hot nurse]], he chokes a boy almost to death, nearly gives him a concussion, and summons an attempted home intruder to rape the children's mother.
* KillEmAll: ''The Aftermath'', which ends with nearly everyone dead except for a small boy who walks alone down a road to fend for himself with nothing but a revolver.
* KillItWithFire: The M.O. of ''[[TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]'''s "hero"; the crew thinks he's an AssholeVictim though, because he's a DesignatedHero who is actually a murderous thug.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The means by which ''Film/TheAmazingBulk'' and ''Psycho From Texas'' are destroyed parody contemptible aspects of the respective films themselves.
* TheLeader: Mike and Jay like to switch out filming duties, though Jay is usually the lead discusser and Mike is usually the lead in other shots.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: After a raucous celebration of ''Elves'' and ''Santa Claus'' -- which reduces the whole gang to hysteria and causes Rich to break a rib from laughter -- the gang has absolutely nothing to say about ''National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure.'' Jessi immediately swaps the DVD for the original ''Christmas Vacation'', triggering loud Christmas Music as the gang happily reminiscences about that film... but a DroneOfDread sets in when the topic inevitably turns back to ''Island Adventure''.
** Rich and Jack's introduction of ''{{Film/Supergirl}}''. They look like they just received sweaters for Christmas.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: One of the chief complaints about both ''The New Gladiators'' and ''Robot Jox'' was that the middle fifty minutes of the film between major action set pieces was this.
** During the opening, Rich Evans calls ''R.O.T.O.R.'' by a new title: ''[[{{Padding}} Establishing Shot: The Movie]]''!
*** Even when it's not wasting time with establishing shots, it's finding astounding new ways to waste time with ''other'' shots.
---->'''Jack''': So then, finally, once it's established that he's a guy who lives in a farmhouse, and has a coffee cup, [[OverlyLongGag and pullin' some carrots out of the fridge]], and then he goes to hang out with his friend the horse, and his horse is way the fuck over ''there'', and he's gotta take his time just amblin' on over there, and we needed to see every goddamn step he takes to get up to the horse.
** [[invoked]] ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'', in a severe example of {{Padding}}. A notable instance is the creepy orderly serving dog food as "pate": he sets each of the six dishes, then scoops out servings for each dish in a meticulous fashion for an obscene amount of time.
* MadeOfExplodium
** The crew gets some mileage from watching a truck falling from a cliff in ''The Vindicator'' that somehow explodes in mid-air.
** Let's not forget the [[EveryCarIsAPinto exploding motorbikes]] from ''The New Gladiators''!
* {{Mammy}}: ''Psycho From Texas'' has one of these in the movie and she has every characteristic that the trope describes. What really makes this noteworthy is that the movie was made - and probably takes place - in ''1975''.
* MathematiciansAnswer: In response to the question of whether ''The Amazing Bulk'' was a sincere filmmaking endeavor gone horribly wrong, an attempt to intentionally make the next ''Film/{{Birdemic}}'' or ''Film/TheRoom'', or a simple {{mockbuster}}:
-->'''Jay''': The answer is yes.\\
'''Mike''': Which one?\\
'''Jay''': ''[nods]'' Mmhmm.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: In ''R.O.T.O.R.'', while Coldyron brings the victimized Bait Lady beside a truck, the climactic fight scene is happening between Skunk Lady and R.O.T.O.R. not only in the background, but out of focus.
-->'''Jay:''' It's like a [[Film/{{Airplane}} Zucker Brothers]] gag!
* MindScrew
** ''The Aftermath'''s wild [[MoodWhiplash tonal inconsistency]] has this effect on Jay in particular.
** ''The Dance of Birth'', a supposedly instructional video featuring completely nonsensical narration and randomly-arranged shots of flailing pregnant women, husbands, and women dancing with their babies (much of which is against a green screen for no apparent reason).
-->'''Jay:''' ''The Dance of Birth'' is the greatest movie that Creator/DavidLynch never made.
** The ending of ''The Amazing Bulk'', which has the title character running through a CGI hillbilly town getting assaulted by stock CG entities and effects, including cars, random explosions, and the inexplicable lightning-hurling Zeus. The crew deems it the most confusing movie they've ever watched.
* MoodWhiplash
** In ''Russian Terminator'', the protagonist tells his female accomplice that he got attacked by the Russian Ninja out of nowhere. In the very next scene, said man and woman are cozying around a pool in bathing suits with ''no'' sync sound, shot in what seems like ''home movie 8mm film''.
** In ''[[Film/TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]'': "[[TheEighties Breakdancing may happen at any time.]]" And it does!
** Jay claims that the tone of ''The Aftermath'' "completely fucked with my brain," cutting back and forth between cheesy, family-friendly, B-movie sci-fi scenes and graphic sequences of mass murder (including [[WouldHurtAChild that of children]], without a GoryDiscretionShot in sight) and rape. What's worse, even the violent scenes seemingly can't decide on a coherent mood, as [[SoundtrackDissonance they're all set to]] "''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' music."
** The scene in ''Deadly Prey'' where Logan beats TheDragon to death [[CrazyAwesome with his own]] [[GrievousHarmWithABody severed arm]] comes just after his wife is KilledOffForReal, and is shortly followed by a DownerEnding that's horribly suited to the rest of the movie.
** The black guy's monologue in ''Miami Connection'', which the group agrees is the most awkward tonal shift they've seen in a long time.
** The female bartender being forced to strip by the sadistic villain in ''Psycho From Texas'' comes right after a very long and [[invoked]] [[SoBadItsGood unintentionally hilarious]] chase scene.
* MundaneMadeAwesome
** ''V-World Matrix'' has one of the protagonists reading very mundane things they could do in their cybervacation, which includes eating food and...
--->"Hookers?" ''Hookers...!''
** ''Playing Dangerous 2'' has Stewart enjoying a toast with his associates with juice boxes for what seems to be a minute.
--->'''Associate Jack:''' Well, that was fun.
--->''(cue to laughter from the crew)''
--->'''Jay:''' Ah, the famous ''apple juice drinking'' scene.
--->'''Josh:''' Well, that happened.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: ''Candid CandidCamera Vol. 6'' sure seems to think so.
-->'''Allen Funt:''' Our next segment may as well be called "Why I Like To Be Nude."\\
''[Cue chortles from the crew.]''\\
'''Jay:''' If it doesn't feature ''him'' being nude, I don't care.
* {{Narm}}
** [[invoked]] Invoked during ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' on the actor playing the CorruptCorporateExecutive.
--->'''Executive:''' ''(monotone)'' I'm a businessman, Hogan, not a fool.\\
'''Jay:''' ''(imitating)'' [[AC: [[DullSurprise Actor-tron 5000.]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Generic Evil Businessman]] [[ObviouslyEvil program running.]]]]
** And again during ''Cyber Tracker''.
--->'''Wife''': ''(overdramatically gesturing)'' No! You were an investigator when I married you, not... not a bodyguard.\\
'''Jay''': ''[mimics her gestures]'' [[BadBadActing She is acting!]]
** "The world's silliest death truck," built by [[Film/TheExterminator the Exterminator]]. It's said to be reminiscent of what would result from the ''Film/HomeAlone'' kid's efforts to build a death truck.
* NightmareFuel: [[invoked]] Invoked by the crew while watching ''Xtro''. Jay is visibly disturbed and covering his eyes.
-->'''Jay:''' This is like my worst nightmare!
** The look on Jay's face when ''The Aftermath'''s "rape camps" are mentioned is something to behold.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: From ''Film/MiamiConnection'':
-->'''Rich:''' So, they're a kung fu band fighting a biker band, being pursued by ... the girlfriend's brother's drug lord ninja friends.\\
'''Jack:''' Who, I'm sure, are also in a band.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Averted ''hard'' in ''Tree Stand Safety''. Aside from a granny grinning over deer carcasses she just killed, the video shows ''a deer explicitly getting gut shot''. Red Letter Media censor bars the actual bullet strike. The trope is invoked by Jessi, who sarcastically wonders if the "No animals were harmed" disclaimer will appear at the end of the video.
* NoBudget:
** Presumably because ''The Killer Eye'' blew most of its money on the prop of the titular eye, its set is incredibly cheap-looking. The crew surmises that it's the basement of a Goodwill location.
-->'''Rich:''' They couldn't even afford to buy the junk at the Goodwill. They actually had to film it at the Goodwill.
** Very clearly shown in ''V-World Matrix'', which has styrofoam cups used to drink beer in the virtual world and special effects that literally look like they were done in Microsoft Paint. The only remotely passable special effects sequence is lifted straight from another movie.
** ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'' is even ''worse'', in that it appears to have been shot with an old VHS video camera[[note]]complete with audio bleed from the camera's motor[[/note]] and in someone's house, with the neighbors as supporting actors.
* [[NonindicativeName Non-Indicative Title]]/SecondaryCharacterTitle: ''Russian Terminator'' has no "terminator," and the character who is supposed to be a terminator is a ''ninja'' and is only a minor character.
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer:
** ''Film/MiamiConnection'' gets this twice during some weird scenes and edits.
** ''Skull Forest'' gets this treatment thanks to Len Kabasinski's LeaveTheCameraRunning directorial style.
* {{Padding}}
** ''R.O.T.O.R.'' was so full of it that they had to speed up the more egregious parts just to get their point across. And even sped up, it all ''still'' takes too long. [[invoked]]
-->''[After the crew watches an overlong opening crawl, separate opening narration, a series of increasingly specific establishing shots, [[OverlyLongGag and Coldyron making coffee, taking carrots out of his fridge, walking to his horse, and sharing the food and drink with the horse]].]''\\
'''Jack''': This all should've happened in thirty seconds!
** ''The Family Guide to the Internet'' crams all of its potentially useful information into the first few minutes, then spends most of its remaining running time on montages of various website pages.
** ''V-World Matrix''. Not only does it have scenes go on long just to cover songs from beginning to end, but there's a ten-minute sequence of StockFootage from another, better film, in which it sounds like the leads are providing improvised commentary from their ''couch'' like a LetsPlay.
** ''Some''how, ''some''way, ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'' has tons of padding - despite ''a sixty-minute running time''.
** ''Psycho From Texas'' is even worse in the same episode - which features what's estimated to be a full half-hour of a dull chase on foot. Footage of the crew's reactions synced with sped-up clips from the movie drives the point home.
** The granny shimmying up a tree in ''Tree Stand Safety'' is shown in its entirety.
* PoesLaw: This was the crew's main problem with ''The Amazing Bulk'', as they found the film to be so bad that they couldn't decide on whether it was a sincere attempt to make a ''Film/SinCity''-esque stylized superhero film, a terrible superhero parody, an intentionally SoBadItsGood movie with StylisticSuck, or simply a cheap {{Mockbuster}} to ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''.
* ProductPlacement: 15 minutes of ''Tree Stand Safety'' goes into, well, tree stand safety. The rest of ''Tree Stand Safety'' is for an alternative product.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Done by Jessi while watching ''Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend''.
-->'''Jessi''': Nobody! Irons! A jean skirt!
* RasputinianDeath: Seth in ''Hard Ticket to Hawaii''. He gets shot on one cheek with a pistol, gets shot through the shoulder with an arrow, gets stabbed in the stomach with his own knife, and finally dies when a giant snake bites him on the ''other'' cheek.
* ReactionShot: The round table portions are intercut with footage of the panelists watching the film, capturing their emotions as they watch it for the first time. This is crucial in capturing such things as [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Rich Evans' reaction to the Showbiz Pizza Bear]] appearing in ''Film/TrickOrTreat''.
* RefugeInAudacity: Josh provides a nice instance of this during the discussion of Gary Coleman's obvious lack of enjoyment in filming his safety video.
-->'''Josh''': I mean, he can't even [[SickAndWrong get off on choking a kid]].
** Jay's claim that the natural, satisfying resolution to ''Bloody Birthday'' would have been for the kids to be [[WouldHurtAChild graphically murdered by the adults]] onscreen, citing ''Beware! Children at Play'' as a positive example. Gillian's expression as he's saying this is what really seals the deal.
* RunningGag:
** The line [[CatchPhrase "You have a problem. You're gonna die."]] from ''Russian Terminator''. [[BeamMeUpScotty The crew remembers it as "You've got a problem."]]
*** The whole crew laughs when a character from ''The Killer Eye'' says "You're gonna die."
---->'''Jack:''' ''(thick Russian accent)'' You've got a problem!
*** {{Lampshaded}} when BoringInvincibleHero Logan in ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' tells TheDragon "You're gonna die..."
---->'''Josh:''' Are we going to hear that in ''every movie'' we watch?!
*** {{Lampshaded}} once again when Alexander from ''Film/RobotJox'' says "Yeah! We'll break your mind and kill you dead!"
---->'''Josh and Jay:''' ''(with bad Russian accents)'' You've got a problem...
*** Referenced one last time at the end of Episode 6.
---->'''Rich:''' ''Cyber Tracker'' has a problem. It's gonna die.
** In the same style as Red Letter Media's other shows (particularly ''Half in the Bag''), short clips from the movies watched each episode are used to comedically punctuate certain moments, sometimes multiple times. Examples include "''What?''" from ''Russian Terminator'' and "''Excelente''" from ''Key Matters''.
** Rich having almost burned down his grandmother's house while making french fries as a child comes up multiple times in the second "Wheel of the Worst" episode; roughly half of these take the form of the shot of Rich's reaction as the video shows a pan of fries spilling burning grease onto the floor, complete with [[SoundtrackDissonance asynchronously upbeat "Be Cool About Fire Safety" music]].
** During the ''Crazy Fat Ethel II'' review, Rich Evans (complete with ''Muppet News Flash'' music) repeatedly runs in with trivia about the original ''Crazy Fat Ethel'', its sequel, their lead actress, and the director's other work.
* SchmuckBait: Jack offhandedly plugs a ShockSite to the camera for a second during the second "Wheel of the Worst," with Mike genuinely questioning what it is.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: ''R.O.T.O.R.''. When R.O.T.O.R. goes on a vigilante killing spree, Robot Cop tenders his resignation almost immediately.
* TheScrooge: Rich and his bathrobe. (''Christmas Special'')
-->"Ho ho hooo.....''[[ThisIsGonnaSuck no]].''"
* {{Sequelitis}}: [[invoked]] This was what made Jay worried before he saw ''The Deadliest Prey'', having him think that the movie would just be like a satirical parody of ''Film/DeadlyPrey''. As it turns out, it plays just as straight as its predecessor and is just as enjoyable to the crew, even if it looks like a ShotForShotRemake.
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: ''Candid CandidCamera Vol. 6''. The blond strips in front of two cameras and ''one hick'' in an empty auditorium. [[YouKeepUsingThatWord Not exactly "candid camera" there, guys.]]
* ShoutOut: Watching ''{{Gymkata}}'', the crew tells, "GYMNASTICS!" when the hero attacks using gymnastics, then one yells, "GYMKATA!" when he does it again. It's unknown whether the crew is aware it was a {{Catchphrase}} for ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'', though Mike professes to be a fan.
* ShownTheirWork
** Pacing issues aside, the crew commends the people behind ''Film/RobotJox'' for making the best movie they could with the limited budget they had while adding very subtle world building details. Jay in particular was charmed by this and admitted that it made him like the movie more.
** To a lesser extent, they admit that, while the miniatures and sets in ''The New Gladiators'' and the matte paintings in ''Film/TheAftermath'' aren't 100% convincing, the craftsmanship and effort that went into making them is admirable.
** While concluding that ''Film/TheExterminator'' was somewhat flawed, Jay and Josh admit that some craft went into the camera work and that it had some very good shots and sequences.
** Talking about Jay and Mike themselves, they are able to spot things -due to their film making background- that most normal viewers can't. The most clear example is when Jay theorizes that there were reshoots in [[Film/TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]. This was months before the official DVD came out with commentary by the film's director which pretty much confirmed this.
** Jack and Jessi vote for the otherwise incomprehensible ''Film/SantaClaus'' as the ''Best of the Worst'' because of this.
--->'''Jack''': This is classic cinema where their imagination was bigger than their budget or means and I really enjoyed how big it was for how little they did.
* SickAndWrong:
-->'''Rich:''' Can you ''imagine'' watching [''Candid CandidCamera''] without the LaughTrack?! It would be just like watching a SnuffFilm!
** The handjob scene from ''The Amazing Bulk''.
** The crew's reaction to the sadistic stripping scene in ''Psycho From Texas'', which could have worked if it didn't [[MoodWhiplash come out]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment of nowhere]] and give the impression that the entire rest of the film was a [[{{Padding}} time-wasting]] excuse for the director to get off on filming that one scene.
* {{Small Name Big Ego}}/{{Know Nothing Know It All}}: Melissa Michaels, the host of ''The Dance of Birth'', who spouts completely insane NewAge gibberish, to Mike's disgust.
-->'''Melissa Michaels:''' Breathing in... and breathing out. Oxygenating our wombspace...\\
''(Cue hysterical laughter from crew.)''\\
'''Jessi:''' That's not your "wombspace," it's your ''womb!''
* SoBadItsGood[=/=]DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible: [[invoked]] The entire point of ''Best of the Worst'' is to decide if a film is "good bad" or "bad bad". That is, entertaining or not.
* SoOkayItsAverage: [[invoked]] The crew's main complaint with ''The Vindicator'' and ''Cyber Tracker'', saying that either the movie didn't have enough to criticize or it was so mind-numbingly boring that it doesn't even earn the honor of being deemed SoBadItsGood.
-->'''Jay''': There's nothing worse than middle of the road.
** To a lesser extent, ''Ninja Vengeance'', ''[[TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]'', ''They Bite!'', ''Let's Rap Fire Safety'', ''Playing Dangerous'', and ''Key Matters'' are all hit with the same criticism.
* SoundtrackDissonance:
** In ''The Aftermath'', the BigBad kills women and children on camera to what sounds like goofy LooneyTunes music.
** ''V-World Matrix'' has commercial heavy metal music behind ''every single scene'' regardless of whether it's appropriate or not.
** PlayedForLaughs in "Wheel of the Worst #2" [[RunningGag whenever]] Rich's reaction to the burning french fries scene is juxtaposed against the "Be Cool About Fire Safety" song.
* SoUnfunnyItsFunny: Averted with ''Playing Dangerous 2'', which made Rich invent the term "Non-medy", defined as a joke so bad that it actually makes it even duller to the listener.
* SpecialEffectsFailure:
** [[invoked]] The obviously fake dummies in ''Never Too Young To Die'', including one that has a ''reverse RailingKill''.
** [[invoked]] ''V-World Matrix''. The only special effects scene that doesn't literally look like it was done using MS Paint lifts its footage from another movie, and even that sequence is done in rather obvious CGI.
** [[invoked]] The crew devote their entire time with ''The Amazing Bulk'' to discussing the cheap visual effects in the movie and what shortcuts the creators took to create them.
* StealthParody: The crew debate whether ''The Amazing Bulk'' and ''Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend'' are one or not.[[note]]According to the producers of the latter, it is indeed a gag gift. The jury is still out on the former.[[/note]]
* StepThreeProfit: The crew summarize ''Elves'' as this. Step 1: Nazis breed hideous two foot "elves" as their master race. Step 2: ??? Step 3: Rule the world.
* StuffedIntoATrashcan: Mike, Rich, Jessi, and Jay find themselves at an impasse when attempting to judge the fourth "Wheel of the Worst" picks, as all three are uniquely horrible. At long last, Mike grandly announces that they've come to a unanimous decision -- and we cut to the Wheel of the Worst lying abandoned in a dumpster.
* StupidEvil
** TheDragon from ''Deadly Prey'' [[YouHaveFailedMe killing off his own men]] well after that would have stopped reaping any benefit.
** What did the Ukrainian general and witch from ''Shapeshifter'' stand to gain from causing a nuclear holocaust, again?
* StylisticSuck
** Mike, Jay, Rich, and Colin destroying the copy of ''The Amazing Bulk'' in front of stock footage from the movie, complete with gunshot effects copied from ''V-World Matrix'' and other stock effects.
*** [[PoesLaw It's ambiguous]] as to whether ''The Amazing Bulk'' itself utilized StylisticSuck or if it genuinely was just ''that'' bad.
** Josh and Rich imitate the stripping scene from ''Psycho With Texas'' with the VHS tape of the movie itself, complete with VHS quality footage of the scene and obvious puppetry work.
** Much of the sketch material follows ''Half in the Bag'''s template of BadBadActing and other such elements.
* TalkingToYourself: During the April Fool's Day prank (a "30 minute" episode that's five minutes long), there's an extremely convincing composite of Jack and Josh arguing with ''themselves'' about ''Film/IceCreamMan''.
* TemptingFate: During ''The Dance of Birth''.
-->'''Jessi:''' ''[sullen]'' Why don't they just slap me in the face with more feminist bullshit?\\
''[Pregnant woman raises arms, showing armpit hair]''\\
'''Jessi''': ''Oh my God!''\\
'''Jay:''' That was perfect timing!\\
'''Jessi''': I'm ''offended!''
* ThatPoorCat: When Jessi throws the VHS tape for ''They Bite!'' offscreen, a cat meows in pain.
* TheresNoBInMovie: Played straight generally, but highlighted in the Superhero movie episode ('{{Film/Supergirl}}'', ''Film/CaptainAmerica1990'', and ''Film/TheFantasticFour'') with Rich, Jack, Josh and Jay.
-->"We watched these in descending order of budget, and it turned out to an ''ascending'' order of entertainment."''
* TheyJustDidntCare
** [[invoked]] Many boom mike shots in ''Never Too Young To Die'', some of which were blatantly obvious. Mike states the filmmakers just didn't care.
** Invoked by the crew on ''The Killer Eye'', which had the monster [[TheReveal reveal]] in the first minute of the film, and was the only part of the film that had any semblance of a budget.
** Invoked by Jay and Rich on ''Film/DeadlyPrey''.
--->'''Rich:''' It's a lazy script! They didn't bother to have a plot, bother to have characterization.
** Invoked again with ''The Deadliest Prey'', which is shot by shot identical to ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' until [[spoiler:Danton's son shoots Thornton.]]
** ''The Family Guide To The Internet'' is accused of being lazily made thanks to script mistakes being left in, production equipment and cue marks being visible onscreen, and most of the video being composed of montages of various webpages.
** Invoked UpToEleven by the crew when they outline the numerous shortcuts the creators made for the special effects for ''The Amazing Bulk'', which includes stock CGI models a la ''VideoGame/LimboOfTheLost'', DrivingADesk in what look like cars drawn in MSPaint, and a town that's only a series of repeated hypercolor polygons on a grid.
** Invoked in ''Skull Forest'' when commenting on Len Kabasinski not fixing the aspect ratio of some StockFootage to match the film.
--->'''Jay:''' That sounds like a lot of work.\\
'''Jack:''' It's not! You just have to type in a single number.\\
'''Jay:''' That sounds like a lot of work.
** ''YorTheHunterFromTheFuture'' was Best of the Worst by default because, according to the crew, no one working on either ''Robo C.H.I.C.'' or ''Alien Seed'' cared about their respective production.
*** Mike himself is so obviously bored with the latter two films, during the discussion of ''Yor'', he references scenes from them, and basically says when corrected, "I don't give a shit. I don't have the energy to care about those two films."
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: [[invoked]] In ''They Bite!'', TheFifties-style [[ShowWithinAShow sea monster porno]], ''Invasion of the Fish Fuckers'', is far more interesting than the film it's in. The crew compliments the sequence's satire and expresses their wish that they were watching it instead of the actual film.
-->'''Scientist:''' If we don't stop these creatures, no women with big tits will be safe anywhere!
** One of the greatest perceived crimes of ''R.O.T.O.R.'' was that R.O.T.O.R. didn't have a climactic battle against [[invoked]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse Robot Cop]].
** ''Ninja Vengeance'' initially seems to be setting itself up as an underdog story wherein the titular ninja protagonist, after being [[CurbStompBattle summarily defeated]] early on, will go on to hone his ninja skills, [[CharacterDevelopment grow as a character]], and ultimately emerge triumphant. Instead, the ninja doesn't fare any better in the action climax than he did before, and the film is resolved by the female sidekick simply murdering the antagonist with a shotgun.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Rich's expression when Jack discovers that their copy of ''Supergirl'' contains bonus footage. The camera zooms on Rich's grimace as a {{scare chord}} plays.
* ThrowItIn: Jay surmises that ''Never Too Young to Die'''s first [[SpecialEffectsFailure bad dummy shot]] was the result of the editor thinking it would be hilarious to include it in the final cut of the film.[[note]]It was.[[/note]]
** A sudden loud and hard sneeze by Mike that caught everyone in the discussion off guard was apparently too good to leave out from the episode.
* TooDumbToLive: The mooks in ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' don't figure out how to avoid a line of rocks rolling down a hill.
-->'''Jay:''' [[CallBack It's like]] ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''! Just run to one side and you'll be safe!
* TooMuchInformation: ''The Dance of Birth'' - that is, [[MindScrew assuming the information even made sense in the first place]].
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: [[invoked]] The crew concludes this is the case with Mario Van Peebles from ''[[TheExterminator Exterminator 2]]'', who gave a very sincere performance.
* TotallyRadical: ''Let's Rap Fire Safety'', complete with teenage rapping firemen (and -woman). [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Yo!]]
* UnfortunateImplications: In-universe, the reviewers thought the ''Key Matters'' video came off as "subtly racist". [[spoiler: In the end, Mike kicks the remains of the crushed tape and declares "Take that, racism!"]]
** ''The Family Guide to the Internet'''s two female characters are the wife, who becomes visibly excited at any mention of online shopping, and the daughter, who's so clueless and incompetent at everything that she even makes [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecating]] remarks about it.
-->'''Daughter''': And it's easy to do, too. Even I know how!\\
''(The crew bursts into laughter.)''\\
'''Jack''': "And I'm a woman!"\\
'''Jessi''': "I usually only [[StayInTheKitchen make sandwiches!]]"
* VaginaDentata: Featured in ''They Bite!'' Naturally, it makes a blood splashing GroinAttack.
-->'''Jessi:''' She got her period!
* VideoReviewShow: This is the most straightforward review show on Red Letter Media. Even the "sketch" material is very straightforward: choosing what movie to review, and then how to destroy the worst of the worst at the end of the episode.
* VillainProtagonist: Josh proclaims that [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation the Exterminator is the actual bad guy]] in his own movie.
** [[JerkassGods Gary Coleman]] may be giving helpful safety advice, but he's also using [[RealityWarper his divine powers]] to cause each of the dangers that need to be overcome, all for the sake of [[ItAmusedMe his own entertainment]] and selfish desire to impress [[HospitalHottie a hot nurse]].
* VisualPun: After the crew declare ''The Amazing Bulk'' as the worst, its "destruction" is a series of visual puns that serve as a TakeThat to the film's [[SpecialEffectFailure cheap green screen effects]]. However, [[PetTheDog the actual DVD is never shown to be ''destroyed'']], perhaps because the crew also realizes that it's really one-of-a-kind.
* WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties: Rich "unwrapping" ''Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure'' causes him to [[RageBreakingPoint rip the ornaments from the office Christmas tree, then hoist up the tree and smash it on the floor.]] The camera shakes comically as the crew screams at Rich to calm himself, and we cut to a test pattern.
* WereStillRelevantDammit: [[invoked]] The crew's reaction to the hacker crew's dialogue as written by David A. Prior, with the most prevalent VerbalTic being "True that".
* [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs What Do You mean, It Wasn't Made On Tequila?]]:[[invoked]] Mike theorizes that ''Santa Claus'' was the result of a fateful bender which ended with everyone awakening on a beach in wizard costumes, surrounded by unconscious children and empty bottles, and with a film reel mysteriously sitting nearby.
-->''(slurring)'' "Jusch call it ''Schanta Claus.''"
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: [[invoked]] The group was shocked at how violent and disturbing the movie ''Playing Dangerous'' is, thinking it was a ''Film/HomeAlone'' ripoff as advertised by the cover, and spent most of their discussion talking about why the distributors would market it like that.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: During the fourth "Wheel of The Worst" episode, the crew watches "Florence Henderson's Looking Great, Feeling Great". They do not include it in their discussion, and the video is not mentioned during the rest of the episode.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: The mercs in ''Film/DeadlyPrey'', who had been killing people in their MostDangerousGame camp, decide to capture Logan instead of killing him like everyone else in one huge IdiotBall - even as TheDragon keeps [[YouHaveFailedMe killing his own]] {{mook}}s [[StupidEvil for no good reason]]. The {{Heel Face Turn}}ed merc even inexplicably refuses to finish off the Dragon when given the chance, which promptly results in his death.
** The sequel ''Deadliest Prey'' brings this Trope UpToEleven.
* WouldHurtAChild: The villains of ''The Aftermath'' and ''Playing Dangerous'', and the heroes of ''Beware! Children at Play''. And [[JerkassGods Gary Coleman]].
* YouHaveFailedMe: One of the many tropes that ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' copied from other eighties action movies without understanding it. What would have made sense would be for TheDragon to shoot one of his men early on [[LetsGetDangerous to show that he means business]]. Instead, [[BadBoss he kills his own men at the slightest provocation]], even after [[FanNickname Action Man]] has killed so many {{Mook}}s that punishing them with death is [[StupidEvil only making things worse for himself]].
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[[folder:Other Works]]
* AbusiveParents: The Grabowskis.
* BaitAndSwitch: The Grabowskis episode "The Hardware Store" starts out as a typical sitcom but ends up as a [[spoiler:SurrealHorror]].
* GagBoobs: Occasionally [[IncrediblyLamePun perks up]] in their work, as Mike seems [[BuxomIsBetter preferential toward casting busty women]] in their films. Most memorably, the two main female characters of the RLM short "The Great Space Jam" size up one another's racks before deploying them as weapons.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: The series finale of The Grabowskis ends with the two title characters experiencing a flashbacks of [[BlatantLies "Good times"]].
-->'''Honey:''' Cliff, did you see that too?\\
'''Cliff:''' Yeah, I did. And let's never speak of it again.
* LineOfSightName: When 'George Lucas' visits the Chicago Comic Con to destroy all the copies of ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'', he tells one vendor that his name is 'Paul Superman' after seeing someone in a Superman costume walk by.
* MindScrew
** Recipe for Disaster.
** "The Hardware Store"
* NoBudget: Many of the early shorts. While some of their newer stuff is a bit better backed by the bank, it is still pretty bare-bones.
* ProductionPosse: Take everyone who appeared in at least two out of the three following projects: the Plinkett Reviews, ''Half in the Bag'', and ''Feeding Frenzy''; and there you have it. The "core" posse seems to be Mike, Jay, Rich Evans, and Jocelyn Ridgely, along with other, less well-known behind-the-scenes folks.
* ShoutOut
** Darth Maul running away in terror at the sight of fifty Jedis. ...and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPPj6viIBmU this guy]].
** Creator/GeorgeLucas is [[ThisWasHisTrueForm eventually revealed to be]] one of the aliens from ''Film/TheyLive''.
** "The Hardware Store" contains characteristics reminiscent of Creator/DavidLynch's works.
* SurrealHumor: The gorilla movie.
* ThatWasNotADream: Mike in "The United States of Noooooo!" wakes up and says he had a bad dream about the ending of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' stumbling out of a contraption and screaming "No", then invoked the Trope.
* TheyKilledKenny: Sammy Grabowski.
* TotallyRadical: The basic premise of their show ''Dudebros''.
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18th Apr '14 11:03:35 AM AnotherGuy
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** Mike gets Jay to corpse during the 2014 Summer Movie Preview when he says that MichaelBay's ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' film is so bad it won't be screened for ''audiences''.

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** Mike gets Jay to corpse during the 2014 Summer Movie Preview when he says that MichaelBay's ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'' film is so bad it won't be screened for ''audiences''.
16th Apr '14 7:03:06 AM LongLiveHumour
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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: If he was a kid on the Titanic, he's no less than 100 years old, especially if he remembers bits of it. This is also supported by his claims to have sold big & tall menswear to [[WilliamHowardTaft President Taft]], being in his forties back in 1950s, and to have had grandchildren in the 1960s.

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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: If he was a kid on the Titanic, he's no less than 100 years old, especially if he remembers bits of it. This is also supported by his claims to have sold big & tall menswear to [[WilliamHowardTaft [[UsefulNotes/WilliamHowardTaft President Taft]], being in his forties back in 1950s, and to have had grandchildren in the 1960s.
12th Apr '14 4:59:38 AM LongLiveHumour
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** He also does this to PatrickStewart's voice during his ''[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact First Contact]]'' review to show the difference between "TV Show Picard" ([[SomeCallMeTim we'll call him Larry]]) and [[TookALevelInJerkass "Movie Picard"]].

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** He also does this to PatrickStewart's Creator/PatrickStewart's voice during his ''[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact First Contact]]'' review to show the difference between "TV Show Picard" ([[SomeCallMeTim we'll call him Larry]]) and [[TookALevelInJerkass "Movie Picard"]].
9th Apr '14 10:14:55 AM AnotherGuy
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** Jay gets Mike to corpse again during the 2014 Summer Movie Preview when he says that MichaelBay's ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' film is so bad it won't be screened for ''audiences''.

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** Jay Mike gets Mike Jay to corpse again during the 2014 Summer Movie Preview when he says that MichaelBay's ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' film is so bad it won't be screened for ''audiences''.
8th Apr '14 7:35:10 AM VeryMelon
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* The "dissolution of tension" in nearly every scene that should be exciting, mainly because viewers either don't care about or don't understand what's at stake in the scene (e.g. the fight scene with Darth Maul), don't understand what's happening (due to poor storytelling and/or cluttered visuals), or can't project ourselves into the [[BoringInvincibleHero outlandish events that happen]] (e.g. the overly long light saber duel over an erupting volcano in Sith).

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* The "dissolution of tension" in nearly every scene that should be exciting, mainly because viewers either don't care about or don't understand what's at stake in the scene (e.g. the fight scene with Darth Maul), don't understand what's happening (due to poor storytelling and/or cluttered visuals), or can't project ourselves into the [[BoringInvincibleHero [[InvincibleHero outlandish events that happen]] (e.g. the overly long light saber duel over an erupting volcano in Sith).



* BoringInvincibleHero: Logan from ''Film/DeadlyPrey'', who is aptly [[FanNickname nicknamed]] "Action Man" and described as Rambo without pants or personality. It apparently carried to ''The Deadliest Prey'', but the crew either didn't seem to mind anymore or had grown accustomed to it.


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* InvincibleHero: Logan from ''Film/DeadlyPrey'', who is aptly [[FanNickname nicknamed]] "Action Man" and described as Rambo without pants or personality. It apparently carried to ''The Deadliest Prey'', but the crew either didn't seem to mind anymore or had grown accustomed to it.
6th Apr '14 9:25:19 PM AnotherGuy
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** Jay gets Mike to corpse again during the 2014 Summer Movie Preview when he says that MichaelBay's ''TeenageNinjaMutantTurtles'' film is so bad it won't be screened for ''audiences''.

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** Jay gets Mike to corpse again during the 2014 Summer Movie Preview when he says that MichaelBay's ''TeenageNinjaMutantTurtles'' ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' film is so bad it won't be screened for ''audiences''.
5th Apr '14 6:24:50 PM AnotherGuy
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** Jay gets Mike to corpse again during the 2014 Summer Movie Preview when he says that MichaelBay's ''Franchise/TeenageNinjaMutantTurtles'' film is so bad it won't be screened for ''audiences''.

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** Jay gets Mike to corpse again during the 2014 Summer Movie Preview when he says that MichaelBay's ''Franchise/TeenageNinjaMutantTurtles'' ''TeenageNinjaMutantTurtles'' film is so bad it won't be screened for ''audiences''.
5th Apr '14 6:24:14 PM AnotherGuy
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** Jay gets Mike to corpse again during the 2014 Summer Movie Preview when he says that MichaelBay's ''Franchise/TeenageNinjaMutantTurtles'' film is so bad it won't be screened for ''audiences''.
3rd Apr '14 12:22:38 PM erforce
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* TalkingToYourself: During the April Fool's Day prank (a "30 minute" episode that's five minutes long), there's an extremely convincing composite of Jack and Josh arguing with ''themselves'' about ''The Ice Cream Man''.

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* TalkingToYourself: During the April Fool's Day prank (a "30 minute" episode that's five minutes long), there's an extremely convincing composite of Jack and Josh arguing with ''themselves'' about ''The Ice Cream Man''.''Film/IceCreamMan''.
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