Hello, I'm a British Person.
Mike Jeavons, or MikeJ, is a British person and a reviewer on That Guy with the Glasses
. His shows include Shameful Sequels
, which looks at inferior movie sequels
and Hang on a Second
, which is essentially a show about Fridge Logic
, Fridge Brilliance
, and Fridge Horror
. More recently he has begun a show looking at the output of The Asylum
in an uncharacteristically positive So Bad, It's Good
fashion, called Asylum Seeker
and a sort of riff show regarding infomercials testing and usually mocking the product in question called "Infom£rciai$m". He has his own site here
and he can be found here
Also known for his English to American
Check out his recap page
and list page
for material he covered.
- Accentuate the Negative: Averted in his Infomercialism reviews. While he does poke fun at the commercials, Mike tests the products out if he has them and tends to mention both the positive and negative points about them, even if it's Damned by Faint Praise.
- Occasionally subverted in his Shameful Sequels reviews. He always makes jokes at the film's expense. But sometimes at the end of the review, he'll say he enjoyed it and why or at least, what he think worked.
- Actually Pretty Funny: A few jokes in Fred 2 get a genuine chuckle out of him, much to his horror.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: "My wrist is having more of a workout than when those pictures of Jennifer Lawrence came out."
- Anachronism Stew: According to him, Food was invented when some guy got bored killing kittens for lulz and ate one, England is cast in total darkness every so often, there is a 87 foot lemur (which is really a whole bunch of lemurs) in the countryside, and goats are the dominant species.
- Aroused by Their Voice: Katie, the Australian water-sports expert from Our Lips Are Sealed. Mike stated he wished he could bottle her voice and take it with him.
- Artistic License – History: Played for laughs in his A Brief History of Britain segments.
- Bait and Switch: From A Brief History of Britain:
So can you guess the major franchise that exists today that Andrew McDonald
started? — That's right, Burger King
- Berserk Button: While not in a rage, he's obviously displeased when an infomercial product add-on to shred cheese just destroys it instead. Given that almost all the food-related commercials showcase his love of cheese, you can see why.
- Inversely, he's equally impressed when Mr. Frosty which is absolutely terrible at making slushy snacks turns out to be the best cheese grater he's ever used. He writes Mr. Cheesy on a post-it note and proudly sticks it on his new repurposed cheese grater.
- Black Comedy: Well, he is British...
- Black Comedy Rape: During his Butterfly Effect 3 review, two characters in the film are taking part in a rape fantasy but the man decides it's too much for him and stops, annoying the woman. MikeJ comments that he didn't know women were into that sort of thing, so he goes off-screen and all that's heard is a woman screaming. MikeJ returns to his chair and continues the review.
- Blatant Lies: His "facts" about Britain.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: This is pretty much an ongoing theme in his videos. Very frequently he'll bring up some sort of uncomfortable detail (such as having sex with his sister, or being driven to Domestic Abuse by an infomercial he's watching) as if it's something normal and continue on without comment.
Infomercial: Are you tired of cleaning up after your dog?
Mike J: (deadpan) No, because my dog is dead.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Mentions he just finished having sex with his sister in his first review, uses it to Book End "season 1" in fact.
- He jokes about him and his sister having children.
- In the Catwoman review, he learns that it isn't his.
- Really, it's a bit of a Running Gag. Apparently, it applies to all British people, as seen in the Halloween 2 review, where special guest star Welshy proved his British-ness by claiming to have had sex with his sister, a sheep, and cheese on toast.
- He thought The Reveal (in Butterfly Effect 3) that the sister killed all those people because she was in love with her brother was bad. But he later admitted that he wish she was his sister.
- The Cameo: Ashens, Sad Panda and Welshy all briefly appear in his crossover review with Film Brain.
- Can't Believe I Said That: The nadir of the Beethoven sequels makes him pine for Judge Reynold. At this, Mike chokes back vomit.
- Cardboard Pal: In one episode he has a cardboard cutout face of Film Brain on a stick with a ventriloquist's-dummy mouth; all it ever says is Film Brain's Catch Phrase "SYMBOLISM!!" This has since become a recurring "character", and his Ace Ventura Jr. review also had "The Nostalgia Critic", which was actually an obviously female guest wearing a cardboard Nostalgia Critic mask.
- Cargo Ship: With aforementioned cardboard cutout. In-universe.
- Catch Phrase:
Hello, I am a British person.
- Christmas Episode:
- Cloudcuckoolander: Often comes across as this.
- Comically Missing the Point: After being sarcastically told by Guru Larry that a bad scene in Christmas Vacation 2 was Oscar-worthy, he points out that made-for-TV films can't be nominated for Oscars.
- Companion Cube: A cardboard cut-out head of Film Brain who only can say: "Thymbolysm!"
- Cool Pet: He has snakes as pets.
- Cross Over:
- Deadpan Snarker
- Despair Event Horizon: Due to watching Baby Geniuses 2
- Dolled-Up Installment: He believes Beethoven's 5th to be this since Beethoven himself is secondary to all the human characters in that film.
- The Exit Is That Way: To Guru Larry as he attempts to escape from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2.
- Eight Deadly Words: How he views the characters of Anaconda 2.
- Fake Brit: Subverted in his Baby Geniuses 3 review when an actor puts on a terrible British accent and when Mike checks IMDb to find out his real nationality he's shocked to find out the actor actually is British.
- Follow the Leader: Probably coincidence, but The Happy Video Game Nerd had a psychotic sock puppet before he did.
- Fridge Horror/Logic/Brilliance: In-Universe. His series, Hang On A Second, is about finding examples this in (good) films.
- Fun with Subtitles: Jurassic Park III subtitled the velociraptors dialogue.
- Gretzky Has the Ball: During his review of Switching Goals, he points out the various ways the rules of soccer are portrayed inaccurately, such as having time-outs and ending as soon as the timer reaches zero.
- Heroic BSOD: Baby Geniuses 3. "Baby Geniuses 2 made someone powerful so much money that they made a sequel. Let that sink in for a minute." *long blank stare*
- Hypocritical Humor: Lampshades the bad clichés National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2 does, before doing the exact same joke.
- I Am Very British: His catchphrase, "Hello, I'm a British person".
- He responds to the bad, posh British accent of the dad in Legally Blondes by going "So very British" in a bad British accent of his own.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Fred: The Movie reduced him to this.
There isn't enough booze in the world.
- Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: In his "review" of The Dark Knight he references the Disney attraction Soarin' Over California, and then proceeds to congratulate "the three people" who got it.
- Land Downunder: He makes fun of Our Lips Are Sealed for portraying Australia this way.
- Mental World: He goes to one containing versions of the other British critics when he reviews The Matrix Revolutions. If he doesn't complete the review in time, something terrible will happen to him in real life.
- Nice Hat: A bowler with teabags attached.
- The Nicknamer: After watching one too many Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, he decides to refer to them as the combined nickname MKNA.
- Nightmare Face: Rejuvenique, a plain white mask which delivers tiny shocks to the face and causes your pores to vibrate. The safety video that comes with it doesn't help. (It looks like this.)◊
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Much of his humor relies on Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick.
- Overly Long Gag: Often in his Infom£rciai$m series when demonstrating a product is nowhere near as fast or effective as it claims.
- Parallel Porn Title: According to Mike, the title Bone Alone sounds more like this than what it actually is (a rip-off of Home Alone where the child is replaced by a dog).
- Primal Scene: He is particularly disturbed by the Flora "Wrestlers" ad, which shows a pair of kids walking in on their parents having sex.
- A Rare Sentence: In his review of xXx 2:
"Along for the ride is Xzibit and a bunch of unnamed extras, who hijack a cheese lorry and retrieve some guns. Now there's something I didn't think I'd say today."
- Running Gag: In Catwoman, turning off the movie, which later becomes "trying to make the remote turn off the movie" when the batteries die.
- Schmuck Bait: From the review of Honey We Shrunk Ourselves:
"You're gonna be really sorry if they're upstairs playing soggy biscuit. Don't know what that is, go google it. Actually, don't. *smirks* Actually, DO.
- Sequelitis: The premise of his segments.
- Separated by a Common Language: The title of his show Asylum Seeker is a pun based on it being about him looking for good parts in the films of The Asylum, while the phrase "asylum seeker" is often (and stereotypically) used by British Newspapers hostile to immigration about immigrants seeking political asylum. Foreign viewers may not get the reference.
- He also made a Music Video about common words that are different in American and British English.
- Shirtless Scene: Film Brain almost gets one in the Matrix Revolutions crossover review, but MikeJ stops him.
- Shower of Angst: At the end of his Matrix Revolutions review after he and Film Brain kiss.
"Make me clean. Make me clean. Make me clean."
- So Bad, It's Good: In-Universe.
- MikeJ says Baby Geniuses 3 is this even going as far as to say it's "brilliant" (in its badness) and that you should give them all of your money... and then he realizes he's gone insane.
- His series, the Asylum Seeker, is about finding the film of The Asylum So Bad It's Good.
- Played with in his Fred reviews. To his surprise, he finds each one marginally better (or at least less painful) than the one before, leading him to muse that, if 600 Fred films are made, then they might finally end up with a genuinely good film. Then, the Fridge Horror of what he's just said hits him...
- Something Completely Different: His review of American Wedding/Pie 3 was done entirely in rhyming couplets.
- Spot of Tea: Features prominently in his videos, to the extent that he can't function without one.
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Although he still considers Baby Geniuses 4 to be a bad film, he's surprised by how better it is than previous Baby Geniuses movies.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In Speed 2: Cruise Control he states that "Keanu Reeves, here played by Jason Patric"
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: During Sharktopus (on Asylum Seeker), he notes one of the characters was in Epic Movie, then claims he's never seen Epic Movie... not at all.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Mike's opinion on the new version of the Operation game with larger openings and easier to grab pieces no longer shaped like organs. He proceeds to demonstrates the pointlessness of this version by flawlessly removing all pieces in under 30 seconds on the first try.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Aside from tea, he seems to focus on cheese a lot in his Infomercialism reviews.
- Trolling Creator: When MikeJ reviewed The Dark Knight, the response was pretty much just as you would expect. The second part of the review ended with MikeJ saying that he actually likes the film and he just did the review for fun.
- Values Dissonance: Played for laughs in-universe. He will sometimes make a pretty offensive offhand remark, and explain how it is okay, because it is apparently a normal British viewpoint/practice.
- What Do You Mean It's Not Heinous?: He gets increasingly embarrassed at his compliments to Spider-Man 3.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: After finding out both Baby Geniuses 2 and Karate Dog have the same screenwriter and star Jon Voight, he figures the former must have naked photographs or something of the latter.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: If he doesn't finish his dream review of Matrix Revolutions before 7:30 AM in reality, something terrible will happen....