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"Oh no! Half in the Bag has 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! I'm making my YouTube Star Wars review!

RedLetterMedia is a film production company with a channel on YouTube and a 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, Harry S. Plinkett is an elderly man (he claims in one review to be 119 years old) with Deadpan Snarker and Serial Killer 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:

Plinkett also released a RiffTrax-style 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 an audio commentary, slightly more serious and analytical than his ersatz-RiffTrax of The Phantom Menace, for the original Star Wars film.

Stoklasa also released a Plinkett-style commentary for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, 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), Executive Meddling (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 other 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 Siskel And Ebert, 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. this is where it gets complex, my lovelies...

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, 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  Some key critiques of the prequels include:
  • How much exposition is given through dialog and talking heads when compared to simple visuals from the original works. (Note how long the discussion of events of 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 everyman character 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 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 
  • 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 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 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 outlandish events that happen (e.g. the overly long light saber duel over an erupting volcano in Sith).
  • 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 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).

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Mr. Plinkett's Reviews give examples of:

  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: It's very common for Mr. Plinkett to mispronounce certain words, such as "prota-gonist" and "anal-sis."
  • Abusive Parents: In the commentary for the History of Plinkett Documentary, Plinkett reveals that his father used to hit him. At least according to Plinkett.
  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • 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 Paul McCartney's hearings on Soviet spies were a milestone in U.S. history.note 
    • Rose McGowan plays Kate Winslet.
  • Affably Evil: 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...
  • Aborted Arc: 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 Johnny Cash 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.
  • An Aesop: 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.
  • The Alcoholic: 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!"
  • All Is Well That Ends Well: Following his duel with Nadine, subsequent hospital stay, and near-assassination, Plinkett cheerfully returns home to...microwave his cat.
  • All There in the Manual: 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 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!!"
  • Alternate DVD Commentary: Mr. Plinkett's Phantom Commentary.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In-Universe: Plinkett claims that Cop Dog was originally meant to be a dark psychological thriller directed by Todd Solondz.
    • Like 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 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 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 "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, Scotty and Keesner, himself and George Lucas....
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: 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-
  • Ambiguously Gay: Mr Plinkett himself. Apparently, he made out with George Lucas and he compliments William Shatner's "merkin"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.
  • Anything But That!: ...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! (Laugh Track plays) WHAT THE FUCK?! No-one-evermentionedanyoneeverdevertime 'bout talkin' to ghosts!!!!!!"
  • Anything That Moves: Hookers, claims he raped the Millennium Falcon...and his cat.
    • He also fucks sharks for breakfast.
  • Arc Words: The entire quote by George Lucas, 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. Hopefully it'll work."
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    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 List of Transgressions include "Nazi, Whore, Liar, 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."
  • As Himself: "Man In A Black Cloak"
  • Author Appeal: Mr. Plinkett isn't the only foul-mouthed sociopathic elderly person Stoklasa's created, ie. Recipe for Disaster.
  • Ax-Crazy: 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.
  • Bait and Switch: 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... Yoda telling Obi-Wan to talk to Qui-Gon's ghost.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: "Fuckin' Ray Charles could have seen that coming...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 Darker and Edgier
      MY STOOL IS DARK! And doctor says that's bad! ...I don't know why he thinks he knows so much about interior decorating though (Rim Shot and a picture of a leather stool)
    • Avatar ushered in a new age of 3-D film-making.note 
    • Chalks up the misfire of Star Trek V to an issue of ego. "James Doohan's ego was out of contr—!!...wait."
  • Better by a Different Name: In a variation, he says the latest Star Trek actually is better if you think of it as a Star Wars movie instead of a Star Trek movie. He also says that it's a better SW film than the prequels.
  • Big Bad: George Lucas fills this role in the Plinkett Reviews continuity if you count Revenge of Nadine as part of it.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: 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. Plinkett himself states he doesn't understand how it fit into The Phantom Menace either. (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. 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
  • Big "Shut Up!": "Fred Thompson, shut yer trap! SHUT UP! Let her go look for her baby, she'd probably've found it by now. You 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."
  • Big "WHAT?!": 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 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: I have forseen it, though.
    • And Palpatine again after answering his cell phone:
    "Hello? The Phantom Menace in 3-D? WHAAAAAT?"
  • Big Word Shout: Picard's magically teleporting photo album. You know what that spells: LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZZYYYYYYYYYYYYY
  • Bizarro Episode: invoked ''Recipe for Disaster!'', the replacement video for Baby's Day Out because FOX wouldn't let him upload the review to YouTube.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Each of the Star Wars reviews have lines about "the Force" being used on women. Another running gag is a reference to the pinball table scene from The Accused.
    "Haha. Rape jokes. I love 'em!"
    (on Picard disobeying orders) "In fact, Picard's orders get violated more often than Councilor Troi."
    "Remember in 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!"
  • Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: He originally tried to extort money from his viewers by claiming it was for his grandkids' ear medicine.
  • Bland-Name Product: 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.
  • Book Dumb: "I ain't never read one a 'dem 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 montage of charts and calculations] —Yeah I'm right."
  • Brain Bleach: 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..."
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: "Classic Star Trek 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, people..."
  • Breathless Non Sequitur: So, so many. Particularly among Plinkett's digressions about his past victims.
  • Breakout Character: There's a reason this page is 99% about Mr. Plinkett despite being a page for all of Red Letter Media's productions.
  • Brick Joke: 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.
  • Broken Aesop: Just 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.
  • Broken Bird: Nadine the Hooker seems to have become one, as the trailer for the Episode III review shows her heading to Plinkett's house to kill him and apparently being insane herself.
  • Buffy Speak: "Every character is dumb! But who's the dumbdest? Let's find out..."
    • Mmm, pizza rolls. They're hot, and pizza-y.
    • "Pass the Vicodins. No wait, we need Ambiens. ...well, we sure need somethingens."
  • Cane Fu: His duel with Nadine.
  • Caption Humor: "7 Metric Tons?!?!?!?!?"
  • Card-Carrying Villain / Obviously Evil: The reason Plinkett likes Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith.
  • Cats Are Mean: His theory for why there aren't more direct-to-DVD movies featuring cats instead of dogs.
  • Catch Phrase: "Oh? ...Oh! ...Ohhhh..."
    • I'll get deeper into that later..."
    • ...So let's dive right in! (*cut to someone drowning/falling to their death*) Huh huh huhhh.
    • And then the dumbest thing ever happens...
    • Mad Libs Catchphrase: "[movie title] is 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 your brain did."
    • (says something shocking) "Anyway..."
  • Child Actor Hater: Kids in movies make him want to sterilize the human race.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Plinkett is fond of these.
  • Comically Missing the Point: 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 Buried Alive 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...
  • Country Matters: Uses this word twice to date, once to describe Jar Jar Binks, once to describe Rose's mother in the Titanic review.
  • Cozy Catastrophe: 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.
  • Creepy Basement: 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 refrigerator containing flesh eating cockroaches, more than one human skeleton, one or more living victims to be occasionally tormented by Plinkett, and a Titanic promotional popcorn tub.
  • Credits Gag: (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) had some good moments but overall it was pretty disappointing That's the end thanks for checking out my review!
  • Damned by Faint Praise: 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, about a baby out loose in the city. The one positive about the movie.
    • Finally, the only kid in this film that talks dies. And all of 'em die. These are positive changes.
    • invokedSo, what else did I like? [beat] um... I guess I liked it when Anakin got burned. 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.
  • Decided By One Vote: Where did the Star Trek franchise go horribly wrong? [Why hello, 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 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!"
  • Delicious Distraction: 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...I like to fuck my cat..."
  • Demonic Possession: During his Avatar review he mentioned experiencing one once.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "Qui-Gon Jin and Obi-Wan Kenobi should have been combined to form a new character, called Obi-Wan Kenobi."
  • Discriminate and Switch "Even Ray Charles could have seen that one coming. And he doesn't know anything about Star Wars."
    • "In this new situation, without the Indians, Picard's suddenly willing to defy orders and risk everything to save white peop— 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 an exceptional individual."
    • "Who's this dog's trainer, Michael Vick? (Didja get that joke? It's because Michael Vick would often throw passes that would go well ahead of the intended receiver...)"
    • "What were these people smoking? Cigarettes? (warning: smoking these may cause you to make a lousy Indiana Jones film). invoked
    • "Once again, drug 'em out of retirement for one last shot at embarrassment." [cue images of Brett Farve and Michael Jordan] "—hey, how'd these sports images get into my review?
    • The 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)
  • Don't Explain the Joke: "That must be why they call him Qui-gon Gin. 'cuz he's always drinkin' gin.
    • "So Yoda might be a powerful Jedi, 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 Matrix joke! Didya get it?!)
    • The Cop Dog is suffering from "post-partner depression. Geddit? I SAID GEDDIT?
    • Although Plinkett also subverted this: His attempts to save time by giving the description of four different films at once are acknowledged as a bad idea not because his speech was incomprehensible, but because he forgot two films he wanted to describe. He then discusses six films at once.
  • Double Entendre: "What red blooded male wouldn't want to dock his canoe in Natalie's port, man? (Rim Shot)
    • How about a night in Megan's foxhole?
    • Hey, baby. Looks like you're a 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 vulcanize your nacelle.)"
    • "Chris' Pine Tree"
    • "Hey, Anna. I wanna spy on your pie. (beat) I mean, I wanna translate into Russian. ..meh I dunno, that's all I got."
    • Kate's heart will go on, but 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 Cat Girl in Star Trek V? Because Shatner feels Kirk always needs a scene where he gets a pussy wet.
  • Driven to Suicide: His second wife killed herself in a bathtub out of guilt for stealing Plinkett's money. Yep.
  • Drone of Dread: One can be heard near the end of the Baby's Day Out review, as the sheer number of plot holes and inconsistencies begin to overwhelm Plinkett and drive him over the edge.
  • Drop The Cow: He usually cuts a segment short really abruptly (like in mid-sentence) if his picking on a point is beginning to ramble.
  • Dump Months: Coined the phrase "fuck you, it's January!" to mock the low standards for movies released during that month.

  • Early-Installment Weirdness : Back in 2005, Mike Stoklasa did a precursor videos to his Star Wars reviews, called the United States of Noooo!!! which explored what he considered to be the Jumping the Shark Dethroning Moment Of Suck of Star Wars, namely, the scene when Darth Vader utters a Big "NO!" 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.
  • Easily Forgiven: Nadine waves the white flag in her Revenge video. Unfortunately for Plinkett, it seems he's made an even worse enemy...
  • E = MC Hammer: 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—
  • Eight Deadly Words: 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
  • Epic Fail: Once compared ruining the Star Wars saga to ruining mashed potatoes.
  • Escapist Character: Makes a case in his Crystal Skull review that Indiana Jones is designed to be this, so making him older dillutes this element. invoked
  • Everything's Louder With Bagpipes: Believes they are "the worst thing ever made by a human."
  • Evil Cripple: 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. George Lucas 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" (The devil in a wheelchair)
  • Evil Laugh: 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 black hoe once tried to scramble my brains (Shows picture of a well followed by a scream) but don't worry...everything turned out well...huh huh huh (Scary Voice) HA HA HA HA HA!!"
  • Evil Sounds Deep: 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!!!!!!"
  • The Faceless: 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 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 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?
  • Fan Nickname: invoked Cate Blanchett's impressive turn as Ivanna Spankov.
    • TV Show Picard—we'll call him Larry.
  • Fanservice/Toplessness from the Back: 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 Star Trek 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.
  • For Want of a Nail: 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. 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.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: 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.
  • Fourth Wall Mail Slot: 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 108 page rebuttal to the TPM review is, however, astoundingly real.
  • Franchise Killer: Plinkett blames the Dominion War for creating a rapid burnout and causing the temporary death of Star Trek.invoked
  • Freudian Excuse: 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.
  • Freudian Slip: "I'm sure they cleared it with PETI.'
    • "Now, onto the excrement!'
    • The Importence of Darth Vader.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Home Infant Comedy Injury. (Or "hickey".)
  • Functional Addict: Soon you will learn to appreciate blow.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: 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... interesting scene in which he repeats "Who's fucking with my medicine?!" while he scoops several 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 The Last Starfighter clips and then seeing PKE meters being used in another movie.
    "Do those guys have PKE meters? Am I going insane?! MY BRAIN IS COLLAPSING IN ON ITSELF-okay, back to the review."
    • 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!"
  • Guide Dang It. Plinkett has no use for anything but what is presented in the source material.
  • Gushing About Sequels You Like: "I love Empire so much I [bleep] it."
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Stop feeding us this pig slop! I'm only half-pig.
  • Handicapped Badass: 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)
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Harry explains the somewhat tacked-on nature of the Spock/Uhura romance as a case of the 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 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.
  • Hearing Voices
  • Hero Antagonist: Nadine.
  • Hopeless With Tech: 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..
  • Hurricane of Puns: Via some clever quote mining with Titanic.
  • Hypocritical Humor: A Running Gag, such as him confusing World War One 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 Eaten Alive..."
    • "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 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 Rolls Into the Sunset for good. —Wait, who's gonna review The Matrix, Twilight, and Red Tails? "Shit, I ain't even close to done yet!!"
    • "Hey, anyone see the keys to my red Lamborghini?" (It Makes Sense in Context.)
    • 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 "Kodak Printer Challenge".
  • Idiot Ball: 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.
  • Idiot Plot: 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.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Ends up breaking his TV.
  • Inherently Funny Words: "Pantaloons".
  • Incest Is Relative: Dubbed the 2009 Star Trek a "guilty pleasure" - much like his pole-dancing granddaughter, Crystal.
  • Informed Ability: Plinkett loves pointing these out, such as Anakin's alleged pilot skills.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: Pausing during the Baby's Day Out review to phone-order sex toys (using Rick Berman's credit card), unaware that he has left the mic on.
  • 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.
  • Jump Scare: 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.
  • Jump the Shark: Lampshaded and Discussed In-Universe. Palpatine tells Plinkett to stop jumping the shark, and Plinkett responses thus:
    "Look bitch, I don't jump sharks. I fuck 'em for breakfast!"
  • Juxtaposition Gag: One of their more effective ways of showing contradictions or any comparsions.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Ruthlessly deconstructed, especially in the case Phantom Menace-era Anakin.
    "Kids' imaginations don't work that way!"
  • Knight of Cerebus: The entire Nadine arc was essentially this done to the Plinkett Reviews (with judicious use of Snap Back at the end, of course).
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: A list of various fictional protagonists... and Kevin Bacon.
    • Plinketts list of types of New Media includes "the zoo".
    • Baby's Day Out as the modern-day take on The Three Stooges: There's the slightly smarter one that's in charge, there's the dumb one, and lastly the guy that was in The Matrix. 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 Ghost Dog.
    • 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 The Incredibles, Toy Story, and Transformers.
  • Laugh Track: Employed sarcastically during the Prequel reviews, such as when Yoda tells Obi-Wan to talk to Qui-Gon's ghost (preceded by a "WhaaaaAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaat the FUCK?!?!" from Plinkett.)
  • Leitmotif: Many of Pinkett's lists are narrated over the song "Oranges"
  • Letting the Air out of the Band: 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.
    • During the Credits Gag 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.
  • Lighter and Softer: One of Plinkett's complaints about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. 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?)
  • Little Stowaway: Little Plinkett stowed away on the Titanic in a suitcase, inadvertently dooming the ship.
  • Long List: Those directors who are exempted from his advice to follow the traditional story arc in films: The Coen Brothers, David Lynch, Paul Thomas Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Lars von Trier, David Cronenberg, Gus Van Sant, Quentin Tarantino, John Waters, Wes Anderson, Sam Peckinpah, Terry Gilliam, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, and Jim Jarmusch.
  • Looks Like She Is Enjoying It: 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 J. J. Abrams 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".
  • Madness Mantra: Fuck the pain away. Fuck the pain away. FUCK THE PAIN AWAY. FUCK THE PAIN AWAY. 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.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Of disliked (and hated) Star Wars characters are given this treatment; for example, characters like Queen Amidala, Count Dooku, and General Grievous are called "Amig-dahlen", "Doh-koo", and "Grievance" respectively.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Mike can imitate virtually any Lucasfilm character.
  • The Merch: Parodied in his plugs for real-world RLM merchandise.
    "We've got Half in the Bag pint glasses, dvds, posters, stickers, shot glasses, t-shirts, baby bibs, 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."
  • Mis-blamed: In-Universe. He points out that Lucas gets the majority of the flak for the prequel trilogy, but that things still could've been better if someone, anyone, had the courage to stand up during production and tell him that his ideas were terrible.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: "Fuck kids! Fuck the elderly! Fuck families! Fuck everyone!" [shows photo of Earth]
  • Moment Killer: Nadine's heartfelt speech at Plinkett's bedside.
    (farts) "My balls itch!"
  • Mommy Issues: In the Episode III review, Plinkett mentions that he once threw a psychologist out a window for asking about his "dear mother."
    "Bury them under the floorboards, Harry. No one has to know. It'll be our little secret."
  • Mood Whiplash: 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.
  • Multiple Choice Past: Plinkett, who always seems to have a different recollection about his youth (which contradicts all of the other recollections).
  • Negative Continuity
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: His descriptions of how his wives, girlfriends, prostitutes and Koreans came to their untimely ends is hilarious in its terror.
  • Not So Different: 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.
  • 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?"
  • Only Sane Man: The First Contact guy, who points out how ridiculous Movie Picard and Padme's plans are.
    "Get back in the Star Trek reviews..."
  • Opinion Myopia: invoked Played for Laughs 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.
  • Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: From Revenge of Nadine
    Nadine: What do you want Man-in-a-Black-Cloak-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? Mouse got yer tongue?"
      "FUCK YOU."
  • Out-of-Character Moment: 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 Twilight was weird? Twilight is about a 100-year-old guy who looks young for his age who stalks someone ...Oh, wait.
  • Overly-Long Gag: "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'."
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Inverted: "Star Trek: First Contact is the 3967th worst film ever made."
    • Played straight with "What Could Have Been the greatest lesbian sex scene to ever appear in a children's film."
  • Parallel Porn Titles: Star Trek: Hiserection
  • Pet the Dog: 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.
  • Pinball Protagonist: 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.
  • Place Worse Than Death: Welcome to Coruscant, home of the mid-air collision. And boring scenes.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: USA! USA! Oh wait, I mean Captain Adventure Man and Multinational Joe.
  • Popularity Power: 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.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "I'm like Sinead O'Connor, and you're a picture of the Pope. Prepare to get torn up."
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Inserting Dr. Dre songs into his Star Wars reviews. One Youtube description even reads, "I squeeze gats."
  • Product Placement: By the way, have you guys seen Cop Out? It's amaaaazing. [ahem] I said, it's amazing. Check it out...! [sound of cash register] —oh, there it is.
    • And, of course, Tostino's Pizza Rolls - which goes meta whenever a Pizza Rolls ad is played before or after a video.
    • CHUNKY'S CHICKEN!!! Yes, they actually went to the trouble of creating a fake website and "promotional video" for the sake of a gag.

  • A Real Man Is a Killer: Believes that a good Indiana Jones movie is reflected in how many people Indy brutally murders throughout the film.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "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 Shots 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."
  • Really 700 Years Old: 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 President Taft, being in his forties back in 1950s, and to have had grandchildren in the 1960s.
    • His YouTube zone lists his age at 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.
  • Rise from Your Grave: It looks like Palpatine buried him alive in between reviews. He escapes by punching his way out as "L'Arena" by Ennio Morricone plays.
  • Rooting for the Empire: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.(Jango Fett)
    • In Crystal Skull, McCarthyite America terrifies Plinkett way more than Spalko does.
    • Vader throwing poor Palpatine down a mine shaft.
  • Running Gag: Oh? You want a Pizza Roll? Let's go down to my basement and get you a Pizza Roll...
    Excuse me, sir? I have a question...
  • Ruined FOREVER: Discussed In-Universe
    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."
  • Sanity Slippage: 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"
  • Saying Too Much: Plinkett does this a lot.
    "[Star Trek: Generations is being cheap]. Cheap like my wife. That's why I killed her in that fake car accident- I mean-"
  • Self-Deprecation: 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 Prometheus.
    • Reckons that Titanic is marketed to retards. Cue shot of proud Wisconsinite Jack Dawson. (Redlettermedia is based in Milwaulkee.)
  • Sequel Hook: "Wait. ...There's a PUPPY in this film?"
    • "Y'know, I haven't seen Star Trek V in a looong time. Maybe I'll give it a look..." This served as a preface to his audio commentary.
  • Serious Business:
    • 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 WingCenter compared that "terrible person called Mike Stoklasa" with another web personality, The Spoony One (for his unflattering views on the Wing Commander film), and said they deserved to die in a car fire. Spoony referenced this in his Highlander II: The Quickening review, but left out the part about Plinkett.
  • Shoot The TV: Plinkett's ejaculation is powerful enough to do this, albeit unintentionally.
  • Show, Don't Tell: 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.
  • Shout-Out: Most younger viewers don't get the pinball table reference, which is a reference to the infamous rape scene from The Accused.
    • One of the Jedis lying in wait for Darth Maul is none other than...Star Wars Kid. invoked
  • Shown Their Work: 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.
  • Sick and Wrong: "Darth Vader should never say the word 'Padme'. Or Snuffleupagus."
  • Sickbed Slaying: After Plinkett is hospitalized by Nadine, George Lucas himself arrives to unplug his respirator.
  • Significant Anagram: 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: TSHI' note 
  • Simple Country Lawyer: "Now, I'm not an expert..."
  • Simpleton Voice: 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 Bugs Bunny Robin Hood spoof Rabbit Hood.
  • Sinister Silhouettes: George Lucas at the end of Revenge of Nadine.
  • Smash Cut: Plinkett has a bad habit of getting cut off before he can finish his senten-
  • Smurfing: The Ba'ku love to ba'ku.
  • So Was X: 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 died from cyanide poisoning."
  • Special Effect Failure: 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. It's not too hard.
  • Spoof Aesop: Baby's Day Out has a lesson all of us can relate to. "If you live in a 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."
  • Stalker with a Crush: Towards the woman held captive in the Attack of the Clones review. He just needs someone to share his pain!
  • Stealth Pun: 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.
  • Straw Fan: Palpatine, of all people.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Literally with a threat by Plinkett. Considering it's two women he's threatening to stuff in a fridge, it borders on Shout-Out.
  • Suddenly Shouting: 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.
  • Surreal Humor: During the Episode II review at one point a levitating probe droid impossibly shows up in Plinkett’s basement.
  • Suspiciously Apropos Music: 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 Frank or Dino:
    1. 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".
    2. 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."
    3. "My Way" plays over George Lucas' homages to Ridley Scott.
    4. Titanic featured "The Summer Wind", "The Tender Trap", and "Strangers in the Night" (in the latter's case, the Peter Hughes cover from Eyes Wide Shut).
    • But wait! Marvin Gaye and Kool and the Gang get their time in the spotlight, too:
    1. When Plinkett sums up Insurrection as "a symphony of stupid", we get a strangled version of "Hooray For Hollywood" played on accordion. He also plays 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 "no threat."
    2. As the logical fallacies keep piling up in Phantom Menace, a hapless Plinkett plays "What's Going On."
    3. Nute Gunray's theme, "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown".
    4. "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.
    5. "Hollywood Swinging" when examining the lack of subtlety when it came to the Not-Gays.
    6. Johnny Cash's "Jackson" in preparation for the Episode II review.
    7. Titanic concludes with the score from Yankee Doodle Dandy, just as Plinkett is explaining how American films are written on a fourth-grade reading level.
      (WHILE ORCHESTRA IS BLARING) "We're mostly creatures of habit, and we're all... average. I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry."
    8. When Plinkett discusses the proper way to poison prostitutes with Raid, Britney Spears' "Toxic" plays.
  • Sword Drag: Nadine in the trailer for the Revenge of the Sith review.
  • Take That: Several, mostly toward George Lucas, and a few against Star Trek producer Rick Berman.
    "J. J. Abrams should have directed the prequels, and George Lucas should have directed 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 Young Indiana Jones title card)
    • He also lets loose a few against Michael Bay in general and the Transformers movies in particular.
    • If cancer were pretentious, it would be called Garden State.
    • "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."
  • Take That, Audience!: His portrayals of "audiences" who enjoy the films he vilifies. Often shown as 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. For that I applaud your common sense and good taste."
    • About 5 minutes into his Star Trek V commentary, Plinkett suddenly says:
    "Why are you watching this movie? In fact, why are you listening to me talk about this movie? Why are listening to this commentary? What the hell is wrong with you!?"
  • Take That, Critics!: Palpatine is a rather cathartic Take That toward RLM's Fan Dumb, as he constantly makes outlandish requests (such as for a review of to of a Mobile Suit Gundam video game, and compare it to 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 Christopher Nolan 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 stupid-pants."
    • The Crystal Skull opens with a 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, I'm me." invoked
    • A Douchey McNitpick sound-alike from Titanic:
      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: UNSUBSCRIBE!
  • Talking to Himself: Smash Cuts 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.invoked
  • Tantrum Throwing: The most brutal murder of a printer since Office Space.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: "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... 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', an iceberg's in the water. I get it..."
  • 10-Minute Retirement: At the end of his Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull review, Plinkett sadly rolls away into the sunset in his wheelchair, reciting 'To An Athlete Dying Young', looking very much like it's the last episode... then he suddenly remembers that he needs to review The Matrix movies and the Twilight movies and Terminator Salvation...
    • His next review was Titanic, for the record.
  • That Poor Cat: Plinkett manages to do this inside his coffin.
  • That's What She Said: "Hey! Only guys are allowed to do that!"
  • They Just Didn't Care: 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 title scroll or the difference between Gungas and Gungans.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: invoked Plinkett regrets the missed potential lesbian sex scene between the mother and the nanny in "Baby's Day Out" since Lara Flynn Boyle and Cynthia Nixon have "done their fair share of dirty roles, why can't they make room for that here?".
  • This Loser Is You: Not necessarily applied to Plinkett, though as a Satire the reviews feature archetypes of the dumb masses and the Fan Dumb. See also Take That, Audience! and Take That, Critics!.
  • To The Bat Noun: 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."
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pizza Rolls. Supposedly it's about all he eats these days.
    • Fridge Brilliance: Note he cooks them in an oven, since he's too technologically backward to own a microwave.
      • He has a microwave...for his cat.
  • 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 Fish out of Water, Loveable Rogue, Distressed Damsel, The Obi-Wan, and gay robots.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: In-Universe: "Palpatine" takes this position toward the Star Wars prequels.
  • Trust Me, I'm a Doctor: After Plinkett puts on his rubber gloves before beginning his review of Revenge of the Sith, he says, "Trust me, I'm a doctor... kind of."
  • Unfortunate Names: Harry S. Plinkett. Just say it out loud with an American accent.
  • Unintentional Innuendo: His home recipe book, Eating Pussy. "First you have to take a cat. And it's gotta be alive, 'cause then it's the freshest meat." *turns on rotary saw*
  • Unreliable Narrator: 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.
  • The Unseen: Plinkett. Justified, as he's always behind the camera.
  • Video Review Show: 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.
  • "They think the audience is stupid" : Lampshaded and discussed in several reviews.
  • Villain Pro-tah-gone-ist/Proerrgonist/Protoghrmehnrr: Go on, guess.
  • Waxing Lyrical: "Paradise City, where the grass is sand and the girls aren't pretty."
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: BAM BAM! "Plinkett! Open up! We have a warrant for your arrest!"
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: 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.
  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief: 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.

Best of the Worst gives examples of:

    A - E 
  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: 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 
    "Kenny Rogers": What the hell is this?
    Phil Davis: I['ve] SEen one of THOse beFOre.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In-Universe, Gary Coleman is thought to be an "all-powerful deity" in his own safety video, spying on and magically tormenting a pair of children for the sake of his own amusement and impressing a hot nurse.
    • The crew discuss the possibility that "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 Exterminator 2 is meant to be a straitlaced, sympathetic hero, he is agreed upon by the crew to instead be an Asshole Victim, the Designated Hero, a complete simpleton, and even a Villain Protagonist. 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.
  • And Starring: Not only does Rich Evans get this treatment, but he's also the only cast member credited by his full name.
  • Anything But That!: 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!
  • Asshole Victim: The crew describe the protagonist of Exterminator 2 as this, pointing out that "he 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 an openly gay horror film director.
  • Bad Bad Acting: 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)
  • Bait and Switch: At the beginning of R.O.T.O.R., Back Problems spends 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.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Done when discussing the crew's motivation for destroying their copy of Ninja Vengeance.
    Mike: We need to get vengeance on... this movie.
    Jay: Oh, I get it.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Ever since since the Wheel of the Worst was introduced the crew have waited for the chance to watch Tree Stand Safety. When it finally happens the video switches between their excitement before watching it and their bored reactions watching it.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Jay - who is usually more amiable than Mike - on Michael Bay: "He's never written anything. I don't even know that he knows how to read".
  • invoked Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • 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 The Amazing Bulk, 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 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, clashes wildly with the rest of the film, and gives the impression that the director made the whole movie out of a Sick and Wrong urge to film that one scene.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Movie: Miami Connection, 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 set to music reminiscent of Looney Tunes.
    • The Dance of Birth, a.k.a. "the greatest movie that David Lynch 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.
  • Big "NO!":
    • 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 gives a high-pitched scream to complement the guys' 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.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Invoked when the protagonist of Deadly Prey, just after his wife's murder, tells the Big Bad to take off his shirt.
    Rich: "You're gonna have to take my wife's place!"
    Hispanic Father: Excelente.
  • Boring, but Practical: 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.
  • Broken Aesop: After the heroes of Miami Connection have graphically and brutally killed a band of ninjas (in a severe Mood Whiplash from the rest of the film which the crew says resembled a college edition of Saved by the Bell), the end card says, "Only through the 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.
  • The Bus Came Back: The Wheel of the Worst made a comeback after being tossed in the trash.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Gymkata!"
  • Cat Scare: Quite literally in Psycho From Texas, as a cat is literally thrown at an actor in an attempt at a Cat Scare. Doubles as That Poor Cat.
  • Catch Phrase: The constant refrain for choosing which movie is the Best of the Worst is "Most entertaining, for whatever reason".
  • Chekhov's Gun: Averted in Deadly Prey. 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.
  • Chewing the Scenery: The crew felt that 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 Exterminator 2.
  • Christmas Episode: Episode 14, featuring Elves, Santa Claus, and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2.
  • Cliché Storm: Deadly Prey 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 until the twist ending. invoked
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land: The "Crazy Town" in Gymkata, which has a Hive Mind full of old weirdos that attack the hero wherever he is.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Billy from Playing Dangerous 2, a Motor Mouth who seems to be intrigued by the "live Jello" he eats and the piggy bank he was saving pennies in.
  • Comical Overreacting: The third Wheel of the Worst episode ends with an attempt to burn the video that was deemed to be the worst, but it is interrupted by Rich Evans barging in with a fire extinguisher, while screaming "FIRE! FIRE!"
  • 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 
    • The primary reason Mike's "Ed Hunt for Red October" pun earns such a big laugh is that he himself starts laughing midway through.
    • Mike, Rich, Jessi, Jack, and even Jay note  all completely lose it for a good ten minutes about trying to figure out how Santa Claus was made.
      Rich: It hurts! It hurts! IT HURTS!!!
  • Covers Always Lie:
    • 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 for the team was "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 , and allows an old lady to kill and puppeteer a deer.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    Jay: I want this for ninety minutes.
    Jay: The movie really should have ended right there.
    Josh: You know, fine if 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 filled with gasoline at a Mook trying to light a cigarette, with the crew on the edges of their seats all the while. 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.
  • Creepy Clown: A bizarre party clown with a ratty t-shirt saying "I Can't Say No" appears briefly in Bloody Birthday 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 genuinely scary.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Jay's example of "something good" about Lethal Ninja.
    Jay: The fact that the boom mic showed up a few times, means they bothered to use a boom mic.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms
    • 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.
  • Designated Hero
    • invoked The protagonist of 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 his divine powers.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: 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, Robot Jox 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 Exterminator 2 is all of the people close to the Exterminator being taken from him one by one and him seeking revenge.
  • Die Hard with a Kid: Playing Dangerous, though you'd never know it from the cover.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: 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.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In Terror in Beverly Hills, the crew finds two FBI agents in a helicopter tracking a terrorist in a white limo being distracted by two topless girls in a pickup truck hilarious - even more so as that's why the terrorist gets away.
    Rich: There should have been a scene in the police chief's office. "How did you lose track of the limo?" "There was this pickup truck! There were boobs!"
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: 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.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Played straight by Rich and subsequently 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: "If you know what I mean." ...Sorry.
    Mike: Oh, you mean, like... his penis.
  • Downer Ending:
    • Not 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...
    • The Aftermath, which ends after a Kill 'em All 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.
    • Deadly Prey, in misguided imitation of Rambo: First Blood.
  • Driven to Suicide: Invoked by Rich Evans.
    Rich: I had to call the suicide prevention hotline last night because of R.O.T.O.R. [sic] They told me to do it.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In Half In the Bag #21 (Jack and Jill), Mr. Plinkett angrily states he wants to be able to watch his VHS copy of Russian Terminator.
  • invoked Ensemble Darkhorse
    • 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 Black Best Friend 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 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.
  • Eureka Moment: Rich and the crew realize that the Japanese SOS tape (which they misidentify as Chinese) is a series of European produced religious music videos. (Aurora Productions is a Switzerland-based Christian Fundamentalist group.) It goes so far as to have Jesus doing a take to the camera while flying to Heaven on a cross during The Rapture.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto
    • 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 The Exterminator.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: 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.
  • Excuse Plot: Gymkata's Game of Death-esque plot is only there so that Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomasnote  can show off his gymnastic skills.

    F - N 
  • Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: Featured prominently in Xtro.
  • Face Palm: Whenever someone (particularly Rich) does this during the discussions, the camera tends to zoom in on them.
  • Fan Disservice: The shot of the pregnant woman with the hairy armpits in The Dance of Birth.
  • Fan Nickname: invoked Many of the films watched by the group have at least one fan-dubbed character.
    • Kenny Rogers in Russian Terminator.
    • Muppet Cow Lady from Ninja Vengeance.
    • Action Man, the John Rambo knockoff from Deadly Prey.
    • 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 Skunk Stripe 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 "package" for the boy's mother, the name is assigned to him.
    • Since the crew can barely remember the name of Gymkata's protagonist, they usually just call him "Gymkata" instead.
  • Fanservice: 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.
  • Fist Pump: 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!
  • Follow the Leader: Deadly Prey is such a carbon copy of Rambo that it drifts into mockbuster territory.
    • Just as the crew speculates, the movie Russian Ninja was retitled Russian Terminator to cash in on 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 James Bond movie, and inexplicable Mad Max villains.
    • Not only is Playing Dangerous an uninspired Die Hard-style action movie, but it's packaged and advertised as a shameless Home Alone ripoff.
    • The New Gladiators is described as The Running Man "shot cheap and 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 Big Lipped Alligator Movie, its cover is clearly designed to suggest that it's a straight imitation of 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 Matrix part added for a few extra sales.
    • The Amazing Bulk is a mockbuster of The Incredible Hulk. ...We think.
      • A bit near the beginning of the same episode has the crew almost watch the renowned mockbuster Transmorphers.
    • Bloody Birthday features deceptive packaging meant to look subtly reminiscent of a 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.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: 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 "Dick the Birthday Boy" photo in Trick Or Treat.
  • Fridge Logic: Brought up by the crew in Deadly Prey 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
  • Giftedly Bad: The reason the crew loves Len Kabasinski.
  • Gone Horribly Right
    • The crew watches Xtro expecting it to be a bad movie. It isn't.
      Jay: We have a problem. This movie is actually interesting.
    • The New Gladiators was directed by Lucio Fulci. The crew only find out once the opening credits end.
      Josh: What?
      Jay: "Directed by Lucio Fulci!"
      Josh: Holy shit, okay!
    • Happens once again with Robot Jox, 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 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 (Robot Jox) 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..
  • Gory Discretion Shot
    • 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 averted in The Aftermath, as noted by the crew, even when the movie is depicting children being massacred (when, up to that point, the movie has been corny, '60s-style science fiction.
    • Used a couple times in The Exterminator, which made Jay think the VHS copy they had was an edited version when it was actually the threatrical cut they had. note 
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: In Deadly Prey, Logan cuts off The Dragon's arm (which doesn't spill a single drop of blood) and beats him to death with it. Happens once again to the identical brother of the very same character in The Deadliest Prey.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Len Kabasinski films.
  • Gushing About Shows You Like: The crew raves about National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, before having to discuss the dreadful sequel.
  • invoked I Am Not Gymkata
  • Improv:
    • Jay likes to think of the pre-fight argument between the band managers in Miami Connection 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 Let's Play for nothing.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: After the Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend is chosen Jessi walks over and opens a beer.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: While reviewing The Killer Eye:
    Mike: I think the director Richard Chasennote  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: Ah, God, there's so many.
    Mike: I really like Ed Hunt for Red October. (cue laughing from the rest)
    • Forms the basis for an anti-joke about destroying their copy of Ninja Vengeance.
    Mike: We need to get vengeance on... this movie.
  • Informed Ability: Mike says that a better title for Ninja Vengeance would be "Somewhat Competent Yellow Belt."
    Rich: He's a terrible ninja!
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Len Kabasinski sure thinks so. He expresses a desire to watch all nine ninja movies, and Squees about the martial arts. Naturally, there's a bit of Author Appeal considering the content of his movies. He even admits to being an expert on The Eighties ninja movies and having been inspired since a child to go to martial arts because of them.
  • Insult to Rocks: 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 "ReBoot-esque". Rich Evans interrupts, saying "You are doing a disservice to ReBoot." Everyone else laughs uproariously.
  • Invincible Hero: Logan from Deadly Prey, who is aptly 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.
  • Jerkass God: Gary Coleman, according to the crew's Alternative Character Interpretation. In his efforts to amuse himself and impress 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.
  • Kill 'em All: 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.
  • Kill It with Fire: The M.O. of Exterminator 2's "hero"; the crew thinks he's an Asshole Victim though, because he's a Designated Hero who is actually a murderous thug.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The means by which The Amazing Bulk and Psycho From Texas are destroyed parody contemptible aspects of the respective films themselves.
  • The Leader: 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.
  • Leave the Camera Running: 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: 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.
        Josh: So then, finally, once it's established that he's a guy who lives in a farmhouse, and has a coffee cup, 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.
    • Fred Levine's Original Cleared for Takeoff is nothing but an extended home video of a vacation with two airplane rides. It even speeds up during the airplane ride, with the kids completely annoying the other passengers.
  • Letting the Air out of the Band: 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 Drone of Dread sets in when the topic inevitably turns back to Island Adventure.
    • Rich and Jack's introduction of Supergirl. They look like they just received sweaters for Christmas.
  • Look Behind You: Len Kabasinski may be there.
  • Made of Explodium
    • 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 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.
  • Mathematician's Answer: 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 Birdemic or The Room, or a simple mockbuster:
    Jay: The answer is yes.
    Mike: Which one?
    Jay: [nods] Mmhmm.
  • Meaningful Background Event: 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 Zucker Brothers gag!
  • Mind Screw
    • The Aftermath's wild 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 David Lynch 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.
  • Mood Whiplash
    • 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 Exterminator 2: "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 that of children, without a Gory Discretion Shot in sight) and rape. What's worse, even the violent scenes seemingly can't decide on a coherent mood, as they're all set to "Looney Tunes music."
    • The scene in Deadly Prey where Logan beats The Dragon to death with his own severed arm comes just after his wife is Killed Off for Real, and is shortly followed by a Downer Ending 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 unintentionally hilarious chase scene.
  • Mundane Made Awesome
    • 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.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Candid Candid Camera 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
  • Nightmare Fuel: 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.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: From Miami Connection:
    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.
    • Ninja Warriors.
      Jack: So, not only is it a ninja movie, it's a ninja zombie movie.
      Len Kabasinksi: Everybody wins.
  • No Animals Were Harmed: 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.
  • No Budget: invoked
    • 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.invoked
    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.invoked
    • Crazy Fat Ethel II is even worse, in that it appears to have been shot with an old VHS video cameranote  and in someone's house, with the neighbors as supporting actors.invoked
  • Non-Indicative Title/Secondary Character Title: Russian Terminator has no "terminator," and the character who is supposed to be a terminator is a ninja and is only a minor character.
  • Noodle Incident: It's revealed in Episode 15 that a lot of farting goes on during The Best of the Worst movie watching.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:

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  • Oh Crap: Jack and Jay both give epic ones when Len Kabasinski punches their picture to retrieve a ninja film to review. Words can't describe their expression well enough.
  • 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, 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 Stock Footage from another, better film, in which it sounds like the leads are providing improvised commentary from their couch like a Let's Play.
    • Somehow, someway, 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.
  • Poe's Law: 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 Sin City-esque stylized superhero film, a terrible superhero parody, an intentionally So Bad, It's Good movie with Stylistic Suck, or simply a cheap Mockbuster to The Incredible Hulk.
  • Product Placement: 15 minutes of Tree Stand Safety goes into, well, tree stand safety. The rest of Tree Stand Safety is for an alternative product.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Done by Jessi while watching Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend.
    Jessi: Nobody! Irons! A jean skirt!
  • Reaction Shot: 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 Rich Evans' reaction to the Showbiz Pizza Bear appearing in Trick Or Treat.
  • Refuge in Audacity: 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 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 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.
  • Running Gag:
    • The line "You have a problem. You're gonna die." from Russian Terminator. 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 Boring Invincible Hero Logan in Deadly Prey tells The Dragon "You're gonna die..."
        Josh: Are we going to hear that in every movie we watch?!
      • Lampshaded once again when Alexander from Robot Jox 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 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.
  • Schmuck Bait: Jack offhandedly plugs a Shock Site to the camera for a second during the second "Wheel of the Worst," with Mike genuinely questioning what it is.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: R.O.T.O.R.. When R.O.T.O.R. goes on a vigilante killing spree, Robot Cop tenders his resignation almost immediately.
  • The Scrooge: Rich and his bathrobe. (Christmas Special)
    "Ho ho"
  • 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 Deadly Prey. 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 Shot for Shot Remake.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Candid Candid Camera Vol. 6. The blond strips in front of two cameras and one hick in an empty auditorium. Not exactly "candid camera" there, guys.
  • Shout-Out: 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 Mystery Science Theater 3000, though Mike professes to be a fan.
  • Shown Their Work
    • Pacing issues aside, the crew commends the people behind Robot Jox 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 The Aftermath aren't 100% convincing, the craftsmanship and effort that went into making them is admirable.
    • While concluding that The Exterminator 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 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 Santa Claus 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.
  • Sick and Wrong:
    Rich: Can you imagine watching [Candid Candid Camera] without the Laugh Track?! It would be just like watching a Snuff Film!
    • 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 come out of nowhere and give the impression that the entire rest of the film was a 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 New Age 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!
  • So Bad, It's Good/So Bad, It's Horrible: 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.
  • So Okay, It's Average: 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 So Bad, It's Good.
    Jay: There's nothing worse than middle of the road.
    • To a lesser extent, Ninja Vengeance, Exterminator 2, They Bite!, Let's Rap Fire Safety, Playing Dangerous, and Key Matters are all hit with the same criticism.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance:
    • In The Aftermath, the Big Bad kills women and children on camera to what sounds like goofy Looney Tunes music.
    • V-World Matrix has commercial heavy metal music behind every single scene regardless of whether it's appropriate or not.
    • Played for Laughs in "Wheel of the Worst #2" whenever Rich's reaction to the burning french fries scene is juxtaposed against the "Be Cool About Fire Safety" song.
  • So Unfunny It's Funny: 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.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • invoked The obviously fake dummies in Never Too Young To Die, including one that has a reverse Railing Kill.
    • 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.
  • Special Guest: Episode 15 provided the most shocking one of all, Len Kabasinski.
  • Stealth Parody: The crew debate whether The Amazing Bulk and Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend are one or not.note 
  • Step Three: Profit: 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.
  • Stuffed into a Trashcan: 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.
    • When the Wheel returns, Mike states that Milwaukee sanitation rejected the Wheel. It's literally covered in garbage.
  • Stupid Evil
    • The Dragon from Deadly Prey 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?
  • Stylistic Suck
    • 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.
    • 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 Bad Bad Acting and other such elements.
  • Talking To Yourself: 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 Ice Cream Man.
  • Tempting Fate: 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!
  • That Poor Cat: When Jessi throws the VHS tape for They Bite! offscreen, a cat meows in pain.
  • There's No "B" in Movie: Played straight generally, but highlighted in the Superhero movie episode ('Supergirl, Captain America (1990), and The Fantastic Four'') with Rich, Jack, Josh and Jay.
    "We watched these in descending order of budget, and it turned out to an ascending order of entertainment."''
  • They Just Didn't Care
    • 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 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 Deadly Prey.
      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 Deadly Prey until 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 Up to Eleven 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 Limbo of the Lost, Driving a Desk in what look like cars drawn in MS Paint, 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 Stock Footage 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.
    • Yor: The Hunter from the Future 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."
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: invoked In They Bite!, The Fifties-style 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 Robot Cop.
    • Ninja Vengeance initially seems to be setting itself up as an underdog story wherein the titular ninja protagonist, after being summarily defeated early on, will go on to hone his ninja skills, 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.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • 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.
    • Jack's reaction to S.O.S.. His fears are unfounded since the crew really enjoy it.
      Jack: Oh, no! I don't wanna... I don't wanna...
  • Throw It In: *Jay surmises that Never Too Young to Die's first bad dummy shot was the result of the editor thinking it would be hilarious to include it in the final cut of the film.invoked
  • Too Dumb to Live: The mooks in Deadly Prey don't figure out how to avoid a line of rocks rolling down a hill.
    Jay: It's like Prometheus! Just run to one side and you'll be safe!
  • Too Much Information: The Dance of Birth - that is, assuming the information even made sense in the first place.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: invoked The crew concludes this is the case with Mario Van Peebles from Exterminator 2, who gave a very sincere performance.
  • Totally Radical: Let's Rap Fire Safety, complete with teenage rapping firemen (and -woman). Yo!
  • Unfortunate Implications: In-universe, the reviewers thought the Key Matters video came off as "subtly racist". 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 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 make sandwiches!"
  • The Unreveal: Invoked for Ninja III: The Domination.
    Rich: Oh my God it's her - we all knew that!
  • Vagina Dentata: Featured in They Bite! Naturally, it makes a blood splashing Groin Attack.
    Jessi: She got her period!
  • Video Review Show: 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.
  • Villain Protagonist: Josh proclaims that the Exterminator is the actual bad guy in his own movie.
  • Visual Pun: After the crew declare The Amazing Bulk as the worst, its "destruction" is a series of visual puns that serve as a Take That to the film's cheap green screen effects. However, the actual DVD is never shown to be ''destroyed'', perhaps because the crew also realizes that it's really one-of-a-kind.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Rich "unwrapping" Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure causes him to 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.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit: invoked The crew's reaction to the hacker crew's dialogue as written by David A. Prior, with the most prevalent Verbal Tic being "True that".
  • 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."
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: invoked The group was shocked at how violent and disturbing the movie Playing Dangerous is, thinking it was a Home Alone ripoff as advertised by the cover, and spent most of their discussion talking about why the distributors would market it like that.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: 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. Word of God states that they found no comedic value to the video, so they decided to turn it into a Let Us Never Speak of This Again joke.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: The mercs in Deadly Prey, who had been killing people in their Most Dangerous Game camp, decide to capture Logan instead of killing him like everyone else in one huge Idiot Ball - even as The Dragon keeps killing his own mooks for no good reason. The Heel Face Turned merc even inexplicably refuses to finish off the Dragon when given the chance, which promptly results in his death.
  • Wild Take:
    • This happened when Rich declared his favorite pick of Ninja Movie was also his most hated, breaking the format of the show. Mike reacts by pretending an earthquake has knocked over his beer, and everyone flails around screaming "whooooooooooooa!"
    • Jack goes bonkers during Wheel of the Worst #5, at one point knocking over the Wheel and yelling, "I have no regrets!"
  • Would Hurt a Child: The villains of The Aftermath and Playing Dangerous, and the heroes of Beware! Children at Play. And Gary Coleman.
  • You Have Failed Me: One of the many tropes that Deadly Prey copied from other eighties action movies without understanding it. What would have made sense would be for The Dragon to shoot one of his men early on to show that he means business. Instead, he kills his own men at the slightest provocation, even after Action Man has killed so many Mooks that punishing them with death is only making things worse for himself.

Half in the Bag gives examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Mike in the After Earth review refers to Will Smith's wife as Jada Plinkett Smith, causing Jay to give the appropriate reaction.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In-Universe: Adam Sandler has actually been pulling a Springtime for Hitler with his movies.
  • Annoying Laugh: Rich Evans. His laugh is referenced multiple times within the episodes as quite possibly the worst thing you'll ever hear.
  • Anything But That!: When Jay shows a poster of Jeff Who Lives At Home, Mike exclaims, "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.
  • Asshole Victim: Anytime something bad happens to Jay and Mike, they basically deserved it. Plinkett began as this, but has gradually devolved into The Chew Toy as the duo continues to exploit him.
  • Author Appeal: Mike considers The Rocketeer an underrated gem, and occasionally includes a clip as an examples of correct storytelling.
  • Bad Bad Acting: 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.
    [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: That is the worst Plinkett impression I ever heard. He's going to think you're a fake!
  • Bait and Switch: 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 The Hung"
    Mike: "We should now talk about the recent films we've seen."
    (The Hunger Games trailer rolls)
    • Also, in their review of The Last Stand:
      [Jay explains the premise]
      Jay: Mike, what did you think of The Last— movie we saw?
    • Used in a different way in their Iron Man 3 and Pain and Gain 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?"
    • Also, in the X-Men: Days of Future Past review:
      Mike: [The movie] marks the return of director Bryan Singer, a man who was recently accused of making two really good X-Men movies.
  • Big Bad: George Lucas fills this role here also, with requisite Lampshade Hanging from Mike and Jay, of course.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: If you invite these guys to a fan expo, expect to be blasted with both barrels.
  • Black Comedy Rape: In one episode, the hosts accidentally create a robot while trying to fix Plinkett's DVD player and VCR. Then another robot comes in and rapes the first robot to death.
    Jay: "I never thought I'd be so happy about rape!"
  • Brand X: 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 Spotted Cow.
  • Broken Record: The "Red Letter Media Talks About Prometheus" segment. Mike asks endless questions "Why did they...(x20) Whhhhhhhyyyyyy?". Jay stares vacantly into the distance and says precisely nothing.
  • Butt Monkey: Plinkett has essentially been 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.
  • Call Back: In the review for Jack and Jill, 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.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: 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.
  • The Cameo: Tim Heidecker in the season finale.
  • Captain Obvious: Frequently used by Mike to introduce movies, usually ones he doesn't like.
    "Paranormal Activity 4 is about 90 minutes long, and features actors pretending to be other people in a fictional setting called a movie."
  • Cat Scare: Used endlessly in the Paranormal Activity 4 review, chiefly to make a point and mock the film at the same time.
  • Catch Phrase: Mike's "That's right, Jay!" shows up almost Once an Episode, and is often used alongside Bad Bad Acting.
  • The Chew Toy: 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.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Jay and Mike spend the first few minutes of the review of "SkyFAIL" bashing the movie for being full of cliches and unrealistic ("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 Captain Obvious description of White House Down, he concludes, "Thank you, Roland Emmerich! I hope someone shoves a club up your ass!" then giggles out of character.
  • Couch Gag: 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"
    "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..."
  • Credits Gag: This joke is done when Jay asks Mike for his opinion about The Cabin in the Woods.
    • Jay's final word on The Lone Ranger 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, drowning out his complaints.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mike Stoklasa appears to be this in Real Life, and it's a trait that all his characters share, but especially 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. Dr. Seuss is overrated and The Muppets are for babies).
  • The Dog Bites Back: During the A Good Day To Die Hard 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: 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 because the story demanded it is unknown.
  • Fat and Skinny: In true Siskel and Ebert tradition. Jay is the wiry straight man, while Mike is a big, sardonic Jerk Ass. (In-character, that is.)
  • Gainax Ending: The end of the RoboCop (2014)'' reboot review, where the cop played by Rich Evans flies into space and lands on the planet of Howard the Duck, which is his favourite film. Also doubles as a Brick Joke.
  • Genre Throwback: In the review of Red Tails, 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 Red Tails an uncomfortably offensive film because "we know better."
  • Gushing About Shows You Like:
    • Mike is an avowed fan of The Rocketeer, and encourages viewers not to write it off as a flop.
    • Episode 66 is devoted to RoboCop (1987). Mike professes to love RoboCop 2 as much (if not more) than the first film.
  • Hard Work Montage: Jay has one of his day-to-day tasks since he's not quite as interested in talking about Star Wars than Mike and the director of The People Versus George Lucas.
  • Heroic BSOD: When Jay and Mike note the endless sequels coming in 2013, such as A Good Day To Die Hard, The Fast and the Furious 6, The Hangover Part III', and so on.
  • Hiss Before Fleeing: George Lucas does this when scared off by the original release of Star Wars.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "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 ..."
  • I Am Not Shazam: In-universe example. In the review of ZaAt, the duo keep referring to Dr. Leopard as "Zaat".
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: In episode 40 of Half in the Bag, Mike and Jay goes out seeing Paranormal Activity 4 wondering how bad it could be. Gilligan Cut to "2 hours later", where they sit in the repair shop and pour up vodka shots.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Mike indulging in a Gene Shalit-style soundbite: "I guess you could say I'm hungry for more Hunger Games." He immediately vomits.
  • Instant A.I., Just Add Water: Connecting a VCR and a DVD player apparently creates an intelligent robot that wants to kill everyone.
  • Jump Scare: Their main criticism of Paranormal Activity 4 is that it consists almost entirely of these. The review includes some Jump Scares itself to spoof this practice.
  • Kayfabe: 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 RoboCop (1987), frequent guest reviewer Rich Evans is introduced as a police officer who has never met Mike or Jay before. Lampshading this inconsistency becomes a Running Gag.
    • For Man of Steel, 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!"
  • Knight of Cerebus: 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 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).
  • Lack of Empathy: Jay and Mike. They almost never feel... gooeelt? Gooey-elt? Gweelt? Guilt— no, that doesn't sound right.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: During the review of A Haunted House, Jay talks about Scary Movie 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 I Am Sam.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Mike (in full Sarcasm Mode) sending up Fan Dumb:
    I call him Javier BOREDOM... I call him Daniel BOREDOM.
  • Mid-Review Sketch Show: 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.

  • The Nicknamer: Mike does this a lot, such as calling Channing Tatum "Magic Mike" during the White House Down review.
  • Noodle Incident: "Remember that time when we misplaced [Plinkett's] kitchen?"
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: During the Half in the Bag review of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeancethey have to put "This is REALLY in the movie" below one of the weirder scenes included by the directors of Crank.
  • Nutritional Nightmare: In the episode where Mike and Jay review The Wolf of Wall Street, 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).
  • One Steve Limit: The Dark Knight Rises apparently has characters called Bruce Wayne, Bane, Bruce Bane and Bruce Banner, and they travel to Brisbane to watch basketball. It's very confusing.
  • Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: 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.)
  • Overly-Long Gag
    • Mike dialing the paranormal investigators' number in the Paranormal Activity 4 review.
    • Mike asking Jay which summer movies he has seen which include Elysium, Planes, and The Fast and the Furious 6 in The Wolverine review. Each one is responded with the same clip of a blunt no from Jay.
  • Parallel Porn Titles: According to Mike, Prometheus's first title was The Girl With a Dragon in Her Cooch.
  • Perma Stubble: 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.
  • Pet the Dog: Plinkett of all people literally pets a dog at some point. Okay, it was a VCR he mistook for a dog, but still.
  • Priceless Ming Vase: Subverted. In the review of Cowboys and Aliens, Plinkett puts out a priceless vase on a flimsy stand while people are throwing bricks with notes responding to Mike and Jay's Captain America: The First Avenger review 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.
  • Product Placement: This trope is frequently discussed and parodied in the Jack and Jill review, especially when outlining its Excuse Plot:
    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.
  • Put on a Bus: In the Man of Steel 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.
    • The Bus Came Back: 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.
  • Real Trailer, Fake Movie: On a "Special Edition" episode, Mike and Jay review a parody fake trailer, for a "movie" called The Zookeeper, starring Kevin James. It turns out the movie is very, very real.
  • Reset Button: Mr. Plinkett's Laser-Guided Amnesia thanks to dementia allows Mike and Jay to mooch off him as VHS repairmen once more, after Plinkett had exiled them.
  • Rule of Three: 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 Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
    • Their guest for that episode, Alexandre Phillipe, suggests American Graffiti, which was a big hit in its day, but which Mike oddly seems to dismiss because it does not appeal to his generation.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Mike puts on an extraordinary thick layer when he claims that 2012 is one of his favorite films.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Mr. Plinkett, during a robot attack: "Fuck this, I'm taking a bath!"
  • Scully Box: The X-Men: Days of Future Past episode had Jay and Mike standing next to one another during the intro. At the end, Jay visibly steps down, and Mike directly lampshades the use of the trope as being necessary for Jay to be "almost as tall as me".
  • Self-Deprecation: 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.
  • Sell Out: Lampshaded in this merchandise promo. Jay and Mike make it apparent they're ashamed by remaining completely miserable and monotone.
  • Shared Universe: 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.
  • Shout-Out
  • So Okay, It's Averageinvoked: 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 So Bad, It's Good movies.
  • Spit Take: Mike does in the review of Sucker Punch when mentioned that it was meant to empower Women.
  • Straight Man: 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).
  • Stylistic Suck: Anytime anyone is called upon to "act". The "plot" and any "effects" fall under this as well.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: George Lucas' face melted off after he realized that he could never cleanse the world of the original Star Wars.
  • Take That:
    • At the fans who were disappointed by the fake Mandarin twist in Iron Man 3 by Mike in the Man of Steel review. He imitates their feelings towards it with a dumb-sounding lisp.
    • During the Looper / 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 Man of Steel and liking a lot of Marvel movies in their The Wolverine review even though they actually liked The Dark Knight Saga.
    • Making fun of instances where internet critics pretend to have super powers or act like their toy props are real, adding in special effects. Jay and Mike pull a Klingon disruptor and a phaser on Rich Evans. Rich lampshades, pointing out these are just toys. Mike and Jay respond by firing the phasers (which only produce toy phaser noises) and pretending as though they're actually incinerating Rich.
  • Take That, Audience!:
    Mike: That's right, Jay.
    • The entire premise of the Grown Ups 2 review. After echoing the opinions of Adam Sandler fans who actually like his awful movies, the said opinions cause Jay and Mike to bleed profusely from the head.
  • Technology Marches On: Mike and Jay hasn't had a VCR repair job in 15 years before Plinkett called them..
  • That Poor Cat: Nearly every time one of the guys throws something offscreen, we hear an unhappy cat.
  • They Just Didn't Care: invoked They show that even this trope isn't bad in the review of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. 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.
  • This Cannot Be!: Jay and Mike are amazed that Paranormal Activity 4 makes Jack and Jill look competent.
  • Throw It In: Subverted in the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey review:
    Mike: It's sort of amazing how we just... *coughs wildly* SORRY *cough* PLEASE LEAVE THIS IN THE FINAL EDIT *cough*
  • Title Scream: Every episode opens with Stoklasa's Plinkett voice saying "Half in the BaaAAAaaag", followed by a random comment ("Mike and Jay are frauds!" etc.).
  • To Be Continued: Episode 66 retroviews the original RoboCop (1987) film (as well as the two sequels), and ends with a To Be Continued as Mike, Jay and Rich go off to watch the remake.
  • Trash the Set: Plinkett's house takes quite the beating over the course of the show.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Harry S. Plinkett (Sr. and Jr.), Telekinetic Plinkett, Telekinetic Plinkett's brother, and Harriet Plinkett are all played by Rich Evans.
  • Undercover Cop Reveal: 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 Evil Laugh.
  • Unpleasable Fanbase: Invoked in the review of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. 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 The Dark Knight Rises and Prometheus, Mike and Jay's deadpan sarcastic "That Christopher Nolan/Ridley Scott is an overrated hack" when talking about minor plot holes is clearly a Take That at this kind of Fan Dumb.
  • The Untwist: 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 The Reveal being just "another lame George Lucas thing" and make small-talk over Lucas' Motive Rant, barely even paying attention to him.
  • Verbal Tic: An amiable "Sure," for Jay.
  • Very Special Episode: Spoofed in episode 49, wherein Mr. Plinkett develops a meth addiction.
  • Video Review Show: More review-oriented than the Plinkett Reviews (though that's not saying much), but still always includes a Mid-Review Sketch Show.
  • Villain Protagonist: Jay and Mike have their moments, especially when they try to kill Plinkett for his life insurance money.
  • Visual Pun: The "bomb" George Lucas uses to kill the repairman and their guest is a Howard the Duck DVD box.
  • Vulgar Humor: The ending of the Transformers: Dark of the Moon review. Plinkett's ruptured colostomy bag sets off over a minute of Mike and Jay throwing up.
  • 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 (Real Life 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.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: 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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