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YMMV: Red Letter Media

In General

  • Fan Hater: Some of the more zealous fans are this towards people who like the Star Wars prequels.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Fans of Red Letter Media like to make comparisons between the material made by them and That Guy with the Glasses. Jay Bauman doesn't care the least bit about it.
  • Memetic Mutation: Ever since Garrett Gilchrist's rant about Red Letter Media, fans often joke about Mike as a terrifying white supremacist, Jay as a creepy stalker and rapist, and Rich as an incorruptible Iron Woobie.

Half in the Bag

  • Crosses the Line Twice: The rape humour provided by Fuck-Bot 5000.
    You're not even the best one I've had!
  • Genius Bonus: Common rat poison is usually an anticoagulant, a substance that blocks the Vitamin K cycle and thus prevents blood from clotting and causes severe bleeding. Mike and Jay eat just that in their Grown Ups 2 review, which makes Mike have cerebral hemorrhaging and Jay to puke blood.
  • Growing the Beard: The Jack and Jill review, which is also generally regarded as their best episode; they finally find a way to apply the incisiveness of the Plinkett Reviews to the Half in the Bag format (they weren't bad beforehand, just finding their feet).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In their review of A Good Day To Die Hard, Jay's Flop Predictor iPad app forecasts Man of Steel as "gayass". They later reviewed the film and didn't have any nice words to say about it.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In their review of Jack and Jill, Mike and Jay criticize Adam Sandler's reliance on "people falling down" humor. Rather hypocritical, considering that gratuitous slapstick has been something of a running gag in their work...
    • Except that they use it ironically...
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Rich Evans laughing. Even when he fakes laughing, his buddies are still laughing.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Grown Ups 2 review.
  • Tear Jerker: The 2012 Recap included a section that honoured the actors that had passed on that year. Simple enough, but the segment was given the context that Plinkett had invited them all to his New Year's party, with him only learning that they had passed from Mike and Jay by 11pm that very night.

Best of the Worst

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The "Florence Henderson: Looking Good Feeling Great" tape. It was picked on the Wheel of the Worst, they watched it, and it was never mentioned again. Not even during the roundtable discussion at the end.
  • Critical Research Failure
    • A mild case, but the Crew is astounded at Robert Ginty's inability to emote, basically mumbling all of his lines and having zero charisma in The Exterminator 2. Mike Stoklasa was not in the discussion group afterwards, or he might have brought up Warrior of the Lost World.
    • The crew also admitted they didn't know anything about Xtro save for the box cover. If they wanted a bad movie to check out, both of The Nineties sequels, Xtro 2 and Xtro 3, would have sufficed, especially both are Xtro In Name Only.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse
    • Gene Simmons's character in Never Too Young To Die is said 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 an 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. Alas, he disappears halfway through the movie, though the method by which he does so goes a long way toward making up for it.
  • Growing the Beard: The Wheel of the Worst #5 episode is where the crew really seems to find its stride. Jack in particular really cuts loose, and is far more involved physically that any prior episodes.

Mr. Plinkett Reviews

  • Crazy Awesome: Despite sounding like a stroke victim with a mouthful of Big League Chew, Plinkett still manages to formulate brilliant, coherent, and often flawless arguments against the movies he reviews. He has an unerring eye for plot holes, Out of Character moments, character flaws, and deducing the overall coherence of a movie's plot.
    • He also can put out some good vocal imitations, including an unnervingly close impression of Darth Sidious's voice.
      "I don't jump sharks. I fuck them for breakfast."
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Pretty much every single thing Plinkett says that is not related to filmmaking falls directly under this category.
    • Plinkett destroying his TV while watching an Olsen Twins movie deserves special mention. The specifics of that incident will give you nightmares.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Tell me you don't nod your head to the hip-hop song at the end of his reviews.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The masturbation scene near the beginning of the "Crystal Skull" review; the main problem was that it showed actual footage of the (then-preadolescent) Olsen twins while Plinkett (graphically) jacked off to them.
  • Fridge Horror: In the Star Trek: 2009 review, it is heavily implied that his "cat" is really one of Plinkett's former wives whom he killed. Rewind to the Episode 2 review. "Wanna help me milk my cat? It's time to make breakfast." *shudder*
    • We see it in the episode 3 review, it is just a cat. A cat that's been dead a while, via him shoving it into a Microwave during Thanksgiving, but a cat nonetheless. Though it's possible that we're seeing the cat from Plinkett's eyes...
  • Fridge Logic: Plinkett's biggest issue with the prequels.
  • Genius Bonus: Plinkett referring to the Neimodians as "Shatnerians" seems like a throwaway jab at their William Shatner like speech pattern and their final name being a nod to Leonard Nimoy (both being Star Trek actors), but in fact, the early scripts for Phantom Menace did call them Shatnerians.
  • Danes Love Mr. Plinkett: Mike Stoklasa was invited to a Danish film festival, where the famous 70-minute Phantom Menace review was shown in full (along with the Cop Dog review as a warm-up). This was his first convention appearance outside of North America. The showing was sold out, and mostly attended by those who had already seen the review; this is in contrast to showings at American conventions, where only a handful of people attend.
  • Growing the Beard: Take a look at Mr. Plinkett's TNG movie reviews, and you'll find that they weren't all the crisp, rapidfire, colorful comedic potpourri that we recognize today. The initial reviews contain less music, less outside sources, less visual humor, and less glances into Mr. Plinkett's life. As the reviews increased in size, they became more crisply coordinated and colorful; the Nemesis review was very near to the recognizable style of the present. It was the Phantom Menace review that firmly established Plinkett's style as a strangely beautiful arrangement of comedy, photo, and film that is efficiently delivered in a neat package of absurdity.
  • Ham and Cheese: The one thing in Revenge of the Sith that Plinkett says he likes is Ian McDiarmid's Palpatine — just because Ian is clearly having the time of his life.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the Indiana Jones review, he compares Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull to making a The Fastandthe Furious in 2038 with the same actors, which is no longer possible due to Paul Walker's death, making it darker than intended.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: It was revealed that Lucas did want a young Han Solo scene in Revenge of the Sith.
    • Plinkett joked that J. J. Abrams should have directed the Star Wars prequels. It's just been announced that J. J. Abrams is directing the first film of a new Star Wars trilogy.
  • Idiot Plot: A major part of why Plinkett becomes angry to the point of murderous rage - and arguably why he has a penchant for butchering hookers - is that not only are the characters in the Star Wars Prequels "flat and uninteresting" but they're also Too Dumb to Live on a galactic scale. A grand hall, full of thousands of delegates listen to a megalomaniacal speech from Palpatine, an obvious despot, yet no-one seems to notice even when he starts ranting about genocide of the Jedis? Not even Anakin (supposedly full of midichlorians which presumably enhance his perception) during a private meeting, where Palpatine mentions that the Sith and the Jedi are quite alike while a klaxon Red Alert blares out in the background. He sums it up that if the characters had displayed the slightest bit of common sense or rationale, Palpatine's plot could have easily been foiled.
    • PALPATINE'S BEHIND IT ALL!
    • "Is everyone blind and stupid? Which brings me to my next point: Is everyone blind and stupid?!"
  • It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: Plinkett argues (pretty convincingly) that 2009's Star Trek, despite its somewhat-dodgy plot and its loose adherance to the Star Trek ethos, works brilliantly at exactly what it set out to be: a compelling action-adventure film precisely calculated to make as much money as possible. And saving the franchise.
  • Memetic Mutation: "What's wrong with your FAAAACE?!" Catch Phrase has been referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall and The Spoony Experiment among others.
    • "[Insert work here] was the most disappointing thing since my son" seems to be making this headway as well.
    • Haters of Star Wars prequel fans often link them to the famous reviews in response to them expressing their appreciation for them, often stating "you need to watch the Mr. Plinkett reviews."
  • Misaimed Fandom: See under Memetic Mutation. Many fans of the Star Wars reviews act like they are enlightened from watching them and attack fans of the prequels for not having seen them or liking the prequels despite Mike Stoklasa being very clear that, while he does not like the prequels the slightest, he is only expressing his opinion and it's okay for people to like the prequels.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • Retroactive Recognition: During the "ask friends to describe a character" segment of The Phantom Menace review, veteran viewers will instantly recognize Jay and Rich - though others like Jessi, Josh and so on will be recognized from the The Best of the Worst crew.
  • Reviews Are The Gospel: Possibly due to their media coverage and approval from celebrities such as Simon Pegg and Damon Lindelof, some of the reviews, particularly the Star Wars ones, have been treated seriously by some fans to the point of attacking Star Wars fans that do like the prequels and/or disagree with the reviews.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • Plinkett argues that the original Star Wars trilogy benefited from the limitations faced with practical special effects, which includes the problems Lucas faced during production because of using practical effects. He has a particular hatred for the overuse of the lightsaber effects in the prequel movies, seeing as how they were much easier to produce than they were during the production of the original trilogy.
      "Like anything that's cool, if it's used too much it becomes boring. 'Cept for cocaine. [Inhales deeply] "
    • Parodied near the end of the Episode III review when he claims that the CGI took a drop in quality for the climatic fight, when he's showing the basic CGI outlines/paths.
  • Squick:
    • Plinkett takes his cat to a Mitre Saw, and then hacks the remains into Ludcrous Gibs during his Cop Dog review.
    • His suggestion in the Alternate DVD Commentary that Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan should have a threesome with the "what's-wrong-with-your-face chick".
    • Plinkett breaking his TV by masturbating to the Olson Twins.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • Played for Laughs "Cuz I don't like things that are different".
    • Sadly, played straight with the comments for the Revenge of Nadine video, which were particularly brutal towards Rich Evans as Mr. Plinkett for not "sounding right" (despite Evans being the one who originated the character in the first place).
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Jocelyn Ridgely always portrays all of her (generally outlandish) characters this way, though in this case it's actually done deliberately, for comic effect.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?: The infamous 107 page response to Plinkett's Phantom Menace review by a Prequel fan.


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