YMMV / RedLetterMedia

In General

  • Acceptable Targets: The elderly are a consistent target of jokes from the Red Letter Media crew, and Mike in particular.
  • 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.
    • During the The Wolverine review, Mike informs Jay that fans think he's biased against DC Comics because he only likes Marvel Comics-licensed movies. Jay asks if Wolverine is a Marvel character, stating he has no interest in comics fandom.
    • They have one with Star Wars fans as well, particularly with prequel fans who disagree with the infamous reviews and are annoyed by all the attention they get.
  • Full-Name Basis: Rich Evans.
  • Memetic Badass: Rich Evans.
  • Memetic Loser: Rich Evans.
  • Memetic Molester: Rich Evans.

Shows With Their Own YMMV Pages

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."
    • The Revenge of the Sith review has a particularly effective sequence where he compares the prequels to Citizen Kane in terms of their character arcs and story structure... and the comparison actually works.
  • 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.
    • Subverted and Inverted with the Micheal Vick joke in Cop Dog. Mr. Plinkett's innocuous explanation behind it only makes it funnier.
    Mr. Plinkett: Who's this dog's trainer, Michael Vick? Did you get that joke? It's because Michael Vick would often throw passes that would go well ahead of the intended receiver...
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Tell me you don't nod your head to the hip-hop song at the end of his reviews.
  • Fridge Logic: In-universe, this is Plinkett's biggest issue with the prequels.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Plinkett joked that the Prequels should be similar to the original trilogy, because "I don't like things that are different". Now that The Force Awakens has been released, many, including some of Red Letter Media's fans, have complained that the film is too similar to the original trilogy.
    • The joke in the Revenge of the Sith review about Lucas changing the original title of Return of the Jedi from Revenge of the Jedi to save money on packaging and ink funds became much less funny after it was revealed in Rinzlers book on the making of Jedi that Kenner had to destroy over 250,000$ in toy packaging due to the change in the movies title. Same with the crack in the Attack of the Clones review about the Ewoks being the point where Lucas started getting toy centric when the book revealed the Ewok toy line flopped in sales.
  • 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.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Mike Stoklasa (who voices Plinkett) 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 ST: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 and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull review, Plinkett compares the movie to making a Fast and the Furious movie 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:
    • Plinkett joked that J. J. Abrams should have directed the Star Wars prequels. Abrams directed the first film in a new Star Wars trilogy, The Force Awakens.
    • Early in the Revenge of the Sith review, Plinkett makes it clear that Han Solo not being in the film is one of its good qualities, and that he was glad he didn't have to sit through any scenes of a kid Han Solo being shoehorned into the plot. It was revealed around the time the review was posted that George Lucas did plan to have a young Han Solo cameo in Revenge of the Sith, but the idea was scrapped.
    • Mr. Plinkett also claims he was happy that the Millennium Falcon not appearing in Revenge of the Sith saved it from being ruined. Then it was discovered that the Falcon makes a very brief, easy to miss cameo appearance in it...
    • In the backstory of The Thrawn Trilogy, Timothy Zahn wrote that the original backstory of the Clone Wars (prior to being retconned by the prequels) was that they were a group of monsters the republic was fighting a brutal war against. Come Mr. Plinkett's review of Revenge of the Sith, and Plinkett, despite his hatred of relying on supplemental tie-in material, unintentionally suggests that the prequels should have used the exact same story—that the Clone Wars should have made the Clones be the villains of the whole prequel trilogy instead of just conveniently disposable soldiers of the republic.
    • In the Revenge of the Sith review, he pokes fun at how Vader's appearance in the film (more specifically, in his iconic armor) was heavily hyped in the trailers, commercials and tie-in products, even though he only has a couple minutes of screentime in the movie. Come The Force Awakens, and Luke Skywalker barely gets 30 seconds of screentime and no dialogue, even though Mark Hamill gets second billing on the poster.
    • At one point in the Attack of the Clones review, he discusses the silliness of how every Jedi is shown using a lightsaber, even when it doesn't make sense for them to be combative. He specifically notes that the pudgy, awkward Dexter Jettster would no doubt fare poorly in a duel. Not long afterward, Star Wars: The Clone Wars featured a member of Dex's race as a Jedi Master.
    • Discussing the character of Mace Windu, Plinkett suggests Forest Whitaker among a group of actors who would have been better suited to play the role of an older, serious black Jedi dispensing wisdom than Samuel L. Jackson. Come Rogue One, Forest Whitaker now is playing an older black warrior figure in a Star Wars movie dispensing wisdom (albeit not a Jedi).
  • 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. He also averted it by using Citizen Kane as a contrast to Revenge of the Sith when explaining why the latter fails, although he admitted this wasn't entirely fair.
  • 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." This goes for just about anything he has reviewed, especially Indiana Jones 4.
    • Some of the director's commentary for the Star Wars prequels used by Plinkett to mock George Lucas's creative philosophies have become fan catchphrases. The most famous being "it's so dense" in reference to Lucas filling the screen with CGI background events to give the illusion of spectacle when there's nothing substantial script-wise to hold audience attention; and "it's like poetry... it rhymes" regarding the framing of prequel scenes to ham-handedly reference similar sequences from the original trilogy. The latter has even mutated further to "it's like pottery".
    • "It's so dense, every single image has so much going on" has entered into the lexicon of many viewers as a description for overly busy frames in films beyond the Star Wars prequels.
  • Misaimed Fandom: 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 in the slightest, he is only expressing his opinion and it's okay for people to like the prequels.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • 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 Ludicrous 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.

Others

  • Broken Base: The comment section for The Care Boars Save Christmas seems to be divided over whether or not it was funny. Though fortunately, unlike most examples, not many people care enough to have arguments about it.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The Grawboskis is a Black Comedy Dom Com parody and probably one of the more famous RLM comedies that isn't a review. It certainly has larger fanbase than the rest of them.
    • While a lot of people disliked it and found it unfunny, some liked The Care Boars Save Christmas. Given that it's a parody from RedLetterMedia done in the style of South Park, it has the type of humor you'd expect.
    • Obsidian Jones explaining the rules of the showdown in The Western Ore Musical.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The song "Pyrite is Alright (With Me)" in The Western Ore Musical, Rich Evans' singing skills are so nonexistent, it's hilarious.

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