04:27:40 PM Oct 8th 2010
edited by DocStrange
edited by DocStrange
- Archive of material removed from main page for being too review-y. If anyone wants to make a review from it that 1) Makes sense and 2) fits the 400-character limit, the raw material's waiting here even if it's fallen off the edit history.***
- Broken Aesop: The film's message is ostensibly about the value of family and accepting one's parents. It does nothing to convince the audience that North had any logic in going back to them.
- Crapsack World: Everyone in the movie aside from (arguably) North, his mentor figure, and the whitebread family he's with are boorish, insensitive, loud, selfish, ethnocentric, and incapable of showing sincerity towards their own deceased family members.
- And arguably, none of them are really that much better.
- Creator Killer: After this film, Reiner's directorial career plummeted. While Your Mileage May Vary on Academy Award-nominated Ghosts of Mississippi and The American President, the rest just stunk.
- Ironically, one of the final lines in Ebert's review is "But it is not by a bad filmmaker, and must represent some sort of lapse from which Reiner will recover".
- Also what he says about himself. When Willis asks him about it, North starts talking about how goddamn great he is and how dumb his parents are for not noticing it.
- Everything Is Big in Texas: To the point that the prospective parents here intend to fatten North up because they pride themselves on having the biggest of everything.
- And apparently dress like Fat!Elvis playing Joe Buck in a production of Midnight Cowboy on Ice.
- Dethroning Moment of Suck: Critical Research Failure aside, the depiction of Eskimo families being so indolent towards murdering their parents that there is a theme park-like business for it is so shockingly tasteless and sadistic that even fans of the movie try to forget about it.
- Did Not Do The Research: The parents in the places that North visits do not act like the people from those places.
- So Bad It's Horrible: According to the quoted reviewers, and heavily skewered at Reiner's Friar's Club roast. In fact, at one point, Reiner was forced to read the very same Ebert quote as listed above, and after doing so, said "You know, if you read between the lines, I don't think it's that bad."
- So Bad It's Good: A few people see the film as this as well.
- So Unfunny, It's Funny: When this troper heard the joke "The defense rests," I laughed my ass off. Not because it was funny, but because I thought it was hilarious that someone actually thought that was a decent joke, since it includes a beat to give the audience time to laugh.
- "The only barren place on the island is... Mrs. Ho". I'm a horrible person. It was so wrong, I had to laugh.
"I hated this movie. Hated, hated, hated, hated, hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it."
"Damn. That is harsh."
— The Nostalgia Critic, after hearing the above rant.
- Wall Banger: Among many items, if North is so smart, how come he can't see through the "We don't want Hugh" video?