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Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 10 E 15

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Release date: August 1, 2017

Film: Monkeybone (2001)

Tagline: Just because it's dark and weird doesn't mean it's good.


  • Aborted Arc: The Critic calls out a loose-ended subplot involving Stu's sister Kimmy demanding to pull off his life-support system while he's in a coma. Nothing much comes out of it, other than a comment about how she and Stu "made a pact" because their father died so slowly (though her unusually cheery tone brings a lot of it into question).
  • Actor Allusion: Three In-Universe cases:
    • When Julie proposes to her colleagues a plan to scare Stu out of his coma, the Critic suggests showing him reviews for Single White Female (a poorly-received film starring Julie's actress Bridget Fonda, who the Critic thinks is an otherwise good actress).
    • Seeing Whoopi Goldberg and Thomas Haden Church as Death and her uncredited assistant, the Critic jokes that they are just in it for a paycheck in between two big projects, such as The Lion King and The View for Goldberg, as well as Wings and Sideways for Haden Church.
    • When Stu awakes in the body of a dead gymnast, Critic points out that one of the morgue surgeons is played by Bob Odenkirk, making him wonder where in Better Call Saul (where Odenkirk plays the titular Amoral Attorney) that scene fits into.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: The Critic likes Chris Kattan as Stu in the body of a dead gymnast.
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  • Brick Joke: The Critic forces Malcolm and Tamara to punch themselves after a bad joke in the film. When the Critic makes one at the end of the first half, however, it becomes his turn to punch himself.
  • Call-Back:
  • Comical Angry Face:
    • The Critic is absolutely livid at Malcolm and Tamara when their last attempt at a surreal movie turns out to be Monkeybone.
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    • Instead of final remarks at the end of the film, the Critic is simply scowling at the scene where a naked Herb, affected by the nightmare gas, screams at the audience to take their clothes off.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: The Critic claims he finds more personality from the peach in James and the Giant Peach (Henri Selick's previous directorial effort before this film) than Monkeybone.
  • Innocent Innuendo: How the Critic's joke on Monkeybone betraying Stu went. Even Malcolm and Tamara thought that joke wasn't funny, and the Critic ends up punching himself for it.
    Critic: "So, like most boners, you think it's your friend, but it often gets you in trouble and, sometimes, even lands you in prison."
  • Just for Pun: How the Critic compares the scenery with the main story.
    "While it's a marvel for the eyes, it's a DC for the rest of the senses, as Fraser comes across his creation, Monkeybone..."
  • Rule of Three: When the Critic describes the kinds of surreal movies that still hold up and those that do not:
    "Films like Gremlins, Addams Family and ParaNorman still hold up. Films like Monkeybone, Monkeybone and Monkeybone do not.
  • Shout-Out:
  • So Okay, It's Average: The Critic's opinion on Brendan Fraser (Stu Miley).
  • Spit Take: Stu!Monkeybone's generic delivery of this trope has the Critic calling out its predictability, while spontaneously also doing it to show that it's better when it comes out of nowhere.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: At the end of the review, the two kids' parents are revealed to be Creepy Dad and Aunt Despair, and they leave together, but not before the latter two deny knowing the children when the Critic asks them of their relationship.
  • Take That!:
  • Toilet Humor: The Critic calls out a 90-second-long sequence introducing a farting Monkeybone toy.
  • Visual Pun: When the Critic describes the adult humor in this film as pushing the envelope of the acceptability of animation—a style traditionally relegated to a young demographic—in adult movies, he literally pushes a white envelope to the corner.
  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief: The Critic deems such a good-looking guy as Fraser inappropriate to play such a tormented artist as Stu. When Malcolm and Tamara try to defend their casting choice, the Critic retorts that good-looking protagonists in surreal movies usually play the Only Sane Man. He also takes issue that such a social outcast would also have such a beautiful girlfriend as Bridget Fonda's Julie McElroy, though Tamara later remarks how they blackmailed Fonda into the role.
  • Writing Lines: As punishment for giving him one too many movies with weird stuff in them that are inferior to Beetlejuice, the Critic makes Malcolm and Tamara write on a whiteboard, "I will not breathe", several times. They say that line each time they write it.

"No, no, no, Herb, you ding dong!"


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