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Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 11 E 48

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Release: December 18, 2018

Film: The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)

Tagline: It's universally panned by critics and audiences everywhere. Is it worth all the anger? YES! YES IT IS!

This review contains examples of:

  • 0% Approval Rating: Unsurprisingly, no one has anything nice to say about Rachel's serial killer version of Home Alone.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Greg Sestero snarks that Rachel's Darker and Edgier interpretation of Home Alone is the worst thing he has ever seen, even for someone like him who starred in The Room, widely credited as the "Citizen Kane of bad movies" (where he plays Mark).
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    • Andre the Black Nerd complains that Rachel missed an opportunity to add a cameo of Macaulay Culkin's other role as Henry Evans in her darker spin of Home Alone. He also warns Tamara not to see that movie, assuming she has yet to do so, alluding to the latter's own series of reviews as herself, Tamara's Never Seen.
  • An Aesop: Shock value only truly works if the message you are trying to convey through it outweighs the unpleasantness, and takes thorough thought and planning. Otherwise, people just end up getting disturbed by your work.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: invoked In-universe, Rachel's Darker and Edgier Home Alone remake where the burglars are far more evil than they were in the original and many notorious real-life murderers appear turns out to appeal to absolutely nobody and is universally panned in large part because of just how impossible it is to get behind the basic premise.
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  • The Bus Came Back: Rachel returns in this episode to have the gang help her shoot a Darker and Edgier interpretation of Home Alone. Needless to say, the euphoria of seeing her again quickly evaporates when they see just how messed up her interpretation of the film is.
  • Call-Back: The review ends with Doug, Malcolm, Tamara, Rachel, Rob, Jim, Barney, Walter, Heather, Aiyanna and Fard sitting together watching the end of the Christmas Tree review, specifically the Walker brothers' late mother Sandra's message to the audience.
  • The Cameo: The Cinema Snob, The Angry Video Game Nerd, Corey Taylor, Kyle Hebert, Greg Sestero, Uncle Yo, Andre the Black Nerd, Jason Laws, Jon Bailey, Orlando Belisle Jr., Trevor Mueller, Rob Scallon, Chris Atkinson and Jeremy Scott offer their reviews of Rachel's reinterpretation of Home Alone (and, indirectly, towards The Nutcracker in 3D), none of which are even remotely positive.
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  • Continuity Nod: The Snob, in giving his two cents about Rachel's Home Alone reboot, complains that the over-the-top darkness of her reinterpretation isn't going to scare away John Wayne Gacy, notorious Monster Clown Serial Killer and a recurring punchline in his own reviews.
  • Darker and Edgier: Not just The Nutcracker in 3D itself , which is complete with the rats being portrayed as Nazis, disturbing imagery, graphic violence, and shockingly bad performances from the child actors, but said movie also inspired Rachel to follow suit by making her own darker version of the Christmas film Home Alone, complete with the robbers being portrayed as satanist serial killers, Kevin's family members being portrayed as Charles Manson and Lizzie Borden among others, and more.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Critic is particularly disturbed by the scene where the rat Nazis are rounding up and burning the toys that the movie clearly established are living individuals, in a very reminiscent manner of the original Nazis executing Jewish people and other "undesirables" via fire, complete with smoke filled skies and people crying at the sight of this.
  • Heroic BSoD: Rachel has a brief one after the incredibly scathing reviews her remake of Home Alone received. The others respond by saying that she is a very talented person, but also deliver the aesop mentioned above and suggest she look for more experienced people in the film industry to take inspiration from.
  • In Memoriam: The review is dedicated to Doug and Rob's real-life mother Sandra, who passed away in September 2016.
  • Shout-Out: Andre claims that Rachel's version of Home Alone is so bad it makes The Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa look like Toy Story.
  • Take That!: Trevor complains that Rachel's interpretation of Home Alone didn't need to be as dark as a DC Extended Universe movie.

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