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Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 6 E 14

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Release: August 20, 2013

Film: Les Misérables (2012)

Guests: Paw, Oancitizen, Brentalfloss, and others.

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  • Acceptable Targets: invoked One of the episode's source of humour comes from making fun of Russell Crowe's performance in the film. Even Paw, who liked the movie, had to concede how bad it is.
    Paw: Come on you guys, it's not that bad per se.
    Critic & Kyle: But Russell Crowe...
    Paw: Okay, okay, okay!
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  • Art Shift: The Critic, Paw and Kyle imitate Cosette's Puppy-Dog Eyes in the musical poster, which ends up shifting to a similar style.
  • "Be Quiet!" Nudge: Oancitizen to Paw, while they're trying to get Floss away.
  • Broken Base: In-Universe, these were the final opinions on the film: Kyle hated it, Paw loved it and the Critic was indifferent. Then they conclude that this is one of those movies that critics can't really agree upon.
  • Brownface: Rachel either got very tanned from when we last saw her, or she got browned up to play Katara. She looks just as tan when playing Helena Bonham Carter/Madame Thénardier.
  • BSoD Song: Floss' suicide song. It parodies Javert's Suicide, so this is to be expected.
  • The Cameo: Many of them, including:
  • Call-Back: In the Moulin Rogue review, it's mention that someone always needs to die in a musical. Floss dies again just like he did in the previous musical.
    • Kyle telling Linkara that it's his time to shine which is a reference to how he never got to sing in the Moulin Rouge review.
    • Also Linkara mentioning that he didn't do much in the Moulin Rouge review.
  • Casting Gag: A few parallels to the casting for the "One Day More" performance in The Nostalgia Chick's review:
    • Critic, Paw and Kyle originally joined the song in the same verse.
    • Elisa reprises Cosette and Paw reprises Marius... though he hadn't done the duet, as that particular Marius part there was sung by Obscurus Lupa. And in both cases, Todd in the Shadows shows up immediately afterward.
    • There is also some parallels to the Moulin Rouge review such as Linkara still having a small part and Brental Floss dying again.
  • The Cast Show Off: Everyone who sings, except Brentalfloss, who ends up being Hollywood Tone-Deaf while trying to imitate Russell Crowe's singing.
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  • Complaining About Shows You Don't Watch: A Meta example. Linkara has admitted he hasn't watched the film, but tries to barge in the review anyway to criticize Anne Hathaway's performance (the single good thing the others have on the movie).
  • Corpsing: During his song, Linkara's visibly holding back laughter when the black sheet behind him falls off the wall.
  • Cut Song: The Critic Brings It Home
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Happens to Paw during his and Maven's musical number. She ends up having to drag him away.
  • Dope Slap: The Critic gets one from his two co-reviewers at the very end.
  • Driven to Suicide: After Brentalfloss finally joins the review, he is told that they finished it and that Russell Crowe is awful. That causes him to drown himself in a bathtub.
  • Foreshadowing: After the credits roll and the NC returns home, he finds two people named Katara and Sokka waiting for him as they ask for help to save their franchise from an evil force.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Brentalfloss, as a Take That! to Russell Crowe's singing.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • After The Critic says you shouldn't run and hide from confrontation, the reviewers end up running and hiding when Brentalfloss comes back.
    • Paw and Maven met and immediately go through a love montage, all the while singing how stupid the Love at First Sight trope is.
  • Last Note Hilarity: "Home?"
  • Let's Duet: Paw and Maven's song, "That Kind of Song".
  • Love at First Sight: Parodied; after mentioning how this trope is cheesy and unrealistic after seeing it happen in the film, it ends up happening to Paw and Maven. The Critic and Kyle are kind of grossed out.
  • Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number: One Big Song
  • Minor Character, Major Song: Malcolm and Rachel have no real importance, but they do get to have a song. Linkara counts as well.
  • Moment Killer: After Kyle sings a song, he realizes that everyone ignored it and finally gets fed up with Paw and Maven's cuddling. Kyle gets his revenge by claiming that there's a Buffy marathon going on and Maven runs off to watch it. Needless to say, Paw's not pleased.
    Oancitizen: There's a Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathon on downstairs.
    Maven: Girl power and vampires?! (runs off, causing Paw to fall off the bed they were sitting on and land on the floor with a thump)
    Paw: Cockblocker.
  • Oh, Crap!: After Valjean and Cosette escape from Javert, the Critic begins to give his final thoughts on the film... until Paw tells him that they've barely covered the first third.
  • The Oner: Parodied with Linkara's song.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Paw cites this as the reason why Cosette is the poster girl for Les Miserables instead of Gavroche, who's a much more proactive character.
  • Reviews Are the Gospel: Referenced in-universe. Critic's the one who gets the line "will you draw your own conclusion, or give up and follow me?"
  • Suckiness Is Painful: The episode opens with the three reviewer exaggeratedly cringing at the TV screen while watching the Les Mis movie.
    Oancitizen: Look down, look down, don't look right at the screen.
    Critic & Paw: We can't, we've tried, it's just to damn obscene.
  • Tempting Fate: The Critic remarks how the review is carrying more sub-plots than the film and Kyle comments that they couldn't possibly add more. Cue Todd in the Shadows walking in, saying how he found a Platypus-Bunny.
  • The Unintelligible: The Critic's opinion of Colm Wilkinson.
  • Villain Song: "Sacha Baren-Cohen and Helena Bohnam Carter", which is based on "Master of the House". Interestingly, it's more about the role of Plucky Comic Relief than being villains.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Just like the first musical review, every song that's sung mimics and parodies the movies songs.


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