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Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 6 E 16

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Release: September 17, 2013

Film: Bridge to Terabithia

This review contains examples of:

  • invokedAlternate Character Interpretation: To him, Leslie gets so into her and Jess's fantasy that she comes off to him as a Creepy Child with a twisted sense of reality. He then depicts this with a skit of Doug and Rachel as Jess and Leslie as adults (depicting what could have happened had Leslie not died on the rope), and Rachel!Leslie still believes she's in Terebithia and kills anyone who doesn't play along.
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  • Angrish: The Critic really loses it when the bully taunts Jessie about Leslie's death.
  • Art Shift: The Critic notes that the film initially suggests the fantasy scenes will be in a handdrawn mixed with live-action style, but turn out to be CGI. He then parodies this by having his own show suddenly take on the tone of Frank Miller.
  • Actually Pretty Tragic: Though he spends most of the review taunting the film about its sugary whimsy, he admits it's actually pretty good about depicting Jess's trauma after Leslie's death.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Late in the review, the Critic's again complaining about how nothing seems to go wrong in this movie, then sees the parents crying:
    Critic: Well, good! Somebody better be dead!
    Dad: Your friend Leslie is dead.
  • Call-Back: He brings up how he first mentioned his dislike for the movie in his What's with the Princess Hate? editorial.
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    • Critic is Marv in the Sin City joke. Doug related to the character's worthlessness in his "Top 10 Favorite Characters" and admitted to finding him attractive.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The Critic is outraged by the bully's taunt about Leslie's death and actually codones him getting beaten up.
  • It Will Never Catch On:
    Critic!Leslie: I also have this idea for a young adult series that rips off Battle Royale...
  • Mundane Made Awesome: "IT'S A FRIGGIN' ROPE!"
  • invokedNarm: Maybelle, a little eight year old girl telling Leslie God will damn her to Hell comes off as hilarious to the Critic.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: The Critic admits he normally wouldn't condone a kid solving their problem with violence, but feels the bully that taunts Jessie about Leslie's death deserved to get punched out.
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  • Psychopathic Womanchild: The Critic thinks Leslie will grow up to be one of these. See Alternate Character Interpretation aboveinvoked.
  • Shout-Out: Rachel!Leslie tortures Malcolm in a manner similar to Francis Dolarhyde from Red Dragon
  • Take That!: When introducing AnnaSophia Robb, he compares her looks and personality to that of a Barbie doll, then shows a skit of Ariel, Snow White, and other Disney princesses planning to kill her.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The Critic's in-universe opinion of the movie until Leslie's death.
    Critic: Stop it! You're making Full House look like a Holocaust drama!

"God damns ya to Hell!"
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