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Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 7 E 24

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Release: December 2, 2014

Film: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

Tagline: A terrible song deserves a terrible special.

This review contains examples of:

  • Accidental Nightmare Fuel: The whole "I Fucking Love Christmas" music video in a nutshell. After Tamara gives a speech about how Critic should be free to accept Christmas, she is interrupted via Jump Scare when the NC grabs her in Riddler make-up and screams in her face. This is followed by a song about how Ax-Crazy he is loving Christmas that terrifies both her and Malcolm.
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  • Ambiguously Jewish: As discussed by the Critic: Santa Claus who has a Yiddish accent of all things... despite representing a Christian holiday.
  • Cassandra Truth: Tamara tries to remove the Critic's Chill Pill patch despite warnings from Malcolm, who has already experienced the terrors of a Christmas spirit-overdosed Critic.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: The "I Fucking Love Christmas" music video is also a textbook example of one of these.
  • Epileptic Flashing Lights: The scene were the unrestrained Critic screams in Tamara's face contains a strobing red and green background. A warning was put at the start of the video for this.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: "Enough to build tranquilizer immunity..."
  • Hope Spot: Subverted. It seems after Malcolm has tranquilized the Critic his immunity to tranquilizers will result in a Downer Ending, but Critic calms down on his own a few seconds later after more of his song and just walks off leaving them alone.
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  • Off-Model: Critic points out a notable instance where Jake is cross-eyed for a few seconds.
  • Oh, Crap!: Malcolm, after he sees that Tamara has removed the Critic's Chill Pill patch.
    Malcolm: Tamara, what have you done?!?
  • One-Winged Angel: Critic turning into an unholy fusion of The Grinch, Beetlejuice, The Mask, The Riddler, and Devil Boner.
  • Restraining Bolt: The Chill Pill patch on the Critic's neck. Tamara wants it removed, thinking it keeps the Critic from enjoying Christmas to the fullest; Malcolm thinks it's for the best, having already bore witness to his past freak-outs.
  • Shout-Out: References The Powerpuff Girls when he learns that the main setting of the movie is "Cityville", but quickly makes clear he knows the former takes place in Townsville.
    • Also references Fargo when he notes that the female cop sports a similar accent and appearance as Marge Gunderson.
    • May also double as a Take That!, as a real Cityville, or rather Citiesville was the focus of the infamous PPG episode "Town and Out".
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    • The Critic says the chorus of "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies in the gag immediately succeeding the Grandpa's musical number.
  • Silver Vixen: The Critic thinks Grandma is hot, mainly because of the way she's drawn.
  • Take That!: Critic notes his disdain for the novelty song on which the entire film is based.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tamara, unaware of the Critic's Yandere-like obsession with Christmas, tries to remove his Chill Pill patch.
  • Unfortunate Name: Critic is absolutely baffled that the hero's last name is "Spankenheimer", and quickly notes how dirty it sounds in context.

"Better get looking for the old broad."

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