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Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 9 E 11

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Release: June 1, 2016

Film: Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

Tagline: Put on your 3D glasses... wait, you don't have any? Well then, sit back for a trip that'll make you wanna scratch your eyes out.

This review contains examples of:

  • Acting for Two: Or rather, acting for three, as Malcolm plays the 3-D Brothers, Distracting, Dignified and Doesn't Count.
  • Big "NO!": The Critic's reaction when he thought he's going to review Friday the 13th Part III, followed by an even worse reception to the fact that he's actually going to review this film.
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  • Emo: "Doesn't Count", in contrast to refined "Dignified" and obnoxious "Distracting", is brooding, wears the stereotypical haircut, and spends time by himself listening to his smartphone.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: NC punishes the movie for making a joke involving a character named Rez and Juni saying "Hi, Rez" by having it go in the corner with Doesn't Count.
  • Meaningful Name: The 3D Brothers' names represent the application of 3D movies: "Dignified" represents legitimately good films such as Hugo and How to Train Your Dragon, "Doesn't Count" for overly-serious yet poorly-received films such as Clash of the Titans and The Last Airbender, and "Distracting" for such Trilogy Creep movies given the 3D upgrade as Jaws 3D, Friday the 13th Part III 3D, and this film.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: The Critic introduces the Spy Kids series as a "trilogy-plus-one", alluding to the even worse-received All the Time in the World from 2011, eight years after Game Over.
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  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: The Critic objects to the robot with The Toymaker and Valentin breaking apart, yet somehow they get out without a scratch:
    "No. Just no. 101 Dalmatians of no. Yeah, let's see. Ricardo's right here, and Stallone's here... there's no way. Dead instantly. Their bones would be dice in a Yahtzee cup; you wouldn't even recognize their remains."
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The Critic prefers to call Carmen and Juni "Girl Spy Kid" and "Boy Spy Kid", respectively.
  • Running Gag: The "Camel poop!" line from Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams.
  • Sequelitis: The Critic's main complaint about the Spy Kids series.
  • Subverted Catchphrase: The Critic's opening lines are interrupted by the 3-D Brothers: Distracting, Dignified and Doesn't Count (all played by Malcolm).
  • Take That!:
    • The Critic claims the film's exploitation of 3-D filming for gimmicks is much worse than Pure Flix exploiting the topic of God (in such preachy films as God's Not Dead).
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    • When he finds out that the Toymaker "wants to enslave the world's youth with mind control" with his video game, he says, "Please, I think we've all purchased EA games before."
    • When Juni enters the robot fighting arena, he calls it "even lamer than Pokémon Stadium." He then gets booed and says "Oh, yes, Pokémon fans! Bring me your comments of anger! They nourish me!"
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Critic laments that he has to do another scathing review of a film by Robert Rodriguez, whom he otherwise praises as one of the coolest directors alive.
  • Worth It: NC puts himself in the corner after the previous Lame Pun Reaction after making a "KHAAAN!!!" joke.


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