- Acceptable Targets:
- James Belushi. Several shots have been taken toward what they see as his crude, obnoxious screen presence (particularly whenever he appears in a Slobs vs. Snobs comedy), as well as some of his apparent misogyny in real life, up to and including his membership in a bizarre "masculinity reclamation" society in Oakland.
- Frank Miller is also someone who has earned their reproach more than once.
- There have been multiple mentions of their dislike for Larry Clark, mainly that his films are so obsessed with teenage sexuality that they are exploitative. One of their proposed titles for his biography is "Larry Clark: Ewwwwwww."
- Whenever Jeffrey Jones comes up on the show, the guys never fail to bring up his 2003 arrest for possession of child pornography, an incident that the gang refers to as "The Troubles." Andrew in particular has expressed disappointment, saying that he considered Jones a talented character actor and always liked seeing him appear in things.
- "The Unemployable" Tom Sizemore, though less for his drug abuse and more for "punching prostitutes" (referencing his relationship with Heidi Fleiss).
- Troy Duffy, if only for being a huge macho jerk with a tendency towards tiresome, quasi-homophobic Gay Panic jokes. Skip Woods of Swordfish and Sabotage (2014) fame gets much the same treatment.
- Any particularly obnoxious right-wing celebrity, such as Adam Baldwin, Donald Trump, "Ben Stein, America's rash," Tim Allen, John "MOOSELEMS!" Rhys-Davies and Adam "Something, Something, Mexicans" Carolla, get a measure of scorn; politicians less so, but it pops up from time to time, particularly with Andrew (who started a rant against John McCain that was so vitriolic that it left Eric momentarily stunned). Lampshaded by Steve in the review for The Day After Tomorrow: "This might be our most libtard episode yet." They do note in their Transformers: Age of Extinction episode that Kelsey Grammar is a right-wing war-hawk, but not a "crazy" conservative.
- Max Landis has been a target of significant ire lately, due to his arguably-misogynistic claim that Rey is a Mary Sue; Andrew in particular is so disgusted by his antics that when the subject first came up, he referred to him only anonymously as a "son of a director" rather than by name, and the term stuck.
- Radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has become this as of late. Catchem in bed with a goblin.
- Awesome Music: Starting around episode 109, the show has relied on a musical interlude from the band Hurrah! A Bolt of Light! for their theme music.
- Harsher in Hindsight:
- The Running Gag in their episode for She's All That is "Do not worry about Paul Walker!" After Walker's death, the gang acknowledged how cringe-worthy the joke has become and say that people can stop bringing it up already.
- In the Deep Impact episode (recorded before Williams' death), they suggest that he might have been one of the elite few selected by the government to survive the asteroid in one of the underground caves for "comic relief," with one of the guys groaning "Good Lord. I'd commit suicide if I was locked in a cave with Robin Williams."
- In the The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day episode, the guys riff on Troy Duffy's feud with Harvey Weinstein and strongly side with Weinstein, saying that while Duffy is an arrogant hack who makes too many Gay Panic jokes, Weinstein is just a mean studio exec who makes great movies. Weinstein would, a few years later, be accused of a spree of sexual assaults and other crimes, making him even more of a pariah than Duffy.
- While reviewing Attack of the Clones, the guys joke that Jar-Jar Binks must have been elected into office because he had a reality show and said stupid things that voters thought were hilarious. The guys are obviously alluding to Donald Trump, who was campaigning for the United States presidency at the time but not yet taken very seriously. Fast forward 11 months, and Trump was, in fact, elected to office. Your mileage may vary on whether Trump is more or less qualified than Jar-Jar Binks.
- In their review of Pixels, they repeatedly remark on how utterly ludicrous it is that a fat uncouth lout like Kevin James' character could ever reach the presidency. This was before Trump became elected president.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- While ripping on The Matrix Revolutions, the guys say that Neo suddenly being able to control robots in the real world is as stupid as if Luke were to suddenly teleport in Return of the Jedi. Two years later, in The Last Jedi, Luke suddenly astral projects to another planet, a move that drew a mixed reaction from audiences.
- In their The Day After Tomorrow episode, the gang imagines that old sitcoms will be brought back to life in the post-disaster world (but with Louie Anderson playing all roles, due to him being the sole surviving actor). One of those shows mentioned to be revived is Roseanne, which was revived in 2018.
- In their discussion of the Captain America movies, they ask when Red Skull is coming back. Cut to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
- The crew's go to complaint about (bad) movies being too long is "It's longer than Star Wars!". Their Patreon exclusive episode on Star Wars is 45 minutes longer than Star Wars.
- As a Running Gag, the guys will pretend that the CEOs of major companies have the same name as the company, like "Thomas Coke" and "Martin Cinemax III." President Donald Trump has done the same thing repeatedly, mistakenly addressing the CEO of Lockheed Martin, Marillyn Hewson, as "Marillyn Lockheed" and the CEO of Apple Inc., Tim Cook, as "Tim Apple."
- In the On-Screen episode reviewing Wonder Woman (2017), Andrew and his wife agree that a Transformers movie with a female lead would never be very good, at least not with Michael Bay directing. Two years later, Bumblebee, starring Hailee Steinfeld and directed by Travis Knight, earned a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Whenever The Karate Kid comes up, the gang shows itself to be fully on board with the "Daniel is the real villain" Alternate Character Interpretation. Said interpretation would later heavily influence the film's official continuation series Cobra Kai.
- Replacement Scrappy: Parodied. In the The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen episode, Steve, intending to plug his improv group, opens the episode with "Hey, everybody! Andrew's not dead!" This leads to a brief riff about regular listeners panicking and potentially driving off a cliff to their deaths at the mere sound of someone else's voice at the top of the show.
- Tear Jerker: The departure of Chris Cabin from the show at the end of Season 5. But fortunately The Bus Came Back!
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