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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
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Jun 5, 2008 By: Jason Adams
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie order
Director:
Jim Mallon

Actors:
Mike Nelson
Kevin Murphy
Trace Beaulieu

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An evil scientist kidnaps a janitor and shoots him in to space, where he and his two robot sidekicks are forced to watch the worst movies ever made. Snarky commentary ensues.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
As people who love to watch movies, Mystery Science Theater 3000 should appeal to all of us on some level. You might not be a fan of the trashy cinema they cater to, but the act of sitting down with a bunch of friends, watching a movie and having a good time--well if you don't do that already, then we here at JoBlo would like to have a word with you. I know those qualities are what originally attracted me to the show as a kid; Mike Nelson (I was too young for the Joel Hodgson years) and crew were exactly like my friends and I, except cleverer and more well-read.

When the movie version of MST3K rolled around in 1996, it was pretty much the same as a regular episode, with maybe a few extra dollars in the budget and a mysteriously shorter running time. The show's cheap production design and puppetry remained intact, as did the snide remarks and snappy dialoge. THIS ISLAND EARTH, the chosen film to be ridiculed, was also classic fare by the show's standards; predictably bad and filled with stodgy acting, a senseless sci-fi plot and giant man-in-suit bugs. Can't go wrong there.

While the movie is definitely enjoyable, it doesn't completely live up to the greatness of the series. You can tell the powers that be dumbed down a lot of the jokes (as well as their frequency) to appeal to a wider audience. It's still quite funny, just not as spectacular as some of the better episodes. For one, the in between "host segments" are a little goofier in a cinematic setting and don't come across as well as they did on the small screen. And with the sheer amount of jokes constantly thrown at yousome intelligent, some crude, most irreverentsome are bound to work better than others. Still, it's a quick (74 minutes!), fun and breezy flick to watch, and you'll have at least a smile on your face the whole time.
THE EXTRAS
It's nice that the crappy movies MST3K makes fun of get more respect on DVD than it does. Nice job, Rogue/Universal.

Since there's absolutely no bonus material on this disc, I'll take this time to say that if you're looking for more stuff by Nelson and Co., check out their latest adventures as The Film Crew.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
MST3K...getting paid for doing what we all do in our own living room. (Or at least they did.) This movie made me laugh plenty, but its honestly not their best material. If you haven't already, check out their now defunct TV series. And screw this barebones DVD.

Extra Tidbit: I have no idea why I love "It's a long par 5 leading to the Nation's capital" so much. It's not even that great or funny of a line, but I still have to explain to my passengers why I randomly yell it out whenever I drive by a golf course.
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