Dunston Checks In

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  • Lyonearth  - lol
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    I love the Nostaglia critic :)
  • Drain
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    Good review, horseshit movie. I especially hated the villain's over the top attempt at British acting. The way he talked and perked his mouth reminds me of what FAMILY GUY thinks those people are like.(Which is a horseshit bad cartoon all its own)
  • Jackass Mask
    TROOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL!!!! ! TROLL!

    ...In the comments section...Thought you ought to know.
  • sprezzatura
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    Normally even alluding to the horrible thing they call the Internet Troll annoys me, but that was funny. Tee hee, good sir, tee hee.
  • lcyw20
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    So in your opinion, what is good? You don't like Anime, you trash Family Guy. What do you like?
  • Jackass Mask
    I bet he likes Tim and Eric... Great Job!
  • dvdmacyoshi
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    But... Rupert Everett IS British...
  • Drain
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    More butthurt kiddies making worthless uneducated assumptions and defending trash movies.
  • singitjohnny
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    So do most of us.

    Though, I love him more now that he's said monkeys aren't funny.

    Because they freaking aren't.

    And, curiously, I can pinpoint my hatred of monkeys back to this movie.
  • Mad Movie Gamer
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    Bu-bu-but..., But he doesn't like monkeys.
  • Karxrida  - I agree
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    The Nostalgia Critic is the greatest!
  • SpeedyEric
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    I’ve only seen most of “Dunston Checks In,” because my sister got it from our local library. I’ve first heard of this movie during the previews on my VHS copy of “Power Rangers: The Movie,” and all I know about it is that it stars Charlie from “The Santa Clause,” he befriends a monkey, lives at the Hotel from “Home Alone 2,” and one of the villains is played by Pee-wee Herman. Nowadays, if I want a movie with a monkey in it, I’ll stick with “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” thank you very much.

    2:15- Someone should really bring these kids to the park and give them a couple of Super Soakers.

    If it were possible, I’d give this review 6 stars, but nope; it’s impossible.

    6:08- Hey Critic, if you want a film where animals die, I recommend “Cannibal Ferox.” It has PLENTY of animal deaths.

    The “monkey giving a lady a massage” scene has put some really disturbing images in my head, and I don’t think I’m the only one who feels the same way.

    Paul Reubens’ character reminds me a lot of Christopher Walkin’s role as the mouse exterminator in “Mouse Hunt,” one of my favorite comedies.

    10:16- Bruce Wayne: Master of Disguise, this monkey is not.

    12:21- Tim Burton should make another movie like this. Maybe for the rumored "Beetlejuice 2"

    Like any other slapsticky family films with animals as the main focus, I was lucky to have stayed away from this one as much as possible. Also, I forgot to mention that this film is forgetable except for some of the plot.

    I just did a Wikipedia search of this movie, and found out the director of this film also did "Follow That Bird," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," and "He's Just Not Interested into You."
  • ladydiskette
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    You know, I have this theory of why some directors will be known for making great movies that everyone enjoys. And then will make a dud. They do it on purpose.

    Here is the thing making a GOOD movie takes alot of creativy that requires sometimes even overloading your brain powers. And that can be hard on the mental psyche when your thinking overheats. So I think in order for directors and writers to prevent from having thier thinking hats explode from having to outdo themselves with the next blockbuster hit, they sometimes may have to do a dumbed-down bad movie, that doesn't require as much thinking and plot writing, as a good movie.

    Simply put, it gives thier creative juices a chance to relax and recuperate.

    However the problem can be if you are known for making a bad movie, depending on the movie itself, it can stigmatize you for life. Some directors need to be careful of that.
  • SpeedyEric
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    Which explains why Rob Reiner did "North."
  • dvdmacyoshi
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    And why Coppola made Jack.
  • snickerskicker
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    Kubrick never made a dumbed-down movie. Even "The Shining", being his most mainstream and accessible film, is better than your average horror film and has a lot of brains. But I guess it's kind of unfair to compare other directors to the best.
  • SpeedyEric  - @snickerskicker
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    Don't forget Hitchcock. ;)
  • BooRat
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    I remember watching this movie on VHS tape as a kid... can't recall if I liked it or not but yeah I do recall the monkey movies thing in the 90s with every thing from Spider Monkeys to Chimps being some kid's friend/pet and helping them with whatever problem! You should do a whole month of those movies or animal movies in general! I'd love to see a review of BINGO a movie I loved as a kid but some how still remember to this day for being complete WTF!!! I do recall a lot of these movies because as kid I had the same sick want for violence and death as I do today. Like was I the only one that wanted Dunston to start chewing and mauling the rich woman's face off when he kicked her into that cake!? You know that's what those things do when they tick some one in their "pack" or whatever is being threatened! You seen RotPotA when Cesar bit ole dude's finger off for picking on an old man with Alzheimer's!
  • Jayala19
    awesome!
  • Kamdan
    Your criticism that “monkeys aren’t funny” won’t do you any good here, because this film doesn’t feature a monkey. It’s an APE. You skipped a whole bunch of funny stuff, like when Jason Alexander screams, “HOLY SHIT!” when he first sees Dunston and there was another bit with Paul Rebuens saying he’s looking for a “Pongo pygmaeus” under a table and a guy thinks he was looking at his wife’s cooch.
  • Forgotten Honor
    I'll admit, this one's a guilty pleasure for me too. It's bad, but it's a good kind of bad.
  • ghazzterThaOG
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    Very true, and their was a subplot were Dunston has a brother who has a gorilla that was either killed by the main antagonist or was given away to a potcher by the villian or some shit, sorry its a pretty empty movie for me to actually try to remember all this blah.
  • mrskippy
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    I'm a bit disappointed that the first comment to point out that Dunston is an ape rather than a monkey contains zero Discworld references. To correct this, I offer the word "Ook."

    You're welcome, everyone.
  • brick mooncode
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    "Would it kill this movie if they killed this movie?"
    "Hey, do you know what would be really funny? If you did something funny.
    "I wouldn't expect this movie to do anything different that wasn't anything different."
    Are you interested in joining Tautology Club?
  • WesleyFoxx
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    The first rule of the tautology club is the first rule of the tautology club.

    Shame this review's so short. It almost feels like a much older episode; if it wasn't for the camera/audio being as good as they are I'd swear it was just something dug out of the proverbial nostalgia critic review vault.
  • psycho taylor  - This is crack...
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    lol i still cant believe Paul Rubens was in this XD.
    seeing him try to be all badass was kinda funny.
    but anyways.
    i actaully liked this movie when i was a kid.
    weird..
  • jslplay  - New Movie idea
    Please do this movie its called "Doogal" its a bizarre film please and thank you Nostalgia Critic.
  • SetzyTB
    Doogal was so bad even John Stewart was openly, vocally ashamed of being in it.
  • Flaregun
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    Jon Stewart is openly, vocally ashamed of *every* movie he's ever been in. And with good reason, I might add.

    ...Hey, there might actually be an idea there. Why not have NC do a "Jon Stewart Month", where every week he looks at a different one of the terrible, terrible movies Stewart has been in? I mean sure, on The Daily Show Stewart actually is a genius God of comedy and political & social commentary, and Doug would have to acknowledge that, and often, but just about every one of his movies seems like a prime choice for a Nostalgia Critic review yet I don't think he's done one yet. There's a bad review goldmine there just waiting to be tapped.
  • Vent
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    Deifying comedians is deeply creepy.
  • Zodiac
    Wow, short episode this week.

    DO POKEMON MOVIES AS COMPENSATION!!!!

    I laughed when the lemming dog tried to commit suicide. Seriously, what dog gets so excited that it leaps off a large building?
  • CR0D
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    That Monkey is a Shitload of Fuck
  • Emilie Bennett
    This is the funniest review I've seen since the review for Cop and a Half. I laughed so hard at the water/punching gag that I continued into tears after it ended.
  • Amay13
    Wanted to point out Hugo got its material from a book.... but that doesn't really matter :)
    this was hilarious. I'd never even heard of this movie, and I will never see it after this( thank you for saving me from that terrible fate!)

    I have to agree- Monkeys- and by that extension, Apes, Baboons and Chimps are not funny. For some reason, my brother likes this kind of flick, but I agree 100% with you.
  • Moreno X
    Of all the silly animal movies the 90s gave us, I have never heard of this at all and I'm glad I didn't.
  • Crunchy_Frog
    Erm, chimpanzees *are* apes. Just saying.
  • HilBethJay
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    Erm, orangutans (in this case, a female) are not chimpanzees.

    This message has been brought to you by an insufferable know-it-all who just couldn't resist correcting someone.
  • Hinatachan360  - Monkey confusion!
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    Perhaps it should be pointed out that monkeys (like the one in 'Night at the Museum') have prehensile tails, and apes (ie, orangutans) have no tails. That should clear up the confusion....I hope.
  • Amay13
    very, very true. I couldn't agree more.
  • Moreno X
    Well, glad you recover from all that beating from a crowd of otakus :P and looks great as always. Too bad we have movies that has to have monkeys in it :/ You think monkey movies aren't funny, you should check a seal movie called "Andre".

    Good review NC.
  • leodamascus
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    You know, you actually can get fired for taking too few vacations. It usually has to do with getting a company in legal trouble against labor laws if you work too much.
  • Plotspider  - First time
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    That may be the first time where the father's reason for the lack of a vacation was actually witnessed by the kid as being because of his boss, and the father didn't have to go through that "You promised us a vacation, and I hate you because you have responsibilities" crap that always seems to plague kids' movies.
  • Set Abomine
    The whole monkey giving a woman a massage scene looks as if it was directly cribbed from a scene in Red Dwarf's eight season opening miniseries where a baby T-Rex gives Captain Holister a massage with it's tongue (unbeknownst to him until the T-Rex roars)

    The difference is that the scene was set up in Red Dwarf in such a way that you could suspend your disbelief in what you were seeing and actually laugh at it whereas here it's just not funny in the slightest way.
  • TheTannedOtaku  - A MONKEY!
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    If you're talking cliche comedy and writing with a godawful rap, "Car 54, Where Are You?" would make this movie look Oscar worthy
  • mumbls
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    That ,movie might actually be better for MikeJ since he does a sub-genre in his "Shameful Sequels" show as "Ridiculous Remakes."
  • saxy_2000  - Props
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    Props on 201st ep. Here's hoping your next 200 are just as awesome!
    P.S. I HATE MONKEYS!!
  • TragicGuineaPig
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    Shouldn't the band Limozeen play for him or something?
  • Superchat
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    Never seen this movie before this, quite glad.
  • 12iveyhl
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    Nice Review
  • Raptor Rex
    Not as bad as the let's play review but all in all, this ep is pretty weak. Did anyone watch the media hunter's review? it was told very well.
  • JoeCat
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    Agree with Raptor. Not a bad review, but not one of your better ones. Still, if you liked it, that's nice and I'm glad you did, but personal opinion this review seemed to lack any real... anything beyond complaining about monkeys/apes. Maybe the lack of comedy in this movie really did zap all the funny out of NC like he said.

    Still got a chuckle out of the UHF and Jerry Seinfeld jokes though.
  • PJGabby
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    =D idky I'm just happy you reviewed this movie uess the timing was perfect...well not completely but still =w=

    great review, wish you luck on your next one =3
  • Truxillogical
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    But...but Pearl Forrester said that Duston Checks In was "The best ape movie!" And then she opened a beer with her teeth.

    Do you really dare question the wisdom of our Overlord Pearl?

    (Also, it's not just that monkeys aren't funny. It's that they're also evil. Pure, hairy evil.)
  • gades90  - Good one.
    Nice to see you back in form after the shit 200th episode. Thanks for the belly laughs. I'm always grateful for those.
  • Plotspider  - Ponyo's review was good
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    I thought he really did talk about some relevant issues with Ponyo. It's a great movie, but it does have some very odd things happening that make very little sense (yes, even to a non-Japanese person).
  • LordHiroRose
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    I never heard of this film, though I am sure it doesn't matter. All that is important is watching the Critic tear it a new one.
  • Leon Real
    Monkeys can also be funny when they're talking dools with disturbing fetishes.
  • WhoMyBabyDaddy
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    oh shit i remember owning this shitty movie on VHS years ago
  • Lonny  - Wow!
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    I finally made it to the first page and I don't know what to say.

    Uhm, great review, uh, this movie sucked and, uh, . . . PENIS!!!
  • JaniceGhostHunter
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    Are you uh... doing uh...uh.. a Jeff... uh Goldbloom.... Goldbloom... impression? Its uh.... fairly good uh... but... CHECKMATE.
  • darkness shade sonata
    you used maverick hunter zero in a shot? did NOT peg you as a megaman x fan mister critic, you just got 20 percent cooler...
  • ZigTheHunter
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    Well he has referenced Megaman quite a few times in his reviews, so its not too surprising.
  • N8Z  - Cakes
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    What about the cake in the pie fight scene from The Great Race. Jack Lemmon Fell into that thing Twice and it was funny both times.
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