Joe's Apartment (1996)
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This film is based on an innovative short film made for MTV about a guy living in a horrible downtown apartment filled with scores of mischievous, smart-alecky roaches. The story chronicles the adventures of Joe (Jerry O'Connell), a hapless rube from the rural Midwest who journeys to the wilds of New York City. Mugged repeatedly on his arrival, his luck seems to turn when he finds an affordable apartment in a very dubious neighborhood. Unfortunately, his landlord (Don Ho) is more interested in
Jul 26, 1996 Wide
Mar 30, 1999
Warner Home Video
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John Payson's Joe's Apartment may well have been a funny MTV short, but stretched to feature length it's got to be the most putrid picture since The Garbage Pail Kids Movie nearly a decade ago.
There's not enough story here for something half that length, so we're subjected to numerous pointless and irritating song-and-dance numbers designed to nudge the lame plot towards its conclusion.
So much up-to- the-minute technology hasn't been used for so disastrous a product since the Hindenburg.
It's nicely realised, by human and roach alike, and something of a landmark in cinematic grossness.
If it were even half as clever as the promotional web site -- which features such inventions as ROL, a parody of online service AOL -- it would be a small delight. But it's not.
Good shorts don't make good features...
A MTV-style creepy coachroach comedy that tries to be too cute for its own good. My kingdom for a can of Raid!
There are some isolated moments in this film that woudl make great shorts. Strung together with the rest of it, though, they just make a mess.
Quite disgusting really
There are some amusing bits -- but most of the jokes are cheap, easy and tend to fall flat.
The use of animatronic puppet and live-action cockroaches is wonderfully clever. It's just too bad the rest of Payson's film wasn't as entertaining.
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