Meet the Applegates (1991)




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A group of super-intelligent, gigantic rainforest bugs go undercover as the Applegates, an average suburban family, in this satirical fantasy. Originally intending to destroy mankind with a nuclear explosion and rule a Utopian, bug-inhabited Earth, the insects instead find themselves increasingly absorbed by the temptations of American consumer society.
Comedy , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Dabney Coleman
as Aunt Bea
Stockard Channing
as Jane Applegate
Glenn Shadix
as Greg Samson
Susan Barnes
as Opal Winters
Roger Aaron Brown
as Sheriff Heidegger
Bobby Jacoby
as Johnny Applegate
Cami Cooper
as Sally Applegate
Lee Garlington
as Nita Samson
Sherrie Wills
as Peace Corps Volunteer
Bradley Mott
as Pastor Cooter
Dan Bradley
as Power Plant Worker
Mark Bringelson
as Rich Block
Adam Biesk
as Vince Samson
Lisa Sutton
as Pregnant Woman
Les Podewell
as Mr. Goodpastor
Mindy Suzanne Bell
as Coach Himler
Joe Liss
as Customs Official
Meg Weldon
as Courtney
Tony Cecere
as Banana Boat Helmsman
Sherry Narens
as Relative #1 (Hector)
Rick Snyder
as Bank Officer
Bob Fox
as Cartwright Jr.
Jerry Craig
as Amazon Native
Ed Begley Jr.
as Dick Applegate
Chelsea Lee
as Ingrid
Chuck Lafont
as Glen Shedd
Joe Van Slyke
as Russell Withers
Ivan H. Migel
as Cashier
Bobby Jocoby
as Johnny Applegate
Mandy Bell
as Coach Himler
Mike Rieden
as Vince's Friend
Sherry Narrens
as Hector, Relative No. 1
Barbara Lehmann
as Cocktail Waitress
Adrian Tafoya
as Motorboat Captain
Alan David Fox
as Peace Corps Volunteer
Richard Barker
as Power Plant Worker
Mark Roberts
as Screaming Guard in Plant
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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

What in the name of all that's holy is this thing?

August 27, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not worth "Meeting"

September 19, 2002

High marks for concept, lowered for a too-pat conclusion, but worth a look

August 14, 2002

Very weird and pretty bad, but fascinating in a train-wreck sort of way.

July 25, 2002

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Full Review… | April 24, 2012
Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review Database

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Meet the Applegates

Wacky comedy about some giant bugs from the Amazon who morph into humans in order to take down human society because of the pollution. Sounds like a tailor-made script for Ed Begley, Jr., huh? Well thats who stars in it! The family ends up succumbing to all the vices around them (sex, shopping, drugs, etc) which ensures a round a laughs.


Movies always get low scores for failing to have a pretentious message. Am I the only one who doesn't need to subtext to be entertained?

Adam Pitzler
Adam Pitzler

Such a surreal movie. But very good.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

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