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‘Congo’ – A 1990s Camp Classic That’s Begging for Rediscovery Article

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u/WhiteLama Sep 07 '22

Is Congo the one where they laser evil gorillas?

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u/buddyWaters21 Sep 07 '22

You mean the one where they use diamonds guarded by old, evil gorillas to power a laser to fight off said gorillas, yes

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u/HunterGonzo Sep 07 '22

Not before Tim Curry gets beaten to death by said gorillas for trying to steal their diamonds

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u/Hadr619 Sep 07 '22

“Stop eating my sesame cake!!”

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u/2Talloperator Sep 07 '22

I love quoting this when I'm able, but nobody ever gets the reference. Delroy Lindo's best line ever

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u/gravitydriven Sep 07 '22

There are probably takes where he's even more over-the-top, and we deserve to see those.

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u/Thrabalen Sep 07 '22

"Don't want nobody peeking..."

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u/bookoocash Sep 07 '22

This movie has to be one of the goriest PG-13 movies I ever saw. There’s a lot of blood and apes straight up mutilating people.

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u/Seienchin88 Sep 07 '22

And he utters his most amazing line ever in this movie:

No, no, not, not, nooo, noot

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u/Iohet Sep 07 '22

We must fallow the goREEla

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u/DUMBOyBK Sep 07 '22

Too tha Cityyy of Ziinjjjjj!

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u/Cli4ordtheBRD Sep 07 '22

"We are always watching you..."

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u/Darko33 Sep 07 '22

And if you think that description sounds utterly ridiculous and could only be part of a truly terrible movie, you couldn't be more wrong!

Because "terrible" is an insufficiently vivid word to use to describe just how bad it is

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u/Briguy24 Sep 07 '22

The book was much better.

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u/bigbear75 Sep 07 '22

According to the book the movie was severely lacking in skull crushing.

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u/UndercoverTrumper Sep 07 '22

no kidding it seemed like every chapter had someone getting their skull crushed by stone tablet wielding apes. Yet in the movie...what do we get? maybe 1 or 2? so disappointing.

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u/[deleted] Sep 07 '22

To be fair, Tim getting his head crushed in terrified me as a kid lol

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u/Adrialic Sep 07 '22

I vividly remember an eyeball rolling down a hill in this. Nothing else really.

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u/40Year_Old_GA Sep 07 '22

This is why I bought the book in the first place. I read the prologue, and was hooked. It’s gnarly.

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u/DunningKrugerOnElmSt Sep 07 '22

Crichton makes books that read like a summer blockbuster. Good mindless fun. Timeline was a good one too if you ever seen the movie, the book is similarly better.

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u/Darko33 Sep 07 '22

Loved the book too. Loved most of Crichton's stuff from around that time

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u/Briguy24 Sep 07 '22

Same for me. Recently reread Jurassic Park. I forgot how different it was from the movie.

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u/hendy846 Sep 07 '22

I feel like most of Chrichton's movie adaptations were a large departure from the books.

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u/Briguy24 Sep 07 '22

Eaters of the Dead / The 13th Warrior may be the best example of this.

I saw the movie first and didn't catch the parallels between them and Beowulf.

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u/hendy846 Sep 07 '22

Oooh yeah, forgot about that one. Don't think I ever read that book but definitely enjoyed the movie.

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u/Briguy24 Sep 07 '22

The book was very enjoyable.

It pretty much tells you the main blonde Viking is supposed to be Beowulf. He kills Gendel (monsters attacking Herot) and then goes in the cave to find Grendel's mother and kill her. The book describes the feral people as being short, stocky and very hairy. Kind of goes on to theorize that it's a pocket of some type of Neanderthal or proto human.

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u/bigbear75 Sep 07 '22

Congo is actually fairly old. 7 years between that and Sphere. Nothing scared me as a teenager as much as reading Sphere. Then it's all downhill after Timeline.

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u/zombiepete Sep 07 '22

Sphere remains one of my all time favorite novels; I have read it multiple times.

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u/detectiveriggsboson Sep 07 '22

I remember reading Sphere in 7th grade, getting to the JERRY/HARRY part and thinking "This is the coolest and most terrifying thing I've ever read."

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u/jacobonjacob Sep 07 '22

Same. I remember being a teenager and actually thinking reading sucked and movies and video games are way better and I'll never get into reading. But as I got older and more intelligent and curious I decided to read some books and Sphere was one of the first big books I read and jeez, what an absolute page turner, so eerie... Now I love reading!

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u/SoldierHawk Sep 07 '22

The book is fucking terrifying.

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u/Oktobr Sep 07 '22

Hell yeah it is. I read it when it came out. Don’t even remember the year. And I still have images in my head of the gorillas with their stone hand weapons like clapping the people’s heads and crushing them.

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u/tanis_ivy Sep 07 '22

The first time I read it I was 12ish. Read the whole thing in 2-days. I was afraid to stop reading, I needed to know what happened. Crichton's ability to paint pictures with words is amazing.

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u/RBCsavage Sep 07 '22

…but did you ever play the Video Game? I read the book as a young teen and was so excited to play it. It was… ok.

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u/Sonofman80 Sep 07 '22

Amy

Amy like Congo

Amy disagree

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u/BarneyFuckingRubble Sep 07 '22

I don’t care how bad it is, I absolutely love Congo.

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u/GMHGeorge Sep 07 '22

With the great line from Laura Linney: “Put’em on the endangered species list!”

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u/exothermic1982 Sep 07 '22

Ugly gorillas, ugly. Go away!

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u/tunamelts2 Sep 07 '22

Amy good gorilla. Amy want green drop drink.

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u/Darko33 Sep 07 '22

Movie had more ham than a Polish deli

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u/Ben_Wah_Balls Sep 07 '22

Great ham too.

“STOP EATING MY SESAME CAKE!!!”

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u/apuk00 Sep 07 '22

I still quote that Sesame cake line all the time haha

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u/Money-Swordfish537 Sep 07 '22

I still say this from time to time and no one gets it !! Amazing. Nice to find a civilised bunch

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u/WeekendTacos Sep 07 '22

Happens when you have Bruce Campbell leading off the movie.

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u/Defcheze Sep 07 '22

yes

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u/RummyRabbit Sep 07 '22

Shot blew my mind as a kid. Diamonds and gorilla laser fights.

Amy Scared.

Don’t remake it Hollywood. Just remaster the damn thing.

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u/Not_Without_My_Balls Sep 07 '22

This was one of those random VHS tapes my grandma had so I watched this alot as a kid. It scared me, it made me laugh, and god damn did it make me love Amy The Gorilla with all my heart. Also, Tim Curry and Ernie Hudson.

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u/RummyRabbit Sep 07 '22

OH MY GOD INFORGOT TIM CURRY IS IN IT!!!

Guess what im watching today?

It’s the Rocky horror picture show. But AFTER THAT, Cobra (1986) and THEN Congo!

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u/The_Arborealist Sep 07 '22

Bruce Campbell is also in it. ....briefly.

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u/outerproduct Sep 07 '22

I always hear him saying DIYAMOND in my head.

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u/mikehouse72 Sep 07 '22

The city of Zyiingge

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u/RummyRabbit Sep 07 '22

Lmao I can hear it. He’s easily one of my favorite actors ever

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u/oh-kee-pah Sep 07 '22

Every word of it was absooollluuuutely true!

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u/TheUmbrellaMan1 Sep 07 '22

It's based on a novel by Michael Crichton. It's bound for a remake at some point.

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u/StraightDust Sep 07 '22

Put them on the endangered species list

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u/LinkinFoo182 Sep 07 '22

Those gorillas scared the shit out of me when I was a kid.

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u/ThatOtherGai Sep 07 '22

Same

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u/i_wap_to_warcraft Sep 07 '22

Me too. I was around 6 when my mom rented this for me to watch not realizing how sketchy it was. Oh and also deliverance. That shit scarred me as a child

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u/Gavica Sep 07 '22

Did your mom rent deliverance for you at age 6? Wtf?

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u/Homebrew_Dungeon Sep 07 '22

The toys of them had glow in the dark paint on the bubbly parts.

Edit; it was the eyes and teeth.

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u/[deleted] Sep 07 '22

Amy, good gorilla!

Classic.

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u/full_bl33d Sep 07 '22

My friend and I would talk like this til we were about 37 to each other, mostly at bars. “Amy Amy want green drop drink. Amy Amy wants to get shitfaced. Ugly ugly woman” and so on

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u/UrsusRenata Sep 07 '22

I thought it was Raindrop Drink. So I googled it, and both are claimed. I’m so tired of the two-party system.

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u/full_bl33d Sep 07 '22

I was in my own echo chamber. I’ve never heard raindrop drink. I’m sorry I didn’t recognize you or your party until today. I remember her being in a Pepsi commercial too so we would throw that one around mostly on hangover days. “Ugly ugly gorilla, go away, Amy Amy want Pepsi”

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u/replicant2018 Sep 07 '22

It's a martini with green olives. So the green drop drink makes sense to me.

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u/dv666 Sep 07 '22

Ernie Hudson's best performance

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u/Terwolde Sep 07 '22

The great white hunter, who just happens to be black.

He's so cool in it.

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u/icepick314 Sep 07 '22

Did he speak in British accent?

Whatever it was, it was so classy for the setting.

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u/pandybong Sep 07 '22

Maaan, the sad face he pulls when his right hand man (Kahega?) gets taken down by the evil gorillas is sooo good. It actually moved me - a fricken killer gorilla laser film with Tim Curry in it!

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u/tannerjohngates Sep 07 '22

My dad met him and got an autograph at a convention. As he was signing my dad ducked away. Ernie said, "where'd you go?". My dad goes, "Irunaway..".

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u/Omnificer Sep 07 '22

I just rewatched this 2 days ago and was thoroughly pleased with all of Monroe's lines. He was really MVP of the whole group. Although Dr. Ross was pretty badass, especially when she grabbed the flair gun for the heat-seeking missiles.

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u/LiveMaineLobster Sep 07 '22

“Every monkeh for miles around thinks he’s Elvis Preslehh.”

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u/unclegabby Sep 07 '22 Silver Wholesome

Stop eating my sesame cake!

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u/dreffen Sep 07 '22

Scene rules. Delroy Lindo rules. Tim Curry rules.

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u/pandybong Sep 07 '22

Joey Pants has a great couple of scenes too

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u/Ambers_on_fire Sep 07 '22

This is pure Kafka.

Who is Kafka!?

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u/Dr-Talbot Sep 07 '22

I saw this at the time in a cinema in Prague, big cheers at that line

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u/N0dogs Sep 07 '22

This entire time I thought he said caca (poop)

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u/PsychLeader Sep 07 '22 Gold

That whole scene is hilarious:
Captain Wanta: [Homolka is eating a cake] Mr Homolka?
Herkermer Homolka: Yes?
Captain Wanta: Stop eating my sesame cake.
[Homolka pauses in confusion]
Captain Wanta: [shouting angrily] STOP EATING MY SESAME CAKE!
[Homolka spits out the cake]
Captain Wanta: What are you doing in my country, bag of shit?
Herkermer Homolka: Captain, please, I only wish to explore and discover...
Captain Wanta: This fellow
Captain Wanta: [pokes Homolka's face with a stick] is a big. Bag. Of. Shit.

The gorilla signs were great too :
Tickle Amy, tickle.

Ugly gorillas, ugly, go away!

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u/MichaelDokkan Sep 07 '22

The Homolka accent is a spectacle to be heard through the whole movie lol

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u/captainxenu Sep 07 '22

The chity ohf Zhenge!

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u/globaloffender Sep 07 '22

“These Eerra-glificks”

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u/goozandachos Sep 07 '22

I still say the sesame cake line out loud randomly all these years later

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u/definitelynotpatrick Sep 07 '22

Don't want anybody peaking

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u/LBK0909 Sep 07 '22

This is the scene that I play in my head, whenever I think of this movie.

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u/Rubberbabybuggybum Sep 07 '22

My favorite part of the movie is a really little thing...and 25 year old spoilers I guess...at the end Laura Linney blows up Joe Don Baker's precious satellite with the laser thing.

And you see the satellite blow up, then it cuts to them back in the Congo and in the background you can actually hear the explosion in the background.

From space.

In the Congo.

I love that movie.

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u/lorgskyegon Sep 07 '22

I think that is actually the volcano continuing its eruption

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u/TheBestDrug Sep 07 '22

Brilliant!

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u/Tangocan Sep 07 '22

TICKLE. ME. TICKLE. ME.

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u/SuperZoomBattle2086 Sep 07 '22

What are you doing in my country, you bag of shit?

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u/grasshoppa80 Sep 07 '22

STOP

EATIN

MAA

SESAMEEE

CAKE

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u/tequilasauer Sep 07 '22

Delroy Lindo gives the performance of the movie. So good. "Don't want nobody peaking." So many great little touches to that character. I also really enjoy Laura Linney in this movie.

It's such an absolute garbage premise that's like kinda executed well, all things considered.

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u/yeltsinfugui Sep 07 '22

I agree that DL was great, but disagree on Linney. the two main actors, Linney and Walsh, were completely outshone by the supporting cast. Lindo and Curry were great, and Ernie Hudson was absolutely electric at times.

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u/Wittywats Sep 07 '22

Oddly, the main thing I remember about it is when they cut to an establishing shot of the home office back in Houston, there are massive mountains in the background.

Yes. As a boy growing up in Houston, how we loved our sprawling mountains…

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u/pigletpooh Sep 07 '22

I have the same association with the old tv movie of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand.’ There’s an establishing shot of a car driving by a majestic mountain range in the background with the word “INDIANA.”

I saw many hills growing up in Indiana. Didn’t see many mountains.

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u/TheFutureofScience Sep 07 '22

Yeah, movies are filmed in Vancouver, SoCal, Arizona, and Romania. So pick your stand-in for the bayou.

Hell, the Vietnam scenes of Full Metal Jacket were filmed in London. LONDON!!! Movie magic indeed.

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u/dgjapc Sep 07 '22

Hollywood loves Georgia, too. The state, not the country.

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u/Caleth Sep 07 '22

Hollywood loves the tax breaks and kick backs

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u/TheKramer89 Sep 07 '22

That John Denver is full of shit man…

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u/probablyisntserious Sep 07 '22

Big Gulps... nice!

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u/SuperZoomBattle2086 Sep 07 '22

I'm your great white hunter, only I happen to be black.

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u/tbaggervance1986 Sep 07 '22

Herkermer Homolka : As a young man, I found a book in Soviet Georgia. It contained a detailed drawing of the city of Zinj. The drawing contained a peculiar decoration; an open eye. Later, on safari, I found this.

[showing Karen his ring]

Herkermer Homolka : It's the same symbol. Now... look at this.

[showing her one of Amy's drawings]

Herkermer Homolka : The gorilla drew this. It is the same image. It is the open eye. That gorilla... has seen the city of Zinj. And she will take us there!

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u/Dwrecktheleach Sep 07 '22

I can only read the word “Zinj” in the exact way Tim Curry pronounces it.

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u/VanDammeJamBand Sep 07 '22

Haven’t seen this movie in ~25 years but same.

Also the movie where I learned how dangerous hippos could be

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u/neercatz Sep 07 '22 Wholesome Bravo! Evil Cackle

They're nightmare fuel tbch. Imagine zooming on a rental jetski Kenny Powers style around your favorite man-made nuclear plant cooling lake. You slide up next to a beat up pontoon boat full of looney toon tshirts and beergut bikinis blaring Kenney Chesney.

Wink a couple winks and shake your mullet in the wind to display your manliness. Turn around to the styrofoam cooler you ducttaped to the back seat and get a natty light out. Just as you pop the top....

A gahtDAMN water monster emerges looking like your mother-in-law had gotten into a lab looking for meth and been accidentally spliced with a wild boar and a port-o-john pump truck. It has the thick pimply skin of your sister-in-law/aunt, teeth like busted axles on your 87 dodge ram, and a mouth that opens wider than your half sisters legs every Thanksgiving.

...idk where I was going with that but you get the point, hippos are scary

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u/Huggable_Hork-Bajir Sep 07 '22

You have such a way with words...

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u/ColKilgoreTroutman Sep 07 '22

You magnificent sonufabitch.

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u/Andron1cus Sep 07 '22

But thankfully the Simpsons showed us that they are afraid of the water, so it all works out.

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u/LocoMotives-ms Sep 07 '22

“Detai-led drawing”

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u/Wulfgang_NSH Sep 07 '22

Ahaha 1000%. I have not seen this movie in 20 years but can still remember his articulation of Zinj vividly. Zinnnnjah!

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u/sporkatr0n Sep 07 '22

Mister Homolka, STOP EATING MY SESAME CAKE.

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u/NoExamination5561 Sep 07 '22

Don’t want nobody peeking! staples bribe money into paper bag

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u/Chuck_McCloud Sep 07 '22

MISTER HOMOLKA! STOP EATING MY SESAME CAKE!

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u/space_coyote6 Sep 07 '22

Herkermer Hemolka, absolute legend

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u/MartinScorsese Not the real guy Sep 07 '22

Great film that inspired one of my all-time favorite Roger Ebert reviews:

"Congo" is a splendid example of a genre no longer much in fashion, the jungle adventure story. Perhaps aware that its material was already dated when Stewart Granger made "King Solomon's Mines" in 1950, the filmmakers have cheerfully turned it into an action comedy, and the actors have gone a step further, treating it like one of those movies like "Beat the Devil" that is a put-on of itself. The result is not a movie that is very good, exactly, but it's entertaining and funny. False sophisticates will scorn it. Real sophisticates will relish it.

The movie was directed by Frank Marshall, who has worked with Steven Spielberg on his action extravaganzas, and is based on a novel by Michael Crichton, who is said to be unhappy about what they've done with his book. Since it is impossible to imagine this material being played for anything but laughs, maybe he should be grateful.

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u/ZandrickEllison Sep 07 '22

I remember liking the book - which spent a lot of time explaining the science and animal sign language part. Cool jungle adventure too. But I was like 10 so maybe it’s sucked in reality.

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u/probablyisntserious Sep 07 '22

Idk, it's probably a dope book. I first read Jurassic Park and it's sequel when I was 11 or 12. Most of it went over my head but there was a lot more killing in the books. Like, a lot. Pretty much everyone dies. I thought it was crazy. Then I revisited them a couple years ago and they're still really good sci-fi, with quite a bit of philosophical questions to go along with all the slaughter. Still enjoyed them. Didn't think they were amazing. Jurassic Park is definitely more enjoyable than Lost World in book form. Wouldn't be shocked if Congo was similarly enjoyable.

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u/JoshBobJovi Sep 07 '22

You absolutely should read Sphere.

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u/WingedLing Sep 07 '22

Too bad they didn’t make a movie out of that amazing book

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u/StupiderIdjit Sep 07 '22

No the book was great. Monroe and Kahega make it out with a handful of diamonds.

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u/Freakin_A Sep 07 '22

And the gorillas pancaked peoples skulls with big flat stones.

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u/orwll Sep 07 '22

I remember the epilogue being a great parting joke too. Basically, "a couple months after this epic quest where dozens died to find these super-rare diamonds, some company figured out how to make them in a lab. The End."

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u/PandoraTorukMakto Sep 07 '22 edited Sep 07 '22

I recently read Congo, this year and the technology stuff is pure Crichton diving into the meat of science.

However once the novel starts going, especially once they get to Zinj, its on fast forward and the fun part of the book goes by very fast.

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u/ZandrickEllison Sep 07 '22

I remember the hippo attack being one of the best parts. Did that hold true ?

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u/PandoraTorukMakto Sep 07 '22

That is indeed true!! It was awesome.

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u/techrx Sep 07 '22

wordsmith that man, grew up reading him, even his review of Congo was awesome

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u/Hs39163 Sep 07 '22

Nothing beats his review for North. He and his writing are genuinely missed. RIP.

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u/holy_plaster_batman Sep 07 '22

I love his review, and then a later essay, on just how terrible Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen is

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u/http_401 Sep 07 '22

Congo always make me crave Taco Bell. Such a good burrito for that movie. 🤤

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u/icepick314 Sep 07 '22

It's Demolition Man for me whenever I think of Taco Bell.

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u/Kanye_To_The Sep 07 '22

One day they'll bring the volcano menu back

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u/TheGriswoldFamily Sep 07 '22

Opening scene with Brisco County Junior. Also I love the floating plastic rocks thrown by the gorillas.

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u/GinsuVictim Sep 07 '22

As much as I love Brisco County Junior, that's not the role that comes to mind for most people when it comes to Bruce Campbell.

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u/DelianSK13 Sep 07 '22

I'm glad I own this show on DVD because I don't think we will ever see it on a streaming service.

Edit: Actually, apparently you can watch it on Tubi. Everyone should.

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u/TheGriswoldFamily Sep 07 '22

STOP E-AT-ING MA SESAME SEED CAY-KE

Not tubi. Pluto.

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u/Rutherford_ Sep 07 '22

Love that scene where he starts singing California dreamin to soothe Amy and they all join in and sing. Still think about that scene from time to time.

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u/ConsistentlyPeter Sep 07 '22

"What's great about this film?"

"Well it contains the line, 'Stop eating my sesame cake.'"

"That doesn't sound so-"

"Twice."

"Put it on immediately!"

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u/LiveMaineLobster Sep 07 '22

Let’s not forget he then “stops eating” by spitting it out into his bare hand.

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u/PebblyJackGlasscock Sep 07 '22

This is a good read.

  1. Author is correct that Tim Curry, and his accent, is worth the price of admission. Curry delivers his usual EXPRESSIVE performance standard. Curry fans will enjoy.

  2. Ernie Hudson tries to eat as much scenery as Curry. And there is a TON of scenery in this movie. Hudson’s accent is also delightful nonsense, and his character work is top notch. He’s great in this film.

  3. Author IMO short-changes Laura Linney’s perfect portrayal of an uptight middle manager in way over her head. She’s given nothing - a stereotypical 90s boss bitch who’s also a damsel in distress- and she overcomes the stock character to deliver a performance that holds together the Curry /Hudson / Talking Gorilla craziness going on around her.

  4. Dylan Walsh was poor casting. I don’t think Bruce Campbell was right for the “nerd who loves a talking gorilla” role, though. He’s the main character and the movie would be much better if he died at the end of the first act.

  5. AP Bio having a Congo themed prom remains one of my personal favorite TV moments.

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u/oidoglr Sep 07 '22
  1. Stan Winston Studios in their prime making the gorilla suit effects.
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u/Rubberbabybuggybum Sep 07 '22 edited Sep 07 '22
  1. And all movies are improved with Mitchell himself, the living legend, the great Joe Don Baker.

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u/Roook36 Sep 07 '22

He doesn't drink a big glass of milk in this one though :(

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u/TServo2049 Sep 07 '22 edited Sep 07 '22

Dylan Walsh = Tell us you couldn’t get Steve Guttenberg without telling us you couldn’t get Steve Guttenberg.

Seriously, while it’s probably a coincidence, does anybody else think he’s totally just playing Steve Guttenberg’s character from Short Circuit? (For years, when I was younger and only saw bits and pieces without really paying attention, I sort of just assumed he WAS Steve Guttenberg!)

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u/CalculatedPerversion Sep 07 '22

You're telling me he's not Steve Guttenberg?

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u/JoeCoolsCoffeeShop Sep 07 '22

I remember this movie being such a hot mess ball of fun, but it was one of Laura Linney’s first starring roles (she had a few smaller roles prior to this) and thinking that she had everything that was going to make her a pretty big star one day.

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u/3-DMan Sep 07 '22

Yeah my friend and I mainly watched to see the fate of trailer-screaming Bruce Campbell. We were disappointed in this regard.

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u/You_Dont_Party Sep 07 '22

Author IMO short-changes Laura Linney’s perfect portrayal of an uptight middle manager in way over her head. She’s given nothing - a stereotypical 90s boss bitch who’s also a damsel in distress- and she overcomes the stock character to deliver a performance that holds together the Curry /Hudson / Talking Gorilla craziness going on around her.

I always got the impression she was ex-CIA who was trying her best to not give away the fact she knew more than most people in the room at any given time.

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u/TheLaughingMannofRed Sep 07 '22

Honestly, I haven't read any of the MC books, but...man, some of the plots he churned out are definitely fun times.

I still regard the 13th Warrior as good historical fiction. It isn't perfect, but it is still quite entertaining. Congo is a guilty pleasure...but if there's one masterful take among his catalog, I am glad it was Jurassic Park.

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u/ErisianBuddhist Sep 07 '22

Go read some Crichton. In fact, go read Jurassic Park. You'll be blown away how much better of a book it is than a movie, and I like the original movie. That goes for any of his books

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u/ppritcb2 Sep 07 '22

I have to look at the movie and the book as different entities, both are so damn good and iconic in their respective mediums and hold up really well.

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u/Roook36 Sep 07 '22

The book 13th Warrior was based on included a ton of foot notes and then at the end Crichton says he made all those up also and I felt tricked lol. Was kind of annoyed. But turning the Beowulf story into one about vikings battling the last remaining Neanderthals was pretty cool.

A lot of his books are fun in just how deep he goes into the science. The movies tend to drop a lot of it for action scenes. But I enjoy how each book is about a team of different scientists exploring some new idea together and all bringing their expertise in to explain different parts of it.

Sphere and Timeline are good reads. Timeline is basically "history students go back in time to experience actual medieval Europe"

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u/StinzorgaKingOfBees Sep 07 '22

The dialogue in this movie makes it epic.

"We have to change airports."

"Oh god, why?"

"They tried to blow up the president's car."

"That was the president's car?! Well did they get him?"

"That's the bad news, no they didn't."

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u/DokFraz Sep 07 '22

The entire airport scene is just absolute perfection.

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u/Belgand Sep 07 '22

Seriously. Not every mediocre film needs to be positioned as some kind of lost classic. You liked it as a kid? Fine, but recognize that for what it is. I'm not trying to raise support for Mom and Dad Save the World. Either that or it's the usual "I just discovered this exists and I feel the need to tell everyone about it". You really don't. We've ignored it for a good reason.

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u/bishop883 Sep 07 '22

Ok movie, fantastic book

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u/THEdopealope Sep 07 '22

Love me some Michael Crichton! Congo had some ridiculous action.

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u/Nic4379 Sep 07 '22

All his books feel plausible while reading. The “research” & footnotes just suck you into the worlds. Timeline is an amazing read.

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u/UrbanPugEsq Sep 07 '22

Eaters of the Dead just sucks you in based on how it presents itself.

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u/elegantjihad Sep 07 '22 edited Sep 07 '22

The amount of research he did for his books was amazing, which makes it all the more sad that he was incredibly anti-climate-science. Even one of his books was a thinly veiled criticism of the concept of global warming.

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u/JoshBobJovi Sep 07 '22

Which George Bush Jr. read, worshipped, and adopted Crichton as his go-to man for climate science. It's pretty bizarre lol

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u/Pleakley Sep 07 '22

Yep. He even testified to Congress.

Imagine having a viewpoint on climate change where the best evidence you have in support of that viewpoint, is a science fiction novel.

The book also included a chase scene with a human controlled lightning cloud, and people still think it represents a valid perspective on global warming.

I love Chrichton's books. The science in them gives a vibe of, maybe this could actually happen, but at the end of the day they are fiction. There's a reason we're not actually travelling back in time to the middle ages nor building dinosaur theme parks.

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u/lolredditor Sep 07 '22

I never understood why climate science was so criticized when we have the obvious example of acid rain - we put in regulations and it became a non issue within years. There are some ignorant people that have started to crop up that don't realize how much regulation happened that think that it was just a scare that passed, because the success of the regulation isn't highlighted enough.

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u/xxx117 Sep 07 '22

I will never forget the eyeball being splattered and running down lol

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u/RepTexas Sep 07 '22

Like almost every Crichton book.

Congo. Sphere. Jurassic Park.

Books so amazing there was no way the movies could actually live up to the level of expectations I had as a teen.

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u/dfsw Sep 07 '22

I want a better Sphere movie

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u/pacoliketaco Sep 07 '22

Find a way to manifest it into reality!

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u/jurassic_junkie Sep 07 '22

I deliver you good news!

https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/sphere-hbo-series-westworld-producer-1234751104/

(I'm extremely pumped about this since it's probably my favorite Crichton novel, odd I know lol)

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u/Rubberbabybuggybum Sep 07 '22

I honestly don't think there's a way to actually film Sphere in a way that does it justice.

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u/DoctorWaluigiTime Sep 07 '22

Disagree with Jurassic Park. I find the book and the movie memorable for different reasons, but don't think one overtly outshines the other.

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u/JetKeel Sep 07 '22

Book was great. But also an example of a change from book to movie I was completely okay with, no stone paddles.

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u/uncultured_swine2099 Sep 07 '22

Yeah, i wouldnt be opposed to a remake that really was faithful to the book. Those white gorillas would be scary af.

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u/EtuMeke Sep 07 '22

There is one scene from this movie that I haven't forgotten after 24 years.

The focus switches from the foreground to the background and there was a gorilla in plain sight. It was a brilliant piece of filmmaking.

I feel like the first two thirds were awesome

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u/HavingALittleFit Sep 07 '22

The practical effects in this movie are insane not just Amy the gorilla but the skydiving scene the explosion that happens in the exact perfect spot in frame at the airport, The set work of all the temples which now that I'm an adult I look at and I say okay that looks pretty hokey but when I was a kid I was amazed by how all of that stuff looked.

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u/efs120 Sep 07 '22

If you’ve never seen it, do yourself a favor and watch this video of Bruce Campbell explaining to a snarky fan why the decision to accept a part in Congo was an absolute no brainer

https://youtu.be/vIwTvrpT-8w

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u/sicksixgamer Sep 07 '22

Loved the book. The movie was not nearly dark enough.

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u/Semantic_Satiator Sep 07 '22

My wife and I use this movie as a critical cinematic short hand. “omg so cheesy” became “Amy pretty, good gorilla.”

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u/tyson_3_ Sep 07 '22

Mr. Homolka! Stop eating my sesame cake!

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u/tehosiris Sep 07 '22

those monkeys throwing eyeballs always terrified me

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u/PerInception Sep 07 '22 edited Sep 07 '22 Gold

This movie is literally one of my top 3 movies behind only Jaws and Halloween. It has everything. Joe Pantoliano (pre cypher), check. Eastern European scene chewing Tim Curry? Check. Arms dealing “great white hunter who happens to be black” Ernie Hudson? Check. Bruce Campbell? Check. Laura fucking Linney as an ex-CIA spook bad ass turning the “damsel in distress” role on its head in the early 90s? Check. Laser perimeter turret mounted machine guns? Mother fucking check.

I know people bag on it for the gorilla costumes. The idea originally was to use CGI (after Crichtons recent movie adaptation Jurassic Park nailed it), but turns out rendering hair is a lot harder than scaly lizard skin so they had to switch to people in costumes at the last minute. Until the final scene they take the jaws approach and keep all the grey gorillas offscreen, but people didn’t like the Amy costume (which I thought was great as a 8-9 year old). Maybe I was more willing to overlook it due to my youth.

On a sadder note, I had wanted one of those red pop-up instant tents they have since I was like 8 years old, and recently bought one on Amazon to take to the beach. Folded up it’s the size of a hoola-hoop, so not very practical for camping. They both sit-up and tear up very quickly. It lasted one trip. Oh well. 7/10 for the nostalgia alone.

On a happier note, give this movie a chance if you’ve never seen it or haven’t watched it in a while. My favorite thing to do is to mix up a big glass of jungle juice and do a double feature with The Ghost and The Darkness. You’ll wanna book a ticket to central Africa by the end of the night just from listening to the scores alone.

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u/DrLeoMarvin Sep 07 '22

Was the first PG-13 movie my parents let me see in the movie theater with a friend and no adult. Big time memory for me, think I was 12 so it felt super cool. My buddy and me saw it a half dozen times cause we felt so cool lol. Fond memories of this film.

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u/Dukeofdorchester Sep 07 '22

Every monkey for 200 miles thinks he’s Elvis presley

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u/Pure-Masterpiece1986 Sep 07 '22

I got a weird love for Congo as I still remember that night my dad let me order a pizza and order a pay-per-view movie for the first time, it being Congo. So I got to make the phonecall, order the movie, and sit there waiting to see if the movie would actually start playing at the purchased show time hah. Saw it again a few years ago, I don't think it holds up...well I don't think it was ever considered that great to begin with...

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u/CreamyBagelTime Sep 07 '22

STOP EATING MY SESAME CAKE!!!

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u/Charnathan Sep 07 '22

"Did you give her the banana with the dope inside?"

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u/QuintoBlanco Sep 07 '22

I love this movie.

Yes, the movie is silly. But what did people expect?

Well, actually I know. The movie was marketed as an unofficial sequel to Jurassic Park. And that it is not.

But the movie is funny, the characters are often hilarious, and everything is fun.

Three years ago I bought sesame cake and threw a watch party.

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u/iDuddits_ Sep 07 '22

One of those movies I was too young for (even though I watched JP??) And just remember my parents hating on it

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u/JOMO_Kenyatta Sep 07 '22

The movie has a really good cast that carry it. The shots in this movie are great too and that laser gun at the end is amazing. I came in wanting to trash it, but it’s a fun, if very imperfect, film.