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Meet the Applegates (1990)

Modeling themselves after an idyllic cookie-cutter suburban 1950's family, a colony of insects move from South America into the United States with the intent of getting access to the nation's nuclear resources.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard P. Applegate
Jane Applegate
Aunt Bea
Robert Jayne ...
Johnny Applegate (as Bobby Jacoby)
Camille Cooper ...
Sally Applegate (as Cami Cooper)
Greg Samson
Susan Barnes ...
Opal Withers
Adam Biesk ...
Vince Sampson
Dottie (as Savannah Smith Bouchér)
Sheriff Heidegger
Nita Samson
Philip Arthur Ross ...
Steven Robert Ross ...
Rich Block, Family Bazaar Magazine
Chuck Lafont ...
Clem Shepherd

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Giant preying mantis living in a south American jungle decide to move into suburban USA. Disguised as humans, the mantis are planning something.. Could it be connected to dad's job in the power station perhaps ?. One day the daughter mantis forgets WHAT she really is when she's with her boyfriend.. oops. Written by s jones

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Meet the new bugs on the block. See more »


Comedy | Sci-Fi


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1 February 1991 (USA)  »

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The Applegates  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$485,772 (USA)

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Greg Samson: Let me add that if I catch the kidnapper of my poor son, I'll offer him Christian forgiveness. Then I'll skin his honkers and use 'em for shammy cloths.
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Clever Satire in "Meet the Applegates"
2 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I couldn't disagree more with the other comment posted for this (unavailable..any body know of a release date for a DVD?) clever adult satire on the American dream and the life that accompanies it. Cockroaches are seen as one of the dirtiest bugs around, and what better metaphor exists than for them to be literally lurking right under the skin of a family that is awarded the 'Family of the Year Award'? The irony here is that slowly, the Applegates -the cockroaches we view as so beneath us- become corrupted by the vices of OUR urban culture: sex, drugs, greed, and selfishness, rather than the urban culture being infected by them. Yes, this film makes it's point lewdly, however, there is a gleeful self mocking absurdity that had me, even at 10 years old when I saw this movie, in stitches. If you are fortunate enough to encounter a copy of this film, I highly suggest you check it out. That is, if you can understand and appreciate clever satire.

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