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Meet the Applegates (1990)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Richard P. Applegate
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Jane Applegate
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Aunt Bea
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Johnny Applegate (as Bobby Jacoby)
Camille Cooper ...
Sally Applegate (as Cami Cooper)
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Greg Samson
Susan Barnes ...
Opal Withers
Adam Biesk ...
Vince Sampson
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Dottie (as Savannah Smith Bouchér)
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Sheriff Heidegger
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Nita Samson
Philip Arthur Ross ...
Kevin
Steven Robert Ross ...
Kenny
Mark Bringelson ...
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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1 February 1991 (USA)  »

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The Applegates  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$485,772 (USA)
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Jane Applegate: [to Johnny] If you don't eat your dinner, you can't have dessert.
Richard P. Applegate: Did someone say dessert?
Jane Applegate: I happened to find a pile of rancid trash in the dumpster behind the 7-11.
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Hardly a serious attempt at ecology-based drama, but not very funny either.
30 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

Before I start this review can I just ask why this film opens with a shot of an Emperor scorpion? A West African arachnid in a brazilian rainforest? Righto.

Now that's out the way, on with the review. Though this film has a very strong moral (people who think insects are disgusting and live disgusting lives should first take a look at the human race) the whole thing is marred by the fact that it can't seem to decide whether it's a comedy or a more serious ecologically-themed drama. The insect family trying to fit into human society and coming to terms with it could have been hilarious, but the film is too mean-spirited and bleak to be funny (the family daughter is date-raped, the father commits adultery with his secretary, the son takes drugs, the dog is poisoned by the same drugs and ends up reverting back to an insect before being crushed to death). It's also too cosily bland and light-hearted to be regarded as having anything serious to say about ecology.


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