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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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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
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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 »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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1 February 1991 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$485,772 (USA)
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The film never explains much of the Applegates, Aunt Bea, or the other insect troops background story. Other then the fact that they are six-foot, super intelligent bug people, who can disguise themselves as human, it was never shown or explained about how the became this way. no mention of them being mutated by radiation or consuming toxic waste, or if their aliens from another planet, or anything that will help narrate the origin of how the Applegates came to be. See more »

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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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a real gem
10 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

This flick is not available on Netflix nor on Amazon streaming, and I don't know why, because it is truly hilarious. The negative comments here are incomprehensible to me. The comic premise of giant bugs disguising themselves as humans is no more difficult to accept here than it was in "Men in Black," except this is a much better movie. The predictable left wing environmental theme is here, but is by no means overpowering enough to detract from the riotously funny look at middle class suburban life, with all its pretensions, facades, commercialism, and sexual foibles that this movie supplies. All the cast do their jobs wonderfully, Stockard Channing and Ed Begley Jr. in particular. Dabney Coleman does a great job in what could be called a cameo role. The script is just wonderful. I was able to catch this on one of the cable channels and I'm glad I was able to do so. It provided a wonderful hour and a half of comedic entertainment.


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