Joe's Apartment (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Musical  |  26 July 1996 (USA)
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A nice guy has just moved to New York and discovers that he must share his run-down apartment with a couple thousand singing, dancing cockroaches.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Roach (voice)
Rodney Roach (voice)
Walter Shit / Voice of Cockroach
Blank (as Sandra Denton)
Senator Dougherty
Alberto Bianco
Jesus Bianco / Voice of Cockroach
Vladimir Bianco
P.I. Smith
Frank Bello ...
Stick-Up Man #1
Stick-Up Man #2
Alex Molina ...
Stick-Up Man #3
Wayman Ezell ...
Apartment Broker #1


Joe comes from Iowa to New York and, being short of money, wants to find an apartment with very low rent. His quest is successful, but he must share the residence with some 50,000 cockroaches. The insects turn out to be Joe's best friends. Written by Dragan Antulov <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude humor and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 July 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Joes lya  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,854,000 (USA) (26 July 1996)


$4,611,624 (USA) (6 September 1996)

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The first ever feature film produced by MTV Networks. See more »


When the Bianco boys break into the apartment and approach Joe, one is talking, but no words are heard. See more »


Lily Dougherty: The lot is completely planted, the, the community is behind it and the flowers just starting to bloom and now all I have to do is show it to my father and show him something good can still come outta the neighborhood and it's worth saving...
Joe: Do-you-wanna-come-over-to-my-place?
[a coach races by, splashing them with mud]
Joe: I've... got a towel you could use.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, the cockroaches come together and form the MTV logo, then they crawl away. See more »


References Gulliver's Travels (1996) See more »


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Pretty original black humor comedy
6 November 2008 | by (Lithuania) – See all my reviews

I've seen this many years ago when it just came out and now decided to watch it again. I remember it was pretty funny but then I was maybe 7 years old so now I was expecting this film to be stupid. I was surprised how clever this film was. The humor was sometimes stupid but in a good way. It also was kinda original humor sometimes. Jerry O'Connell played a naive new arrival to New York very well. It was so funny when I first saw his naive physiognomy just before he got robed. Jerry O'Connell is a really good comical actor. I also liked that Walter Sh!t character (played by Jim Turner), actually he was the reason why this comedy appeared original to me. It's also a half musical so there were few songs performed by Cockroaches, it was pretty clever made.

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