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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is based on the 1994 short of the same name that aired on MTV during commercial breaks. 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

Filmed entirely in New York City except for one scene we had to go to Newark for. See more »


Referenced in Infected (2008) See more »


New York City
Written by Fred Cricien, William Shepler, Matthew Henderson & Jorge Guerra
Performed by Madball
Courtesy of Roadrunner Records
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Disgusting, outrageous, I loved nearly every minute of it
15 April 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just remember, this is a critic who holds some of the most vile films ever (vile in a good way) in my list of best comedies ever (Dumb and Dumber, UHF, South Park), so it is not surprising that I found this movie enjoyable and funny. The movie stars Jerry O'Connell as a loser type who finds an apartment in NY's east side for 50 or 60 bucks, but then he also finds it is infested with more cockroaches than the DMV has idiots. I'm sure there will be some watching the movie who might think, this might be a good time to become bulemic, and for those people I don't reccomend the movie for the hurl factor. But for those who can take the chum of roaches on a face, in breasts, in toilets singing songs (I love the funky towel song), this movie is for you. By the way, this is the first MTV movie, so it shows that at first MTV might've had a good streak. Looks like execs can't take urinal cake jokes though. A

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