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Joe's Apartment (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical | 26 July 1996 (USA)
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.

Director:

John Payson

Writers:

John Payson (short film), John Payson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry O'Connell ... Joe
Megan Ward ... Lily Dougherty
Billy West ... Ralph Roach (voice)
Reginald Hudlin ... Rodney Roach (voice)
Jim Turner ... Walter Shit / Voice of Cockroach
Pepa ... Blank (as Sandra Denton)
Robert Vaughn ... Senator Dougherty
Don Ho ... Alberto Bianco
Jim Sterling ... Jesus Bianco / Voice of Cockroach
Shiek Mahmud-Bey ... Vladimir Bianco
David Huddleston ... P.I. Smith
Frank Bello ... Stick-Up Man #1
Lord Kayson ... Stick-Up Man #2
Alex Molina Alex Molina ... Stick-Up Man #3
Wayman Ezell Wayman Ezell ... Apartment Broker #1
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Storyline

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 <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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MTV's 1st Movie! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joes lya See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,854,000, 28 July 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,611,624, 8 September 1996
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Last film role of comedian Rick Aviles (voice) See more »

Goofs

An African elephant, identifiable by its long ears, passes through town and Joe collects its dung. Later, flowers grow on the dung and he presents them to Lily, who says that the flowers only grow on the dung of elephants native to southeast Asia. Lily claims to have written her senior thesis on this species of flower, so it is unlikely that she has misidentified them or that she is mistaken about where they grow. See more »

Quotes

Roaches: [singing] Welcome to Joey's toilet!
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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 »

Connections

Remake of Joe's Apt. (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Theme
Written by Moby (as Richard Hall)
Performed by Moby
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment
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Disgusting, outrageous, I loved nearly every minute of it
15 April 2001 | by MisterWhiplashSee 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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