And of course, some kids never kicked the habit.
This movie was a dream come true, for one of those kids, who never stopped dreaming of the kind of movie he'd like to make, one day. And if it lacks in chemistry, pacing, and genuine wit..well, that just proves we're seeing the original vision up on the screen, completely unfiltered by sanity or common sense.
I'd never torture myself by watching the entire thing from start to finish, but I'm glad I live in world where it exists.
I think this is two movies. The first 'buddy road trip' half has some B-movie charm to it. Toss in some Gary Busey and it would be fun. The conspiracy theory about why ET is bad is fine, the Nerd working at the GameCop, the 'give me a Rock, and make it Rolling', the warehouse people, even if they have PhDs, goofing off at work, the noisy 'love' scene, the frequent video game references, like the guy's house having a shower cam that made me think of Night Trap, "The moment you share your joystick with a girl, she breaks it." That's good B movie fun stuff.
The second half goes from Gary Busey straight out to Randy Quaid zone though. Blech. We have model rockets, a rubber co-star, and a giant that once fought Gamera. That part needs Tom Servo and Crow trash talking over the dialogue track. That's probably where most of the money went too.
By the time the actual review of ET came up, in the credits, I was done with James. When I think of AVGN now, this will come to mind. Basically, you would be better off playing ET than watching the second half of this movie.
Also, when I think of AVGN, I think of NES, not 2600. That an exec would want to get AVGN's endorsement to sell a bad video game is a bit of art imitating life, as there was a Cheetahman 2 controversy at one point with James. I also noted a Pong console showing up several times, including the van...does James even review pong consoles?