Rolling Stone - 08/22/1996
"...The visuals are creepy, crawly fun..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/20/1996
"...Clever....If only the roaches in my apartment were as entertaining..." -- Rating: B+
USA Today - 08/02/1996
"...Created with computer wizardry, TOY STORY-style....Remarkably realistic results..."
A young Iowan moves to New York City and inherits a huge group of friends--the thousands of cockroaches who inhabit his apartment. From helping him with his fledgling attempts at romance and annoying his very deserving landlord, these six-legged roomies are livin' large. Based on the 1992 MTV short. Hilarious. See "Twilight of the Cockroaches" for a different treatment of the same story.
If a nice young man named Joe invites you to his pad on the Lower East Side, do yourself a favor and decline his offer. Why' Because Joe shares his seedy-to-the-max apartment with literally thousands of wisecracking cockroaches, who sing gospel hymns, warble country tunes, and even perform aquatic ballets in the toilet! As Joe grows accustomed to his antennaed roommates, he finds that they come in handy as he tries to woo Lily -- whose dastardly father wishes to decimate Joe's building. If Joe wins Lily's heart, it might help dissuade her dad from his plans. Because if the building is destroyed, those roaches will need a new home -- like yours....
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Released theatrically in the USA July 26, 1996.
Co-produced by Geffen Pictures and MTV Productions.
This is the first theatrical feature film from MTV.
Additional cast: Jim Sterling (Jesus) and Sandra Denton (Blank).
Additional credits: Kevin Weist (composer: roach songs), Michael Turoff (visual effects supervisor), Chris Wedge (computer-generated animation) and Ray Mendez (roach wrangler).
The genesis of this film is an award-winning 1992 MTV short film, also called "Joe's Apartment" and directed by John Payson.
Not all of the roaches in the film are real. Some were computer-generated images.
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