North – Nostalgia Critic

A movie so bad and full of horrible stereotypes that Siskel and Ebert said what about it? Tune in to see the Nostalgia Critic review North, and find out the answer!

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11 comments

  1. Haven’t seen the movie, but it did not seem that bad, as you and ebert made it.

    Many Scenes are bad, but at the end they changed meaning. I really liked the Inuit throwing out their elderly. They sat on warm seats and watched tv, so it was a symbol of retirement and how we want to get rid of our useless grannys. I guess, if you watch it again and you know it is a dream, it plays very differently. Every nation was build on cliches American people know about them plus American way of life elements and fears of different countries. It was a childs mind from the beginning to the end. And I like the morale.

    • I watched this as a kid and remember hating it, but as I look back at the movie it’s not the greatest, it’s not god awful shoot me terrible, but it’s still pretty bad and horribly made even with the fact it’s a dream movie.

  2. 12:41

    I laughed so hard that my teeth vibrated.

  3. Never even heard of this until seeing this review. It looks so weird that I kinda can’t believe that it exists.

    Top 2 funniest Critic comments are:

    Who owns this pants factory? Willy Wonka?

    Yeah, along with all the other great lessons of this movie: Take rides from strangers, especially if they dress up like the Easter Bunny.

  4. You know, I actually really like this movie. It’s the only movie to have EVER done the ‘It was all a dream’ ending WELL. That is to say, through most of the movie you think you’re watching a slightly insipid but AMUSINGLY HORRIFIC twisted family flick; and then the ending twist hits. Looking back, it’s a really good portrayal of how an egotistical, not too bright, and neglected kid might subconsciously regard the world: races consisting of half-remembered facts rather than people, landscapes filtered through the familiar constructs of suburbia, and all about him. It makes the movie a character study, showing what this kid is really like with no societal barriers; and shows him working through the problem of being underappreciated subconsciously, before he can return home. The southern family shows the potential disaster of parents taking too much interest in his development, the Inuits the theoretical issue of parents too different from the boring standard he has, the Hawaiins the danger of parents who appreciate what he already is TOO much, and the perfect family showing that even without all that he still loved his real parents more. It’s a story of realizing that the imperfect life you have isn’t one to discard.

    But I can totally understand the hate, if the humor doesn’t hit the ‘so unfunny it’s funny again’ sweet spot; the time taken in GETTING to the recontextualisation is liable to get the movie an early judging of horrific.

    • I'mVeryAngryIt'sNotButter

      I’d like to see Doug and Rob’s real thoughts on this movie now. Maybe their opinions have changed on it in the past six years.

    • You’re 100% right, I was a sheltered kid myself and I had a very ignorant outlook when I was younger so, yeah, him dreaming of this these races this way make sense. Too bad the jokes surrounding these people are not funny or well written. Okay, I did get a giggle a few times, but it was very spaced out. And the Hawaii story confused me since… isn’t the woman playing the wife Asian? And that Eskimo scene makes some sense if North just never did research about that drifting scene. Like Doug said, this is something that happened a long, long time ago. All in all though, my hate for this movie has subsided and I don’t even hate it anymore, but it isn’t a good movie. Lol, I could see it as a guilty pleasure movie though.

  5. I will admit that I laughed at that bit about the signboard, but that was only because Elijah Wood pulled off such a great outraged tone.

  6. Meh movie
    In the pants factory they do need to test them
    Its not the worst joke ever
    This movie has stupid jokes
    This movie is a live action cartoon

    Why waist time by taking care of old people just let them die

    You didn’t apologized for being angry of the dream stereotypes even if it was stupid

  7. Sigh, North, you fool. Your step-sister whom you have no biological connection to and thus no societal or biological expectation to look past was going to grow-up to look like Scarlett Johansson!

  8. Oh boy, where to start with bad ideas… maybe we can figure it out…?

    Texans- anyone else think they were setting up for a cannibal joke there? Anyways, all I can think of is “everything is bigger in Texas” and bigger=better.

    Hawaii- tentacles and butt? Did this movie mix up Hawaiian and Japan stereotypes? No, seriously, think of what most people think of henti (and that allll of Japanese media MUST be henti). (Aannndd I probably got that word wrong, NOT googling it).

    Alaska- besides the Eskimo thing. The whistling thing is probably about how fishing is suuppperrr boring and how these guys have no brains! I dunno, best guess.

    Perfect white family- kinda reminds me of OUaT. Perfection is boring because you never take risks (or some nonsense like that, I never understood it).

    AAaaaannnnnddddddd the ending. BESIDES the laziness… how exactly is North’s original parents better than the others?! No, seriously, eternally fighting parents who basically ignore you (going with the film’s narrative…) are worse than 1) wacky parents 2) …no, billboard tops it… 3) Boringness and a tradition that won’t effect you for decades (okay, maybe this is worse too) 4) Tons of respect (China), 5) annoying TV or 5) a younger kid threatening you.

    still a terrible movie, “sense-icle” or not.

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