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  • Actors: Jerry O'Connell, Megan Ward, Billy West, Reginald Hudlin, Jim Turner
  • Directors: John Payson
  • Writers: John Payson
  • Producers: Abby Terkuhle, Bonni Lee, Diana Phillips, Griffin Dunne, Judy McGrath
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 1999
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305308888
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,967 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Joe's Apartment" on IMDb

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Fresh off the bus from iowa, Joe (Jerry O'Connell) is just trying to make it in New York, but he's got no job, no girl and no place to live. But life changes for Joe as he finds an apartment, along with 50,000 singing, dancing roach roommates who teach

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Just what the world needs: an all-musical roach revue. What worked as an MTV short film does not work as a feature-length movie. Intelligent cockroaches with lives of their own may seem outré and amusing on the small screen, but are disgusting and eventually boring when we have to spend 80 long minutes with them. Scruffy Jerry O'Connell is the Iowa farm boy who moves to the Big Apple and rents a filthy, bug-infested flat. Turns out those bugs are his only friends. Also turns out that the animated vermin are a whole lot more interesting than the human cast. This is just silly and gross enough for adolescent boys, or those with adolescent tastes. --Rochelle O'Gorman

Customer Reviews

This movie is very funny!!
Hannah
Even before seeing this DVD, I was laughing at the photo on the box...just the thought of making a roach movie is funny!
A. Meyer
I had to buy it again, my kids and I love this movie.
Sweett

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. Meyer on November 28, 2001
Format: DVD
Anyone who disses this movie is incapable of understanding slapstick taken to the max. Even before seeing this DVD, I was laughing at the photo on the box...just the thought of making a roach movie is funny! GOOD slapstick IS ridiculous, but also FUNNY!
If you are squeamish, then forget this film. The roaches are realistic & well animated..then again, the hilarious roach dialogue almost makes them likeable! This film is truly the "king" of critter comedies..move over Babe, Air Bud,and Benji......Rodney Roach & friends have come to infest your space!
While the script may be a little anemic, frequent roach appearances and musical numbers keep it moving along nicely. However, there are some funny moments where our nice guy human subject just can't get a break!
There is absolutely no other film quite like "Joes Apartment"...I congratulate MTV and Geffen Pictures for having the "cojones" to commit to such a project. This film deserved a much bigger audience at the theatre, but hey, you can have these roaches IN YOUR HOUSE for very little money..It's a riot!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Fiore on December 29, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
While not deathless art, this IS a fabulous, one-of-a-kind, superlatively silly flick. Joe is a superbly naive and earnest corn-fed Iowa hunk with absolutely no clue of personal hygiene. When he moves into a roach-infested New York apartment (is that redundant?), his fellow tenants - the roaches - are overjoyed.
The acting/direction is excellent, and the whimsical music is extremely enjoyable. Of course, if you have an insect phobia, the screens full of roaches, dancing and otherwise, just may make your skin crawl! It did mine! But this is still a very funny and well-made wacky little film.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is my favorite movie of all time! It's humorous look at New York city is hilarious. The animated cockroaches are fun to watch singing and dancing! (Funky towel!) And, of coarse, Jerry O'Connell, whom is my favorite. MTV did great making it's first movie here. My only complaint was that there was no sountrack made! ???? Watch it!!!! Ralph and Rodney will thank you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Big Joe '83 on June 21, 2003
Format: DVD
Maybe I'm pushing it a bit here giving the film five stars... However, Joe's Apartment is one of the few low-key camp-films that came out in the mid-nineties (Mortal Kombat being another example) before Hollywood went overboard with the CGI and it definitely should only be viewed alone or with a younger sibling due to the overall tackiness. What I really find great about this flick is that instead of fully focusing on "MTV-esque" anarchy more attention was devoted towards hyperactive pacing. Such as the way that the film took the horrors of living in low-rent apartments and twisted it to be conveyed with a cartoon like lunacy. As far as the toilet humor goes, it's hardly as extreme as it is in teen films as cockroaches mainly provide the main gross out moments.
My only complaint was the minor use of the sacred f word which is probably the contributing factor why this film was given a higher censor rating and wasn't as big as totally pathetic blockbuster hits such as Kangaroo Jack *shudder*... However, I'm glad it isn't very well known, as I feel it's like a secret guilty pleasure where you can just sit there and let yourself go and laugh insanely at juvenile slapstick for a while.
Some people felt that the musical numbers from the cockroaches were carried on too many times. Personally, I feel they're just great to watch, pleasing to the eye and the ear and twice as wacky.
Who knows? Maybe this film might achieve a high cult status in years to come?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PR GUY on March 11, 2005
Format: DVD
I remember watching a cable movie many years ago that

had me riveted to my seat. I was watching all of

these lively cockroaches singing and dancing inside

this rancid New York apartment. I discovered that Amazon.com had this on sale for $10 and moved in on the bargain...and what a

bargain it truly is. I laughed out loud as I watched

"Joe's Apartment" in its entirety...what an ingenious

screenplay and animation piece...watching apartment

dwelling roaches come to life and befriend a young man

lost in the sickness, madness, and stench of NYC.

There are two love relationships going on in this

flick...one between Joe and his bugs (or vice

versa)...and the other between Joe (Jerry O'Connell)

and his heart-throb (Lily) Megan Ward.

This film is so bizarre in a disgusting and unhealthy

kind of way, I must say you simply can't miss it. Not

only do the roaches talk to Joe, but they have a keen

knack for singing...a real groove.

From another perspective, it is a true commentary on

the life and times of living in the quagmire of a big

city - namely New York. It enlightens you to the

plight of many who can't find a decent apartment (with

a roof over their heads) for less than $1,500 per

month.

"Joe's Apartment" is so unique it is a must for nearly

everyone. I never thought a director or producer

could bring to life the personality of a swarm of

pests that have totally invaded Joe's pad.

So, with no further ado, in the cockroach comedy

category (that's a new one I know), "JA" gets a solid

5 stars.
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