Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beatniks 2010 UNRATED

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When a hold-up carried out by his two-bit hoodlum friends goes tragically awry, Eddie Crane's bright future as a recording artist from the mean streets could be in jeopardy.

Starring:
Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Comedy
Director Joel Hodgson
Starring Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson
Supporting actors Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy, Frank Conniff, Michael J. Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl
Studio Shout Factory
MPAA rating Unrated
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stuff My Cat Wants NOW!!! on August 2, 2011
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As MST3k is a show within a show within a movie format, I like to review the different parts of the episode in order to grade.

The movie: A mediocre movie about a mediocre Lawrence Welk singer trying to start his career while dealing with his violent thug past (you know - the typical Beatnik stuff). Will Eddie make it to the top? Will Eddie find true love? You really won't care thanks to the bad singing, ridiculous story line, and (of course) bad acting.

Host Segments: This opening, invention, and closing segments are hilarious! The others are pretty funny as well.

Riffs: There are really no excellent zingers but I give Joel and the bots credit for the constant riffing.

Overall: The movie isn't strange enough to be amusing and the riffs, while constant, aren't top notch. But the constant riffing and segments make this one a good MST3k episode.

Other: There is a OK short of a very very very old General Hospital episode.

Special note: Pay close attention to a scene about 75% through the film. There is a phrase muttered that Joel and bots kept repeating for a while. Always wondered why they said that phrase until I watched this episode.

***NOTE: I originally posted this review on Netflix.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GARY on February 28, 2013
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ANOTHER WINNER, THIS ONE IS SO BAD, IT'S GOOD. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW I MANAGED TO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE BACK IN THE EARLY 60'S BUT I HAVE CORRECTED THAT NOW. THIS IS A MUST WATCH!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wiz TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 5, 2015
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This is a fairly middling Joel Era episode where the majority of really good riffing escalates during like the last 20 minutes of the film along with Peter Breck's (Nick from The Big Valley) hammy over-acting; not a bad episode mind you... just a bit on the slow side. As one might imagine there's more than a few Howl references, the fusion of opening theme to The Jetsons and the big-band score towards the end was hilarious, the timid little hotel manager almost doesn't need help from the bots and I think it's worth mentioning that Joel gets most of the laughs on this one (for a change) and Magic Voice is a pre-Pearl Mary Jo Pehl. :o)
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There are no beatniks in 1960's "The Beatniks," but you do get the ludicrous overacting of Peter Breck as a murderous hoodlum, as well as voice artist Paul Frees' one shot at being a writer/director. It's the story of a young punk on the verge of becoming the next Vic Damone (big band pop is beatnik music, y'know), but who can't break away from his no-good friends.

It's a middling fourth season episode, not bad, but not that funny, either. I think I got more laughs out of seeing Crow in drag than I did from the riffing this time around.
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Classic MST3K.
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