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Mystery Science Theater 3000 - I Accuse My Parents (1945)

Richard Bartell , Brooks Benedict , Sam Newfield  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Richard Bartell, Brooks Benedict, Jack Chefe, Edward Earle, Mary Beth Hughes
  • Directors: Sam Newfield
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino Theatrical
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2002
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000633TA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,151 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mystery Science Theater 3000 - I Accuse My Parents" on IMDb

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"Joel, don't you have anything better to do than psychoanalyze a bunch of robots?" Apparently not in this hilarious installment of MST3K, in which Joel Hodgson and the robots of the Satellite of Love deconstruct this starched and stiff juvenile delinquent drama with everything from art projects to a giant mobile representing the hero's roiling subconscious. Square high school kid Jimmy is on trial for murder in this cautionary drama told in flashback, in which we learn all about this nice boy driven to lies, crime, and the arms of a nightclub floozy by a negligent father, an alcoholic mother, and his own utter stupidity. The film's cheesy nightclub number inspires Joel and the bots to put on their own version: Gypsy lip-synchs the lyrics while the other three pop in and out of costume to play the entire audience. "Seriously, Joel, who would you accuse?" --Sean Axmaker

From the Back Cover

It's Mystery Science Theater 3000, America's only show that makes fun of really bad B movies from the comfort of a spaceship floating above Earth. Joel Hodgson, along with his mechanical companions, wisecracking Crow and well-read chick magnet Tom Servo, make suffering through Hollywood's worst films a breeze. Adding their own dialogue, barrage of witty remarks, and an occasional colorful skit, the next hour and a half will fly by like it were only 90 minutes. There's no ushers with flashlights, crying babies, or women with big hair to spoil the fun.

No, this isn't a Menendez brothers movie-of-the-week. It's just another cruel joke beamed aboard by Dr. Forrester and assistant Frank. In I Accuse My Parents, a young lad named Jimmy seks love outside his dysfunctional family, and finds it with Kitty, a beautiful nightclub singer (lucky dope). As he watches her sing, Crow notices a wild-eyed look coming over Jimmy's face, to which Crow remarks, "Yes, Satan. Speak to me through this song." Jimmy's in heaven until his girl's mob boss horns in. Next thing you know, Jimmy's writing a farewell note to his mother. As he places it on her mirror, Crow says, "I'll just put this over here next to mom's suicide note." Meanwhile, back on Earth, the doc and Frank try to figure out how to get an exotic dancer out of the cake they baked him into.


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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This DVD from Rhino offers up one the funniest -- and most charming -- episodes of the legendary TV show "Mystery Science Theater 3000," where they take on a 1944 drama/gangster movie/message flick called, "I Accuse My Parents." There are few episodes of the show I recommended higher for all-around quality.
For those of you unfamiliar with "Mystery Science Theater 3000," (MST3K for short) it is a ninety-minute show featuring a silhouette of a man and two robots (Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot) in movie theater seats projected in front of a bad movie. The hosts provide hysterical, satiric, and culturally-savvy wisecracks to accompany the movie. The episodes also includes sketches and songs and adds up to some of the most hilarious comedy you will ever see.
"I Accuse My Parents" is episode #507, from the last days of Joel Hodgson's run as host. Although the movie itself is actually not that bad, this episode comes at point in the show's development when the writers and performers were at the peak of the powers, and the result is one of the most hilarious episodes, and one that really grows on you with its sense of warm parody. It's a good episode for newcomers as well, since the film is average enough so that its awfulness doesn't distract from the wisecracks. (I've noticed that when I show an episode of the show to a friend who has never seen it before, the worse the movie being parodied is, the more my friend focuses on the movie instead of the hosts. This, therefore, is a good "training" episode.)
The camaraderie between the cast is quite wonderful here, and the warm, jocular style of the Joel years is at its strongest. After Mike Nelson took over as host (a few episodes later), the comedy style became more satiric and antagonistic toward the film.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My couch got soiled but I don't mind.... January 17, 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
I have most all of the MST3K videos and this is the one we reach for the most. Not a 3 second interval can pass without us howling in laughter. This is my absolute favorite episode hands down because it is overflowing with the razor-sharp sarcasm Joel and the bots do so well. Tom Servo's opening credit song is rewind worthy and you'll be singing it to yourself after the movie is over. The host segments are off the scale funny. I hate over-hyping but I'M NOT! If you love MST3K and haven't seen this one, you HAVE to. HAVE TO. You'll wet yourself and maybe accuse your own parents!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blame Game March 12, 2003
Format:DVD
OK, this story's about Jimmy. At the start he seems to be a nice, smart, well-liked kid, who, for someone who looks like he's in his twenties, does real well in high school. But, as it turns out, Jimmy also has a real knack for lying and doing shady errands for his girlfriend's (Kitty) other boyfriend (mobster Charlie). And the whole reason he resorts to this life of crime is because his parents have a bigger interest in spending time at Jack Taylor's house with their good friend Jim Beam instead of spending time with Jimmy.

This episode is one of my favorites. Joel and the 'bots are so "on", that even Kitty's songs, which when seen in their original state would be mind-numbingly unbearable, are hilarious enough to rewind and watch again before continuing with the rest of the show. The movie provides so much material to lampoon that the time just flies by while watching it. And just when you think it may be slowing down and getting a little dull, the character (and what a character!) of Al Frazier comes along to give the guys enough ammo to easily fill the last 20 minutes of the movie.

My experience has been that it's best to start newbies out with Mitchell, but when I'm not sure what I want to watch I always turn to I Accuse My Parents. And it provides a great alternative stress reliever. Did you burn tonight's dinner, lose your job, or get your hand slammed in a door? Forget swearing, just accuse your parents! It's fun!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quack. Quack. June 7, 2002
Format:DVD
Mystery Science Theater 3000 has always been one of my favorite TV series. Even in later years, when the non-movie material (the short subjects and invention exchange) faded away, the movies themselves were always a hoot. Although usually focusing on cheesy science fiction and horror movies, this episode shows that any sort of bad movie serves as prime fodder for the MST3K crew.
The main feature (following a short on truck farming that features no trucks) is a cautionary tale about bad parenting. When their accusing son can't find love at home, he takes up with a nightclub singer with a heart of gold and a mobster boyfriend. Through events that are more a result of naivete (despite winning an essay contest, he is not overly bright), he eventually winds up on the run and taken in by a kindly restaurant owner. In the end, however, all works out, and his parents, accused by their son and lectured to by a judge, are fated to turn their hedonistic lives around.
Since this is MST3K, the movie's story is purely incidental, and only an excuse to make jokes. The one-liners fly by quickly, and even if some miss, there are always a dozen more that hit. As an opportunity to squeeze a little bit of virtue out of a really bad movie, this is a success.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Go ahead, accuse your parents! It's fun! November 11, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Episode 507, I Accuse My Parents, is a great example of the preachy melodramas that the MST3K gang ripped into gleefully before they moved to that other network that would not let the guys stray too far from science fiction movies. I would not call this a classic episode, but it�s certainly very entertaining. Jim is a goofy kid who blames all of his problems on his parents. Sure, his mom is a lush and his father is a cold fish also known to slosh around in the bottom of the bowl, but the kid seems to have a good head on his shoulders�at first. Unfortunately, Jim�s first place finish in an action-packed school essay contest seems to be the peak of his intellectual career. When his teachers want to meet the mother who inspired such a baseball and apple pie essay in praise of family life, Jim�s thrilling victory is turned into deep shame when his mother stumbles in to the meeting as drunk as a fish. Only now do Jim�s emotional problems (and stupidity) begin to come out into the open. Having lied about his family life for years, he begins to lie about basically everything. After managing to start a career in the lucrative shoe sales business, he meets up with a night club singer named Kitty. Soon he is lying to her about his family and throwing money around trying to impress her. Having no money to start with, he starts running odd jobs for Kitty�s shady boss (who also happens to love Kitty). Too stupid to realize what he is doing, Jim finds himself smack dab in a life of crime. After making countless stupid mistakes, he justifies everything by accusing his parents. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars MST3K: I Accuse My Parents
Just about all of the MST3K films are fun and this one does not disappoint. From the early years when Joel Hodgson was aboard. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Celia DLF
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy, thy name is "Parents…"
I will underscore two important points that many of these commenters have echoed in their review. 1) If you are first being introduced to Mystery Science Theatre 3000, this is... Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. S. Heimlich
5.0 out of 5 stars Rolling on Floor Laughing
The MST3K gang takes on a movie involving a whiny person being accused of a crime and he "gasps" accuses his parents. Read more
Published 7 months ago by DigitalPommie
1.0 out of 5 stars Isn't their best.
I'm watching it now on Netflix and was checking reviews wondering if I'm missing something about why a show that is known for showing horror and sci-fi b-movies is showing a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Heather D.
5.0 out of 5 stars My fav
Space Mutiny used to be my favorite MST3K, but I think this has top honors now. It's solid from start to finish, and a great place for someone new to MST3K to start, or if you want... Read more
Published 8 months ago by L. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids favorite
This movie is so bad, it's hysterical. I didn't know that we shifted blame on our parents even in the black and white era! Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars comedy
I recommend that anyone who likes a good laugh should definitely buy this movie in particular.It is non stop riffing jokes that will leave you on the floor rolling and laughing out... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mario Cordeiro
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of MST3K
This episode is, by far, my favorite. I had worn out the VHS copy and was happy it was available on DVD. Read more
Published on May 18, 2011 by Whozapuzalooza
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Laughs
My family and I laughed through this well done Mystery Science Theater. It has some especially great parts. How fun!
Published on February 13, 2011 by InWyoming
5.0 out of 5 stars I won an essay contest!
Great DVD if you're wanting to get on the MST3K bandwagon but just not sure when/how to jump on. For all that is holy, don't start with "Manos" Mystery Science Theater 3000 -... Read more
Published on January 10, 2008 by BostonJen
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