Nickelodeon // 2010 // 288 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // March 29th, 2011
Wait, what? This is pretty good?
Is that what you're saying? This Nickelodeon show about four hockey players from Minnesota who come to LA to become rock stars, this transparent attempt at generating hype for another pre-packaged boy band is good?
Yes. Yes it is.
First it was Make It or Break It that charmed you -- and believe you me, we all had a hearty chuckle about that in the break room -- and now you're telling me that Big Time Rush has swept you off your feet? What are you 12?
Look, I know you're my Macho Id, but you don't have to act like a dickhead. It's not a bad show, okay?
Stop trying to play up as a sensitive, thoughtful man of the 21st century. Who are you trying to fool? Everyone knows you only like Thai action films and movies involving shark/octopus hybrids.
How am I being "sensitive"?
You know how easy and fun it would be to lay into this ridiculous show but you're holding back. I suspect you don't want to be labeled as yet another snarky d-bag Internet personality. Well, guess what tiger -- that ship has sailed already.
I know you think you're cool with your lamb-chop sideburns and those cigarettes wrapped up in your sleeves, but you've got it all wrong. I'd have been more than happy to serve up a volley of barbs and witticisms if Big Time Rush deserved it, but, I'm telling you, it doesn't.
Fine, I'll bite. How come?
For one it doesn't feel like a pop culture cash-in. Sure that's probably the end-goal, create some kind of Hannah Montana phenomenon, but to the writers' credit they don't script the show like that. The pre-packaged-boy-band concept is mocked throughout. In fact, this entire production is a parody of the teen celebrity culture.
Please. That sounds way too nuanced for a Nickelodeon show.
Sure, it's not Dr. Strangelove, the humor is geared towards pre-adolescents, and there are too many goofy sound effects tossed in, but for what it is -- and contrary to what I expected -- Big Time Rush is surprisingly clever and genuinely funny at times.
Man, did you just see what you wrote?
I'm fine with my choices, okay? And I'd be more than happy to recommend Big Time Rush to any kid.
Well, go have fun with your new best friends watching Nickelodeon shows. I'm going to go pick a fight with the Superego. He's been giving me the stink eye all week.
Not Guilty. Yeah, I said it.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* English (CC)
Running Time: 288 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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