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"The Wolverine vs. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (6243)"
URL: linkShow: Half in the BagReleased: August 16, 2013
Season 3, Episode 59 (22)Time: 29:04
Edited by: Mike Stoklasa
Cast: Mike Stoklasa & Jay Bauman
Guests: Rich Evans (credited)

In Episode 59 of Half in the Bag Season 3, Mike and Jay compare and contrast two Wolverine movies, 2013's The Wolverine and 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

PlotEdit

After contacting the post office about his package, Mike learns he accidentally called a sex phone line. Although Jay has been too busy with work to see any movies, both Mike and Jay have seen the Wolverine movies. They then get an unexpected phone call.

Summary and ReviewEdit

Wolverine or The Wolverine is the second attempt to make a movie just about Wolverine, except for the first 3 X-Men movies. [...] In this movie, Logan travels to Japan to say goodbye to a Japanese man his character wouldn't care less about saying goodbye to. While he's there, he discovers some kind of sinister plot about something. Action happens, romance happens, there's fighting and shooting, and then all is resolved at the end, when Lo-Wolverine throws a giant robot off a cliff.
—Mike Stoklasa

OverviewEdit


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METACRITIC | ROTTENTOMATOES
The Wolverine* Mike S


Susan S


Tim S5 Popcorns S
Gregg S5 Popcorns SCoffee S

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60/100[1]
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69/100[2]
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine† Mike S


Susan S


N/A
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40/100[3]
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38/100[4]
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X-Men Mike S


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64/100[5]
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81/100[6]
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X2: X-Men United Mike S


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68/100[7]
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86/100[8]
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X-Men: The Last Stand Mike S


Susan S


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58/100[9]
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58/100[10]
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* Better as a real movie. † Better as a bad movie. ‡ Previously Recorded Live Chat Finger Death Punch - February 19, 2015.

AppearancesEdit

§ Actor is credited but makes no onscreen appearance.

ProductionEdit

Plinkett IntroductionEdit

  • "Whatever happened to Meg Ryan? Oh yeah, she died."

ReferencesEdit

  • "You ain't all that and a bag of potato chips." - This line is spoken by Dr. Evil during negotiations with the president in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Mike and Jay use the line to bring up Irategamer's positive review of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
  • Rip Torn - Rip Torn is an American actor struggling with alcohol abuse. Most recently, in 2010, he broke into a bank while intoxicated, thinking it was his own home.[11][12]
  • Theodore Miller - Theodore Miller is a American judge and politician from New York who served on the Court of Appeals from 1874-1886.[13]
  • Best of the Worst - Mike asks Jay which Wolverine movie is the best of the worst, the title of their review web series revolving around bad movies.

Callbacks/Running JokesEdit

  • Taylor Kitsch - Taylor Kitsch, who plays Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, also starred in two box office flops Disney's John Carter and Hasbro's Battleship.[14][15][16][17] Both films were reviewed in previous episodes of Half in the Bag.
  • X-Men as ham-fisted social justice analogy - Mike and Jay criticized X-Men: First Class for its heavy-handed use and focus of mutants as a metaphor for homosexuality,[18] whereas the comics and the previous films used the metaphor to touch on a variety of social issues.[19][20] The discrimination and prejudice that mutants face are universal themes that can resonate with many groups.

ProductionEdit

"44th Street" by Apple, Inc. plays during the opening of this episode. "Island" by Apple Inc. is heard in the sequence showing Mike's proposed Wolverine movie set in Jamaica.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "The Wolverine". Metacritic.com. CBS. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  2. "The Wolverine (2013)". RottenTomatoes.com. Flixster. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  3. "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". Metacritic.com. CBS. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  4. "X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)". RottenTomatoes.com. Flixster. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  5. "X-Men". Metacritic.com. CBS. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  6. "X-Men (2000)". RottenTomatoes.com. Flixster. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  7. "X2: X-Men United". Metacritic.com. CBS. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  8. "X2: X-Men United (2003)". RottenTomatoes.com. Flixster. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  9. "X-Men: The Last Stand". Metacritic.com. CBS. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  10. "X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)". RottenTomatoes.com. Flixster. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  11. Hayes, Kevin (March 30, 2010). "Rip Torn Pleads "Not Guilty" in Alleged Booze-Fueled Bank Break-in". CBS News. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  12. Associated Press (December 14, 2010). "Actor Rip Torn Pleads Guilty in Connecticut Bank Break-in". Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  13. Fraser, Dionne. "THEODORE MILLER". HISTORICAL SOCIETY of the NEW YORK COURTS. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  14. Rich, Katey and Kristy Puchko (May 18, 2012). "Great Debate: Can Battleship Make Taylor Kitsch A Movie Star?". CinemaBlend.com. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  15. "Forecast: Judgment Day Arrives for 'John Carter'". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  16. "Friday Report: 'John Carter' Lands with a Thud". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  17. "Weekend Report: 'Battleship' Drowns Under Weight of 'Avengers'". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  18. Grierson, Tim (May 18, 2012). "It’s Cute How People Don’t Get That ‘X-Men: First Class’ Has a Gay Subtext". The Projector. Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  19. Pesca, Mike (May 30, 2006). "Are 'X-Men' Mutant Issues a Mirror on Society?". NPR. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  20. Godwin, Garrett (January 14, 2009). "Dr. King's 80th Birthday". NewsBlaze. Retrieved October 6, 2013.

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