Anyone involved with the creative decision making on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull should be embarrassed at the unintentional joke of a movie they put out, but at least they have a sense of humor about the whole thing. As long as they can make money off it, anyway. This is the Indiana Jones Nuke the Fridge action figure from Sideshow Collectibles in conjunction with LucasFilm, and it can be yours for just $174.99. I hear for an extra $100, you can watch George Lucas stuff the money in the bullfrog pouch underneath his chin and angrily demand more cat burgers.
The Nuke the Fridge moment famously spawned a catch phrase, but as I’ve said many times, that was far from the most laughably stupid moment of the film. Things that were worse:
- Shia Labeouf swinging through the trees with the monkeys. There’s a moment when Shia gets thrown from a Jeep and lands in the canopy of the jungle. He sees some monkeys up there, and they have what can only be described as “a moment.” In the next scene, Shia is attacking the bad guys with help from his monkey army. Jeez, what could Shia have said to those monkeys up there?
- The fire ants. …Just watch.
- The quicksand snake rope. At one point, Indy is trapped in some quicksand. First of all, it’s 2008 and they’re still using quicksand as a plot device. Indy shouts to Shia to get a rope and pull him out. Shia runs into the jungle to find a rope, only he can’t find a rope, so he comes back with… a giant snake. Because Indy hates snakes, get it? He tosses it to Indy, and now Indy has to escape, using the thing he fears most… as a rope.
I still try to describe the movie to my friends who haven’t seen it and they just say, “No way, dude, you have to be lying. There’s no way that happened.” Never forget.
[thanks to /Film for finding the action figure]