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Old 06-04-08, 06:44 PM
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First there was "jump the shark"...now "nuke the fridge"

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2. nuke the fridge


Nuke the fridge is a colloquialism used to refer to the moment in a film series that is so incredible that it lessens the excitement of subsequent scenes that rely on more understated action or suspense, and it becomes apparent that a certain installment is not as good as a previous installments, due to ridiculous or low quality storylines, events or characters.

The term comes from the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in which, near the start of the movie, Harrison Ford's character survives a nuclear detonation by climbing into a kitchen fridge, which is then blown hundreds of feet through the sky whilst the town disintegrates. He then emerges from the fridge with no apparent injury. Later in the movie, the audience is expected to fear for his safety in a normal fistfight.

Fans of the Indiana Jones series found the absurdity of this event in the film to be the best example of the lower quality of this installment in the series, and thus coined the phrase, "nuke the fridge".

The phrase is also a reference to the phrase "jump the shark", which has the same meaning, only applied to a television series instead of a film series.

This phrase is not in common use.
"Star Wars didn't really nuke the fridge until Jar Jar Binks was introduced."

"Peter Parker dancing around the bar in Spider-Man 3? Kinda nukes the fridge!"

"The Godfather: Part III nukes the fridge."

"Gremlins 2 more or less nuked the fridge."
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Old 06-04-08, 06:51 PM
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Alien 3 nukes the fridge.
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Old 06-04-08, 07:03 PM
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Sorry, but "nuke the fridge" is really stupid.
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Old 06-04-08, 07:13 PM
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Awww, Daytripper nuked the fridge.
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this will never catch on... jump the shark is catchy... nuke the fridge will be forgotten 3 weeks from now.
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Old 06-04-08, 07:30 PM
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this thread Nuked the fridge before it started
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Old 06-04-08, 07:37 PM
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As opposed to "ripped the heart out", which is applicable to the less liked Temple of Doom.
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Old 06-04-08, 07:50 PM
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I don't care about being spoiled on the new Indy movie, so after reading that quote about him surviving a nuked fridge, I know I won't be missing anything but a hell of a funny scene. I'm laughing at the idea of that right now, it's so ridiculous
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oh yeah and then he steps out of the fridge and stands right under the mushroom cloud... just stands there watching the mushroom cloud grow, from right under it...

it was a multimedia insult to the intelligence of the viewer...

'nuked the fridge'... i love this one...
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Old 06-04-08, 08:48 PM
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Wow, this one is just stupid. Mostly because there's dozens of big movie moments that are far more offensive to reality.

This saying completely hacks the mothership.
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Originally Posted by RichC2
Wow, this one is just stupid. Mostly because there's dozens of big movie moments that are far more offensive to reality.

This saying completely hacks the mothership.
But the hacking of the mothership came at the end of the film! There wasn't much left to be excited about anyway. I actually like this phrase!
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Jump the shark is the one everybody knows for a reason

Nuked the fridge just doesn't roll off the tongue.

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Old 06-04-08, 09:41 PM
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"Hacks the mothership" is way better than "Nuke the fridge".

This whole "nuke the fridge" reminded me of a scene in "Mean Girls".
I couldn't remember exactly what the saying was they were trying to
make popular. So I cheated and went to IMBD's memorable quotes
and it was:

Gretchen: That is so fetch!

Regina: Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen! It's not going to happen!
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I kinda like it.
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Nuke the fridge as in Indiana Jones threads at DVD Talk have nuked the fridge.
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Old 06-04-08, 10:28 PM
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This thread nukes the jumping shark.
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Nuke the fridge. I like it.

Nuke the fridge, jump the shark - same basic idea.
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The definition of nuke the fridge nuked the fridge when they mentioned that Gremlins 2 nuked the fridge.
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this is more popular than i thought...

there's already a 'nuked the fridge' discussion forum...

Link...
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Wouldn't nuking the site from orbit effectively take out the fridge too?
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Originally Posted by mhg83
Alien 3 nukes the fridge.
Boooooooo! Total disagreement!
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Old 06-05-08, 07:27 AM
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This is THE internet here. It is aleady law.
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"Jump the shark" was actually replaced by "Drove into a lake".
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The scene didn't bother me at all.
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I'm still in favor of using "the bear walked by the pool".

As for Indy 4, I think the stupider part was
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Shia LaDouche swinging from tree to tree with the monkeys.
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