Anyone ever found someone that just didn't understand riffing of films?

Dang, that sounds rough, friend. Some of my pals and I will go to (pre covid, the timing of showings to know exactly when has changed drastically) films that we know are gonna be bad (seriously Guy Ritchie? A king arthur film?) at times like early Sunday morning, or we’d get off from work to watch it on a Tuesday at noon, so that we have enough room to stay away from any other people there, and riff a film TO SHREDS.

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Some folks just don’t get it. Just be certain not to invite them over for tea ever again.

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i was watching “The Hellcats” at a friends house and their Dad was in the room being grumpy at the TV because it thought it was stupid. Then came the line “filmed in Zapruder vision” and he looked up at the screen and laughed out loud. When the commercials came on I pretended to not get the riff, so he explained it to me and seemed to enjoy the rest of the show once he realized it wasn’t just mindless nattering on during the movie.


Huh. I don’t think it’s bad, but I feel no compulsion to watch it more than every other year or so. There are a lot of beloved movies like that. I’m diverted by them when someone else is watching, but I don’t deliberately seek them out.

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I’ve said this elsewhere, but I was raised in a family of smart asses, we were always kidding around… my grandmother once threw a riff at Oral Roberts before she switched the channel, and us kids lost it (wait, did sweet, quiet grandma just say that?)

So, there was no learning curve, nothing to try and figure out…

I’ve never tried to convert anyone, they could either sit and enjoy it with me, or get lost. Most would sit and chuckle - one friend joined me for the Rifftrax Live: Jack the Giant Killer even though he had no clue what riffing was, and he laughed his head off throughout. (After the show he went on about what a terrible movie that was… my friend, that was Citizen Kane compared to some of the things they’ve riffed on in the past)

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The son of one of my good friends, when he was about 3 years old, used to complain that people were talking during the movie. He would get quite upset about it.

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Don’t know that I ever specifically tried to turn someone on to MST3K. But back in college in the mid-90s (Comedy Central era), we’d put it on the teevee in the dorm on Friday night. Some people were definitely into it and others hated it.

You know what, MST/Riffing is like any other form of media. Some people are going to like it and some aren’t. I have no problem with it. I have a problem with people who somehow feel insulted if someone else doesn’t like MST/riffing. Life’s too short to try to dictate other people’s media likes and dislikes.