Demolition Man – re:View

April 6, 2017135 Comments

Rich and Jack discuss the Taco Bell film: Taco Bell Man.

Filed in: re:View

  • Yourand


  • I got a poster for DM from Taco Bell and had it in my room all throughout college. People would make fun of me saying “I thought you liked good movies?”

  • Good_Lt

    Very cool. Very cool.

  • Myfacehurts

    Is this where our patreon money went you hack frauds? Buying Rich’s family dinner????

  • El_Runko


  • susankappelstein

    Crazy. I rewatched this film only last week and enjoyed it more that I had when it was originally in theaters.

  • Norman.T. RAY

    I remember huge product placemens in Superman 2 each time Kryptonians crush into things.

  • rx㏅

    Back To The Future was filled with product placements… Pepsi and Pizza Hut for starters had famouse gag scenes.

  • TheVerySpecialK

    What seems to be your boggle?

  • frankelee

    I would say it’s good to know Taco Bell is diabeetus safe, but Rich is looking paler than ever.

  • andychrist

    after all that theyll deffo need to use the three shells ..

  • Charon

    Sandra Bullock is also super hot in Demolition Man, and that makes the movie more bearable in general.

  • MikeFromCanmore

    Let’s Go Lick Some Ass !

  • MikeFromCanmore

    also Rest In Piece Don Rickles

  • Flyingguillotine

    Ahhh… I’m glad you guys cleared up the mystery. Not long ago, I revisited DEMOLITION MAN, and every time the characters referred to Taco Bell in dialogue, the subtitles would say “Pizza Hut,” and I had no idea why.

  • It’s my favorite movie: Explosion Guy

  • Like Icare

    True dat.

  • Like Icare

    Talking about the Mendela effect… I thought he was already dead.

  • “I’m tired of this demolition man shit” – I remember rolling my eyes at that line at the age of like 6. Just seemed like a way of shoehorning the movie’s title in, but I’m not totally sure what the overall tonal intent of the movie was. Upon rewatching it a couple years back, I remember it did seem a little blurry.

  • Like Icare

    The overall tonal intent was to tie it to a Sting song.

  • EJ

    Agree that the premise is probably stronger than the actual film but still pretty underrated movie IMO. I love it but I wish Verhoeven had directed it. They definitely were going for that ironic Verhoeven tone but were only partially successful.

    Also don’t knock Cop Land if you haven’t seen it. It’s solid. I mean it’s definitely Stallone looking to remind everyone that he isn’t just an action cheeseball and can actually act, but he’s really good in it and the whole movie is very well done.

  • Not to mention the authentic 1950’s gas station that was built by the company in the studio back lot for use in the movie.

  • RLMkeepitup

    she’s still hot

  • bhlaab

    rich would probably like the book brave new world if he hasnt already read it

  • RLMkeepitup

    Rich is right about this, he’s always right

  • Yeah, a Marlboro truck sticks out in my memory.

  • Black_Joe_Biden

    Is that a Shut up and Sit Down shirt Jack has on? Some of my favorite youtube people like some of my other favorite youtube people! I don’t know what to do with this information…

  • Joe Syxpac

    That’s not nearly enough for Rich’s family.

    Or even Rich.

  • Joe Syxpac

    Mandela is dead?

  • Joe Syxpac

    I really love this film as it is and wouldn’t change much. Cept maybe Denis Leary. Aside from just doing his stand up yet again in a movie, he doesn’t come off as much of a threat to the order.

  • The Wicker Man (BWF)

    What timing. I just did my bimonthly Taco Bell feast and Demolition Man screening yesterday.

  • John Luck Pickerd

    Great Re-view…. although it could’ve used more Cop Cop references.

  • Nathaniel Thierwechter

    The only earlier product placing I can think of is in Ghostbusters (1984) where Dana has some coke cans in her refrigerator and Venkman comments on all of the junk food.

  • Rude_Canadian

    This movie has an R rating, but I think the only reason why is because there is a brief flash of nudity and the swearing. When you think about it the violence isn’t even that graphic. Considering what this movie is satirizing that’s kind of funny.

  • Zach

    Damn misophonia.

  • bernverdnardo

    Not only did they get the cars right, it also predicted the execution of Scott Peterson


    Who the hell is annoyed by the product placement in DEMOLITION MAN?? It’s part of the gag. It’s also CLEARLY self-aware, it’s funny., and may even be a clever comment on monopolization.

    Also, E.T. came out years before this and has a rather famous story regarding product placement.

  • Gift Card

    This came out in 1993 Rich, not 1991.

  • RLM you did it again. Don Rickles just died. Stop killing old celebrities!

  • Alex Lee

    I’m going to massively overthink this movie and write a timeline explaining how the world of San Angeles came about.

    1996: Massive crime wave indicates that the state is failing to control its super criminals.
    Massive Earthquake devastates all of California. Millions, including
    Mrs Spartan, die resulting in anarchy led by roving gangs of super
    criminals. I guess it’s the first Mad Max movie or something.
    2011: Cocteau writes his Surak-esque philosophy and garners widespread
    result as the people demand an order of some kind to counter the chaos
    of the super criminals. The hypocrisy of using excessive force is
    excused due to the threat of all those super criminals. This is the time
    of that nail-biting police chief who became a fanatic under Cocteau’s
    religion, hence why all the old people are still going along with this
    totalitarian society.
    Around 2025: The war is over and Cocteau can
    begin the second stage of civilization building. According to Yuri
    Bezmenov, it takes around 15 years to indoctrinate one generation.
    Therefore, at this point, he uses the schools to teach the history that
    violence is an inherent evil and that the reason why the apocalyptic
    earthquake and happened was because of the many, many sins of the last
    civilization. This is when Benjamin Bratt and Rob Scheider grow up and
    train in the police academy, completely demoralized and brainwashed from
    Cocteau’s ideological subversion. Also Cocteau places Taco Bell under
    his thumb (because he likes their food) and allows them to smash the competition. The franchise war was very literally a war.
    Cocteau’s society is near completion. Getting rid of Dennis Leary is
    the last loose end that will prove the country at large the
    functionality of his utopian society. At this point, the ideology, much
    like Communism, is running on its own and Cocteau doesn’t need to be the
    strongman he used to be. Rich is once again right that he’s gotten soft
    and indolent in his old age.

  • Chowderbatter

    I love Rich and Jack (and all of RLM), but there’s something about watching them eat tacos that makes me want to punch both of them in their faces.

    Is that wrong?

  • Spoiled Ants

    And even his stand-up signature is stolen from other comedians like Bill Hicks and early Louis CK. The guy should be the patron saint of Hacks.

  • susankappelstein

    Superman the Movie had product placement in 1978 and Superman II had tons more in 1980.

  • Robotpals

    Not if you’re Len Kabasinksi. Otherwise, then yes, it’s wrong.

  • Robotpals

    I think Stallone all around is underestimated, and that’s because people remember those years between Rocky IV and Judge Dredd when he was making lots and lots of egotistical crap. They forget Rocky. First Blood. Other things he didn’t just star in but wrote and directed. He seems to have rediscovered himself lately.

  • Robotpals

    For some reason, I had a strong desire to go out and buy plutonium and engage in Libyan terrorism.

  • Brian Levine

    While I think Cocteau’s ideas about society are a complete waste, I will forever be in favor of getting rid of Denis Leary.

  • Brian Levine

    Speaking of product placement, anyone ever see 2001: A Space Odyssey?

  • Brian Levine

    No but he has played the video game.

  • Brian Levine

    Rickles is the only person in history who actually stinks less after he’s dead.

  • professor charles horse

    in new zealand the cinematic release was the US version, but the DVD release was the UK version, So in a matter of months it went from Taco Bell to Pizza Hut – we were convinced the franchise wars had already begun

  • Brian Levine

    I would’ve thought it would be a Kiwi Delight or something.

  • Vector

    Yeah, but since Kubrick doesn’t play the product placement game, he made sure AT&T* and Pan Am were destroyed by 2001.

    *The modern AT&T is a shell of its former monopoly self, having been broken up in an anti-trust suit in ’82.

  • Brian Levine

    Actually, wasn’t it still Bell System in the movie?

  • Vector

    Oh, yeah, that’s right. Good ole Ma Bell.

  • Joe Syxpac

    He woulda loved that one. Did you write for him?

  • Joe Syxpac

    I imagine that he also introduced some type of mild drug into the water supply that would keep the population pacified. After years of exposure to it everyone starts to become incapable of violence.

  • Joe Syxpac

    It’s a good thing E.T. didn’t have a peanut allergy or the movie woulda been really short.

  • EJ

    I remember when Cop Land came out it seemed like a lot of critics were really gunning for it. I think nowadays it’s more accepted for actors to switch back and forth between action schlock and more serious roles, but back then everyone had their knives out for it.

  • Brian Levine

    Technically, we could go back to Miracle on 34th Street

  • andychrist

    whats it called when one company gets another companies product placed to make it look bad? … i remember something about coke paying for a fight scene to be staged around a pepsi vending machine in the 70s or early 80s . (or it could have been the other way around) …. backfired as i recall

  • LameSame

    No. Punch them in their stupid faces!

  • LameSame

    Remember when Superman got punched into a Marlboro truck in Superman II? And the Coca Cola billboard that Zod gets thrown into. Smoke cigarettes and drink lots of soda, kids!

  • supercrotchinator

    I love it when shows shoehorn their title into the dialogue. It’s always clunky and falls flat, and I always hear in my head The Narrator from Arrested Development saying “Hey, that’s the name of the show!”.

  • peterablex

    I draw lots of mandalas

  • peterablex

    Candy Girl?

  • peterablex

    Yes, because of ME:Andromeda

  • peterablex

    That would’ve been great, I hate E.T.

  • peterablex

    Each time I see a bottle of J&B, it makes me want to watch a cheap Italian movie. Thank you product placement

  • Brian Levine

    “So you guys are astronauts, off on some kind of…star trek.”

    Worst moment of that film.

  • EJ

    Remember how in the 1980s people on TV would often drink generic beer (a light yellow can that said “BEER” on it). I feel like that was a lot more jarring than seeing some recognizable brand name. Repo Man even made a running joke out of it.

  • DanceOfBirther

    Fun fact: Generic products were an actual thing.

  • this still happens

  • DanceOfBirther

    But will still have GE, IBM, General Mills, Howard Johnson’s*, Hilton, Aeroflot, and Whirlpool. Kubrick’s not really that good at destroying brands.

    * Yes, this still exists as a brand of motels, one restaurant also still exists.

  • DanceOfBirther

    That movie also has Fanta, KFC, Timex, and JVC.

  • Seth

    Take out that pent-up rage in a suicidal taco binge of your own.

  • Vector

    Well, it was just a little off handed joke. Clearly, you are correct, and while a brilliant film maker, Stanley Kubrick failed to destroy the corporate giants of the late 1960’s.

  • Notlob

    We did have Georgie Pie but they were an early casualty of the NZ franchise wars when they were annexed by McDonald’s.

  • But I mean – it’s not just that. It is that but it’s more – fill me in if I’m forgetting anything because it’s been a couple years – but Stallone is a cop in that movie right? And he is just generally known as “the demolition man”? What does that even mean? Do superheroes exist in this universe? I think this might be the alleged satire my brain is not picking up on, it being some sort of “action movie parody”.

  • When this dropped I was eating a burrito. Fuck you, Taco Bell!

  • Ret Marut

    Hey Jack, did you have the PEAR dream again?

  • Kawaii as Fuck

    The hunka chunka!

  • Eddie Spengler

    Wesley Snipes’ constant running monologue of commenting on everything he sees in the film was tiresome, but he scores bonus points for being dressed as Duke Nukem. I wish this film had been directed by Paul Verhoeven. If it had been more like the futuristic action/satire of Robocop or Starship Troopers instead of an above-par Stallone vehicle it’d be a classic.

  • Interesting – I’ve never thought about this as a strategy. May have to look this up.

  • RLMkeepitup

    he’s basically a cross dressing homeless person with magic

  • Cakefarts

    I have not seen ET. I feel I am a better person for it.

  • Like Icare


  • Like Icare

    Candy Girl went back to her home planet.
    Since then we honor her memory by quoting her in random RLM comments.

  • Like Icare

    Paul Verhoeven directing Stallone from that era would’ve ended up either with Stallone quitting, Verhoeven being fired – or both of them walking around the sets with loaded weapons, Herzog-Kinski style.

  • Like Icare

    I second that emotion on them Re:View suggestions.

  • Like Icare

    He gets “underrated” bonus points for sounding funny – so most people just write him off as a big dumb oaf.
    When he’s obviously highly intelligent, capable, charismatic…

  • DanceOfBirther

    Ridley Scott was a brand killer in Bladerunner, with Pan Am, TWA, TDK, Atari, Polaroid.

  • EJ

    JVC was absolutely everywhere for a while. They probably spent more on product placement than regular marketing.

  • EJ

    He got Oscar-nominated Best Actor and Best Writing for Rocky. And the movie won Best Picture. So there was a time when he was taken seriously. But once he started making action schlock people acted like that was all he was capable. of.

  • EJ

    Also Repo Man has one of the funniest product placement deals – Little Tree air fresheners. Almost every car in the movie has one.

  • DanceOfBirther

    This talk of product placement reminded me of a ridiculously obvious Dr. Pepper machine in the US version of Return of Godzilla (Godzilla 1985). Further research makes me wonder if Dr. Pepper didn’t finance the entire US production. In addition to the vending machine, there are cans throughout the US scenes. There were also tie-in ads with a horribly off-model Godzilla.

  • EJ

    You say that like it’s a bad thing.

  • Greg Grant

    Uh, don’t mean to be that guy, but “Demolition Man” was 1993, not 1991, which is actually an important point, because this is post-Cllifhanger Stallone. “Cliffhanger” reinvigorated his career and allowed him do goofy projects as this film without much fear. “Stop or My Mom Will Shoot” was the nadir, coming on the heels of the horrifically unfunny gangster comedy “Oscar” and the since ret-conned-away “Rocky V.” 1991-92 was the low point (for its era). ’93 was not.

    Also, to put this into a historical context, ’93 was the year that action stars decided they needed to do something more than just action in their action movies. Arnold latched onto “Last Action Hero,” firmly believing he was changing the paradigm by creating a PG-13 rated self-aware action film for the whole family. That did not work. Meanwhile Stallone experimented in sci-fi, including signing on to do “Judge Dredd.” (There were also two separate films with himself as an assassin in between).

    I would say Stallone’s “Dredd” disaster and a burgeoning midlife crisis did more to drive him into “Copland” than “Demolition Man.” “Demolition Man” made money and is nowhere nearly as terrible as the 1991-92 output of his career.

  • This movie is exactly why Hacker never let Humphrey run the show.

  • It seems a fairly self-defeating strategy. It’s hard to find a product *placement* that would do that. “I don’t like Pepsi because I associate them with violence because a movie had a fight next to one of their machines” seems a pretty big leap that it’s not worth paying money for. (If it worked, humanity would have hated bridges during rainstorms)

  • In some jurisdictions they still use generic products to minimize risk of libel laws if they make a claim about competitors that they can’t 100% defend in court.

  • I’m sure the major sled manufacturers were kicking themselves over Citizen Kane.

  • BCFC25

    When i rented this movie back in England i got the Taco Bell version and i rememeber thinking WTF is Taco Bell?

    I was too young to understand what they meant by franchise wars (i was 13 when i saw the movie) so i really thought for years that Taco Bell was some really fancy restaurant in the US lol

  • BCFC25

    Yes Minister

  • I mean – if it were a comedy movie or something I’m sure you could do something dumb like have someone poop on a pepsi machine.

  • Elki

    Great shirt Jack! 😉

  • supercrotchinator

    I think it’s more just a generic “he doesn’t play by the rules – but he gets results!” type thing. Like, he causes a lot of collateral damage, but he always gets his man. He’s The Demolition Man!
    It’s stupid.

  • DirkD13

    Rich and Jack both look high as fuck in this.

  • beat

    This was really good! Thanks you guys! I don’t remember anything about this film except crazy hot 90’s Sandra Bullock and crazy hot 90’s Dennis Leary but you did a great job highlighting the world-building, which does look intriguing. You also did a great job yammering about fast food franchises. Great re:View.

  • Mugato

    Demolition Man was a fairly smart film, relatively and Stallone proved to be a pretty good comedic actor. Not sure why Denis Leary and crew didn’t just move to another part of the country but whatever.

  • Mugato

    God, Last Action Hero was horrible.

  • BCFC25

    If they said California became its own country i think alot of the plot holes could be explained. I mean hasn’t California threaten succession before?

    Though iam sure that would’ve meant Denis Leary could ask for political asylum into the whats left of the US. Yeah your right damn this movie has alot of plot holes but oh well i still loved it.

  • mws2123

    hey guys, been a big fan for a while, you guys should do a reView on Donnie Darko. Would be curious to get your guys take on that film.

  • Izzy Lichi

    did anyone else feel like killing themselves after seeing Rich evans eat tacos? i never seen such a despressing sight before

  • Tommy Wiseau

    Crunch Evans is just a chicken. Cheep Cheep CheeeEEeeeEEp

  • rx㏅

    pls dont

  • Robotpals

    I didn’t. I drank Pepsi instead.

  • Robotpals

    Seriously, was E.T. an “exceptional individual” alien? They didn’t come back for him until he made a call. Were they like, “Ah, man, now we have his communication on record and we HAVE to go get that… exceptional individual.”

  • ikdks

    My theory is that they didn’t do it 200 years in the future because in a previous draft Huxley was supposed to be Spartan’s daughter.

    The part where she offers to look up his daughter and he stopped her, felt like a set up. Chekov’s gun, kind of thing. Also the scene where they almost hooked up but didn’t, felt like it was setting up a “whoo” moment in act 3, ala Soapdish.

    The fact that they never pay that off suggests to me that focus groups didn’t like that ending so they scabbed on that horrible awkward gym coach/student kiss on the end. Either that or Stallone wasn’t ready to play the father of an adult woman, because it was too real.

  • Jessica Meyer

    Hahah thank you Rich for pointing out the Mandela effect “issue”. While I find the subject somewhat facinating I do think it’s funny that most of the “evidence” is in digital form, or has something to do with different edits on scenes. I’ve also seen a few Star Wars edits being used as “proof” of the effect. We all know the answer to that one..

  • William Everett

    RLM posts review of Demolition Man, and shortly thereafter Stallone sues studio over profits on Demolition Man. Coincidence? I think not. RLM gets results.

  • You clearly haven’t seen Evans’ Plinkett eat an entire fast food buffet in a series of grotesque closeups.

  • No Name

    I had watched the UK version and the part with pizza hut seemed to me very odd because the lip sync didn’t match.
    Anyway the movie is an excellent parody and very fun to watch, especially when you have dialogues as this:
    – Be well
    – Be f***ed!!

  • R2D2

    Demolition Man – lol.

  • Spoiled Ants

    I don’t want to destroy your dreams and hopes you invested in RLM, but this dispute has been going on for longer than that, almost three years.
    And it’s about time someone’s pressuring WB on their shady buisness practices.

  • Jaws

    You have to be high to enjoy this movie, believe me, it helps.

  • Alex Lee

    Meat is illegal in Cocteau’s world, which Bullock barrels through in her exposition. Since everyone became a vegan, they naturally lack the full protein they need to be effective at violence. We already know that vegans are cowardly and preachy in real life.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    I love Demolition Man! Oh … Jack is doing this one. Hard pass.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    I feel like killing myself whenever Jack makes a joke.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    The Los Angeles riots were in 1992, which would explain the heavy-handed opening sequence.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Stop! Or My Herzog Will Shoot!

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Probably explains why everyone is drinking Pepsi in the Zapruder film in Oliver Stone’s “JFK.”

  • Pop Culture Reference

    And all the futuristic airships were made by Oldsmobile.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    As cowardly and preachy as triggered alt-right snowflakes?

  • Summer B


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