If you ignore the somewhat sketchy plot of 1999's Never Been Kissed (teacher falls in love with 17 year old student - but she's really 25 so it's ok!), it's a pretty sweet movie with a nice message about not giving a shit about high school because it's a tiny dot in the time line of your life and popularity means shit in the real world! Drew Barrymore is her usual cute as a button self as Josie "Grossie" Gellar and there are tons of pretty famous people in this! Molly Shannon! David Arquette! John C. Reilly! James Franco! Jessica Alba! We laughed, we cried, and we talked about our first kiss stories and pondered the question ... should everyone wait till their 25 for their first kiss? NAH.
The only Thanksgiving movie you'll ever need - Trains, Planes and Automobiles from 1987 is an often forgotten John Hughes masterpiece. Steve Martin stars as Neal Page, a guy just trying to get home to his family during Thanksgiving week. Along the way he meets Del Griffith, a shower curtain ring salesman slash really nice guy con artist and they both have to navigate every travel delay, breakdown, and calamity known to mankind! If you have ever rode in a plane, train or automobile, you will relate to this film because let's face it, travel is a BITCH. We'll talk about what the hell is a Diner's Club card, why we love John Candy so much, and why it's always important to have several extra towels so you don't have to dry your body off with a wash cloth! We'll also tell you our worst travel stories ever - but just remember ... those aren't pillows!!!
Fan favorite this week guys! Some of our biggest fans have been telling us to watch Drop Dead Gorgeous for a couple years now and today is the day we finally decided to give this dark comedy a whirl. Well Jesus Christ on the cross was it good! The Sweeties are a big fan of beauty pageants so this is right in our wheel house. Also, this cast is bananas! Kirstie Alley, Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Allison Janey, Ellen Barkin, Brittany Murphy, and the skinniest Amy Adams you ever did see! We'll talk about our love of anything beauty pageant related and how being from Massachusetts we were always kinda bummed she almost never made the final cut in Miss Teen USA, how Allison Janey is a goddess and best portrayer of rude, crude women out there, and how we feel about the mockumentary genre.
With the release of the new streaming service from Disney, it was time to celebrate that we'll never have to watch scratched up DVDs from the library for any of their films again by watching Sleeping Beauty! One of our older Disney favorites, Sleeping Beauty is the ultimate hot girl gets rescued by a handsome prince story, but in the Disney version it's the three good fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather that save the day time and time again! We'll talk about how this movie gets wicked dark at the end and Maleficent truly gave us nightmares for years, if we prefer the pink or blue dress, and what gifts we think the fairies should have bestowed on Aurora. Ability to speak in public? A master's degree in physics? Yes, please!
Back in 1996, The Sweeties went on a family vacation with their cousins to New Hampshire. During a trip to the video rental store, the OG Sweetie, Ron Dumas, thought it would be a great idea, instead of picking a family friendly pick, to make everyone watch Outbreak! It's supposed to be great, guys! And then we were all scarred for life trying to eat pepperoni pizza while people are bleeding out of their eyeballs! So you could say Outbreak holds a special place in the Sweetie Canon. Starring a plethora of worthy 90s start, Dustin Hoffman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Rene Russo, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland and Morgan Freeman, Outbreak teaches us a couple key lessons, mostly about governmental shadiness when it comes to biological warfare but our big take aways were do not kiss your boyfriend if they come off a plane bleeding from every orifice of their body! We'll talk about the sadness of joint custody for dogs, how there was quite a bit of disaster movies in the 90s that made us all terrified that a asteroid or pandemic was going to kill us at any second (now that's entertainment!), and how the scariest version of Donald Sutherland is definitely the clean shaven one! Bonus, Sweetie confuses the words antidote and anecdote AGAIN! Will she ever learn?
Happy Halloween you horny little devils! Tonight, in honor of All Hallow's Eve, we have a witchy film for you, 1987's The Witches of Eastwick! Based off the John Updike classic about three single ladies living in a small puritanical New England town, The Witches of Eastwick has a killer cast - Jack Nicholson as Daryl the Devil, Cher (yes!), Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer and lots of talk about penises! The three ladies talk about their dream man and lo and behold, the devil himself shows up and woos them all, while also creating havoc in the small town. But the moral of this story is chicks before dicks, and soon they are busting out a voodoo doll and trying to get rid of the devil for good. We'll talk about the famous cherry pit puking scene, how if you sleep with a devil you suddenly get like insanely gorgeous voluminous curly hair, and what is so damn alluring about Jack Nicholson?!!
Colors of the world, spice up your life! Every boy and every girl, spice up your life! If you wannabe a fan of Large Marge Sent Us, you gotta watch Spice World! From 1997, Spice World is a hell of a good bad movie - but let's be honest, this one is for the fans! Following around Mel B aka Scary Spice, Mel C aka Sporty Spice, Emma aka Baby Spice, Victoria aka Posh Spice, and Geri aka Ginger Spice, as they sing songs, dance and do wacky Spice Girls stuff ain't too shabby and while this movie is random and makes no sense at all it's really fun and has a ton of famous people in it! Back in the day (cough cough mid to late 90s) the Spice Girls were, no joke, as big as The Beatles. And rightfully so, as they remain one of the most, if not the most successful girl group of all time. We'll try to choose our Spice Girl name, talk a lot about 90s fashion - eek platform shoes, and Sweety still can't over the weird scene with the aliens. PLUS we bring back the phone a friend segment, and give a ring a ding ding to our pal Izzy, who we consider to be the ultimate Spice Girl fan. GIRL POWER.
Can we watch a movie featuring Whoopi Goldberg without loving it?!! I'm not so sure guys! Sister Act, from 1992, stars Whoopi at her Whoopiest. She plays Dolores Van Cartier, a lounge sinner in the biggest little city in the world, Reno! Poor Dolores sees her gangster boyfriend shoot his limo driver, and boom she's in the witness protection program in a place they will never find her ... a nunnery! As Sister Mary Clarence, she takes over the nun's choir and makes a modern, soulful changes and boom suddenly she's the nunnery MVP with everyone except Mother Superior, played by the always elegant Maggie Smith! This movie combines some of the Sweeties favorite things - singing, Whoopie Goldberg and nuns. I mean what is not to love! We'll talk about all our favorite movies with nuns in them (hint - how do you solve a problem like Maria?), what our nun name would be, and talk about how the Catholic Church needs to modernize ASAP. Pope Francis, can you hear us?!! Bonus we may or may not be starting a university called LMSU. Enroll today!
Cruel Intentions from 1999 stars a bevy of 90s megastars in a retelling of the salacious French novel, Dangerous Liaisons. Rich kids are so bored, they have to continually fuck with other people's lives to remain interested in their own! Wow, WISH we had that problem. Starring Ryan Phillipe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Selma Blair, Joshua Jackson and a tiny bitty baby Reese Witherspoon this movie was the talk of the high school halls back in '99. From the girl on girl make out to the sweaty sex scene to a Counting Crows song (gah, so 90s) nobody could talk about anything else ... until the Blair Witch Project came out. We'll talk about how we never really loved Ryan Phillipe, (we think it's the pube hair?), whether we think SMG is a good actress, and sing many rounds of Bittersweet Symphony, a song that we played on repeat for most of 1999.
Back to Sequels September guys! We decided to watch another movie franchise where we were much more familiar with the sequel vs the original. Three Men and Little Lady from 1990 checks back in with Peter, Michael and Jack as they are all now "fathers" to adorable Mary, who is now 6 years old. Her mother Sylvia is dating penis head Edward and after realizing, despite really being in love with Peter, that he's never going to confess his love to her, she decides to marry Edward ASAP and move to England with Mary! The guys are bummed and try to get back to their old bachelor lifestyles, but realize they can't live without Sylvia and Mary. So they fly over to England and attempt to win Sylvia back. Americans in England hijinks ensue! We got tiny cars! We got sheep! We got butlers! We got a scary private school! We got vicars! We love this movie and couldn't get enough of it as kids. We'll talk about how HOT Tom Selleck is, whatever happened to Steve Guttenberg and how much of a gemstone Ted Danson is forever and always. What a crock!
Time for another Disney classic! From way back when 1950, Cinderella is a tale as old as time and one that captivated us as little children. Who doesn't love a rags to riches story combined with evil stepmother/step sisters, and cute as a button anthropomorphic mice and birds?!! They wear shoes for god's sake! We're still really obsessed with this movie and bet you are too, despite their being several iterations and musical and live action versions over the years. The Disney classic remains at the top of the list! We'll talk about how funny the little mice STILL are, where this Prince (Charming?) ranks in our hottest princes in the Disney universe, and try to get to the bottom of why Disney hates cats so much?
Tonight we did Shag! A 1989, girls gone wild movie that's all about cute Southern boys, the Miss Sun Queen contest, and shagging! One of Sweetie's favorite films from her childhood as it taught her all about 'doing it at the ripe old age of nine years old, Shag takes place in South Carolina in the summer of 1963. It's Carson's last hurrah as she is set to marry Harley (the square) until she unexpectedly falls in love with a handsome stranger (Buzz!) and realizes that marriage is for the birds! This movies stars three ladies who were a pretty big deal in the 1980s - Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, and Annabeth Gish and also features great music, amazing 60s costumes, and a lovely story about living out your dreams - whether that be going to Hollywood or sleeping with the town redneck, entering a dance contest, nabbing the southern gentleman fiancee of your bff, or getting nailed in the cabin of a boat called Daddy's Little Girl. Dream big people! We'll talk about our own trip to Myrtle Beach on a Dumas family vacay in 1998, if a penis actually has a bone in it, and what Shag character do we most identify with. He's a sweet potato!
It's our first double feature guys! In the last couple of weeks we have recently been introduced to the first two movies in the Terminator series (I know, I know ... about 35 years too late!) and we're into them! As wee kids we really only knew that James Cameron directed Titanic, and not that he was actually known for some pretty bad ass action films. While T2 was HUGE when we were kids and Arnold Schwarzenegger was even MORE HUGE (literally), we never actually saw it nor really knew much about it! So we're playing catch up and diving into the saga that is all about Skynet, cyborgs, and bad waitresses with even worse hair! We'll talk about Sarah Connor's character arc from damsel in distress to bad ass, machine toting bitch, how the T-1000 still scares the crap out of us to this day, and how are favorite cameo is Budnick from Salute Your Shorts! Miss that bitch!
In advance of this weekend, where the Sweeties are off to TWO weddings, we bring you My Best Friend's Wedding, the charming tale of food writer Jules, who makes a pact with her bff Michael in college that if they are both not married by the time they turn the ANCIENT age of 28, they will marry each other. On the eve of Jules 28th birthday she gets a call from Michael and is expecting a proposal! Turns out ... he's engaged to someone else and expects Jules to drop everything to come to his wedding week in Chicago! Under the guise of helpful bff/groomswoman she decides to make the trip but plans to break Michael and his fiancee Kimmy apart, realizing that Michael's been the guy for her all along! Will she succeed?? Of course not dummies! She's a psycho! This was the first movie Sweetie saw in theaters solo, and was mildly obsessed with it. We'll talk about the various charms of Julia Roberts, how Michael is a dud or in Sweety's words, "a handsome piece of wood", why it was ludicrous for Kimmy to consider quitting college with one year to go (nevermind marry someone at the age of 20- lawdy) Bonus, we talk about our favorite karaoke songs and figure out how Dermott Mulroney got that scar on his lip! We'll say a little prayer for youuuuuuu.
1983's National Lampoon's Vacation is the quintessential summer movie! Family road trippin' guys! The Griswold's and their hijinks are quite the franchise now, spawning 5 movies about, let's face it, an idiot of a father trying to make sure his family is living their best lives according to his own, somewhat insane standards. However, we will never not laugh at Chevy Chase's Clark Griswold, even if he's probably a psycho. We saw this movie plenty of times on TV as wee tots, but this was the first time we saw the real movie - R rated with swears and boobs! Who knew! We'll talk about what we think of Clark Griswold (jerk alert!), reminisce about our own Dumas Family Vacays, and most importantly pick the winner of our t-shirt contest! You won't want to miss this! Wally World here we come!
We haven't done a bonus episode in ages so we figured it was time to come back swinging. We watched two episodes of Disney's stepchild to the Mickey Mouse Club-- Kids Incorporated and couldn't stop singing! Come relive the magic of the weird fantasy concept that is the P*lace. A kids only club run by a weird guy named Riley where the house band is a bunch of kids who sing bad cover songs! In reality though, the Sweeties were obsessed with this show when we were little and we wanted nothing more than to dream of one day being a sassy lead singer of a band. Plus, who doesn't love MARTIKA and a tiny baby Stacy Ferguson aka. Fergie Ferg!
IT'S OUR 3 YEAR PODCASTING ANNIVERSARY!!! To celebrate, we watched 1987's The Gate starring a baby Stephen Dorff and had one of our strangest Sweetie Synopsis' ever trying to explain what the hell happens in this movie. Join us as we discuss such riveting topics as: Moths. Friend or foe?, The world's obsession with satanism in the 80s and, why the hell anyone would be so obsessed with rockets. Most importantly we discuss our podcasting journey and why we love our listeners more than anything else in this world. Thank you for joining the Sweetie Club and always being our sweeties.
1995's A Little Princess, based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett and directed by Alfonso Curaron is a gorgeous film with a great story to boot! This film is a reimagining of the 1939 version starring Shirley Temple and moves to story from London to New York and nudges the time period to the era of The Great War. This movie is beautifully shot and has a wonderful message: not all rich people are assholes! Sara, despite immense wealth and privilege has a heart of gold! Sweety loved this movie as a wee tot and its ending had us crying buckets into our strawberry ice cream cones! We'll talk about how this movie compares to the Shirley Temple version, was Ram Dass a magic Indian man or not, and why the HELL was Miss Minchin such a psychopath?!!
Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken was a Disney film from 1991, based on the true story of Sonora Webster Carver, who made a name for herself diving off a 40 foot platform into a 11 foot deep pool of water on a HORSE! The real kicker was ... she was blind! Crazy shit. This movie traces her life from poor, orphaned girl living with her aunt and albino sister in rural Georgia, to spitfire girl who will stop at nothing to be the next diving girl in Dr. Carver's famous side show act! Girls born in the 80s LOVED this film. I don't know if it was the horses, the fun 30s outfits, or the cute love story between Sonora and Al, but we were smitten kittens. Join us as we talk about our love for 30s fashion and how we kinda wouldn't mind going back and time to live the Depression life, how Sonora is a bad ass and we love stories about spitfire independent gals who won't take no for an answer, and how the hell do you train a horse to jump off a platform into a pool of water!
1995's Se7ven is one creepy movie and one of Sweety's favorites! Directed by David Fincher and set in unknown city USA, which is crime ridden and dank, dark and depressing, Se7en follows two detectives, Somerset and Mills as they play cat and mouse with a vicious serial killer, set on exposing the sinful by preying on those who are committing the Seven Deadly Sins, i.e., Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Lust, Pride, Envy, and Wrath. This movie scared the FUCK out of us, not so much with its horror but with it's incredibly spooky sense of place and gross imagery. Starring our pals, Morgan Best Actor Ever Freeman, Brad Okay Actor Pitt, Kevin I'll Play Anyone Creepy Spacey, and Gwyneth Why Do People Hate Me Paltrow. We'll talk about how Sweety first got introduced to this film and why she loves it so hard, what we think of David Fincher's work in general, and Sweetie will go on a less than 10 minute rant of why she doesn't GET Brad Pitt. What's in the box?? What's in the box?!!!!
Do the Care Bear Countdown! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! Every 80s kids remembers the Care Bears, the cute little multi colored bears with symbols on their bellies that promoted love, friendship and downright caring! Well in 1985, due to the success of the stuffed animals they made a movie! The Care Bears Movie is about the importance of friendship, and how just because an evil spirit in a book tries to convince you that ruling the world is better than having tons of friends, you should not believe her! The dumb bitch didn't even have a body! We liked this movie a lot as children but was also pretty terrified of it. Tune in as we discuss who are favorite Care Bear was then and now, all the ins and outs of Care-alot and the Care Bear world, and we'll discuss other 80s cartoons that were made into movies that we also loved.
Wise men say, only fools rush in. Well you know what? Listen to the wise men because love at first sight is bulllllshit! We watched Fools Rush In guys, the 1997 rom comedy starring Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek! HBO had this on hard rotation when we were in middle school and we couldn't help rooting for the unlikely couple of fiesty, artsy "I have five brothers don't mess with me" Isabel, and melba toast WASP Alexa Whitman. This is not your average romantic comedy. We got outta wed lock pregnancy, Mexican/American cultural differences, a tiny dog named Cujo, and some really unflattering suits on Matthew Perry! We'll talk about why we can't stop watching this movie, even 20+ years later, what makes a cool girl cool, and try to determine what Isabel actually saw in Alex Whitman. Was it his baggy clothes? His job as a field manager for really horrible clubs? Who knows!
We're doing another movie with Cher, guys! 1990 brought us Mermaids, based on the book Mermaids, and starring 80s/90s darling Winona Ryder, baby Christina Ricci in her first film, Bob Hoskins and the woman that makes everything better, CHER. This bildungsroman (fancy word time) or coming of age story about two kids getting towed around the country by their commitment phobic single mom, really stuck with us as kids, mainly because the VHS cover featured Cher dressed like a mermaid in a bathtub, but also for a particular sex scene in a lil ole belltower! Look, this movie has some problems (underage sex, drunk 7 year olds) but all in all it's a keeper! The clothes are great, the cars are great, and Winona is a nutter but we love her! We'll chat about nuns, what we think of the lead male hottie character, and try to think of our fake names on the fly. Sal Val!
Harriet the Spy was Nickelodeon's first movie in 1996! Starring Michele Trachtenberg and Rosie O'Donnell and based on a book from the 1960s, Harriet the Spy made us want to buy black and white composition books, record everything in them that we saw, all whilst eating tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches! This is a "time to grow up movie" for the middle schooler sect and we ate it up with a spoon! This movie has a lot of spunk and is super creative and has some wise words of wisdom from the live in nanny aka sage Ole Golly about friendship, telling the truth, and to always be yourself, no matter what the consequences. We'll talk about the golden age of television in the early to mid 90s when Nickelodeon was unstoppable, our own run ins with bullying, and how much we love that Harriet character even when she's cutting off people's braids and ruining their science projects!
Sweetie is turning 36 this weekend, wohooo, so time to watch another favorite film of hers, the always wonderful, never duplicated Aladdin! From 1992, Aladdin was the 3rd Disney cartoon to come out (behind Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast) that completely captivated us as children. So much so, we still know every dang lyric to Friend Like Me and Prince Ali, 30 years later! Since Disney cartoons are on virtual lockdown, and you can't stream them anywhere, our lovely friend Jill who owns the DVD invited us over for pad thai, wine, and baby cuddles but to also watch the movie! So she's our special guest this week as we chat about why we love this movie so much (Robin Williams!), sing all the songs, and explore Aladdin's relative hotness and harem pants looks. It's a whole new world, guys!