Guys, kick off your Sunday shoes! Oooo weee. We did Footloose, yippee! Despite this being a giant movie in terms of 80s awesomeness, neither Sweetie or Sweety has seen this movie all the way through. Whoopsie. But we feel like we have because it's that epic of a film! Starring Kevin Bacon as Ren McCormick, amateur gymnast and new kid in a small suffocating town that has outlawed music, dancing, and really anything fun, Footloose proves that when you ban something, it's a really bad idea and is just going to make people way worse off. Ren wins the hearts of many of the kids in town, warms up to the preacher's daughter Ariel, and tries to convince everyone, hey dancing isn't so bad after all! We'll chat about our favorite scenes aka games of tractor chicken and dancing in abandoned warehouses to let off some steam, talk about the kickass soundtrack filled with Bonnie Tyler and Kenny Loggins jams, and Sweetie realizes she's going through a Kevin Bacon Renaissance of sorts as she now thinks he's pretty great despite years of thinking he was lackluster!
Today we're bringing you guys another dance centric flick on Large Marge Sent Us, none other than Save the Last Dance, everyone's second favorite Julia Stiles film! From 2001, STLD tells the story of Sarah, a senior in high school from a small town in Illinois. She's auditioning for Julliard when her mother dies in a tragic car accident. So she's forced to move to the mean streets of Chicago and live with her Jazz Dad, Roy and she swears off ballet forever, convinced it was her fault her mother is dead! She starts a new school and meets cool new black friends who teach her the art of hip hop dancing! She decides to try out for Julliard one more time, and this time she's going to nail that audition because she's got street smarts and a hot new boyfriend to give her pep talks from the wings! We were obsessed with this movie when it came out as it's basically made for white girls from the suburbs who want to be cooler than they really are. It has a great soundtrack and a star turn by Kerry Washington in her first movie role as Derrick's sister Chenille. We'll talk about how we think Julia Stiles is maybe not the best actress but we sure do love her movies, our own memories of the tough times of high school, and play some of the songs from the killer sound track for you all. You all be trippin'!
John Hughes directorial debut from 1984, 16 Candles, is a hell of a controversial film! With offensive Asian stereotypes and a laissez faire attitude about sexual harassment and consent, it's hard to love this film through the lens of 2018, but it has its moments. I mean what person hasn't fantasized about a person seemingly out of their reach, only to have them show up at your sister's wedding, buy you a belated birthday cake, and make out with you atop a glass table!?? The Sweeties are a bit too young to be uber John Hughes fans, but we admire many aspects of his film making especially how he was able to capture all that teenage angst and awkwardness. We'll get down to the nitty gritty on this one as we chat about how poorly this film has aged over the years, our own feelings about turning the big 1-6, talk about male screenwriters obsession with boobs and "scoring", and how penises are weird and have we ever touched one?! Just kidding. Wait. Totally have. Winning!
It's Operation Waterworks here on the Large Marge Sent Us Podcast this week and BONUS we've brought along our friends Sean and Dan from The Writer's Bone Podcast to help us delve into this epic tale of female friendship! Directed by Garry Marshall and starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey, Beaches tells the tale of childhood chums Cece Bloom and Hilary Whitney, who meet on the boardwalk of Atlantic City, become pen pals, and then find themselves in and out of each other's live for the next 30 years, doing all the things that bff's do like sharing shitty apartments, sleeping with each other's crushes and getting into fights at Bergdorf's! Spoiler alert one of them dies and cue "Wing Beneath My Wings" and grab the tissues because you're a goner friends! If you don't cry at this movie, your heart is made of stone and you should probably check your pulse to make sure you're alive. We were thrilled to chat about this one with some men and get their opinion on what they thought of all the lady drama and how it compares to male drama and to talk endlessly about our love for Bette Midler, which let's be honest crosses gender lines because who doesn't think that Bette Midler is the greatest?! And double BONUS, we'll do several renditions of Wing Beneath My Wings. We've been warming up our pipes for weeks, so you're welcome!