Hey guys, remember when the SNL spin off movies were actually good? Well along with Wayne's World, Coneheads is up there as a SNL skit turned movie that is pretty much GOLD in our book. Starring Dan Akroyd and Jane Curtin as Beldar and Prymaat Conehead from the planet Remulak, who find them themselves stuck on Earth after their space ship crashes into the Hudson River. They make a life here and what do you know, the American Dream can come true even if you're an alien with a pointy head and tiny chiclet teeth! Coneheads is probably best remembered for the amount of cameos it holds - actually the movie that contains the most cameos from SNL cast members. But to be fair, if you were funny in the 90s, you were in this film! We'll talk about how this movie cements our love for Chris Farley, how clever it truly is and how it's even funnier than we remember (due to the fact that we understand most of the jokes now!), and answer the age old question ... would we date a conehead?
Tawanda!!!!! Time to head over The Whistle Stop Cafe for some Fried Green Tomatoes! From 1991, another great southern women rock movie based on the book by Fannie Flagg! This episode goes out to our fan friend Nikki, as it's one of her favorites, and while not as familiar to the Sweeties other than the traumatizing AF kid gets boot stuck in train track while steaming train comes along scene, we really love it for its depiction of female solidarity and friendship and love both sexual and platonic and it's depiction of the south during the 20s and 30s where it was fucking ROUGH for women but downright fucked up for black people. Some great acting by Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates and the two triple named Mary's plus a small bit with adorable fetus Chris O'Donnell! We'll talk about if Idgie Threadgood is really Jessica Tandy (come on, it is her right?), if we've ever tried a fried green tomato before, and how movies about domestic violence like this one and the ones on Lifetime Television for Women really stuck with us!
Tonight we covered one of our top spoof comedies, 1980's Airplane! A parody of a lot of the disaster movies from the 1970s, Airplane! involves food poisoning on a jet bound for Chicago that knocks out all the pilots. The only one who can land the plane is a former war pilot with severe PTSD from his flying days. Despite being somewhat foggy on the jokes and having to ask our dad alottta questions, this was one of our favorite movies as children. Chocked full of play on word type jokes, silly comedy, slapstick, and pop culture references that really informed our Sweetie sense of humor. We love love Leslie Neilson in what was his first comedic role but - don't call me shirley- wouldn't be his last! HAHA. See what I did there? We'll go over our many favorite scenes, clear up some current Sweetie confusion, and talk about spoofs through the ages and some of our other favorites. Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue!
1995's Goldeneye introduced The Sweeties to the James Bond franchise and while Pierce Brosnan is not our favorite bond, he does hold a special place in our heart as our first 007! Post Cold War times, Goldeneye involves a lot of angry Russians, two Bond girls that are pretty bad ass bitches (one a computer programmer and one can kill you with her legs!), and some crazy satellite missile defense system that's about to take London back to the stone age! We'll talk about our love for the franchise and the N64 video game that this movie spawned, Sweeties love for all things Russian, why Natalia took that job in the middle of nowhere Siberia, and does Celine Dion have a secret cameo in this movie?!! Bonus history lesson from Sweetie about the Cossacks and their sad fate during WW2! Nerd alert. It's Bond time. James Bond.
The 90s brought us a lot of spoofs of class TV shows. You got your Addams Family. Your Beverly Hillbillies. And our favorite The Brady Bunch! Spun from the classic TV show that ran from 1969 to 1974, The Brady Bunch Movie imagines the Brady family dropped into Los Angeles in 1995 - still dressed in their 70s glory and spouting all their wholesome ways. A classic fish out of water story if we've ever heard one! The Sweeties actually saw this movie in the theater in 1995! Wow! Thus some of the sexual innuendos and boner jokes flew right over our tiny little heads! While we don't necessarily think this movie is AS funny as when we saw it way back then, we still really appreciate it for the solid spoof that it is! We'll talk about how Michael McKean seemed to be the evil guy of the 90s, how once Sweetie tried brushing her hair 100 times like Marcia Brady, and what ever happened to car jacking??