Week three of quarantine over here and we're revisiting another 90s gem, Free Willy! From 1993, Free Willy capitalized on the 90s trend of making movies about animals with incredible connections with people and also sparking a dust up about aquariums and the morality of keeping giant, wild animals in tiny cramped tanks! This movie was a big deal when we were kids and the accompanying song by MJ was an even bigger deal. We thought it was a little blah on this rewatch but still cried! Must be the social distancing! We'll talk about how whales scare Sweety still because they are shark adjacent, our love for Lori Petty, and randomly fall into a long discussion about our elementary school spring concerts. Gooood times. a
Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme ... we did another classic Disney cartoon! Beauty in the Beast, from 1991, was the second fairy tale cartoon from the 90s that captured our little princess hearts. We were obsessed with protagonist Belle, a whip-smart book lover stuck in a small French town and being perpetually harassed by the village rake, Gaston. When her father gets imprisoned in a castle by a hideous Beast, she trades her life for his and is forced to live with the Beast and his bevy of anthropomorphic servants. Little does she know, the Beast is under a spell (and is really a hot prince!) and if he doesn't find a gal to love in the next day, he will be forced to live as a Beast for eternity! Can she overlook his beastly ways and love the man within?? We'll sing ALLLLL the songs for you, tell the story of how we did a live action lip syncing version for our elderly neighbors when we were kids, and talk about the endless creep-skate powers of men with long, wet, stringy hair.
With news that Tom Hanks has the corona virus, the world went batshit crazy! Don't you touch our Tom Hanks, you dirty COVID-19 bastard! As a shout out to our favorite actor and hoping he has a speedy recovery + to perk us all up after this week from pandemic hell, we did You've Got Mail! From 1998, You've Got Mail is a near perfect film and COZY with a capital "C". Maybe it's the classic take on New York, it's journey through multiple seasons or all those Meg Ryan cardigan sweater sets, but this movie is stinking adorable! A favorite of Carol's and now ours too, we still quote it nearly weekly (That caviar is a garnish!) and cry buckets at the sweet ending. We'll talk about our thoughts on Tom Hanks being our times Jimmy Stewart, what the hell happened to Meg Ryan, and what a weird time the late 90s was looking back - when Starbucks and email were considered "new".
From 1994, Blank Check is essentially a rip off of Home Alone but way less fun! Preston Waters is sick of his penny pinching parents and rude siblings and thinks money will buy him happiness and freedom to get the life that he wants. When a guy runs over his bike and gives him a blank check to buy himself a new one, Preston takes it upon himself to fill it out to CASH and give himself a million dollars! All his problems are solved! Or are they?? This movie is helllla whack, from it's totally unrealistic plot - that an 11 year old would be able to buy a house and rent a limo with a driver for a week to the inconceivable romance story line they cooked up between Shay Stanley, FBI agent undercover slash bank teller and Preston. For the love of Pete! We'll talk about when we first realized money was a concept and that we should earn some for ourselves, what we would buy with a million dollars when we were kids (hint hint Littlest Pet Shops, that's who!), and the crazy double standard that exists where its acceptable for men of any age to be lady killers, even if you're an 11 year old. The world is your oyster gentlemen! Barrrrrf.
1995's The Indian in the Cupboard is an adorable film! Based on the 1980 children's classic by Lynne Reid Banks, the story follows Omri, a little boy living in Brooklyn who receives a cupboard for his birthday and an Indian figurine from his friend Patrick. His mom gives him a key from her key collection (who knew that was a thing!) and what do you know ... when he locks the Indian in the Cupboard he comes to life! Directed by Frank Oz, this movie has a lot of good life lessons including but not limited to, the lack of education and ignorance white people have or are taught about Native Americanas, having respect for other cultures, learning that people are not toys (even if they were toys at one point), and don't befriend a kid with a bowl cut named Patrick! We laughed, we cried, we jumped out of our seats (literally).
Disaster movies were all the rage in the 90s and Twister happens to be one of our favorites! From 1996 and starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt, Twister is a non stop thrill ride that follows a team of storm chasers trying to send up their newly created Dorothy machines into the eye of a tornado in order to help mankind. In the midst of all this you have a love triangle, lots of flying livestock, and Cary Elwes playing a villain! We'll talk about our fascination with tornadoes as little kids, even though we never encountered them living in the Northeast, how we need Helen Hunt in our lives again, and why the hell people live in a place called Tornado Alley!
Big day in Large Marge Sent Us world ... we've reached 200 episodes! In honor of this gigantic milestone we watched TITANIC! From 1997, and starring everyone's favorite floppy haired hero, Leonardo DiCaprio, Titanic was THE MOVIE of the decade. The world collectively cried when Leo's icicle encrusted dead body sank into the frigid Atlantic, bought the double VHS box set, and belted out My Heart Will Go On for a good solid year there. This movie is hella long but still pretty good albeit stressful to watch. We'll talk about all the to-do around this movie back in the late 90s, why James Cameron is kiiiiiiind of a dick, and all our favorite weepy parts of the film. Thanks again to all our fans keeping us "afloat" for the last 200 episodes! We love ya and couldn't have done it without you!
After ponying up the cash for the DVD, we finally fulfilled a year long wish to watch Angels in the Outfield! Angels, from 1994, is the third movie in a trio of baseball movies for kids that came out in the early 90s! The world was crazy for baseball! Joseph Gordon Levitt stars as sweet baby faced Roger whose dead beat dad tells him they can be a family again once the California Angels win the pennant. Well Roger is a doer, and he prays immediately to God and says hey look help me out here, we need the Angels to win! Lo and behold God listens and actual angels come to turn the failing baseball team around, all the while increasing the team morale and attitude of the coach and players! GOD IS REAL. Haha. Okay maybe not and this movie might be hidden propaganda for the religious right, but it's awful cute and whoa look it's Tony Danza! Come listen as we chat about our favorite parts and favorite food at a baseball game, how JGL is the goober of the year, and how baseball really had its hey day in the 1990s and early 2000s.
How could we not cover a movie named after our beloved Sweety?! Andre, from 1995, is based on a true story about a sweet harbor seal who gets adopted by a the family of the harbor master in Rockport, Maine. This is a real good feel good flick and one we remember fondly. Was it just us or was the early 90s full of films about incredible animals and their somewhat unnatural connection to humans? Starring 90s child babe Tina Majorino and randomly Joshua Jackson in his post Mighty Ducks, pre Dawson's Creek cute boy glory. We'll talk about the difference between sea lions and seals, how show and tell was a pretty cool thing in school, and we maybe have figured out that Sweety is actually Andre the Seal reincarnated! You won't want to miss it!