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
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!
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!
Our lil Sweetie is engaged! In honor of the big news, we did Father of the Bride which is the cautionary tale about planning your daughter's wedding in your backyard! Father of the Bride is another vehicle for Steve Martin where he is part sweetie part spazzed out angry curmudgeon. Diane Keaton plays his wife Nina who keeps him in line, and Martin Short has a hilarious turn as Franc the wedding planner! We'll talk about our favorite parts of a wedding, ugly 90's wedding dresses, and how all those wedding traditions seems kiiiiinda bull shit and patriarchal from where we are at in 2020!
Happy Christmas! This year we're watching the third movie in the National Lampoon's movie canon - Christmas Vacation! From 1989, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, and Randy Quaid and ... the woman who voices Betty Boop?! Christmas Vacation has become a classic in terms of Christmas movie watching and there's a good reason why - the movie deals with all the common headaches associated with the holidays! Dealing with in laws! Lack of Christmas bonus! Picking out the Christmas Tree! Stringing up Xmas lights! We'll talk about how Sweety has never really seen this movie (blasphemy!), how Clark Griswold is kind of a skeeze, who are favorite Audrey and Rusty are, and see if we can name all 12 of the jams and jellies in the Jelly of the Month Club! BONUS we'll talk about our favorite Dumas Family Christmas memories!
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!
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.
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?
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!
We're men. We're men in tight, TIGHT, tights. Robin Hood Men In Tights from 1993, is another Mel Brooks film we grew up quoting the hell out of in our youth! Spoofing the very spoofable Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (and many other films), this movie flew right over our heads in the 90s but we loved it nonetheless. From Cary Elwes, snooty yet heroic Robin, adorable Blinkin, the worst blind man ever, and even Maid Marion's ratty, red curly wig, we love it all! We'll talk about whether we think this or Spaceballs is our favorite Mel Brook's film, go over all our favorite scenes and lines, sing some merry men jams, and get right down to the everyone's favorite topic; chastity belts and what the fuck stop trying to control women's sexuality, you medieval assholes!
Get out your Victorian era hankies, it's time for another tear jerker! We're huge fans of the 1994 version of Little Women staring 90s it girl and Sweetie look-a-like Winona Ryder! We saw this movie in theaters and lapped up all the feminist undertones, shook our fists at that brat Amy especially when she decides to marry Laurie (WTF!) while sobbing hysterically when Claire Dane's sweet Beth's weak heart finally gives out! And kittens! Omg why are there so many kittens in this movie?! We'll talk about how interesting it is to watch this movie in our 30s versus when we were 8 and 11, and how we've moved from Team Laurie to Team Old German Professor Dude. I mean Laurie is a big old baby and March family stalker and needs to get a life. We'll also chat about how we've always wanted to wear a hoop skirt, how curling your hair in 1864 must have been terrifying, and how this very quintessential New England movie makes us feel so cozy inside!
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!
Here's to the last of our spooky picks for October! What Lies Beneath, directed by our boy Robert Zemeckis came out in 2000 and marked probably the first time ever that .... SPOILER ALERT, Harrison Ford plays a villain! It's packed full of creepy ghost imagery and garbage bag husbands, our two favorite things! Sweetie saw this in the movie theater back in high school and has seen it 80 times since then and was still jumping out of her seat during all the bathtub scenes. I mean is there anything scarier than a bathtub filled to the brim by a ghost mistress?! I ask ya! Starring the gorgeous Michelle Pfeiffer, who does an excellent job trying to get to the bottom of things, despite being gaslit by her shit bag husband, and Amber Valetta as the ghost that won't quit, we promise you will be officially creeped out by this film. Join us as we talk about the art of the jump scare, our love for Bobby Z (one of our favorite directors!), and if this movie still holds water (pun intended) as far as the horror genre goes. BONUS, Sweety the Hitchcock expert draws talks about how this movie feels very much like a homage to some class Hitchcock films.
Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up ..... It's Bobsled Time! Coooooooool Runnings! Happy Winter Olympics everyone! We celebrated by watching this epic underdog film from 1993. Based on true events - there was a real Jamaican bobsled team that slid their way to the Calgary Olympics in 1988. Starring John Candy and some no name but incredibly charismatic faux Jamaicans actors, this movie taught us that it's not always about winning and that even if you've never seen snow or ice or even a bobsled before, that shouldn't stop you from achieving your Winter Olympic dreams! We'll chat about all the scary sled events at the Winter Olympics, induct Junior into the Sweetie Club, and try to come to a consensus of why white dudes were running around in the mid 90s with Rastafarian caps with fake dreads!
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Our week long celebration of our 100th episode continues and we're going way, way back to when Hayley Mills ruled the day! The Parent Trap from 1961 gave a lot of kids of divorced parents false hope as two separated at near birth twin sisters Susan and Sharon meet at a summer camp and concoct a plan to get their parents Mitch and Maggie back together despite being a horrible couple who fights a lot and probably have nothing in common! We LOVED Hayley Mills as a kid and enjoyed chatting about all the twins in our lives, whether we would want to live with mom in Boston (HELL YES) or with dad in California (hmm after this winter maybe) and Sweety spills the unfortunate beans that she kind of maybe likes the remake with Lindsay Lohan better! Blasphemy says Sweetie! We dedicate this episode to our first fan Jen as she just had twin babies of her own in December! Thank you Jen for being our first fan that made us realize that more people were listening to us other than our mother!
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It's time for another Bonus Episode! This time we're taking you back to the early 90s game show Nick Arcade. A technical marvel for the 90s, Nick Arcade put two teams of kids against each other as they battled for a chance to compete in the elusive Video Zone----a massive blue screen (green screen?) that allowed the contestants to be players in a video game. Join us as we discuss the strange pop quizzes (guess what's in this vice?) (Weird AF.), why Phil Moore was da bomb.com, and how we finally got to see what it was like behind the scenes of the Video Zone. Game on bitches.
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In 1985 a Disney movie was born and quickly wormed its way into the fears of every child known to mankind. Sorry too dramatic? But for realz. Return to OZ is the movie that still haunts many of us today and is the reason why most of us panic and abandon a shopping cart at the first sign of squeak. Join us as we discuss those pesky Wheelers, the awesome/horrifying Princess Mombi and her weird man voice, and take a deep dive into Sweetie's latent fear of rock people wearing hidden dress shoes. There's no place like home but seriously, there has to be a better place than Kansas...Am I right?
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