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!
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!
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.