Not all of the movies that shaped our childhoods are from the 80s and 90s. We can't forget all those well worn classics that our parents made us watch and that we grew to love as well. So this week we did our oldest movie to date and probably the most famous movie in the world, from 1939 ... The Wizard of Oz! Everyone knows the story, the characters, and the iconic costumes and footwear but are we right in thinking this movie is creepy as a winged monkey now?! Jiminy Crickets! Listen up as we attempt a sing-a-long of all the famous songs (and butcher most of the lyrics!), pick our favorite munchkin and talk about the nutty urban legends and trivia facts that have traveled with this movie over the years. That's a horse of a different color!
1995's Batman Forever is the third installment of the Batman franchise as well as the first one not directed by Tim Burton but also the FIRST one that the Sweeties saw in the theaters! Michael Keaton is out and Val Kilmer is in as the brooding, conflicted Bruce Wayne who still can't come to terms with losing his parents or his love of bats. We loved this movie as kids but on this rewatch realized it's maybe not the greatest? We adore Jim Carrey's The Riddler (even if he gets a bit too hammy) and Val did a fine job trying to add depth to snoozy Bruce Wayne. However, we could do with a lot less of Tommy Lee Jone's Two Face and way, way less of way too into himself + what is with that misplaced earring Chris O'Donnell aka Dick Grayson aka Robin. We'll talk about what's our favorite Riddler costume, why is Chase Meridian such a hot mess, and warble out what we think to be the correct lyrics to Seal's Kiss From a Rose. We'll just say it ain't pretty! We're all getting Batman Forever tattoos guys!
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??
While Adam Sandler isn't necessarily the Sweeties cup of tea, we will gladly celebrate The Wedding Singer, the 1998 homage to the 80s as a rom com that we absolutely loved! We can take Adam Sandler in small doses, but we love his toned done portrayal of true romantic Robbie Hart, wedding singer extraordinaire, who gets left at the altar by bitchy fiancee Linda and vows off love forever. But who can say no to true love when you befriend cute as a button Julia, played by Drew Barrymore?? We'll always have a fond place in our heart for the 1980s, a truly wild decade that spawned really questionable fashion choices yet insanely catchy pop music, and while The Wedding Singer exaggerates things a bit, we'll never forget that the 80s were a great time for mullets and purple eyeshadow. We'll chat about if the 80s really had the best weddings (banquet halls, blue tuxedos, hair band veils!), if Robbie really had any talent at all as a singer, and what is the perfect style kiss for your wedding day? Well kiss my grits, love stinks!
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!
Two things that were really HUGE in 1996 were Michael Jordan (literally so tall) and Looney Tunes, so OF COURSE best idea ever let's put them in a movie together, add a dash of Bill Murray and Newman and a really sappy song by R. Kelly (cough cough trash bag) and BOOM blockbuster! So Space Jam was born and all the 10 year olds were happy! Sweety is a big fan of this film, but Sweetie the elder has never seen it all the way through yet still got the chills when MJ popped out of that space ship to the rousing chorus of I Believe I Can Fly. We'll talk about what it was like growing up during peak MJ era (Chicago Bulls yeahhhh), how Bill Murray makes everything better, and who are favorite Looney Tune really is. I believe I can flyyyyyyyyyy.
Bring it On from 2000 was a huge hit! Choreographed dances, clever cheerleading puns, and girls in mid drift tops?! What is not to love?? Starring Kirsten Dunst as Torrence Shipman (craziest name ever) who takes over as cheerleading captain senior year for the Rancho Carne Toros, only to find out her predecessor Big Red stole their cheer routines from the East Compton Clovers! What will we doooo? Bring it On belongs in the realm of several high school comedies that came out in the late 90s, early 2000s and that we all went gaga for. We could not get enough of those spirit fingers or phrases like "Missy is the poo. So take a big whiff!". We'll talk about our feelings about cheerleading, our love/hate/now mostly love for Ms. Kirsten Dunst and how this movie is really a movie about white privilege that attempts to give a happy ending to all parties. Plus we'll continue one of our favorite segments aka This is So 90s, where we talk about things that defined this brilliant decade like the new VW bugs, platform flip flops, and posters of Sugar Ray.
We'd thought it was time to go back to the 80s for our next movie selection, and more specifically 1985 when Teen Wolf starting Michael J. Fox was released! Sweety has never seen this pretty class 80s movie about a high schooler with zero self confidence and debatable basketball skills, who discovers he's actually a werewolf! Turns out everyone in school thinks it's pretty cool and lucky for him it also gives him magical powers to be basically good at anything. So he sky rockets in popularity, gets the hot girl he's been ogling, but unfortunately becomes kind of a tool in the process. Turns out it's better just to be yourself - and not hog the basketball - you'll make more friends that way! The Sweeties declare this a bad good movie in that it's totally cheesy and kind of a mess, but a feel good flick nonetheless! We'll try to get to the bottom of the rules of this werewolf stuff, talk about how we think Boof is the coolest female character ever, and how much we love Michael J. Fox in basically everything he does. BONUS we talk about all the great 80s trends and werewolf penis! Ahoooooooo!
Time for another 90s teen rom com! What Sweety deems her favorite high school teen movie, She's All That has got some problemos but we do love it. Trotting out the tale as old as time of man makes "ugly" girl beautiful and everyone loves her for the person she's always been we ate this shit up, much to our chagrin. I mean give us a makeover scene to a Six Pence None the Richer song and we're yours. We are weak! Starring Rachel Leigh Cook, Freddie Prinze Jr, Paul Walker, Matthew Lillard, Lil Kim (what?), Usher (what? what) and a really embarrassing hacky sack scene, we'll get pretty ranty about this one and talk about why the hell Hollywood thought glasses, a unibrow, and a funny name made you the ugly loser of the school, whose high school had a DJ and did they ever go to class, and why Freddie Prinze Jr. was the hottest shit in the mid to late '90s. Was it his perfectly waxed eyebrows and spiky gelled hair? We'll get into it one tube top at a time!
We've had a hankering for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery forever and lucky for you today is the day that we dive into the ins and outs of penis enlargers! Austin Powers came out in peak Mike Myers era where the guy could do no wrong - so much so he made three Austin Powers movies in the span of a couple years and man were they funny! Much like the rest of the world, we were Groovy Babying all through the late 90s and early 2000s! This movie is still hilariously funny and Mike Myers combination of clever pop culture centric humor and physical comedy is what legends are made of. We'll talk about our favorites scenes and what lines we still repeat to this day, dive into the dark underworld of today's penis enlargers (not necessarily Swedish made), and Sweetie has trouble pronouncing the word acclimatizing! Help, I'm in a nut shell! How'd I get into this bloody nutshell!?
Merry Christmas from the Sweeties! We'd thought we'd do one more Xmas themed film to whet your Oscar Meyer Weenie Whistle! From 1994, The Santa Clause starring Tim Allen is about a sad dad named Scott Calvin who becomes the new Santa Claus, once the old Santa Claus falls off his roof and kicks the bucket. At first Scott is in denial, but with the help of his sweet always believing son Charlie, turns into a pretty good Santa and in the process a pretty good dad as well! How heartwarming! This movie is full of 90s goodness and while we have a lottta questions, we give this the Sweetie stamp of approval as a solid Xmas flick! We'll talk about some of our favorite Xmas memories, what we think of Tim Allen and his criminal record from 1978, and whether it's roof or ruff. Happy holidays from the Sweeties!
Sweetie and Sweety think you should definitely get rid of your family because they are trash. Go live with Mr. Duncan or maybe the pigeon lady (Maggie?) in the park....your life will be better and people will appreciate you. K bye.
To get in the Christmas spirit, we're covering a couple holiday films including this beloved sequel, Home Alone 2! The unbelievability is off the charts with this one as Kevin is somehow left behind on a family trip again and runs into his old nemeses the Wet Bandits now known as the Sticky Bandits in NYC. Join us for a rousing discussion of why the McCallisters are dumb as it gets, why the biggest plot hole in this movie involves a stick of Zebra Stripe gum, and how Marv and Harry should have died 20 times over by the end of the film. Happy Christmas to all you Sweeties out there!
We weren't sure if many people were aware of this gem from 1988, but I hope we'll be pleasantly surprised that many LMSU fans are also fans of the movie F.E.D.S.! Following the success of the Police Academy movies, the buddy cop genre blew up and F.E.D.S. was the amazing, feminist version! Starring Rebecca De Mornay and Mary Gross as FBI trainees and unlikely bff's - one is a Marine, the other a "pecker head" - but together they make an amazing team and try to dismantle the patriarchy known as the FBI!. This film is a Dumas family classic, and one we quote often and at length! We used to get goose pimples during all the amazing montages of the ladies getting shit done and 20 years later we still do! We'll talk about all our favorite scenes, how the 80s did gift us some amazing feminist films all about female empowerment, and Sweetie brings up the Presidential Fitness test AGAIN, and how bullshit it was to make elementary school kids do a pull up!
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!
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.
We're keeping it spooky here on Large Marge Sent Us, so that means time to roll out KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, everyone's favorite B horror movie that traumatized you as a child and made you swear off cotton candy for a decade! Let's face it, clowns are scary no matter what. But clowns from outer space that put people into cotton candy pods and then suck your blood out? Terrifying! In the early 90s, they played this gem on TV all the time, and it freaked us out but in a really good way. We'll talk about why clowns were even invented in the first place (not funny, not cute, always scary), how despite this being a bad good movie, the sets and costumes are pretty rad, and which Killer Klown is our favorite of the bunch! Time to make your circus nightmares a reality guys, KILLER KLOWNS!
CAN YOU DIG IT?! It's Sweety's birthday! And as a special gift, Sweetie has finally allowed the viewing of one of Sweety's very favorite movies...The Warriors! Released in 1979, The Warriors is a cult classic, that the Sweetie's didn't grow up with but whatever it's Sweety's birthday and she can do what she wants. Join us as we discuss all the amazing gangs and their outfits, talk about which gang we would want to join and what our gang name would be AND bonus: we talk about everyone's favorite subject----trains and why you should never run to catch one.
Happy October guys! We're starting off this month with a dash of spooky .... with 1996's Scream! Starring Neve Campbell and our favorite typecast raper, Skeet Ulrich, Sweety has been obsessed with this meta horror film since she was a wee one. Sweetie on the other hand, has only seen it once, but still totally respects it and mainly is just happy that she can watch it without hiding behind a pillow now! We'll talk about how the first scene with Drew Barrymore in the blonde wig and white sweater is still god damned terrifying, how the women in this movie kick some pretty serious ghost face killer ass, even if most of them end up real dead, and Sweety will wow us all with her horror movie knowledge!