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!
We forgot how much we love 1996's Jerry Maguire! Starring Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger in a love story that really should just be deleted from this film as we hate it, but gosh is this movie laugh out loud funny! We were way too young to see this film when it came out, but we eventually memorized the whole thing and decided that really Jerry Maguire is a platonic love story between Jerry and Rod, two guys who just needed a friendship to make them better men! This movie has a great supporting cast and really has everything you would ever want to know about the glamorous world of being a sport agent. We'll talk about whether this is Tom Cruise's best role or not, which lines in the movies we use the most in our every day life (no, I air dry!), and how Jonathan Lipnicki was the cutest little kid in the mid 90s, but that lasted for like a day and two movies. Oh Hollywood! You had me at hello, guys. You had me at hello!
For the Sweeties, Forrest Gump is the perfect film! It hits all the notes - we've got some tears, we got laughter, we got a somewhat scary Vietnam war sequence, we got SHRIMP and fried shrimp, coconut shrimp, a shrimp sandwich, shrimp salad, lemon shrimp, shrimp bisque ... and we got TOM HANKS and ROBERT ZEMECKIS, who could ask for anything more! Let's face it, Forrest Gump is a classic from our childhood that we'll never forget! Tune in as we chat about what Jenny is our favorite (disco Jenny!) and Sweety suggests a Jenny inspired Halloween costume that might be perfect for some of you listeners out there, Sweetie will give a brief history lesson on Nixon and Watergate and talk about her random attraction to Lieutenant Dan. Also we'll go into what we think Jenny's mystery illness was and a couple serious example of Sweetie confusion. You don't wanna miss this. Run, listeners, run and download this episode today!
It's time for the Sweeties to tackle another John Hughes film. This week, Pretty in Pink or as we like to call it Pretty in a Really Ugly Pink Dress! Pretty in Pink written by John Hughes yet directed by some other fella stars 80s teen movie muse Molly Ringwald as Andie, a girl too cool for her lame high school that's run by yuppies who wear linen suits and drive BMWs. Her and her bff Duckie constantly make fun of the yuppies, until one such yuppie Blaine (yuppiest name EVER) asks her out and then she realizes she has a huge crush on him, and fuck all her prejudice about rich people, she's going to prom! Pretty in Pink is probably the most tame John Hughes movie of the bunch, and also one with a pretty controversial ending. I mean are you Team Blaine or Team Duckie? That's all we want to know! We'll talk about Andie's love for florals and the color pink and how despite some good effort, she makes the ugliest prom dress in the history of the world, the terrible ending that made no sense at all, why Andrew McCarthy wears a really unfortunate wig in the final scene PLUS we'll rehash some of our own prom stories and high school crush stories! Let's plow!
The Sweeties are back from Ireland, we just bought a new car, and BONUS we decided to watch probably your 22nd favorite Tom Hanks movie .... Joe Versus The Volcano! From 1990 and starring Meg Ryan, times three, this is an oddball of a film that is hopelessly quirky yet funny and romantic in an off beat sort of way. Joe Banks is a hypochondriac with a shittay job until he finds out he has a brain cloud and only five months to live so he quits! Some rich old man cons him into jumping into a volcano to soothe the spirits of the island of Wampani Woo somewhere in the South Pacific. But with this death sentence, Joe Banks gets a new lease on life, even if he is to believe it's just a short lease, and finds himself on an adventure of a lifetime! As kids we thought this movie was funny and kinda neato -- but it actually has some really deep parts to it! We'll talk about our eternal love for Tom Hanks and his amazing gift of physical comedy, try to remember all the randoms stars that are in this film, talk about our own hypochondriac stories and try to get to the bottom of all the massive symbolism in this film. Come jump into the volcano with us!
The Sweeties can't get enough of ghosts! Or more specifically ghosts that look like Pat Swayze! We love 1990's Ghost - it's a triple threat. Part romance, part comedy, part thriller. As kids, this movie scared the bleep out of us, and honestly as 30 year old ladies, it's still pretty freaky! Whoopie Goldberg steals this movie (and won an Oscar to boot!) for her portrayal of psychic Oda Mae Brown. Pat and Demi have great chemistry! And Carl aka Tony Goldwyn is the the creepiest third wheel/stalker/friend who coordinates your murder you've ever met! We'll talk about all the famous scenes (sexy pottery making!), what spooked us the most, share some of our own personal ghost stories AND Sweetie shares her new business plan called Pants Less Pottery Classes for Single Ladies! DITTO!!!
We're going to the DANGER ZONE guys! This week we watched Top Gun and bottom line ... we are CONFUSED about this plot! However, we're not confused that this movie made Tom Cruise even more of a giant mega star and includes some really awesome soundtrack jams, shirtless sweaty men playing volleyball, and a ton of really exciting shots of fighter jets going really, really fast! We'll choose our own call signs (Duchess and Spitfire!), play a really fun game where we try to guess some military flying terminology (bogey! picklebutton! tumbleweed!), and talk about how Tom Cruise seems like a really gross kisser and we actually think his character is kind of a little shit in this movie. Take my breath awayyyyyyy.
Who's ready to get spooooky? 1999 brought us M. Night Shyamalan or more importantly The Six Sense and the world of movies with a twist was never the same again! Featuring Bruce Willis, Toni Colette and cute as a button Haley Joel Osment in a scary movie about a little boy who sees ghosts - and one of those ghosts - SPOILER ALERT - is Bruce Willis but GET THIS, he doesn't know he's dead! IS THAT CRAZY OR WHAT? Okay, so at the time this movie was the twistiest (is this a word?) thing since vanilla and chocolate soft serve. The world was blown away but then unfortunately M. Night had to keep up with making every movie he did with a twist, and shit came off the rails. But we do love The Sixth Sense, for the wonderful horror movie that it is! We'll revisit our opinions on ghosts, talk about how amazing Donnie Wahlberg is in this and why the hell didn't he became a giant megastar versus his little brother with no talent, and the rise and fall and perhaps rise again of M. Night's movie oeuvre. We're seeing dead people, look out!
The hooker with the heart of gold movies NEVER GET OLD. Tale as old as time guys! Just because you're selling yourself on Hollywood Boulevard doesn't mean you're some cracked out 'ho! It probably just means you followed some busted ass boyfriend from Georgia and got sick of frying up burgers at McDonald's so you decided to turn tricks instead! Yes, this is the plot of Pretty Woman, the Gary Marshall classic from 1990 that catapulted Julia Roberts into a gigantic mega star, and you know what? Despite the plot being a tad shady and far fetched, Julia fucking rules in this movie! While we can't say the same for Richard Gere's character Edward (dudsville, Vivian you can do better! Spread those wings girl!), we thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It's pretty damn charming and has some great 90s references that always feel like a balm on our weary 2018 souls. We chat about what our prostitute looks would be, why Julia Robert slays in this film, how if your last name is Stuckey there's a good chance you're a big ole raper, and we'll talk about all our favorite Pretty Woman looks and sing two 90s gems from the soundtrack.