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Here on the Large Marge Sent Us podcast, Sweety and Sweetie are our names and nostalgia is our game! Once a week (or more if you're lucky!) we watch movies from the 80s and 90s that shaped our childhoods and then have a sisterly chat about them. We usually sing songs and there's about a 100% chance we'll crack up with bouts of laughter. We hope you will too! So come join us and step back into a time when life was good and the movies were even better Logo created lovingly by Frankie Donlon. Follow us on Twitter @TheSweetieClub and on Facebook!
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Jun 9, 2022

Tonight we watched Ferngully, the animated classic that taught us all about SAVING THE RAINFORESTS.  Whatever happpened to the rainforests, guys? Are they okay? We liked these non-Disney cartoons enough, but really feel that they just miss the mark slightly in terms of their character building, song choice and plot pacing! We'll talk about all the save the earth stuff we were bombarded with as kids, agree that Robin Williams as Batty Koda is like Genie Light, and profess our undying love for Tim Curry and his wonderful voice! 

May 19, 2022
Happy 39th Birthday to Sweetie! In celebration, we watched a slew of 80s cartoons and discovered that we are JEM girls all the way! We watched My Little Pony, Jem and the Hollograms and She-ra Princess of Power and it felt like being wrapped in a big old blanket of nostalgia! We'll discuss all the fun action figures that went along with these cartoons (we had LOTS of MLPs) get confused about what the hell kind of world She-ra is living in, and try to pronouce the really weird names they cooked up for the My Little Pony baddies. Tireck? Scarpan? Who was in charge here?!
May 4, 2022

And you thought we were done with mean girl movies ... time for Jawbreaker! From 1999, Jawbreaker is essentially the 90s version of Heathers as it's another dark comedy centered around the drama of high school popularity and, welp, MURDER. Starring Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart and Judy Greer and hey, is that Kenicki from Grease as somebody's dad?!! We'll talk about the unfortunate sitch that is Courtney's prom dress, talk about the history of the  jawbreaker candy, and ewww Marilyn Manson is in this! That's so 90s.  

Apr 19, 2022

Mean girl movie time! This week we watched Heathers, the cult classic from 1988 starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and ... a lot of characters named Heather! This movie takes a dark, albeit comedic look at teen suicide and bullying and made us think - wow this movie could never be made now post Columbine.  High school is a really f-ed up time for a lot of us, and the 80s depictions of it just seems so ... non chalant.  We'll talk about how Sweetie's celeb lookalike for awhile was Winona Ryder and she's very okay about it now, Cliff Notes, and talk about some other mean girl movies that we like. 

Apr 7, 2022
Time for that early 80s, raunchy classic - Porky's! So while this movie is totes made for high school aged boys and deals with probably more "isms" than any other movie - sexism, racism, antisemitism, small penis-ism - we still find it pretty funny.  Directed by the same guy (Bob Clark) who brought us Ralphie and his Red Rider bb gun, we'll talk about how this is a 100% scandalous, watch during a sleepover kind of movie, try to find out if girls giggling naked in communal showers are just an adolescent boy urban legend, and hey look it's Samantha from Sex in the City! 
Mar 25, 2022

The Rescue, from 1988, is Sweetie's favorite "kids to the rescue" movie from her childhood! Okay mayyyybe this movie is a touch unrealistic - like is it really that easy to motorboat across an ocean into a police state like that? But it's hella fun (giant waterslide! spy stuff! evil North Koreans!). And look Farmer Hoggett is in this! We'll talk about how we feel bad for Kevin Dillon, what we remember about war from our childhood, and talk about how the lone girl in this movie is given nothing to do. Typical patriarchal bullshit! 

Mar 18, 2022
In honor of St. Paddy's Day we decided to watch Leprechaun, the 1993 horror comedy that has since become a cult classic and has spawned oodles of sequels! Probably best known for being Jennifer Aniston's first feature film, Leprechaun features Warwick Davis (Wicket from Star Wars, Willow in ... Willow) as a really evil leprechaun who seems to have forgotten about the leprechaun rules and is hell bent on inflicting a lot pain on anyone who steals his gold. Much to our surprise, this movie was super entertaining in the way only campy horrow movies can be! We'll talk about how Wayne's World 2 put this movie on the map for us, how much we love good bad horror movies, and talk all about fun 90s sneakers like LA Gear's and Reebok Pump It Ups.  
Mar 11, 2022

Time for another classic Disney romp! This week we watched Robin Hood - from the 70s era of Disney cartoons and wooohoo this movie is as cute as a button! Robin Hood features a foxy fox as the rob from the rich, steal from the poor swashbuckler and a host of other animals to stand in for Little John (okay is that you Baloo?), Maid Marion, Prince John, Friar Tuck and the Sheriff of Nottingham.  We'll talk about how much we love Sir Hiss, list other hot animal cartoon characters and discuss if Robin Hood was real or not? Plus what animal would we want to be in an anthropomorphic world? 

Mar 3, 2022
Holy shnikes! Last night we watched Tommy Boy, the film that launched Chris Farely to comedic fame and yo this movie is still hilarious in every way possible! Written by the same writing team (Bonnie and Terry Turner) as Wayne's World, Tommy Boy joined about 80 other movies that came out in the mid 90s featuring a former or current SNL cast member - the talent was bananas then.  We love Chris Farely's frantic physical comedy and intense outbursts so much but also the straight guy smarmy sidekick played by David Spade.  We'll talk about those sucky tube things banks used to have, how Chris Farely's insane energy wasn't actually all natural (haha no shit!) and how this movie is strikingly similar to Planes, Trains and Automobiles.  Hmmmm.
Feb 25, 2022
I took my troubles down to Madame Ruth ... You know that gypsy with the gold-capped tooth ... She's got a pad down on Thirty-Fourth and Vine ...
Sellin' little bottles of Love Potion Number Nine! From 1992 and starring real life couple at the time Tate Donovan and Sandra Bullock, Love Potion No. 9 is about two biochemists who stumble upon a potion that makes whoever drinks it unbelievably atractive to the opposite sex! Chaos ensues! This movie is sort of confusing (trying to explain the science behind love potions hmmmm) a bit light on the rom and the com, and if we have to see a smart Sandra Bullock character with frizzy hair, glasses and an overbite one more time, well we're going to hurl! We'll sing/hum some other songs that were used for movie titles, try to remember who Tate Donovan is, and talk about whether we think Volkswagons are cool or for losers? 
Feb 3, 2022
Since we lost Bob Saget last month, we decided it was time for an in depth discussion of our love for Full House, one of the best sitcoms to come out of the 1990s.  We were obsessed with this show as kids and our little Sweety has become a Full House scholar (she graduated from Large Marge Sent Us University or LMSUU) in the last couple of years! We'll talk about why we loved Bob Saget in Full House and in America's Funniest Home Videos, some of our favorite episodes (DJ has an eating disorder for 3 days, Stephanie dances to Motown Philly, Papooie dies), and how we were shocked to learn that one boring looking white guy wrote and performed the theme song to basically every sitcom in the 90s.  Weird! 
Jan 26, 2022
As an ode to Sweeti Jimi's last week of paternity leave, we covered Mr. Mom an 80s gender role reversal romp starring Michael Keaton and Teri Garr! Things get all higgledy piggledy when Jack Butler gets laid off from his job and has to stay home with his three kids while his wife takes over the 9-5 responsibilities at a sexist, patriarchal advertising firm. Chaos ensues since for some reason Jack Butler has never used a washing machine, shopped for groceries or driven his kid to school! Written by John Hughes, this movie is big on charm and cute kids and it has been awhile since we'd seen male strippers dressed as astronaunts in metallic g-strings so ... thank you! We talk about car pools, how little Sweetie learned the differnce between being fired and laid off, and how easy it is to get addicted to soap operas. 
Jan 11, 2022

We couldn't wait to start off 2022 by watching ... Can't Hardly Wait, a late 90s high school movie that has a pretty crazy ensemble cast, a sweet 90s hits soundtrack, and will give you night sweats thinking about how much you loved your JNCO jeans.  From 1998, Can't Hardly Wait is a party movie centered around the night after graduation when Preston Meyers tries to woo the love of his high school fantasy life Amanda once he finds out she has just broke up with her long term, dick faced boyfriend Mike. Chaos ensues! The beer is bad! And is Barry Manilow's song Amanda really about his dog? We talk about our experience with high school parties, take a deep dive into the band Smash Mouth, and talk about other bands and singers we are now embarrassed that we were into as kids.  Where the party at?!

Dec 17, 2021

Merry Christmas from the Sweeties! We're only doing one Christmas movie this year and we picked one we're not too fond of but know a lot of people are obsessed with! From 1983, A Christmas Story was (is?) played all day long on Christmas Day and boy did we hate it! We always felt this movie was schlubby due to its 1940s time period and also couldn't give a fudge about Ralphie and pining away for a bb gun. However, we do understand its place in Christmas cinematic history and how if your family was one of the ones who watched it all day on Christmas, you'd have a nostalgic twinge every time you hear "you'll shoot your eye out kid!". We'll talk about our #1 present coveted on Christmas, why we think this is largely a boy movie, and Sweety does a great impression of if Jack Nicholson played the role of Ralphie's Dad! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! 

Nov 24, 2021

Who knew that Son in Law qualifies as a Thanksgiving movie!? From 1993 and starring 90s cultural icon Pauly Shore, Son in Law is a fish out of water/outsider fixes everyone's problems kind of movie that we are here for! Sure, Pauly Shore's effeminate, hippy/surfer/LA ladies man/gay best friend schtick can be a bit much sometimes, we grew to love Crawl and all his wacky mannerisms. We'll chat about LA in the 90s, mud wrestling, and how Brad from Teen Witch is in this but plays an evil dude.  Plus Kelly Kapowski as the town slut/amateur stripper?! Well, thank god I'm a country boy! 

 

 

Nov 8, 2021

This week we watched Tim Burton's alien invasion spoof from 1996, Mars Attacks! Starring literally everyone in Hollywood! In the mid 90s, it was all about aliens and Burton capitalized on the trend by creating this kooky film which pokes fun at some of the campier alien invasion films from the 50s and 60s. Basically martians come to Earth and the dumb dumb leaders are confused about their intentions.  We weren't! Anyone with any sense could tell those suckers were trouble, just from their giant exposed brains. We'll talk about some our other favorite alien films, why we think we haven't had an actual alien invasion in the history of the planet (or have we??), and shout out to Sweeti Jimi who chuckled through the entire thing! Ack, ack, ack! 

Oct 29, 2021

As our favorite warlock says ... anything can happen on Halloween! And for Laurie Strode, that includes having the worst night of babysitting of your life! John Carpenter's spooky classic rounds out our scary movies for the month of October! Like Freddy Krueger, 80s and 90s kid couldn't escape the visual image of the pale Michael Myers mask nor the 8000 sequels the 1978 original spawned.  The original Halloween is still creepy AF and we're here to talk about it! We'll talk about horror movie tropes and why this movie is borderline tits soup by the end, whether virginity is the only way to beat the killer, and how there is no way in HELL Michael Myers could drive like a champ after being in an insane asylum since he was 6! 

Oct 21, 2021

Our second spooky movie for October is A Nightmare on Elm Street, which brought scary AF Freddy Krueger to life, but only in our dreams, right? Wrong! This is about as classic as horror movies get - creepy scary villain, loads of blood, a plucky heroine, and ... Johnny Depp! This Wes Craven classic predates the birth of the Sweeties by a couple of years, but it definitely shaped our and everyone's childhood in the sense that no one could look at a red and green striped sweater the same again.  We'll talk about some of Wes Craven's inspirations for the film, what's the deal with hall passes, and how sweater vests should be brought back now that fall includes 80 degree days where you're sweating your balls off by noon.  

Oct 15, 2021

Happy Halloween Sweeties! We're gearing up for one of our favorite months by watching some 80s classics that used to scare the poop out of us when we were little. First off, the 1988 killer doll classic--Child's Play! Even though Chucky swearing was mostly funny, this movie still put us off dolls for a looong time. And while we have some qualms about Karen Barclay's decision to buy a toy for her son from a 'peddler' (aka a homeless crackhead in the alley), she's still a badmass mom and we love her in this!

Oct 5, 2021

Happy 5th Anniversary to us! That's right ... LMSU has been around for 5 years now and with 275+ episodes, we cannot frickin' believe it! Back in 2016, we were just two sisters with a dream talking about Jurassic Park, so we only thought it would be fitting to celebrate our 5 year with a re-watch and re-record of the dino blockbuster.  Will we talk about the same things we did 5 years ago or will 5 years of wisdom and maturity bring us new insight? Come and find out! As the great Samuel L. Jackson aka Mr. Arnold says ... Hold onto your butts! 

Sep 17, 2021

1993 brought us What's Eating Gilbert Grape, a tale of a lonely 20 something mid Westerner (Johnny Depp) living in a go nowhere town with a lot of weight on his shoulders; taking care of his mentally disabled teenage brother Arnie, his recluse mother who hasn't left the house in seven years, an on going affair with the local unhappy married mother of two, trying to woo the new, cool girl that comes to town via RV,  and a really poor hair color choice! Seriously what was with that hair color? Trying to make JD look schlumpy? This is a sweet movie with some themes we totally didn't get as young kids, but we sure do get now! Ahh what wisdom aging brings! We'll talk about how Leo's performance was received by the autistic community, choose our favorite Johnny Depp movie, and go into a sweet tangent about self service salad bars. RIP (Thanks Covid!).

Sep 10, 2021

1989's Loverboy is another vehicle for 80s era Patrick Dempsey, who is gangly AF as  Randy, a 20 year old college student desperate to earn money for his college tuition once his dad shuts down the money train after his grades tank.  Randy gets a job at Senor Pizza delivering pizzas and eventually orgasms once he stumbles upon the idea of selling his body and time to the lonely married women of the LA area desperate for companionship since all their husbands are big time losers. Believe it or not, this movie about male prostitution is kind of sweet and silly and the 80s LA vibe is really fun to watch.  We'll talk about the acting career of Patrick Dempsey - from geek to McDreamy, what the point of a negligee is, and randomly talk about the rebranding of the brussel sprout from gross veg to the side dish of the decade! This podcast ain't just about movies, folks! 

Sep 2, 2021

What a zany ride St. Elmo's Fire is! Written and directed by Joel Schumacher, 1985's St. Elmo's Fire features several actors of "Brat Pack" fame and delves into the topic of what happens to friends after college when you can still drink like a fish but uh oh, have to hold down a steady job and start to contemplate the meaning of life?! This movie is ridiculous in the best way possible - the characters are all terrible people, there's tons of cocaine, talk of "Arabs", and one friend's big dream is to become a professional saxophone player! We'll talk about how we made this month unintentionally Rob Lowe month, why Kirby needs a serious mental health check (yoooo stalker), and how The Man in Motion theme song is actually about a guy in a wheel chair and NOT Jule's cool convertible jeep! 

Aug 27, 2021

1983's The Outsiders is Francis Ford Coppola's film adaptation of the young adult classic by S.E. Hinton and despite an ensemble cast of 80s heartthrobs, The Sweeties had never seen it! Starring nearly every famous movie star guy 20 and under (okay sorry Pat Swayze was 29, old fogie!), The Outsiders delves into the white class divide in 1950s Oklahoma and what's it's like to have to grow up too fast because you're poor AND if you're Dad thought it would be fun to name you Ponyboy. Tough break kid, tough break. Fun fact there are actually two versions of this movie floating around - the original from 1983 and then the updated "novel" version in which Francis Ford Coppola was bullied by his granddaughter to reinstate many scenes cut from the original and that were integral to the book version.  We talk about both movies but also try to unravel the paradox of tough guys who like wrestle each other and cry a lot, whether Ponyboy looks better as a blonde or brunette, and how Tom Cruise's Steve is the most annoying character ever. 

Aug 18, 2021

So we're back from our "maternity leave", Sweetie Jr. is here and we're ready to switch over to mother-daughter movies! Jk - but we did cover Freaky Friday, the 2003 version with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan! We were quite enamored with this movie when it came out - LL was all the rage, the soundtrack was full of bangers, and we had a crush on Chad Michael Murray. Actually, no thanks to those greasy, parted in the center locks thank you very much! We'll talk about our history covering body swap movies - do yourself a favor and watch Vice Versa immediately, ponder why there is always some mystic Eastern magic involved which seems pretty darn racist, and reminisce about the days when Lindsay Lohan had a singing career with that pretty wretched song Rumors.  

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