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!
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.
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.
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!
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?
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?!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!).
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!
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!
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.
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.