Like many kids of the 80s, after seeing the Ewoks make their appearance in Return of the Jedi, we couldn't get enough of them! Luckily there were the made for TV movies that came out all about Ewoks starting in 1984, with Ewok Adventure: Caravan of Courage and we were hooked! It's been a good 30 years since we've seen this movie, and wow what a nostalgic gem. Sure, Mace is an annoying loser and they maybe didn't get into some major plot points as much as they could have, but holy shit was that Gorax scary AF! We'll go over key words to learn in Ewokenese to impress your friends (Lurdo!), try to figure out WHY the Gorax was keeping Mace and Cindel's parents in a bone cage, and get to the bottom of his various accessories.
We finally caved to Sweeti Jimi's wishes and watched Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, one of his favorite movies but one the Sweeties have never seen! I think we can all do a pretty good gnarly dude, Bill and Ted impression, but who knew this movie was about time travel and the importance of a world history survey class! We were pleasantly surprised how cute this movie was, though pretty absurd. We'll talk about how we continue to fall more in love with Keanu every day, what historical figures would we squish into a phone book and take to the local mall, and what was the deal with those urban legends about getting sucked into escalators if you weren't careful when you were a kid?!! Also, Sweeti Jimi gets a cameo in this episode as he tells us why he loved Bill and Ted's so much and does he still love it today.
Part of the popular late 90s teen horror series, I Know What You Did Last Summer from 1997 features all the hot stars from the time (coincidently most with three names? Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prince Jr.) and a script by Scream and Dawson's Creek creator Kevin Williamson. While inferior to the much beloved Scream, IKWYDLS has some solid gore and a couple of good jump scares that still make it pretty worthwhile. We'll talk revenge/vendetta horror films and why this one is not really that successful in our eyes, how the boobs in this movie deserved their own billing and how Ryan Phillipe seems to bug the shit out of us in every single movie he's in!
Disney's Swiss Family Robinson from 1960 is a classic desert island tale about a Swiss family escaping the tyranny of Napoleon Bonaparte's ever growing empire and filled with evil pirates, dangerous jungle animals and many different varieties of hats woven from banana leaves! Sweeties was OBSESSED with this movie when she was little and nearly wore the bootleg VHS version we had as kids. Nowadays, the movie comes with (what is becoming an often seen modifier from Disney+) warnings about culturally insensitive portrayals and stories about terrible animal cruelty on the set! Bogus! But hey we still think Fritz is a HOTTIE, question how no one knew Roberta was a girl, and still hate annoying Frances with a passion!
We've gotten a lot of requests over the years to watch 1995's A Goofy Movie, and we finally took the plunge! A spin off of the popular animated tv show, Goof Troop, A Goofy Movie follows the lives of single dad Goofy Goof (?) and his 14 year old son Max as they navigate the tricky waters of adolescence! It's a sweet movie with a sound track full of bangers straight out of the mid 90s, Bobby Brownish pop era. We'll talk about our confusion with this world in which people are dogs, but kind of also look like people (?), how seeing Goofy sad is the worst thing ever, and ponder whether there were hot animated animal characters that boys used to have crushes on.
1985 brought us Sesame Street's first foray into the movie scene with Follow that Bird, a cautionary tale about the dangers of segregation and why the diversity always practiced on Sesame Street is the only way to go! Starring Big Bird and the love-able cast of muppets from Sesame Street, their human friends, and then some random movie stars like Chevy Chase and John Candy thrown in there! Sweetie used to watch this at her friend's house when she was six year olds and the mean bird lady Miss Finch scared her to bits! We'll talk about who are favorite resident of Sesame Street is and that we're confused that Big Bird is actually supposed to be a child aged bird, what we think it would be like to work on a children's show, and why you should never, ever show muppet legs if you can help it. Spooky man, spooky.
He's a tramp, he's a scoundrel. He's a rounder, he's a cad. He's a tramp but I looooove him, and even I have got it pretty bad. Tonight we watched Disney's Lady and the Tramp from 1955! An oldie but goodie that's all about class differences in the dog world + how life really is better if you have owners to feed and house you. Sure, the racist portrayal of the Siamese Cats really needs to go, but in general this movie still holds pretty strong as a foundational dog movie from our childhood. We'll talk about the time Sweetie stumbled upon a recording on the family answering machine of little Sweety doing her best Peggy Lee impression and singing He's a Tramp, debate whether Lady was knocked up after a night on the town with the Tramp, and why does cartoon spaghetti and meatballs look so damned tasty?!
From 1988, Mystic Pizza is the coming of age story about three women growing up in a small Connecticut town with your typical young adult problems. Okay, so yes most of them are about boys, boys, boys, but it's the PIZZA and Julia Robert's fiery personality that is the star of this movie for us. And while this is the first time the Sweeties have seen this movie all the way through, we loved it! A great story about the importance of girlfriends and trying to find your place in the world and your future, even when you're only in your early 20s. We talk about PIZZA of course, Julia Roberts' eyebrows, and how Vincent D'Onofrio was a huge hottie back in the day but we think he got tired of it and decided to play bloated serial killers instead.
This month the 1997 version of Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella starring Brandy and Whitney Houston finally made it's way to Disney+ and we've never been happier! This was the EVENT of the late 90s, as us young girls were so happy to watch an updated version of this classic musical starring a pop star and George from Seinfeld! But truth be told - this music is rad, with loud, tacky storybook level costumes, a cute prince, and lots of great diversity casting. We love all the songs and had fun warbling through them tonight, as well as talking about the peak Brandy years (The Boy is MINE! Moesha!), how we wish they would do more stuff like this, less remakes of cartoons into shitty live action versions that are uninspired, and why the hell is that glass slipper so god damned ugly! You won't want to miss!
Happy belated Valentine's Day from The Sweeties! We're going late 80s rom com this week with When Harry Met Sally, the 1989 Rob Reiner directed, Nora Ephron written gem of a film. Starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as a couple who start out as enemies, then move to friends and then finally lovers as they realize men and women can be friends, but sometimes that friendship can blossom into romance. A very New York City film that captures some fun hair styles through the decades, lots of chunky sweaters and interesting facial hair choices for Billy Crystal, and teaches us baby fish mouth is actually not a common phrase and that most women do fake orgasms from time to time. Join The Sweeties as we talk about love and dating and what the best cookie in the world is. Sorry Harry, can't agree with you on the Mallomars front.
With the passing this week of Samuel "Screech Powers", aka Dustin Diamond, we thought we'd pay tribute and do a bonus episode on probably our favorite show from the 90s, Saved by the Bell. Running from 1989 to 1992, but with many specials, spin offs, etc., the Saved by the Bell gang was in our lives for a majority of the 90s and we loved it! Following the hijinks of Zack Morris and the kids at Bayside High was a blast - and we're proud to have it as such an important part of our childhood. We each pick two episodes and dissect them, talk about all the great 90s fashion, and some of our favorite high school cliches, and warble through a sweet rendition of that Michael Bolton hit, How Am I Supposed to Live Without You. Yo preppy!
From 1991, Nothing but Trouble is a Dan Ackroyd written, directed and starred in movie that is nothing but a big old creepy mess! Winner of several Razzies and probably one of Roger Ebert's worst reviews, the movie stars Chevy Chase, Demi Moore, and John Candy and features yuppies getting pulled over in a podunk town on their way to Atlantic City, only to be taken to the local justice of the peace to be arraigned for their crimes. Chaos ensues because the justice of the peace is some weird dude with giant babies who wear diapers as his grandkids and also has this weird pseudo horror house that they must escape from. This movie is a little bit comedy, a little bit horror movie but not enough of either of those to make a successful film. It's also one we don't recommend watching while you're eating because yeah it's gross. We'll talk about where good ole Danny boy went wrong with this one, early 90s GPS systems and our thoughts on the fruit punch concoction Hawaiian Punch!
1986's American Tail is one of the few non-Disney cartoons that we remember from childhood, though one we weren't totally game to watch often since it's A. kind of scary B. kind of sad! Starring the voice talents of Dom Deluise, Christopher Plummer and Madeline Kahn, American Tail is an immigrant story about a little Russian Jewish mouse who immigrates to the US but gets separated from his parents when he gets swept out to sea on the way there. Luckily they all make it to New York, but they have the means streets of the Big Apple, killer cats, and really mean orphans to contend with before they can be reunited. We'll talk about the history of Don Bluth - aka the alternate to Disney cartoon guy from the 80s/90s and how his movies differ from Disney's, how scary the Mouse of Minsk was, and how if only mice were this cute in real life (and wore hats, and shoes and played the violin), Sweetie wouldn't hate them so much.
1996's Matilda is a pretty great adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's book that the Sweeties held near and dear to their hearts, the little bookworms that they were. Starring Mara Wilson, the IT cute girl of the mid 90s, Danny DeVito (+ he directed it and provides the narration, yo give someone else a job Danny!), Rhea Pearlman, and Embeth Daviditz as Miss Honey, the best teacher you never had. This movie does a great job combining the whimsical, grossness of most Roald Dahl stories but also made us never want to eat chocolate cake again. Poor Brucey! We'll talk a lot about Roald Dahl, telekinesis, and the importance of bathroom books.
Happy New Year! Our big announcement this week is Sweetie is pregnant and we'll be welcoming Sweetie Jr. to the podcast in early July! In celebration, we watched She's Having a Baby, a not often thought of John Hughes film that should be called He's Having a Breakdown, because Kevin Bacon's Jefferson "Jake" Briggs is having a mid life crisis ... and he's just 25! This movie was weird guys, and really wasn't about babies at all! It was about a not great marriage with not great people and many, many dream sequences that really took the movie to a bad place. However, you'll enjoy lots of John Hughes' movie alumns in this, enjoy Kevin Bacon's cool 80s wardrobe and the soundtrack wasn't half bad! Plus Alec Baldwin is at his sleeziest and man it is gross. Tune in to us talk babies and Bacon!
This week we're covering one of the few Christmas movies that can also be filed under the action movie genre with 1998's Die Hard. Bruce Willis plays John McClane, a cop from New York City who finds himself bound for California on Xmas Eve to visit his estranged wife, meeting her at her office Christmas party. Unfortunately some German terrorists show up, eager to break into the company safe and steal $600 million dollars. Unbeknownst to the terrorists, McClane is a bad ass and not the person you want stalking around barefoot within the building trying to foil your every move! This is one of the titular action movies of the 80s and one that spawned many, many sequels and it's well deserved. Both clever and exciting, hilarious and touching, this movie has it all! We'll talk about how we've seen this movie just once before (shame shame on us) but barely remembered anything about it, whatever happened to hostage crises and how we suddenly think Bruce Willis is pretty hot. Also, so many Large Marge alum in this movie! A Fratelli brother + the mom from Goonies, Betty Spaghetti and Vigo the Carpathian!
We did a Christmas adjacent movie this week guys! Meet Me in St. Louis from 1944 is responsible for that little melancholy diddy, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", but there's so much more to it! Following The Smith family for a year in early turn of the century St. Louis, this movie takes place across all four seasons and one Sweetie loved to bits when she was little. From the costumes to the quaint songs, Judy Garland's glamour and just the general vibe of director Vincent Minnelli's masterpiece, we are still digging it! We'll talk about the infamous Halloween scene, how John Truett is kinda of ehhhh, and how crazy it is that they thought Rose was a dried up old hag at the age of 18 because she wasn't married yet. But hey that's 1903 for ya! Plus, we'll chat about Judy Garland's strange eyebrows in this but goddamit she's still beautiful in every way!
Hooray it's December, time for holiday movies! From 1996, Jingle All the Way finds Arnold Schwarzenegger as "bad dad" Howard Langston, a workaholic mattress salesman who drops the Christmas ball, if you will, by forgetting to get his son Jamie the coveted Christmas toy of the season - Turbo Man. Christmas chaos ensues as Howard spends Christmas Eve on the hunt for the elusive toy, and will do whatever it takes to fulfill his son's Christmas wish! Also starring Rita Wilson, Phil Hartman, Jake Lloyd and Sinbad as the unhinged mailman nemesis also looking a Turbo Man for his son. We'll talk about some quintessential 90s thangs (Suburbans! Long cord phones! Pay phones!), our own real life remembrance of toy hysterias from history, and run through a list of some our favorite toys that we requested for Christmas back in the day!
Happy Thanksgiving week guys! While not a "Thanksgiving movie", Funny Farm was our choice to get you through this turkey and stuffing eating, Black Friday shopping, Zooming with everyone you know week! From 1988, Chevy Chase plays a slightly smarter, albeit possibly even more narcissistic version of Clark Griswold in the sports writer turned wannabe action adventure author Andy Farmer. When Andy and his wife Elizabeth leave their New York City life for the country dreams of Vermont, they get more then they bargained for, including an honest look at their marriage! We'll talk about how psycho Andy Farmer is and agree to disagree if Elizabeth is equally as bad, if the proper way to drive over a rickety as f covered bridge, and what exactly are rocky mountain oysters? Cue the deer!
From 1953, Disney's Peter Pan is an older cartoon that we grew to love fondly as children. The boy who would never grow up, Captain Hook and cute little Tinkerbelle were certainly a big part of our childhood. However viewing this movie now, as mid 30s women, we're somewhat troubled by its misogynistic overtones and racist portrayal of Native Americans! Nearly 70 years later, Disney has realized that the movie is pretty racist in its depiction of Native Americans, and has a nice little disclaimer to note this when the film begins, which is all well and good, but where does that leave us with Peter Pan? We sure enjoyed the nostalgic jolt to our system and Nana will always be the best character in the movie. We'll talk about how Wendy gets treated like crapola the entire movie but is still pretty bad ass, what exactly is the relationship between Tink and Peter, and why the hell that crocodile can never finally swallow Captain Hook?
Welp, we made it through the election relatively unscathed and certainly happier than the 2016 election! So we thought it was apropos to do a political comedy and we picked Dave! From 1993, directed by Ivan Reitman (of Ghostbusters fame) and starring Kevin Kline as presidential look-a-like Dave Kovic. Dave impersonates the president and then finds himself the actual president after real President Bill Mitchell has a heart attack and falls into a coma after an aggressive boning sesh with his secretary! While the president's chief of staff think he's just a dopey gooder, turns out Dave actually makes a much better president and intends to really use this new platform he has to better the country. This one has a great cast and is super clever and fun and while it may capture a very sunny, optimistic politics is mostly good side of things, we'll take it, especially in this crazy political world we have now. We'll talk about how great we think Kevin Kline is, how we'd decorate the Oval Office if we were president, and Sweetie gives us all a history lesson about the time that Woodrow Wilson was basically incapacitated just like Bill Mitchell!
My Boyfriend's Back is a black comedy from 1993, which believe it or not, is a commentary about social discrimination but all importantly doesn't take itself that seriously! Johnny Dingle finds himself dead after saving his childhood crush, Missy, from a robber's bullet. Lucky for him, he's able to rise from the dead and come back to life as a zombie to take Missy to the prom, but not without some unfortunate consequences like rotting flesh, his ear falling off, and townspeople trying to burn him alive. We'll talk about how this fits into the same genre as movies like Edward Scissorhands and Beauty and the Beaut, the history behind zombie lore and some more famous zombie flicks, and whether Jujubes are a good candy or not.
Our spooky journey this month continues with Elvira Mistress of the Dark! A film Sweetie thought was utterly scandalous when she'd secretly watch it in our basement as a plucky eight year old, Elvira is a campy, horror goth B movie classic that introduced the world to one fiesty, big boobed witch full of tons of chupatz and an unending supply of sexual innuendos! We really feel Elvira is ahead of her time and is a feminist icon we can all get behind - she's not afraid of who she is and doesn't take any shit from men trying to ogle her goodies or women trying to tear her down. We'll talk about all about the rise of actress and Elvira herself, Cassandra Peterson, the history of horror movie hosts and Tales from the Crypt, and how we really should reinstate a Elvira fan club because she really is that kickass.
This week is Sweety's Birthday week! Happy 34th Sweety! We did one of her favorite movies for this week's spooky pic - Psycho! From 1960, we saw this Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece for the first time on one of our family vacations to Universal Studios, Florida. We had seen the Alfred Hitchcock experience and a live reenactment of the infamous shower scene, and then Dad proceeded to show us the film immediately after. We were wow'd by this classic horror movie and it really sunk it's claws into Sweety as she went on to love Hitchcock and the horror genre in general. We'll chat about all the fascinating trivia surrounding this film (first flushing toilet on screen whaaaaat), pointy cone bras, and we'll quiz Sweety on her expert Psycho knowledge.
Well kids, it's already October, so you know what that means ... spooky flicks! This week we're watching Ernest Scared Stupid, a favorite of newly inducted member of the Sweetie Cub, Sweeti Jimi! So the Sweeties aren't super well versed in the Ernest universe, nor do we love that sort of idiot comedy, but this Halloween iteration of the Ernest franchise is hella scary with scary trolls, kids being turned into wooden dolls, and possibly the best/worst Halloween costume for an adult we've ever seen. Sweeti Jimi joins us for a brief review of the film and we'll talk super soakers, mushroom haircuts and those pies that came in paper sleeves and made your way into your third grade lunch boxes. Random, but gooood.