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.
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!
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.
Today's the day! Sweetie and Sweeti Jimi are getting married! To mark the occasion, Sweety and Sweetie (man there's a lot of Sweeties!) decided to watch a J. Lo classic. The Wedding Planner from 2001 marks a staple in the Wedding Rom Com sub-genre. While the plot of the movie is bonkers and most of what happens is pretty dumb/unrealistic, we can't deny that the movie is extremely watchable and fun. Although let's be honest--Dr. Steve is trash and also pretty dumb. So come celebrate with the Sweeties, and wish Jimi and Emily all the best!
Weekend at Bernie's II is a sequel that really didn't need to be made. Were we all really itching to know what happened to ... a dead body and two yuppy bros? Nah. However, aren't we lucky because just a short 4 years after the original, we get WAB II, a romp through the Virgin Islands with our buds Larry and Richard, a dancing corpse, and a sprinkle of the occult! This is a stereotypical good bad movie as it's total trash, but still enjoyable. We'll talk about the evolution of the suitcase, how we miss Clearly Canadians and try to find out where to get some, and hey whatever happened to Gwen?!
Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme ... we did another classic Disney cartoon! Beauty in the Beast, from 1991, was the second fairy tale cartoon from the 90s that captured our little princess hearts. We were obsessed with protagonist Belle, a whip-smart book lover stuck in a small French town and being perpetually harassed by the village rake, Gaston. When her father gets imprisoned in a castle by a hideous Beast, she trades her life for his and is forced to live with the Beast and his bevy of anthropomorphic servants. Little does she know, the Beast is under a spell (and is really a hot prince!) and if he doesn't find a gal to love in the next day, he will be forced to live as a Beast for eternity! Can she overlook his beastly ways and love the man within?? We'll sing ALLLLL the songs for you, tell the story of how we did a live action lip syncing version for our elderly neighbors when we were kids, and talk about the endless creep-skate powers of men with long, wet, stringy hair.
Big day in Large Marge Sent Us world ... we've reached 200 episodes! In honor of this gigantic milestone we watched TITANIC! From 1997, and starring everyone's favorite floppy haired hero, Leonardo DiCaprio, Titanic was THE MOVIE of the decade. The world collectively cried when Leo's icicle encrusted dead body sank into the frigid Atlantic, bought the double VHS box set, and belted out My Heart Will Go On for a good solid year there. This movie is hella long but still pretty good albeit stressful to watch. We'll talk about all the to-do around this movie back in the late 90s, why James Cameron is kiiiiiiind of a dick, and all our favorite weepy parts of the film. Thanks again to all our fans keeping us "afloat" for the last 200 episodes! We love ya and couldn't have done it without you!
Back in 1996, The Sweeties went on a family vacation with their cousins to New Hampshire. During a trip to the video rental store, the OG Sweetie, Ron Dumas, thought it would be a great idea, instead of picking a family friendly pick, to make everyone watch Outbreak! It's supposed to be great, guys! And then we were all scarred for life trying to eat pepperoni pizza while people are bleeding out of their eyeballs! So you could say Outbreak holds a special place in the Sweetie Canon. Starring a plethora of worthy 90s start, Dustin Hoffman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Rene Russo, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland and Morgan Freeman, Outbreak teaches us a couple key lessons, mostly about governmental shadiness when it comes to biological warfare but our big take aways were do not kiss your boyfriend if they come off a plane bleeding from every orifice of their body! We'll talk about the sadness of joint custody for dogs, how there was quite a bit of disaster movies in the 90s that made us all terrified that a asteroid or pandemic was going to kill us at any second (now that's entertainment!), and how the scariest version of Donald Sutherland is definitely the clean shaven one! Bonus, Sweetie confuses the words antidote and anecdote AGAIN! Will she ever learn?
Can we watch a movie featuring Whoopi Goldberg without loving it?!! I'm not so sure guys! Sister Act, from 1992, stars Whoopi at her Whoopiest. She plays Dolores Van Cartier, a lounge sinner in the biggest little city in the world, Reno! Poor Dolores sees her gangster boyfriend shoot his limo driver, and boom she's in the witness protection program in a place they will never find her ... a nunnery! As Sister Mary Clarence, she takes over the nun's choir and makes a modern, soulful changes and boom suddenly she's the nunnery MVP with everyone except Mother Superior, played by the always elegant Maggie Smith! This movie combines some of the Sweeties favorite things - singing, Whoopie Goldberg and nuns. I mean what is not to love! We'll talk about all our favorite movies with nuns in them (hint - how do you solve a problem like Maria?), what our nun name would be, and talk about how the Catholic Church needs to modernize ASAP. Pope Francis, can you hear us?!! Bonus we may or may not be starting a university called LMSU. Enroll today!
Cruel Intentions from 1999 stars a bevy of 90s megastars in a retelling of the salacious French novel, Dangerous Liaisons. Rich kids are so bored, they have to continually fuck with other people's lives to remain interested in their own! Wow, WISH we had that problem. Starring Ryan Phillipe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Selma Blair, Joshua Jackson and a tiny bitty baby Reese Witherspoon this movie was the talk of the high school halls back in '99. From the girl on girl make out to the sweaty sex scene to a Counting Crows song (gah, so 90s) nobody could talk about anything else ... until the Blair Witch Project came out. We'll talk about how we never really loved Ryan Phillipe, (we think it's the pube hair?), whether we think SMG is a good actress, and sing many rounds of Bittersweet Symphony, a song that we played on repeat for most of 1999.
Back to Sequels September guys! We decided to watch another movie franchise where we were much more familiar with the sequel vs the original. Three Men and Little Lady from 1990 checks back in with Peter, Michael and Jack as they are all now "fathers" to adorable Mary, who is now 6 years old. Her mother Sylvia is dating penis head Edward and after realizing, despite really being in love with Peter, that he's never going to confess his love to her, she decides to marry Edward ASAP and move to England with Mary! The guys are bummed and try to get back to their old bachelor lifestyles, but realize they can't live without Sylvia and Mary. So they fly over to England and attempt to win Sylvia back. Americans in England hijinks ensue! We got tiny cars! We got sheep! We got butlers! We got a scary private school! We got vicars! We love this movie and couldn't get enough of it as kids. We'll talk about how HOT Tom Selleck is, whatever happened to Steve Guttenberg and how much of a gemstone Ted Danson is forever and always. What a crock!
Tonight we did Shag! A 1989, girls gone wild movie that's all about cute Southern boys, the Miss Sun Queen contest, and shagging! One of Sweetie's favorite films from her childhood as it taught her all about 'doing it at the ripe old age of nine years old, Shag takes place in South Carolina in the summer of 1963. It's Carson's last hurrah as she is set to marry Harley (the square) until she unexpectedly falls in love with a handsome stranger (Buzz!) and realizes that marriage is for the birds! This movies stars three ladies who were a pretty big deal in the 1980s - Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, and Annabeth Gish and also features great music, amazing 60s costumes, and a lovely story about living out your dreams - whether that be going to Hollywood or sleeping with the town redneck, entering a dance contest, nabbing the southern gentleman fiancee of your bff, or getting nailed in the cabin of a boat called Daddy's Little Girl. Dream big people! We'll talk about our own trip to Myrtle Beach on a Dumas family vacay in 1998, if a penis actually has a bone in it, and what Shag character do we most identify with. He's a sweet potato!
It's our first double feature guys! In the last couple of weeks we have recently been introduced to the first two movies in the Terminator series (I know, I know ... about 35 years too late!) and we're into them! As wee kids we really only knew that James Cameron directed Titanic, and not that he was actually known for some pretty bad ass action films. While T2 was HUGE when we were kids and Arnold Schwarzenegger was even MORE HUGE (literally), we never actually saw it nor really knew much about it! So we're playing catch up and diving into the saga that is all about Skynet, cyborgs, and bad waitresses with even worse hair! We'll talk about Sarah Connor's character arc from damsel in distress to bad ass, machine toting bitch, how the T-1000 still scares the crap out of us to this day, and how are favorite cameo is Budnick from Salute Your Shorts! Miss that bitch!
In advance of this weekend, where the Sweeties are off to TWO weddings, we bring you My Best Friend's Wedding, the charming tale of food writer Jules, who makes a pact with her bff Michael in college that if they are both not married by the time they turn the ANCIENT age of 28, they will marry each other. On the eve of Jules 28th birthday she gets a call from Michael and is expecting a proposal! Turns out ... he's engaged to someone else and expects Jules to drop everything to come to his wedding week in Chicago! Under the guise of helpful bff/groomswoman she decides to make the trip but plans to break Michael and his fiancee Kimmy apart, realizing that Michael's been the guy for her all along! Will she succeed?? Of course not dummies! She's a psycho! This was the first movie Sweetie saw in theaters solo, and was mildly obsessed with it. We'll talk about the various charms of Julia Roberts, how Michael is a dud or in Sweety's words, "a handsome piece of wood", why it was ludicrous for Kimmy to consider quitting college with one year to go (nevermind marry someone at the age of 20- lawdy) Bonus, we talk about our favorite karaoke songs and figure out how Dermott Mulroney got that scar on his lip! We'll say a little prayer for youuuuuuu.
1983's National Lampoon's Vacation is the quintessential summer movie! Family road trippin' guys! The Griswold's and their hijinks are quite the franchise now, spawning 5 movies about, let's face it, an idiot of a father trying to make sure his family is living their best lives according to his own, somewhat insane standards. However, we will never not laugh at Chevy Chase's Clark Griswold, even if he's probably a psycho. We saw this movie plenty of times on TV as wee tots, but this was the first time we saw the real movie - R rated with swears and boobs! Who knew! We'll talk about what we think of Clark Griswold (jerk alert!), reminisce about our own Dumas Family Vacays, and most importantly pick the winner of our t-shirt contest! You won't want to miss this! Wally World here we come!
IT'S OUR 3 YEAR PODCASTING ANNIVERSARY!!! To celebrate, we watched 1987's The Gate starring a baby Stephen Dorff and had one of our strangest Sweetie Synopsis' ever trying to explain what the hell happens in this movie. Join us as we discuss such riveting topics as: Moths. Friend or foe?, The world's obsession with satanism in the 80s and, why the hell anyone would be so obsessed with rockets. Most importantly we discuss our podcasting journey and why we love our listeners more than anything else in this world. Thank you for joining the Sweetie Club and always being our sweeties.
1995's A Little Princess, based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett and directed by Alfonso Curaron is a gorgeous film with a great story to boot! This film is a reimagining of the 1939 version starring Shirley Temple and moves to story from London to New York and nudges the time period to the era of The Great War. This movie is beautifully shot and has a wonderful message: not all rich people are assholes! Sara, despite immense wealth and privilege has a heart of gold! Sweety loved this movie as a wee tot and its ending had us crying buckets into our strawberry ice cream cones! We'll talk about how this movie compares to the Shirley Temple version, was Ram Dass a magic Indian man or not, and why the HELL was Miss Minchin such a psychopath?!!
1995's Se7ven is one creepy movie and one of Sweety's favorites! Directed by David Fincher and set in unknown city USA, which is crime ridden and dank, dark and depressing, Se7en follows two detectives, Somerset and Mills as they play cat and mouse with a vicious serial killer, set on exposing the sinful by preying on those who are committing the Seven Deadly Sins, i.e., Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Lust, Pride, Envy, and Wrath. This movie scared the FUCK out of us, not so much with its horror but with it's incredibly spooky sense of place and gross imagery. Starring our pals, Morgan Best Actor Ever Freeman, Brad Okay Actor Pitt, Kevin I'll Play Anyone Creepy Spacey, and Gwyneth Why Do People Hate Me Paltrow. We'll talk about how Sweety first got introduced to this film and why she loves it so hard, what we think of David Fincher's work in general, and Sweetie will go on a less than 10 minute rant of why she doesn't GET Brad Pitt. What's in the box?? What's in the box?!!!!
Do the Care Bear Countdown! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! Every 80s kids remembers the Care Bears, the cute little multi colored bears with symbols on their bellies that promoted love, friendship and downright caring! Well in 1985, due to the success of the stuffed animals they made a movie! The Care Bears Movie is about the importance of friendship, and how just because an evil spirit in a book tries to convince you that ruling the world is better than having tons of friends, you should not believe her! The dumb bitch didn't even have a body! We liked this movie a lot as children but was also pretty terrified of it. Tune in as we discuss who are favorite Care Bear was then and now, all the ins and outs of Care-alot and the Care Bear world, and we'll discuss other 80s cartoons that were made into movies that we also loved.
Wise men say, only fools rush in. Well you know what? Listen to the wise men because love at first sight is bulllllshit! We watched Fools Rush In guys, the 1997 rom comedy starring Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek! HBO had this on hard rotation when we were in middle school and we couldn't help rooting for the unlikely couple of fiesty, artsy "I have five brothers don't mess with me" Isabel, and melba toast WASP Alexa Whitman. This is not your average romantic comedy. We got outta wed lock pregnancy, Mexican/American cultural differences, a tiny dog named Cujo, and some really unflattering suits on Matthew Perry! We'll talk about why we can't stop watching this movie, even 20+ years later, what makes a cool girl cool, and try to determine what Isabel actually saw in Alex Whitman. Was it his baggy clothes? His job as a field manager for really horrible clubs? Who knows!
We're doing another movie with Cher, guys! 1990 brought us Mermaids, based on the book Mermaids, and starring 80s/90s darling Winona Ryder, baby Christina Ricci in her first film, Bob Hoskins and the woman that makes everything better, CHER. This bildungsroman (fancy word time) or coming of age story about two kids getting towed around the country by their commitment phobic single mom, really stuck with us as kids, mainly because the VHS cover featured Cher dressed like a mermaid in a bathtub, but also for a particular sex scene in a lil ole belltower! Look, this movie has some problems (underage sex, drunk 7 year olds) but all in all it's a keeper! The clothes are great, the cars are great, and Winona is a nutter but we love her! We'll chat about nuns, what we think of the lead male hottie character, and try to think of our fake names on the fly. Sal Val!
Harriet the Spy was Nickelodeon's first movie in 1996! Starring Michele Trachtenberg and Rosie O'Donnell and based on a book from the 1960s, Harriet the Spy made us want to buy black and white composition books, record everything in them that we saw, all whilst eating tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches! This is a "time to grow up movie" for the middle schooler sect and we ate it up with a spoon! This movie has a lot of spunk and is super creative and has some wise words of wisdom from the live in nanny aka sage Ole Golly about friendship, telling the truth, and to always be yourself, no matter what the consequences. We'll talk about the golden age of television in the early to mid 90s when Nickelodeon was unstoppable, our own run ins with bullying, and how much we love that Harriet character even when she's cutting off people's braids and ruining their science projects!
Sweetie is turning 36 this weekend, wohooo, so time to watch another favorite film of hers, the always wonderful, never duplicated Aladdin! From 1992, Aladdin was the 3rd Disney cartoon to come out (behind Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast) that completely captivated us as children. So much so, we still know every dang lyric to Friend Like Me and Prince Ali, 30 years later! Since Disney cartoons are on virtual lockdown, and you can't stream them anywhere, our lovely friend Jill who owns the DVD invited us over for pad thai, wine, and baby cuddles but to also watch the movie! So she's our special guest this week as we chat about why we love this movie so much (Robin Williams!), sing all the songs, and explore Aladdin's relative hotness and harem pants looks. It's a whole new world, guys!
The sequel to one of the podcast's favorite films, Big Top Pee Wee from 1988 is a real stinker! What is this movie guys?!! Suddenly Pee Wee is the owner of a farm in 1940s middle America, has a talking pig named Vance, a new girlfriend named Winnie and a degree in botany?! Well one day a storms literally blows in a circus and all hell breaks loose! Starring Paul Reubens, Kris Krisofferson, Penelope Ann Miller and ... Benicio del Toro in his first movie role as a dog, we'll talk about how we were enchanted slash terrified of this movie when we were kids, how it maybe made us hate egg salad sandwiches even though they are delicious, and Sweetie tells a story about Ron D and how he tricked her into thinking there was an actual Same Name Club out there and Kris Kristofferson was in it! Bad news guys, there isn't one! Duped!
The 90s were a boom time for Jim Carrey! I mean the guy was unstoppable! Clowning around as Ace Ventura, The Mask, and Lloyd Christmas really catapulted him to fame. So it was only natural he'd reunite with the director of Ace Ventura, Tom Shadyac, and try something a little different. With Liar, Liar - a movie about a lawyer who's son wishes that he can't tell a lie for a day - Jim started his everyday man plopped into wacky situation situation schitck, and hey it works both because of a fantastic and clever script, but also due to hilarious physical comedy that will no doubt always accompany a Jim Carrey performance! The guy was made to contort! We'll talk about all our favorite lines, whether Jerry could possibly be a serial killer, Jim Carrey's timeline of attractiveness, and whether this movie really falls into the Bad Dad movie trope or not.