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?
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.
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.
That's right everyone, an NC-17 movie made the cut in terms of movies that have shaped our childhood! Showgirls, from 1995, starring Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon, and Kyle MacLachlan is a steaming bowl of tits soup and was the naughty, I shouldn't see it but I want to see it movie of the 90s! Elizabeth Berkley, a few years out from her Jesse Spano days, plays Nomi Malone, a rough around the edges, potentially bi-polar dancer who is trying her luck in Vegas. She gets into a showgirls type show at the Stardust casino, and will do whatever it takes to win the top spot. Showgirls is famous for winning the most Razzies of any film, and it's pretty well deserved, but it doesn't mean this movie isn't really fun to watch and hey, the choreography albeit with boobs flying everywhere is actually not half bad. We'll talk about why we think this movie tanked so bad, who else maybe could have played Nomi Malone, and try to figure out why Elizabeth Berkley has sex like a wounded dying fish!
Time for another body swap movie! Wish Upon a Star was a TV movie from 1996 that was oft played on the Disney Channel in the early 2000s and hooked Sweety for life! Two arch enemy sisters find themselves body swapped after one sister wishes on a shooting star one night that she'd rather be her hot sister, than her brainy science fair loving self. Chaos ensues, but also a deep dive into sibling relationships, the role of confidence in making someone hot/popular, and the popularity of frosty lipstick and eye shadow! We'll talk about our own trials and tribulations with sisterhood and go through a list of our favorite body swap movies and bring back our favorite segment, "That's So 90's!"
We did it! We finally watched Cocoon! It's been a labor of love to try to cover this movie (as you can't stream it anywhere and the only copies available to buy are either $200 or come from a foreign land), but we did it for you guys by buying a copy from the UK and then a DVD that would play it! You're welcome! From 1985 and directed by Ron Howard, Cocoon follows a trio of old timers living in a retirement community who stumble upon on some alien cocoons being housed in a pool they love to trespass in. The movie is a lot deeper than we imagined it would be, as it delves into talking about loss of life, but also loss of your youth and will to live as you become an older person. With a tremendous cast and the return of our favorite 80s movie addition, Steve Guttenberg, we loved the take on aliens in this one. We talk about whether or not we'd have sex with an alien, would we take the Cocoon live forever in a foreign galaxy deal, and we'll play our own version of the Wilfred Brimley line as I make Sweety guess what celebrities and musicians have crossed the 18,530 year threshold!
Welp, we finally did it! We watched Back to the Future Part III, third installment in a trilogy that we are OBSESSED with but never got around to seeing the movie that closed it all out! From 1990, Back to the Future III picks up where the second movie leaves off, Marty McFly is stuck in 1955 again and Doc Brown is stuck in 1855. Time travel hijinks ensues and you have Marty chasing Doc back to the Wild Wild West as they try to figure out how to get back to 1985, while avoiding the descendent of arch enemy Biff! While we're no fan of Westerns, this movie is a fun watch as familiar scenes get played out but with a Western twist. There's lassos, lots of shoot outs, and everyone for some reason is very dirty or tan. We'll talk about how Sweetie suddenly thinks Doc Brown is hot (!), how this movie lacks a bit of oomph in the script department, and why they made Marty McFly's great, great, grandfather Seamus McFly, look like Eric Stolz? Coincidence, we think not! BONUS we reveal the winners of our anniversary contest!
Happy Anniversary to The Sweeties! This week marks our fourth anniversary here at Large Marge Sent Us, and while we had planned on doing Cocoon, the streaming gods were against us AGAIN. We had to order the DVD from Japan, so it will be here in a tick, but until then to celebrate our four year (also known as the fruit/flowers anniversary!) we did a mini ep on Salute Your Shorts! Broadcast on Nickelodeon from 1991 to '93, Salute Your Shorts was short lived (haha) but packed a big punch as far as nostalgia goes! Budnick! Donkey Lips! Sponge! It's the classic camp spoof that we were addicted to as kids. We watched a couple of eps and it's still pretty charming today and Zeke the Plumber is still wicked scary! Oh come celebrate this happy milestone and listen to Large Marge Sent Us, the grubby little four year old that she is, today!
From 1996, The Cable Guy, marked Jim Carrey's departure from straight up silly, elastic faced comedy! In this Ben Stiller directed/Judd Apatow partially written comedy, things got a little darker and take it or leave it, he still delivers in this take on the stalker flick. The Sweeties love a good stalker flick and appreciate the film's commentary on the state of TV in the mid 90s, something that has somewhat departed today with the launch of "cutting the cord" culture and all those dang streaming services! We'll talk about hair plugs (random!), how we miss Janeane Garofolo, and our memories of 90s TV culture. I want my MTV!
In honor of our dearly departed Dad's birthday, we did the final movie in the 90s Disney classic canon, The Lion King! From 1994, The Lion King boasts a star studded cast of voices, gorgeous animation and songs by Elton John! We connect with this film and Simba as we're all in the Dead Dad's Club, and appreciate Disney's attempt at trying to add a more worldly approach to their animated movies though there was definitely work to be done. This was never our favorite Disney film growing up, but WOW this movie is terrific! We'll talk about our early memories of the film, sing all the songs, and crap all over the live action version that came out a couple years ago. It's the circle of life, guys!
With The Babysitter's Club coming back for a reboot this year, we decided we would do our own version of the iconic white cover Super Specials - so it's Sweetie Special #1 this week as we dissect three different versions of The Babysitter's Club franchise. There was the TV version that aired for one season in 1990, the movie version from 1995, and then the updated version released by Netflix this year. Each have their own charm, but we'll talk about who we most identified with in "the club", how the movie version tried really hard but we prefer the serialized versions of the TV shows, and how we can trace the evolution of our childhood by what juice boxes we were allowed to drink.
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is another look at sequel versus original. When we were young, we were not as well acquainted with the original Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery but grew to love it. We did see the sequel in theaters and thought it was hilarious at the time, but now it feels like just a re-tread of the original with more poop jokes and offensive fat jokes. It's sad to see when a movie doesn't age well, and this one sure aged poorly. We'll talk about it plus all the fun late 90s pop culture references that we were very much there for (Hot Pockets! Will Smith! Cloning!), how we rate Heather Graham as an actress, and Sweetie brings back her new favorite segment, That's So International, where we talk about the title of this movie across the globe.
We're paying tribute to Joel Schumacher who died a couple weeks ago at the age of 81 by covering The Lost Boys! Yippee another vampire flick! So while this movie didn't totally shape our childhood - hey one of us had never even seen it! - we're all about any movie featuring The Coreys, vampires who look like they belong in a hair band, and garbage fire outdoor concerts featuring lead singers who can benchpress 400 pounds but also play the saxophone! Who is with us!? We'll talk about what bits of vampire lore this film stuck with, how Santa Cruz really was the murder capital of the world at one point, and how Kiefer Sutherland is still the scariest person ever, with or without vampire makeup on.
The Watcher in the Woods, a spooky thriller from Disney that came out in 1980, scared the bleep out of us when we were little kids! Nearly 40 years later, it's not super duper scary but has a great vibe and air about it - that still creeps us out! Starring Bette Davis as creepy old lady who is in desperate need of some VO5 hot oil and that girl from Ice Castles! We'll talk about our love of ghosts and how we hope to see one some day, how the ending of this movie is pretty whack a doodle, and how excited we are to finally be podcasting together AGAIN! WAHOOOOO. Sweetie's Together, yeah!
The 80s had a preoccupation with virginity and never was it more apparent than Once Bitten, this 1985 campy vampire film starring Jim Carrey as a down and out loser whose long term girlfriend won't boink him. What's a guy to do? I know! Go home with some random hottie at a Hollywood bar and get it over with? Problem solved! Well problem solved until the random hottie turns out to be a lady vampire who must suck the blood of a virgin 3 times before midnight on Halloween. This film is so bad it's good (our fav!) and it's full on 80s in all the best ways possible. We'll talk about baby Jim Carrey, how much we love the dance off and costume style prom scene, and say three cheers to finally talking about the problems of vampire women!
In honor of Sweetie's 37th birthday last week, we covered one of her favorite TV films from the 90s of all time ... If The Shoe Fits! Are we the only people alive who thought this modern take on Cinderella set among the Paris fashion scene was the coolest? Okay, with age, turns out it's not so cool. Dare we say this movie is pretty horrible, but it doesn't take away it's magical nostalgia. Starring Jennifer Grey and Rob Lowe, who must have been searching for a paycheck in a lull year when they signed up for this one. We'll talk about Jennifer Grey's ill fated two nose jobs and where this movie falls in that time line, how Rob Lowe has the perfect face, and a bit about what Sweetie did on her quarantine birthday!
She's Out of Control from 1989, should really be titled He's Out of Control, because this movie is about an overprotective widower who doesn't trust his 15 year old daughter to make good choices slash is obsessed with her virginity, a concept we'd like to tell you is long behind us, but sadly still not true in 2020. Starring Tony Danza as a role very adjacent to his star turn on Who's the Boss as over protective Dad of the Year. Famously, this movie made Robert Ebert's most hated films list and you'll probably figure out why after a couple minutes in. We'll talk about the out dated and alarmist concept of preserving purity in young women, how make over movies like this one kind of make our toes curl, and try to figure out who this movie was made for?
The Gnome Mobile! The Gnome Mobile! Hunting for gnomes in the Gnome Mobile! The Gnome Mobile is a fringe Disney classic from 1967 - you either have never heard of this film or wore out a VHS copy of it and had the theme song in your head for the duration of the mid 90s. Starring The Mary Poppins kids and some well known actors from 1940s cinema, The Gnome Mobile is a cautionary tale about deforestation, dating in the gnome world and sleep apnea. We'll talk about 1960s Disney classics from our parents childhood that we grew to know and love and why gnomes are so cool (remember David the Gnome?!). Plus many, many rounds of The Gnome Mobile song which we can never really get right!