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!
Celebrating its 35th birthday this year, Just One of the Guys, is the 1980s entry into the gender swap movie genre! Terri, is a smart albeit hot senior at a California high school. When she loses out on a writing contest that would have guaranteed her a summer internship at a local paper, she cries sexism, and in an effort to prove it dresses up as a guy named Terry, enrolls herself in the rival high school, and plans to enter the contest all over again. Along the way she meets and falls in love with cute, but insecure Rick, dumps her boyfriend who she determines was only after her for her looks, and helps her brother pop his cherry. This is an 80s film in its best sense, full of lots of improbabilities and sappy happy endings. We'll talk about other gender swap movies we're familiar with, how people wore a lot of leather in the 80s, and what happened to jock straps!?
Time for a stalker flick! Swimfan, from 2002, tells the story of a hot shot swim team star, Ben, who makes the mistake of a having a one time bone with the new girl in town because ... we're not sure even why! Dude has a GF! But boy huge mistake - as she turns out to be a nut bar and a half and makes his life a living hell. Stalker flicks are like the happy medium between drama and horror movie, and a theme Hollywood just won't let go of. Whether it's crazy female on male(Fatal Attraction style), male on male friend sitch (Cable Guy), or female on female roommate sitch (Single White Female), who doesn't love an entertaining bit of stalking? We'll talk about unexpected lead Erika Christenson, how Sweetie knows someone who was once Jesse Bradford's ballroom dancing partner, and all the fun early 2000-ish things that make an appearance in this movie!
1983's Risky Business is a weird ass film, but it found its way into the 80s pop culture Hall of the Fame with one slide across the floor from a pants less kid wearing sunglasses! Starring a baby Tom Cruise, Rebecca DeMornay and Balki (!), Risky Business is like a combination Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Skin-a-Max. Yuppy Soft Core Porn! It may also have something to say about 80s consumerism culture, prostitution, and the lengths men go to have sex! This movie is a tad too old for the Sweeties as it came out the year elder Sweetie was born, but we certainly see its contribution to film culture and the career of Tom Cruise and at the very least its role in popularizing Wayfarer sunglasses. We'll talk about our on going favorite theme - hooker with a heart of gold, how someone thought they could get into Princeton with crappy SAT scores and a B average, and if this movie is in fact one long wet dream slash nightmare of an 18 year old boy? Just take those old records off the shelf!
Week four of quarantine finds us covering a great early 2000s time capsule, Josie and the Pussycats from 2001! In honor of the late, great Adam Schlesinger, who wrote the bopping title track Pretend to Be Nice, we dipped our toes into this satire about corporate greed and the power of girl and boy teen pop groups of the late 90s/early 2000s. This movie plops us right back to our own high school days and we've never been happier! We talk about how popular TRL and Delia's was at the time, how one lick of a power chord/sight of a hip hugger jeans sends us right back to the year 2000, and now that streaming killed the video star, what is the next big trend in music going to be?!!
Week four in quarantine and we're doing the first movie in our favorite action franchise ... Mission Impossible! From 1996 and starring the one, the only Tom Cruise, Mission Impossible is a reboot of the classic TV show that spawned the never forgotten phrase, "This message will self destruct in 5 seconds ... kabloom!". While it took about 20 years to figure out the plot of this film (NOC list, Job 3:14, the "mole"), it's a pretty fun film with some excellent spy gadgets and a Jon Voight mask to boot! We'll talk about why we love this franchise so much and why the role of Ethan Hunt is perfect for Tom Cruise, the famous dangling scene, and well lots o'spy stuff! Hope you're "hanging" in there just like Tom Cruise in this movie!
Week three of quarantine over here and we're revisiting another 90s gem, Free Willy! From 1993, Free Willy capitalized on the 90s trend of making movies about animals with incredible connections with people and also sparking a dust up about aquariums and the morality of keeping giant, wild animals in tiny cramped tanks! This movie was a big deal when we were kids and the accompanying song by MJ was an even bigger deal. We thought it was a little blah on this rewatch but still cried! Must be the social distancing! We'll talk about how whales scare Sweety still because they are shark adjacent, our love for Lori Petty, and randomly fall into a long discussion about our elementary school spring concerts. Gooood times. a
With news that Tom Hanks has the corona virus, the world went batshit crazy! Don't you touch our Tom Hanks, you dirty COVID-19 bastard! As a shout out to our favorite actor and hoping he has a speedy recovery + to perk us all up after this week from pandemic hell, we did You've Got Mail! From 1998, You've Got Mail is a near perfect film and COZY with a capital "C". Maybe it's the classic take on New York, it's journey through multiple seasons or all those Meg Ryan cardigan sweater sets, but this movie is stinking adorable! A favorite of Carol's and now ours too, we still quote it nearly weekly (That caviar is a garnish!) and cry buckets at the sweet ending. We'll talk about our thoughts on Tom Hanks being our times Jimmy Stewart, what the hell happened to Meg Ryan, and what a weird time the late 90s was looking back - when Starbucks and email were considered "new".
From 1994, Blank Check is essentially a rip off of Home Alone but way less fun! Preston Waters is sick of his penny pinching parents and rude siblings and thinks money will buy him happiness and freedom to get the life that he wants. When a guy runs over his bike and gives him a blank check to buy himself a new one, Preston takes it upon himself to fill it out to CASH and give himself a million dollars! All his problems are solved! Or are they?? This movie is helllla whack, from it's totally unrealistic plot - that an 11 year old would be able to buy a house and rent a limo with a driver for a week to the inconceivable romance story line they cooked up between Shay Stanley, FBI agent undercover slash bank teller and Preston. For the love of Pete! We'll talk about when we first realized money was a concept and that we should earn some for ourselves, what we would buy with a million dollars when we were kids (hint hint Littlest Pet Shops, that's who!), and the crazy double standard that exists where its acceptable for men of any age to be lady killers, even if you're an 11 year old. The world is your oyster gentlemen! Barrrrrf.
1995's The Indian in the Cupboard is an adorable film! Based on the 1980 children's classic by Lynne Reid Banks, the story follows Omri, a little boy living in Brooklyn who receives a cupboard for his birthday and an Indian figurine from his friend Patrick. His mom gives him a key from her key collection (who knew that was a thing!) and what do you know ... when he locks the Indian in the Cupboard he comes to life! Directed by Frank Oz, this movie has a lot of good life lessons including but not limited to, the lack of education and ignorance white people have or are taught about Native Americanas, having respect for other cultures, learning that people are not toys (even if they were toys at one point), and don't befriend a kid with a bowl cut named Patrick! We laughed, we cried, we jumped out of our seats (literally).
Disaster movies were all the rage in the 90s and Twister happens to be one of our favorites! From 1996 and starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt, Twister is a non stop thrill ride that follows a team of storm chasers trying to send up their newly created Dorothy machines into the eye of a tornado in order to help mankind. In the midst of all this you have a love triangle, lots of flying livestock, and Cary Elwes playing a villain! We'll talk about our fascination with tornadoes as little kids, even though we never encountered them living in the Northeast, how we need Helen Hunt in our lives again, and why the hell people live in a place called Tornado Alley!
After ponying up the cash for the DVD, we finally fulfilled a year long wish to watch Angels in the Outfield! Angels, from 1994, is the third movie in a trio of baseball movies for kids that came out in the early 90s! The world was crazy for baseball! Joseph Gordon Levitt stars as sweet baby faced Roger whose dead beat dad tells him they can be a family again once the California Angels win the pennant. Well Roger is a doer, and he prays immediately to God and says hey look help me out here, we need the Angels to win! Lo and behold God listens and actual angels come to turn the failing baseball team around, all the while increasing the team morale and attitude of the coach and players! GOD IS REAL. Haha. Okay maybe not and this movie might be hidden propaganda for the religious right, but it's awful cute and whoa look it's Tony Danza! Come listen as we chat about our favorite parts and favorite food at a baseball game, how JGL is the goober of the year, and how baseball really had its hey day in the 1990s and early 2000s.
How could we not cover a movie named after our beloved Sweety?! Andre, from 1995, is based on a true story about a sweet harbor seal who gets adopted by a the family of the harbor master in Rockport, Maine. This is a real good feel good flick and one we remember fondly. Was it just us or was the early 90s full of films about incredible animals and their somewhat unnatural connection to humans? Starring 90s child babe Tina Majorino and randomly Joshua Jackson in his post Mighty Ducks, pre Dawson's Creek cute boy glory. We'll talk about the difference between sea lions and seals, how show and tell was a pretty cool thing in school, and we maybe have figured out that Sweety is actually Andre the Seal reincarnated! You won't want to miss it!
Our lil Sweetie is engaged! In honor of the big news, we did Father of the Bride which is the cautionary tale about planning your daughter's wedding in your backyard! Father of the Bride is another vehicle for Steve Martin where he is part sweetie part spazzed out angry curmudgeon. Diane Keaton plays his wife Nina who keeps him in line, and Martin Short has a hilarious turn as Franc the wedding planner! We'll talk about our favorite parts of a wedding, ugly 90's wedding dresses, and how all those wedding traditions seems kiiiiinda bull shit and patriarchal from where we are at in 2020!
Happy Christmas! This year we're watching the third movie in the National Lampoon's movie canon - Christmas Vacation! From 1989, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, and Randy Quaid and ... the woman who voices Betty Boop?! Christmas Vacation has become a classic in terms of Christmas movie watching and there's a good reason why - the movie deals with all the common headaches associated with the holidays! Dealing with in laws! Lack of Christmas bonus! Picking out the Christmas Tree! Stringing up Xmas lights! We'll talk about how Sweety has never really seen this movie (blasphemy!), how Clark Griswold is kind of a skeeze, who are favorite Audrey and Rusty are, and see if we can name all 12 of the jams and jellies in the Jelly of the Month Club! BONUS we'll talk about our favorite Dumas Family Christmas memories!
If you ignore the somewhat sketchy plot of 1999's Never Been Kissed (teacher falls in love with 17 year old student - but she's really 25 so it's ok!), it's a pretty sweet movie with a nice message about not giving a shit about high school because it's a tiny dot in the time line of your life and popularity means shit in the real world! Drew Barrymore is her usual cute as a button self as Josie "Grossie" Gellar and there are tons of pretty famous people in this! Molly Shannon! David Arquette! John C. Reilly! James Franco! Jessica Alba! We laughed, we cried, and we talked about our first kiss stories and pondered the question ... should everyone wait till their 25 for their first kiss? NAH.
The only Thanksgiving movie you'll ever need - Trains, Planes and Automobiles from 1987 is an often forgotten John Hughes masterpiece. Steve Martin stars as Neal Page, a guy just trying to get home to his family during Thanksgiving week. Along the way he meets Del Griffith, a shower curtain ring salesman slash really nice guy con artist and they both have to navigate every travel delay, breakdown, and calamity known to mankind! If you have ever rode in a plane, train or automobile, you will relate to this film because let's face it, travel is a BITCH. We'll talk about what the hell is a Diner's Club card, why we love John Candy so much, and why it's always important to have several extra towels so you don't have to dry your body off with a wash cloth! We'll also tell you our worst travel stories ever - but just remember ... those aren't pillows!!!
Fan favorite this week guys! Some of our biggest fans have been telling us to watch Drop Dead Gorgeous for a couple years now and today is the day we finally decided to give this dark comedy a whirl. Well Jesus Christ on the cross was it good! The Sweeties are a big fan of beauty pageants so this is right in our wheel house. Also, this cast is bananas! Kirstie Alley, Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Allison Janey, Ellen Barkin, Brittany Murphy, and the skinniest Amy Adams you ever did see! We'll talk about our love of anything beauty pageant related and how being from Massachusetts we were always kinda bummed she almost never made the final cut in Miss Teen USA, how Allison Janey is a goddess and best portrayer of rude, crude women out there, and how we feel about the mockumentary genre.
With the release of the new streaming service from Disney, it was time to celebrate that we'll never have to watch scratched up DVDs from the library for any of their films again by watching Sleeping Beauty! One of our older Disney favorites, Sleeping Beauty is the ultimate hot girl gets rescued by a handsome prince story, but in the Disney version it's the three good fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather that save the day time and time again! We'll talk about how this movie gets wicked dark at the end and Maleficent truly gave us nightmares for years, if we prefer the pink or blue dress, and what gifts we think the fairies should have bestowed on Aurora. Ability to speak in public? A master's degree in physics? Yes, please!
Happy Halloween you horny little devils! Tonight, in honor of All Hallow's Eve, we have a witchy film for you, 1987's The Witches of Eastwick! Based off the John Updike classic about three single ladies living in a small puritanical New England town, The Witches of Eastwick has a killer cast - Jack Nicholson as Daryl the Devil, Cher (yes!), Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer and lots of talk about penises! The three ladies talk about their dream man and lo and behold, the devil himself shows up and woos them all, while also creating havoc in the small town. But the moral of this story is chicks before dicks, and soon they are busting out a voodoo doll and trying to get rid of the devil for good. We'll talk about the famous cherry pit puking scene, how if you sleep with a devil you suddenly get like insanely gorgeous voluminous curly hair, and what is so damn alluring about Jack Nicholson?!!