John Hughes directorial debut from 1984, 16 Candles, is a hell of a controversial film! With offensive Asian stereotypes and a laissez faire attitude about sexual harassment and consent, it's hard to love this film through the lens of 2018, but it has its moments. I mean what person hasn't fantasized about a person seemingly out of their reach, only to have them show up at your sister's wedding, buy you a belated birthday cake, and make out with you atop a glass table!?? The Sweeties are a bit too young to be uber John Hughes fans, but we admire many aspects of his film making especially how he was able to capture all that teenage angst and awkwardness. We'll get down to the nitty gritty on this one as we chat about how poorly this film has aged over the years, our own feelings about turning the big 1-6, talk about male screenwriters obsession with boobs and "scoring", and how penises are weird and have we ever touched one?! Just kidding. Wait. Totally have. Winning!
It's Operation Waterworks here on the Large Marge Sent Us Podcast this week and BONUS we've brought along our friends Sean and Dan from The Writer's Bone Podcast to help us delve into this epic tale of female friendship! Directed by Garry Marshall and starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey, Beaches tells the tale of childhood chums Cece Bloom and Hilary Whitney, who meet on the boardwalk of Atlantic City, become pen pals, and then find themselves in and out of each other's live for the next 30 years, doing all the things that bff's do like sharing shitty apartments, sleeping with each other's crushes and getting into fights at Bergdorf's! Spoiler alert one of them dies and cue "Wing Beneath My Wings" and grab the tissues because you're a goner friends! If you don't cry at this movie, your heart is made of stone and you should probably check your pulse to make sure you're alive. We were thrilled to chat about this one with some men and get their opinion on what they thought of all the lady drama and how it compares to male drama and to talk endlessly about our love for Bette Midler, which let's be honest crosses gender lines because who doesn't think that Bette Midler is the greatest?! And double BONUS, we'll do several renditions of Wing Beneath My Wings. We've been warming up our pipes for weeks, so you're welcome!
Here's to the last of our spooky picks for October! What Lies Beneath, directed by our boy Robert Zemeckis came out in 2000 and marked probably the first time ever that .... SPOILER ALERT, Harrison Ford plays a villain! It's packed full of creepy ghost imagery and garbage bag husbands, our two favorite things! Sweetie saw this in the movie theater back in high school and has seen it 80 times since then and was still jumping out of her seat during all the bathtub scenes. I mean is there anything scarier than a bathtub filled to the brim by a ghost mistress?! I ask ya! Starring the gorgeous Michelle Pfeiffer, who does an excellent job trying to get to the bottom of things, despite being gaslit by her shit bag husband, and Amber Valetta as the ghost that won't quit, we promise you will be officially creeped out by this film. Join us as we talk about the art of the jump scare, our love for Bobby Z (one of our favorite directors!), and if this movie still holds water (pun intended) as far as the horror genre goes. BONUS, Sweety the Hitchcock expert draws talks about how this movie feels very much like a homage to some class Hitchcock films.
We're keeping it spooky here on Large Marge Sent Us, so that means time to roll out KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, everyone's favorite B horror movie that traumatized you as a child and made you swear off cotton candy for a decade! Let's face it, clowns are scary no matter what. But clowns from outer space that put people into cotton candy pods and then suck your blood out? Terrifying! In the early 90s, they played this gem on TV all the time, and it freaked us out but in a really good way. We'll talk about why clowns were even invented in the first place (not funny, not cute, always scary), how despite this being a bad good movie, the sets and costumes are pretty rad, and which Killer Klown is our favorite of the bunch! Time to make your circus nightmares a reality guys, KILLER KLOWNS!
CAN YOU DIG IT?! It's Sweety's birthday! And as a special gift, Sweetie has finally allowed the viewing of one of Sweety's very favorite movies...The Warriors! Released in 1979, The Warriors is a cult classic, that the Sweetie's didn't grow up with but whatever it's Sweety's birthday and she can do what she wants. Join us as we discuss all the amazing gangs and their outfits, talk about which gang we would want to join and what our gang name would be AND bonus: we talk about everyone's favorite subject----trains and why you should never run to catch one.
Happy October guys! We're starting off this month with a dash of spooky .... with 1996's Scream! Starring Neve Campbell and our favorite typecast raper, Skeet Ulrich, Sweety has been obsessed with this meta horror film since she was a wee one. Sweetie on the other hand, has only seen it once, but still totally respects it and mainly is just happy that she can watch it without hiding behind a pillow now! We'll talk about how the first scene with Drew Barrymore in the blonde wig and white sweater is still god damned terrifying, how the women in this movie kick some pretty serious ghost face killer ass, even if most of them end up real dead, and Sweety will wow us all with her horror movie knowledge!
We forgot how much we love 1996's Jerry Maguire! Starring Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger in a love story that really should just be deleted from this film as we hate it, but gosh is this movie laugh out loud funny! We were way too young to see this film when it came out, but we eventually memorized the whole thing and decided that really Jerry Maguire is a platonic love story between Jerry and Rod, two guys who just needed a friendship to make them better men! This movie has a great supporting cast and really has everything you would ever want to know about the glamorous world of being a sport agent. We'll talk about whether this is Tom Cruise's best role or not, which lines in the movies we use the most in our every day life (no, I air dry!), and how Jonathan Lipnicki was the cutest little kid in the mid 90s, but that lasted for like a day and two movies. Oh Hollywood! You had me at hello, guys. You had me at hello!
For the Sweeties, Forrest Gump is the perfect film! It hits all the notes - we've got some tears, we got laughter, we got a somewhat scary Vietnam war sequence, we got SHRIMP and fried shrimp, coconut shrimp, a shrimp sandwich, shrimp salad, lemon shrimp, shrimp bisque ... and we got TOM HANKS and ROBERT ZEMECKIS, who could ask for anything more! Let's face it, Forrest Gump is a classic from our childhood that we'll never forget! Tune in as we chat about what Jenny is our favorite (disco Jenny!) and Sweety suggests a Jenny inspired Halloween costume that might be perfect for some of you listeners out there, Sweetie will give a brief history lesson on Nixon and Watergate and talk about her random attraction to Lieutenant Dan. Also we'll go into what we think Jenny's mystery illness was and a couple serious example of Sweetie confusion. You don't wanna miss this. Run, listeners, run and download this episode today!
It's time for the Sweeties to tackle another John Hughes film. This week, Pretty in Pink or as we like to call it Pretty in a Really Ugly Pink Dress! Pretty in Pink written by John Hughes yet directed by some other fella stars 80s teen movie muse Molly Ringwald as Andie, a girl too cool for her lame high school that's run by yuppies who wear linen suits and drive BMWs. Her and her bff Duckie constantly make fun of the yuppies, until one such yuppie Blaine (yuppiest name EVER) asks her out and then she realizes she has a huge crush on him, and fuck all her prejudice about rich people, she's going to prom! Pretty in Pink is probably the most tame John Hughes movie of the bunch, and also one with a pretty controversial ending. I mean are you Team Blaine or Team Duckie? That's all we want to know! We'll talk about Andie's love for florals and the color pink and how despite some good effort, she makes the ugliest prom dress in the history of the world, the terrible ending that made no sense at all, why Andrew McCarthy wears a really unfortunate wig in the final scene PLUS we'll rehash some of our own prom stories and high school crush stories! Let's plow!
The Sweeties are back from Ireland, we just bought a new car, and BONUS we decided to watch probably your 22nd favorite Tom Hanks movie .... Joe Versus The Volcano! From 1990 and starring Meg Ryan, times three, this is an oddball of a film that is hopelessly quirky yet funny and romantic in an off beat sort of way. Joe Banks is a hypochondriac with a shittay job until he finds out he has a brain cloud and only five months to live so he quits! Some rich old man cons him into jumping into a volcano to soothe the spirits of the island of Wampani Woo somewhere in the South Pacific. But with this death sentence, Joe Banks gets a new lease on life, even if he is to believe it's just a short lease, and finds himself on an adventure of a lifetime! As kids we thought this movie was funny and kinda neato -- but it actually has some really deep parts to it! We'll talk about our eternal love for Tom Hanks and his amazing gift of physical comedy, try to remember all the randoms stars that are in this film, talk about our own hypochondriac stories and try to get to the bottom of all the massive symbolism in this film. Come jump into the volcano with us!
The Sweeties can't get enough of ghosts! Or more specifically ghosts that look like Pat Swayze! We love 1990's Ghost - it's a triple threat. Part romance, part comedy, part thriller. As kids, this movie scared the bleep out of us, and honestly as 30 year old ladies, it's still pretty freaky! Whoopie Goldberg steals this movie (and won an Oscar to boot!) for her portrayal of psychic Oda Mae Brown. Pat and Demi have great chemistry! And Carl aka Tony Goldwyn is the the creepiest third wheel/stalker/friend who coordinates your murder you've ever met! We'll talk about all the famous scenes (sexy pottery making!), what spooked us the most, share some of our own personal ghost stories AND Sweetie shares her new business plan called Pants Less Pottery Classes for Single Ladies! DITTO!!!
We're going to the DANGER ZONE guys! This week we watched Top Gun and bottom line ... we are CONFUSED about this plot! However, we're not confused that this movie made Tom Cruise even more of a giant mega star and includes some really awesome soundtrack jams, shirtless sweaty men playing volleyball, and a ton of really exciting shots of fighter jets going really, really fast! We'll choose our own call signs (Duchess and Spitfire!), play a really fun game where we try to guess some military flying terminology (bogey! picklebutton! tumbleweed!), and talk about how Tom Cruise seems like a really gross kisser and we actually think his character is kind of a little shit in this movie. Take my breath awayyyyyyy.
Who's ready to get spooooky? 1999 brought us M. Night Shyamalan or more importantly The Six Sense and the world of movies with a twist was never the same again! Featuring Bruce Willis, Toni Colette and cute as a button Haley Joel Osment in a scary movie about a little boy who sees ghosts - and one of those ghosts - SPOILER ALERT - is Bruce Willis but GET THIS, he doesn't know he's dead! IS THAT CRAZY OR WHAT? Okay, so at the time this movie was the twistiest (is this a word?) thing since vanilla and chocolate soft serve. The world was blown away but then unfortunately M. Night had to keep up with making every movie he did with a twist, and shit came off the rails. But we do love The Sixth Sense, for the wonderful horror movie that it is! We'll revisit our opinions on ghosts, talk about how amazing Donnie Wahlberg is in this and why the hell didn't he became a giant megastar versus his little brother with no talent, and the rise and fall and perhaps rise again of M. Night's movie oeuvre. We're seeing dead people, look out!
The hooker with the heart of gold movies NEVER GET OLD. Tale as old as time guys! Just because you're selling yourself on Hollywood Boulevard doesn't mean you're some cracked out 'ho! It probably just means you followed some busted ass boyfriend from Georgia and got sick of frying up burgers at McDonald's so you decided to turn tricks instead! Yes, this is the plot of Pretty Woman, the Gary Marshall classic from 1990 that catapulted Julia Roberts into a gigantic mega star, and you know what? Despite the plot being a tad shady and far fetched, Julia fucking rules in this movie! While we can't say the same for Richard Gere's character Edward (dudsville, Vivian you can do better! Spread those wings girl!), we thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It's pretty damn charming and has some great 90s references that always feel like a balm on our weary 2018 souls. We chat about what our prostitute looks would be, why Julia Robert slays in this film, how if your last name is Stuckey there's a good chance you're a big ole raper, and we'll talk about all our favorite Pretty Woman looks and sing two 90s gems from the soundtrack.
In the early aughts, it was super popular to want to be a faux slut and then in the year 2000 along came the movie Coyote Ugly and a whole generation of women dreamed of becoming songwriters. JUST KIDDING. They dreamed of wearing slutty crop tops and dancing on a bar. DUH. Coyote tells the story of Violet Sanford, an inspiring songwriter with bad stage fright who moves from her small NJ town to live on the mean streets of NYC. After a burglary leaves her without any cash and her song writing career not turning out quite as she planned (despite meeting a really hot Aussie dude), she finds a job at Coyote Ugly, a bar where the only rules are don't bring your boyfriends around and don't date the customers. Oh and of course HELL NO H20. We loved this movie and soundtrack so much - it nearly defined our late middle school and high school lives and we totally subscribed to the faux slut look society was pedaling at the time. We'll talk about the longevity of a bar like Coyote Ugly, how Violet's bad karaoke schtick and dance moves weren't really all that impressive, and lucky you sing most of the songs from the kick-ass soundtrack!
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Who wants to see a dead body? We do! Stand by Me, a Rob Reiner classic from 1986 and based on the the novella by Stephen King called "The Body", follows four 12 year old boys during the summer of 1959 as they go on a hunt for the body of missing classmate Ray Brower but more importantly go searching for the meaning of male friendship! And they find it! But they also find leeches! Spoooooky. Sweety couldn't remember seeing this film, but Sweetie has fond memories of watching a movie that she knew was probably a bit old for her (it is rated R) despite it featuring preteens and enjoying it immensely. We talk about our life long goal of someday finding a dead body, a lot about the Stephen King novella versus the movie adaptation, how we got some mad toxic masculinity in this film which at this point WE ARE OVER, and what is the hell is a goocher? I don't shut up. I grow up. And when I look at you I throw up! Nahhhhh!
Happy Tuesday! We thought it was about time to tackle a 90's teenage rom com because let's be honest, they have made us ALL who we are today and started with one of our favorites, 10 Things I Hate About You! From 1999 and starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, this movie is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, a comedy that has clear problems in a world where we're starting to celebrate the "nasty" woman, but 10 Things does some good work in making it less about clipping an independent woman's wings and more about finding love for a woman character who didn't think love was out there for her! This movie is 90s through and through, with the baby doll style, high school cliques, and Sheik condoms! We'll talk about our love for Julia and Heath and their really unique looks, our favorite memories from high school dances, and why the somebody paid me to go out with you, but oops I fell in love with you story line is a tale as old as time, but hopefully one that is slowly fading into the sexist ether. BONUS, Sweetie rolls out another Sweetie Business plan aka The 10 Things I Hate About You Dating Service!
Continuing on with our trend of covering movies that scare the bleep out of Sweety, tonight we watched Arachnophobia and realized that animals run amok movies may be our favorite genre. Starring Jeff Daniels, some other people plus John Goodman, Arachnophobia tells the story of a spider from Venezuela who needs to spread his wings and hops aboard a corpse bound for a small town in Northern California. There, he meets Doctor Jeff Daniels (also new to the area) and decides he wants to take over his house and also the town. Join us as we talk about BUGS. This film is ageless and Jeff Daniels and John Goodman are gems and a half. We'll talk about our immense crush on PhD research assistant Chris Collins (with cute glasses and great hair, call us) whether Dr. Adderton looks like Legolas or Lucius Malfoy, and our true life gross out bug stories.
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Bonus ep time! Who can forget the classic Nickelodeon game show (and it's longest running) Double Dare or it's other iteration Family Double Dare? Part trivia, part whacky physical challenges, Double Dare was like crack to kids because it involved literal hot messes in the forms of pies, slime, and all this other crud PLUS an obstacle course where you picked noses or rifled through oversized pancakes or ran around a giant hamster wheel! We watched a couple episodes, and it did not disappoint! We'll talk about how impressed we were with the level of trivia and how, let's face it, the girls dominated EVERY TIME, how we fondly remember Harvey the announcer and Robin the assistant, and how awesome the prizes were compared to cough cough Legends of the Hidden Temple where you got lollipops and shoes!
Happy summer guys! Since it's summer, we thought it would be apropos to do the first summer blockbuster of all time----1975's JAWS! Directed by our pal (and yours!) Stevie Spiels, Jaws tells the story of a killer fish run amok in the small seaside community of Amity Island. Chief Brody, city-slicker/land lubber threatens to close the beaches after a horrendous shark attack, but mayor Larry Vaughn wants to keep them open to reap all that tourist money. Unfortunately a lot of people die and Brody, sweet little Matt Hooper plus psychopath amateur shark hunter and drunk Quint, must find the shark and kill it. This movie made us shit our pants and Sweety still can't watch it all the way through without a pillow or other strategic means of eye covers. Join us as we talk about the scariest scenes, the best monologue of all time plus bonus we call Carol and she tells us what it was like seeing this in the theater in 1975....basically alone.
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Happy Fourth of July from The Sweeties! With the holiday upon us, we decided it was the exact right time to trot out Independence Day, the pinnacle 90s film about aliens (in our not so humble opinion) AND the coolness that was Will Smith before he started doing "real" movies. So there are parts of this movie that are very cheesy and bad buttttt our general consensus was it's still pretty cool and stokes our patriotism fire even if our country is a hell of a hot mess right now. Though it still causes Sweety massive anxiety! We'll talk about our own theories about the age old question of are there aliens, chat about the coolness factor of Sweety's first boyfriend aka Will Smith, as well as how we feel about Jeff Goldblum these days, and how Sweety thoughts Simon Rex was in this movie but it's actually Harry Connick Jr. Welcome to Earth!
SWEETIE'S BACK FROM VACATION!! And we're kicking off the true start of summer with the best animal movie there is---Homeward Bound! Released in 1993, Homeward Bound tells the story of Shadow, Chance and Sassy and let's face it, massive family miscommunication! Their family moves to San Francisco temporarily and they get left on a farm, yet mistake it for abandonment. But they say fuck it, you ain't getting rid of us and decide to make an arduous journey across Northern California to find their way home. Even though this movie gets sad AF, we watched it all the time and now that we're cat ladies--- the movie is double sad AF and also traumatic (see cat in white water river scene!) no matter what age you are! The animals face all kinds of obstacles in the wild, but they persevere because of their amazing friendship and fidelity to each other! We'll talk about how amazing all the animals stunts are in this film, some horrible pet sitting/missing pet situations of our own, and induct the sweet birder man who rescues Sassy from the river into the Sweetie Club. You earned it you sweet cat samaritan!
In honor of Sweetie's real life European vacation, we watched National Lampoon's European Vacation, which is actually our first Chevy Chase film of the bunch! From 1985 and directed by one of our favs Amy Heckerling, European Vacation takes the notorious Griswold's on a Euro adventure after they accidentally win the grand prize on The Pig and the Poke game show! That grand prize turns out to be an all expenses paid trip to London, Paris, Germany and Rome! This movie is whacky with a capital W and a fantastic screwball comedy with some hilarious only in the 80s moments. We'll talk about our first memory of the film (boobs, boobs, and more boobs), how much Rusty and Audrey creep us out, how this film is just really a bunch of stereotypes strung together into one hot but hilarious mess, and talk about some of our favorite family vacations in the good ole Dumas minivan.
Welp Sweetie is officially on vacation but we're still bringing you alllll the hits including 1994's bomb on the bus masterpiece, Speed! Starring a hotter than average Keanu Reeves and the always spit fire Sandra Bullock, Speed scared the bleep out of us as little kids and made us terrified of elevators for the rest of our lives! Now that we're adults and slaves to the public transportation of Boston, we relate even more to this movie! I mean if I have to go on one more MBTA bus that has a bomb on it, I'll just die! But seriously folks, this movie is such a good time and we had A LOT to talk about including our love for Sandy Bullock, why Jack is such a heartthrob, who was the MVP on the bus, and of course some wild public transit stories of our own!
Time for another Jim Carrey masterpiece! The Mask, from 1994, was one of Sweety's favorite movie as a wee lass! After Jim Carrey's successful turn in Ace Ventura, they guy was in demand, and let's be real, The Mask is a movie that was written basically for him with a plot that can basically be summed up as nice guy loser turns into cartoon faced zany man! The Mask was a great movie to watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon and honestly was a lot more funnier than both of us remembered! Sure, there are the cheesy tag lines, but there's also an adorable dog sidekick and Cameron Diaz as a sultry lounge singer. How can you not love? We'll chat about how much we love Jimmy Carrey and how much we miss him (Where'd ya go, Jimmy Carrey-o), how Sweetie might need to revise her list of dogs she most wants once her cat eats it, anddddd we'll chat about how annoying it is when someone starts a conga line but no one knows when the madness will stop!!