We kick off December with the 2001 film Bridget Jones’ Diary, because, what better way to start the holiday romantic comedy season than with a fun-loving, kind of sloppy, hopeless romantic female icon like Bridget Jones? It’s been awhile since the phenomenon of the book-turned-major film starring Renee Zellwegger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant was the talk of the town, so we reflect on the big questions: Is Mark Darcy delightfully frumpy, or just super boring? Why do British romantic comedies always try to pretend London is snowy at Christmas? Are Bridget’s friends terrible people? Is Bridget’s staple of a ‘real’ woman still relevant today? We’re gonna ponder it all over a couple bottles of wine. Jones-style.
Check out our latest episode as we take a look at a growing sub-genre, the “bromance” (or “bromantic comedy”, if you will), with perhaps one of the earliest of its kind, the 2004 film Sideways. Featuring unlikeable characters doing unlikeable things, with a hint of road-trip, male-bonding, budding romance, this wine-fest/character study maintains a gentle, thoughtful air… and even with all that drunk driving. So much drunk driving.
Also, do you remember that Paul Giamatti was in Private Parts? We sure do.
This week we welcome back special guest Rob Laronde from Rewatchability.
Join us for our latest episode where we discuss the 1940 film The Philadelphia Story, that boasts vintage Hollywood cache with the likes of Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, and the very funny Katharine Hepburn. While the film revived Hepburn’s career in Hollywood, it is still to this day a top ranking film on many major lists of the all-time best romantic comedies… which shows that a lot of people are surprisingly okay with some light domestic abuse. That aside, Jimmy Stewart as a romantic interest (and playing drunk) is delightful– and he didn’t sock anyone. Just sayin’.
Note: Please try to ignore the intermittent clanging during the podcast, unfortunately it’s the heater in the apartment we record in– it’s getting cold in Toronto.
Which romantic comedy made the ladies of What She’s Having collectively lose faith in humanity and give up on life? THIS ONE.
This week we discuss 2002′s My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which still holds the title of highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time. While the film was a phenomenon in its heyday ten years ago, we dare to ask the question, “2002, what were you thinking?!”
So, yeah, Opa, or whatever….
Join us this week as we venture into contemporary rom-com, and also our first 18A flick, with 2013′s Don Jon. Written, directed and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the film refreshingly address some weighty relationship issues in our media-saturated culture. While it didn’t totally win us over, it offers Scarlett Johanssen as a Jersey, gel-nailed villain, Julianne Moore as the second-oldest MPDG ever seen, and also Tony Danza… What more could you ask for?
It’s Hallowe’en and we’re happy to present the last episode in our month of spooky rom-coms, the 1987 film The Witches of Eastwick. What’s better than Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer as a fun-lovin’ witch coven? We’re not sure if there is anything better. In our version Jack Nicholson probably wouldn’t have stolen the show, but it is bewitching how he goes from confusingly vulgar to super attractive within very little time. Late ’80s Nicholson’s still got it.
This week we also welcome special guest Stacey Sproule. Check out her website, she’s amazing: http://www.staceysproule.com/
We continue our month of spooky films with the 1990 epic romance Ghost. It’s Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, and, containing the famous pottery wheel scene, it definitely brought the sexy back to ’90s ghost movies (suck it Ghost Dad).
And yeah, you totally forgot this movie is amazing.