It’s cold outside friends, so let’s lament summer with the wintery romantic comedy tale, 1996’s Beautiful Girls. While Ted Demme’s oft-dramatic, coming-of-age film is plagued with actors who all look a little too old to be 20-somethings, there is plenty of genuine adult-panic mixed in with its easy-listening rock and roll soundtrack, misogyny and very questionable hair and fashion stylings. We won’t all agree that Timothy Hutton is an adorable romantic lead, or whether his relationship with Natalie Portman’s precocious youngster is sweet or super creepy, but hopefully we can all agree that Martie wears the shit out of the jean-overalls-over-sweater-and-turtleneck ensemble. Oh, winters of our 90s childhood…
Monthly Archives: January 2014
Check out our latest episode and our first brom-com* of the year, 2010’s She’s Out of My League, starring Canadian favourite Jay Baruchel. Is this film a great example of subverting the genre, or does it pale in comparison to the loser-guy-wins-popular-girl trope that has been done better? Is a man shaving another man’s nether regions the true test of friendship? While we don’t all get behind this one, we can at least all agree we want more T.J. Miller in everything.
*bromantic comedy. Stay with us, guys.
Check out our latest episode as we discuss the 2012 film The Five Year Engagement. Romantic comedies set around weddings or wedding planning are pretty much old hat– does this Jason Segel/Nicholas Stoller vehicle do anything to refresh the genre? Is it furthering outdated, sexist notions of marriage, or is it boldly suggesting that weddings just aren’t that important? We don’t agree on a lot this episode, but we can all agree that Princess Diana is a pretty great super-hero costume.
Welcome to our first episode of 2014! We start the year off with the 90s classic Sleepless In Seattle, starring romantic comedy vets Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. As we look ahead at the new year and ponder the important things in life, we get down to the important questions: Is the film a worthy homage to the classic romance An Affair to Remember, or just a dud? Is it a great platform for Meg Ryan’s comic skills? What becomes of Annie and Sam after leaving the empire state building? And lastly, is the film one score away from being a 90s thriller?
Friends, it’s January, it’s f*ing cold, and we’re ready to watch a bunch of romantic comedies.