Welcome to the latest episode, where we discuss 2000’s What Women Want. In Nancy Meyer’s first foray into rom com directing, she goes BIG: Two of the biggest stars at the time as leads, impressive ensemble cast, and a high-concept idea full of promise. Unfortunately for her (and Helen Hunt, and Alan Alda, and most of all Marisa Tomei) this movie fails to deliver on all points. For a film that wants you to think it’s about the struggles of the average (read: rich and white) woman, it’s really saying more that women are incapable of communicating their desires, and we need a male surrogate through which to speak. And who better to do that than its lead, champion of the people, Mel Gibson! (*Gag*)
Get comfy, friends, this might be our longest one yet!
Episode 85 – WHAT WOMEN WANT
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…
Episode 48 – BEAUTIFUL GIRLS
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.
Episode 47 – SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE
*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 Is it furthering outdated, sexist notions of marriage, or is it boldly suggesting that weddings just aren’t that important?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.
Episode 46 – THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT
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.
Episode 45 – SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
We ring in the end of the year with a discussion on the 2011 ensemble New Years Eve. With so many characters and so little in the way of plot or character development, the film celebrates the end of a year and the beginning of a new one with punch-in-the-face-style romances and bloated resolutions from people we don’t care about. For those who longed for Hilary Swank and Jon Bon Jovi to act side by side, Garry Marshall was listening.
For this very special New Years episode we got a little help from our friend J.M. McNab from Rewatchability.
Happy New Year!!
Episode 44 – NEW YEAR’S EVE