This week is a movie that was an instant classic the moment it hit theaters. Although, you probably just remember it as the pie-fucking movie. If that doesn’t narrow it down enough for you…then what kind of media are you regularly consuming? The movie I’m talking about is, of course, American Pie. I do want to apologize for the sound quality. I was having some broadband issues over the weekend, and after numerous false-starts, we were lucky to even be able to record. But I’m glad we did, because talking about this movie was a lot of fun. As a junior in high school when this movie came out, it hit me in a way that was all too real at that time. Watching it again all these years later, it immediately put me in a time machine and took me back to 1999. This might be the biggest nostalgia bomb for me of all of the movies we’ve recast. Mike’s had a few, but this one is a little later and was absolutely EVERYWHERE when I was a senior, and everyone had their eye on prom.
This week we recast Bad Santa, which….wasn’t as bad as I was expecting it to be. This foul-mouthed little chucklehead of a movie somehow hit on a lot of right notes, but also missed drastically on others. To be honest, neither of us were looking forward to this. Bad Santa has been done to death, but it’s literally the only contemporary Christmas movie available on the streaming services. We had the same problem last year when we recast The Santa Clause, although that is way better of a Christmas movie than Bad Santa. Even just the name of this movie bugs me. It’s just stating the obvious, and it feels like no real thought or creativity was used in coming up with it, and that’s kind of what the tone of the movie is. It just exists. There aren’t any highs or lows, it just sits in the pocket and is weird and vulgar for 90 minutes.
So I’m supposed to write a blog about our latest episode where we recast Galaxy Quest. But that’s incredibly hard when I’ve got Chappelle’s Show playing in the background. I could write about Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver anchoring this meta sci fi classic, but I’m too busy learning about the time Eddie Murphy’s older brother kicked Rick James in the chest. Something, something, Enrico Colantoni absolutely owns this role and you can see the rest of the alien actors following his lead. Whatever, I’m catching up on Wayne Brady doing his best Alonzo Harris impression. Anyone who has been listening lately will appreciate us picking a Sam Rockwell movie where he’s almost inconsequential, even though we try to cast him in everything. Although, there are some people whose lives are irrevocably changed by playing a tiny part in an insanely popular cult sci-fi classic. But don’t take our word for it.
Scott Pilgrim vs the World is an ode to video games, but it barely references any specifically. It’s weird, but it makes the movie feel more “real” in its unique universe. This movie’s outsized budget (85-90 million) doesn’t necessarily show up on the screen, but I say that not trying to take anything away from the movie, which we both really enjoyed talking about and recasting. Edgar Wright does a fine job directing, and Michael Cera is adorable and a total dick at the same time. It didn’t make our jobs easy. It’s a fine line he walks. More than anything, this movie is a great ensemble piece. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Alison Pill, and Jason Schwartzman all provide some really fun auxiliary performances.