Bad Boys, baby. Bad Boys for lyfe. The movie that was based off of the 1987 Inner Circle hit song. Or maybe not. Honestly, I can barely understand anything they are singing outside of the chorus, so it could be about Shakespeare for all I know. Either way, the song is catchy as shit, and so is this movie. This was the first film Will Smith did since his big screen debut in Six Degrees of Separation. Up until this point, he was always funny and cool, but this was the first thing to solidify him as a total badass as well. He then went on to make Independence Day the next summer, and Men in Black the summer after that. Hell of a start to a movie career.
The 40 Year Old Virgin. This episode has it all. Steve Carell’s breakout role that may have shaped the trajectory of his Michael Scott character, forever altering the landscape of modern television comedy. We also have attempted murder. We share the more embarrassing family story outside of The Muskrat Incident. Needless to say this is a must-listen.
In celebration of the baseball season starting, this week we recast A League of Their Own. This 1992 ode to women’s baseball was so much fun to recast. I’m not sure if this counts as a “TRC After Dark” episode or not, but the Jameson and laughs were flowing freely and we go all over the place in this one. Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell, and Madonna all headline this “based on a true story” feature about the Rockford Peaches in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
This week we recast one of our all-time favorite comedies, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. A film that feels like it was specifically written for the brilliant comedic stylings of Michael Caine and Steve Martin, is actually quite the opposite. This film was first intended to feature David Bowie and Mick Jagger after the success of their hit video for Dancing in the Street, an idea brought to you by copious and copious amounts of cocaine, by the looks of it. The original production also had Sean Young as the part of Janet Colgate, before she dropped out and made way for Glenne Headly. Talk about a pair of Hall of Fame happy accidents.
In retrospect, that’s a kinda hilarious name, seeing as they immediately replaced every single role for the sequel except Alfred (natch…) and Robin (Mike’s favorite 90’s heartthrob, Chris O’Donnell), and was almost instantly forgotten within the cultural zeitgeist. If it weren’t for it’s fantastic soundtrack, it may be on the same level as Batman and Robin, instead of accepted as slightly better.