This week we make our triumphant return from the abyss with the 1996 Farrelly Brothers classic, Kingpin. I just…I don’t know. I don’t know how to feel about this movie. I think that the Farrelly Bros hadn’t quite figured out their unique formula of raunchy, weird, and charming that they were able to perfect with There’s Something About Mary; Me, Myself, and Irene; and Stuck On You, which is ridiculously underrated.
Woody Harrelson and a pre-breakdown Randy Quaid make an unlikely pair in this road trip movie that’s never considered a road trip movie. Vanessa Angell is charming and very much lives up to the “TV version of Kelly LeBrock in Weird Science” legacy that it seems she was destined for. And Bill Murray is fun to hate in his role as Big Ern.
We finally have our first theme week! We are recasting The Lost Boys, the 80’s vampire classic, but we are only allowed to cast with 90’s actors. Not the easiest task when you’ve got legends like Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, and the TwoCoreys involved. In addition to that 80’s royalty, Dianne Wiest is her lovable, hippie self, and Jami Gertz is at her hair-metal-video-style apex. Edward Herrmann also has his nice-guy, single dad next door vibe really working here, until it takes a bit of a turn. We are even gifted with an appearance from Mr. Bill S. Preston, Esq. himself.
I definitely, definitely didn’t like this movie as much as I was expecting to. Rain Man is this week’s movie and it was underwhelming. Dustin Hoffman is sensational. That is completely undeniable. Tom Cruise is nearly unwatchable. I almost convince Mike that it’s a Chris O’Donnell level performance. What I was not expecting was Valeria Golino to completely steal the show. She is tender, strong, patient, intelligent, and you completely fall in love with her.
Tune in this week to listen to us recast Real Genius. We’re joined by special guests, jbats and Mykhal from the What If Podcast (@Podcast_WhatIf). It’s our first time with four people on the show, so it runs a little long, but we have a lot of fun chatting with them and discussing one of Val Kimer’s first roles before breaking out in Top Gun. This is a classic 80’s slapstick comedy, with some actual real science thrown in the mix. Most of the pranks described and/or replicated in the movie were actual pranks played by guys at MIT, Yale, CalTech, etc. The What If guys also tell us about their interview with Jon Gries who once was a guest on their show, and what he had to say about the production of the movie.