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115: “Stupid Is As Stupid Does” – Forrest Gump

It’s Part 2 of Hanksgiving, our special holiday series showing gratitude for America’s Dad TOM HANKS! In this episode we revisit 1994’s FORREST GUMP, the blockbuster dramedy from Robert Zemeckis that won as many Oscars as it had catchphrases.

Becky, Chris and Seth debate whether this light-as-a-feather stroll through mid-to-late 20th century America is just as beloved now as it was upon its release, or if it’s gone as stale as a 30-year-old box of chocolates.

Elvis, John Lennon, JFK – anyone who’s anyone is making a computer-generated appearance in our latest episode!

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114: “I Wish I Were Big” – Big

Happy Hanksgiving, everyone! In our first of two episodes sharing our gratitude for one of Hollywood’s most endearing, reliable stars – that would be none other than TOM HANKS, of course – we take a look back at the actor’s breakthrough performance in the hit 1988 comedy BIG.

Is a romance between an adult woman and a 12-year-old boy in a 30-year-old man’s body problematic? Kind of!

We also discuss some other less-than-memorable body-switching flicks and what we would have wished for if we encountered a Zoltar machine at age 12. Let’s see if BIG still captures our heart and soul (as played on a comically oversized piano).

Follow When We Were Young on Twitter and Instagram at @WWWYshow, on Facebook at Facebook.com/WWWYShow and email episode suggestions to wwwyshow@gmail.com. Don’t forget to subscribe and review us on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts (or wherever you get your podcasts) so more folks check out the show!

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113: “I’m Your Number One Fan” – Misery

Becky, Chris and Seth wanted to pull out the big scares this Halloween season, and what’s scarier than being adored?

Join us as we take a look back at MISERY (1990), director Rob Reiner’s first (and only) foray into horror. This film gave us Kathy Bates — and gave Kathy Bates an Oscar — and introduced the term “hobbling” to millions of horrified moviegoers.

In this episode, we discuss whether iconic movie villain Annie Wilkes had an influence on Hollywood’s leading ladies breaking bland and embracing frumpiness, and if James Caan was the best choice for the role of Stephen King stand-in/author Paul Sheldon. We also share the artists we believe we’re the number one fans of, who we promise we will not imprison in our homes.

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112: “I’m Rooting For The Crocodile” – Anaconda, Lake Placid & Deep Blue Sea

Oh, you thought we were done talking about all the creepy-crawlies that go bump in the night, that slither in wait hoping to swallow you whole, and that can somehow turn on a gas oven using a dorsal fin? Hardly! In this dazzling, toothsome, and scaly finale to When We Were Young’s ‘90s Creature Feature extravaganza, Chris and Seth revisit three more hit movies that represent the monstrous tail end of this genre’s heyday.

First, they were pretty sure the end was near when their boat sank in the jungles of the Amazon River and they were nearly swallowed whole by an immense ANACONDA (1997), but they were saved at the last moment by a documentary film crew led by JLo, Ice Cube, and an indecipherable but legendary Jon Voight.

Hoping to find respite and relief in the calm waters of LAKE PLACID (1999), they instead found Betty White raising a world-record killer crocodile, and Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, and Oliver Platt competing to see who’d had the most severed heads flung at them.

Finally, in one last desperate attempt to get away from it all, Seth and Chris took a trip and a dip in the DEEP BLUE SEA (1999) heading to an underwater scientific research station at the forefront of Alzheimer’s research – but the three resident bioengineered mega-sharks who also lived there immediately crashed their party and proceeded to flood them out! These giganto makos had the gall to eat Seth’s parrot, and one of these cunning sharks nearly got Chris too – until he took all his clothes off and electrocuted it. Dazed and shocked to have made it out alive, our hosts have sworn never to leave dry land or violate the Harvard Compact ever again.

Grab your swimsuits as we revisit the waterlogged beasts of the latter days of Hollywood’s creature features in what is by far the wettest episode of WHEN WE WERE YOUNG yet. Follow When We Were Young on Twitter and Instagram at @WWWYshow, on Facebook at Facebook.com/WWWYShow and email episode suggestions to wwwyshow@gmail.com. Don’t forget to subscribe and review us on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts (or wherever you get your podcasts) so more folks check out the show!

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109: “The Most Fully Developed Human The World Has Ever Seen” – Twins

Arnold Schwarzenegger became world famous in the 1980s as the jacked-up star of macho blockbusters like CONAN THE BARBARIAN, PREDATOR, COMMANDO, and THE TERMINATOR. But in the late 80s and early 90s, he teamed up with GHOSTBUSTERS director Ivan Reitman for a trio of family-friendly comedies, starting with 1988’s TWINS. Schwarzenegger’s comic chemistry with Danny DeVito drove this broad, fairly inexpensive studio comedy to rake in over $200 million and become the fifth-biggest earner at the box office that year, proving Arnold’s ability to draw big crowds outside the action genre and paving the way for several more seminal turns in blockbuster comedies.

In this episode of the podcast, we look back at Arnold’s austere Austrian childhood and the 1977 documentary PUMPING IRON, which chronicles the bodybuilding championships that first catapulted him to worldwide renown (and also chronicles his orgasmic workouts). Then, we check back in on TWINS and see whether this beloved 80s comedy still has us laughing for two. (One blue line means we didn’t like the movie. Two blue lines means we did.)

So join us for the conception of our “Schwarzepreggers” lineup and see if Ahnuld’s comic chops have held up as well as that hulking body — or if he should’ve just stuck to his day jobs as world-class athlete, popular governor, and unparalleled action hero instead. Along the way, we discuss Schwarzenegger’s big screen sex appeal (or lack thereof?), marvel at his unique combination of himbo charm and tireless ambition, ogle his out-of-this-world physique, and debate whether Arnold can still tickle our funnybones as effortlessly as he could break all of our other bones.

Follow When We Were Young on Twitter and Instagram at @WWWYshow, on Facebook at Facebook.com/WWWYShow and email episode suggestions to wwwyshow@gmail.com. Don’t forget to subscribe and review us on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts (or wherever you get your podcasts) so more folks check out the show!

Help us defray the costs of creating this show, which include recording remotely, purchasing movies/shows/music to review, delivery food to eat our feelings, and producing & editing in-house at the MFP Studio in Los Angeles, California by donating to our Patreon account at patreon.com/WhenWeWereYoung

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