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).
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22: “Dirt in the Skirt” – A League of Their Own
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (1992)
Did a baseball diamond used to be your playground? If so, you’re probably one of the fans who made the Rockford Peaches stars of the most successful baseball movie of all time. Penny Marshall’s World War II-era dramedy is a who’s who of major league 90s names, from Geena Davis to Rosie O’Donnell to Tom Hanks to Madonna. (And Marla Hooch!)
There’s no denying that the film is a feminist feat: a rare sports drama directed by and starring women. A League of Their Own paved the way for so many stories about female athletes to follow, like… uhh… has anyone seen my new red hat?
In honor of the film’s 25th anniversary, the When We Were Young hosts drug their chaperones and trade oven mitts for baseball mitts, debating whether Betty Spaghetti & co. knock it out of the park or drop the ball. And all without letting our noses get shiny!
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