Wow, That’s Problematic

A feminist, comedy podcast where we revisit movies we used to love and discuss how, in a post #metoo society (but really always), these movies are problematic. Join your cohosts, Courtney and Nicole, as we examine movies through an intersectional feminist lens and take a deep look at the way these films problematically portray gender, race, sexuality, ableism, and class. Spoiler alert! We talk about the entire movie, but it’s okay! You don’t need to watch it if you haven’t already. We’ll walk you through it. Come hang out with us every other Tuesday as we discuss . . . and ruin . . . every movie you’ve ever loved.

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Episodes

Tuesday Jul 12, 2022

For our season finale episode, we’re analyzing the ever-classic Princess Bride! This was a childhood favorite, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, Andre the Giant, and Wallace Shawn. Once again we’ll be spilling the behind the scenes tea on this much loved film. To miss this episode would be, as Vizzini says, Inconceivable! Resources: Insta: @abortionfunds www.abortionfunds.org (617) 267-7161

Tuesday Jun 28, 2022

In this episode we continue our discussion of Pretty Woman with very special guest, King Onlii! Join us for more laughs and insight as we break down this 80s classic.

Tuesday Jun 14, 2022

This weeks episode is part one of a two-parter featuring a very special guest. We’re talking Pretty Woman with King Onlii and you won’t be disappointed! Starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere and directed by Garry Marshall. This has long been one of all of our faves and we’ll be dissecting the hell out of it. To miss this episode would be a Big mistake! Big! Huge! 

Tuesday May 31, 2022

CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of abuse, mass murder. *Special note: we recorded this episode before the horrific and senseless shooting in Uvalde, Texas. While we don’t talk about shootings in this episode, the story does involve a climactic scene where students are killed in a school. We are heartbroken that so many innocent baby's lives were taken and we hope that change will happen so that these shootings end. We must insist on MANDATORY UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS & AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN. In episode 10, we’re getting into some good old fashioned horror. Stephen King’s classic Carrie has always been one of our faves, but is it still? Directed by Brian de Palma of Scarface fame and starring Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, John Travolta. From religious mothers to pig's blood, this flick has all the problematic things and we’re gonna talk 'em! So as Billy would say, “keep your t*ts on!” It’s gonna be a wild ride y’all! Articles discussed:Carrie Turns 40 PJ Soles Remembers Carrie Please take care and if you need someone to listen you can call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233  

Tuesday May 17, 2022

In this episode we get into The Devil’s Advocate. This 90s gem showed us that what our 17 year old selves thought of as sexy hot . . . really is not. From religious tropes to sibling incest, this one is a real dumpster fire. Starring Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, and Al Pacino, and directed by Taylor Hackford who also directed Ray and Officer and a Gentlemen. 

Tuesday May 03, 2022

Can two friends sleep together and still love each other in the morning? We’re gonna find out in this weeks episode of When Harry met Sally! Starring Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, and Bruno Kirby. Directed by Rob Reiner, written by Nora Ephron, with music by Harry Connick Jr. This is a much beloved late 80’s rom-com and actually gets a fairly low rating on our “Problematic Scale”. Still, there are a few reasons why it’s on our list. So grab your best friend, make your most high-maintenance drink order, and get ready for some sex talk. You’re in for a treat! Articles mentioned: Larry Getlen discusses When Harry Met Sally Content advisory: Discussion of sex, masturbation, and orgasms.

Tuesday Apr 19, 2022

Get ready to step into the future, and "get your ass to Mars", with our next episode . . . Total Recall! We’re joined by a special guest, the very talented Dr. Max Neal! Total Recall stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Rachel Ticotin, Ronny Cox & Lycia Naff. Directed by Paul Verhoeven who also directed Robocop, Basic Instinct, & Showgirls. Adapted from the short story by Philip K. Dick, this mind-bending flick mixes virtual reality, vivid nightmares, and colonization. So as our friend Johnny Cab says “We hope you enjoy the ride!” Articles & Video: Bobby Wygant Interviews Verhoeven about Total Recall Roger Ebert's review of Total Recall Interview with Lycia Naff Barbara Bowman opens up to Lycia Naff about the abuse Cosby perpetuated "The Latent Transness of Total Recall" by Mel Turnage

Tuesday Mar 29, 2022

In this week’s episode we’re giving you something a little different. It’s our Be Kind, Please Rewind bonus episode! We take your comments and critiques into account and further discuss some topics from past episodes. We are so appreciative of all the feedback you’ve given us so far so please keep it coming and we hope you enjoy! Content warning: Discussion on sexual assault and rape, extreme violence, & self-harm. Articles: Penelope Spheeris, Wayne's World "No, You Can't Have My Pronouns!" by M. J. Murphy   If you or someone you know needs someone to listen, help is available: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233      

Tuesday Mar 15, 2022

In this episode we take on Quentin Tarantino's cult classic, Pulp Fiction. Arguably a fan favorite, this multi-layered movie stars Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Ving Rhames, & Bruce Willis. This was a problematic one on so many levels and we’re gonna take you through all of them. Park your chopper, light up a cig, and buckle up because this one's a doozy! Content warning: Discussion of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and rape. Discussion of movie's rape scene at 31:52. For sexual assault or sexual abuse help:  RAINN 1-800-656-HOPE Articles discussed: What's up with Quentin Tarantino and Feet? by Adrienne Tyler Quentin Tarantino does not have a "Black Card" and never will. By Derrick Clifton Kimberlee Crenshaw on Intersectionality: What is Intersectionality?  The Urgency of Intersectionality 

Tuesday Mar 01, 2022

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you'll (hopefully not) hurl when you listen to our latest episode. We’re talking about Wayne’s World y’all! Starring Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere, Rob Lowe, Lara Flynn Boyle, and the late, great Chris Farley. Directed by Penelope Spheeris. While this movie is a hilarious comedy, it does have some pretty problematic themes and stereotypes. So grab your Red Vines and drum sticks! You’re in for an excellent, party time! Article quoted: Chicago Blackhawks won't change nickname because it honors the life of an actual Native American 10 Things You Didn't Know About 'Wayne's World'

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