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The podcast where we watch our favorite rom coms and decide whether they hold up. Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Jack Kerouac but make it a girl with braids. Carrie Bradshaw, but without the sex, and also braids. An American Icon. An American Odyssey. American propaganda. Violently so, in some cases. Laura Ingalls Wilder is evergreen. For better or worse. Since the first Little House book was published in 1932, generations of readers have flocked to Laura’s cozy stories of the Ingalls family settling the Western frontier. The series inspired a TV show, pageants, and entire fashion lines. Behind this fr ...
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This week we discuss the "Jack Nicholson Dates A Woman His Own Age or I Guess 8 Years Younger" classic "Something's Gotta Give." As with every great Nancy Meyers movie, there's discussions of great kitchens, beige clothing, and the JLO movie and documentary we refuse to watch. Don't forget to rate review and subscribe and join our Patreon for bonus…
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In honor of the current royal shenanigans, this week we discuss The Prince & Me and if we'd want to marry into a royal family. We also discuss the JLo documentary we have not watched and try to guess Julia Styles' IMDB "known for." Tune in, like, subscribe, tell your friends, and don't marry a prince. K byeeeeeee Donate to the Palestinian Children'…
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This week we race against the clock that is Allison's dying computer battery to bring you our thoughts on "P.S. I Love You." We have lots of thoughts on terrible Irish accents, how this movie should have been cast, and if the central premise is cruel or not. Digressions include New York actors, a debate on whether Harry Connick Jr. is really attrac…
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Is there a show of love greater than a man knowing how many smiles you have? Does everyone have multiple smiles or is having different ones unique to Kate Bosworth like multiple eye colors? These are just some of the many questions we attempt to answer in our latest episode on the early aughts ride that is "Win A Date With Tad Hamilton." We also ta…
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A divorce rom com! It's funny! And sad! Tune in as we discuss this Rashida Jones/Andy Samberg romantic dramedy. Also maybe starring Chris Pine? There's some debate. Rate, review, subscribe and join our Patreon for bonus episodes and perks! Donate to the Palestinian Children's Relief Fund here and Doctors Without Borders here. Get bonus content on P…
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The ugly truth about The Ugly Truth is very ugly. That convoluted nonsense of a sentence is better than anything in this movie. Join us as we discuss horrible gender tropes, misogynists who learn nothing, and the women who love them anyway. Is there anything redeeming about this movie? No, but come hear us rant about it! And if you watched this ter…
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Can a movie that starts with secret insemination possibly hold up? No, but we’re going to talk about the Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman movie anyway. A weird premise and questionable chemistry, but at least there’s a cute kid. Digressions include “Does Jeff Goldblum know he’s in a movie?”, celebrity scientologists, and Patrick Wilson’s hot wife. T…
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Fifty storylines, no chemistry. The brain behind Pretty Woman and Princess Diaries brings us a much worse movie. We’re expected to believe Michelle Pfeiffer is dowdy, Katherine Heigl and Jon Bon Jovi have both met and are attracted to each other, and Lea Michele doesn’t want to sing? Come on. Join us to talk about this insane movie and tell us what…
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As a special holiday treat, please enjoy the re-release of our very first episode from 2018, Love Actually. We were wide-eyed, hopeful young podcasters without mics. Thanks for sticking around for 5 years. Have a lovely holiday and a Happy New Year! Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
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A love story about two people who hate each other solving their problems by deciding to have a baby they don’t want. What could go wrong? At least it’s Christmas. Join us for the Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon family romp. Conversations include Reese Witherspoon’s terrible wig, Vince Vaughn’s audacity, and why do all these people have southern acc…
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It’s the holiday season! And after five years of Christmas movies, we still have one delightful holiday film left to watch! Join us as we discuss This Christmas, an early aughts family Christmas romp that is definitely better than The Family Stone (fight us). We discuss the perfect movie man (Joe), problematic actors, and the kindness of letting bo…
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We are strong, confident, women who can admit when they’re wrong, and we were wrong about Her. A movie about a man who can’t handle a relationship with a human woman so falls in love with an AI can actually hold up. Listen to hear our thoughts, tell us yours, and don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe! Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Ac…
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This week, in honor of Matthew Perry, we revisit one of our childhood favorites Fools Rush In, a charming and deeply underrated rom com that proves surprise pregnancies can lead to lasting love, the best place to give birth is on a bridge in the rain, and (hot take) Salma Hayek is a good actor. Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acas…
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Orphans, an inventor driven insane by his child’s death, a villain driven to madness by an obsession with money and power. Did we change it up and watch a gritty drama this week? No, no, this is beloved children’s romp “Casper.” We debate the importance of continuity and rules in this paranormal world but come to one inarguable conclusion: Bill Pul…
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Surprise! We’re back to share our extended interview with Alison Arngrim, aka everyone’s favorite mean girl: Nellie Oleson. She’s a powerhouse when it comes to keeping the Little House legacy alive, from her marathon re-read of the books on Facebook Live during the pandemic, to attending events at the Laura Ingalls Wilder homes and fan conventions …
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A 1992 feminist masterpiece about the cost of staying beautiful. In this week’s discussion of Death Becomes Her we make some pretty controversial statements like “Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn are pretty good actresses.” Join us as we discuss this cult classic that may or may not be a romcom but is definitely appropriate for spooky season. Get bonus…
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Happy Fall, ya’ll! This week we dive into Fever Pitch and ponder if the makings of a great romcom is two stars currently embroiled in public scrutiny, a man-child, a girl boss, and baseball season. We have a lengthy digression into the Real Housewives of New York reboot but we make great points so stick around. Don’t forget to rate and subscribe, j…
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Infinite Jest is the book they reference whose name we couldn’t remember. If that didn’t give it away, this week we watched High Fidelity. Allison grappled with how this movie influenced the boys she crushed on in her younger years, Carrie declares this is not a movie for married mothers in their thirties, we both think maybe Jack Black is the seco…
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As we talked about in our very first episode, the last line of Big Woods reads, “Now is now, it can never be a long time ago.” That line might be the most accurate description there is of the Little House series. Little House on the Prairie might be about another time, but Laura’s stories are very much alive in our time. We can't seem to let her go…
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What if Robin Williams was on The Office? Rather, what if every cast member of The Office was in a Robin Williams movie? But wait… it’s not funny. Will it hold up? Join us this week as we discuss License To Wed and its problematic gender roles,” jokes,” and debate if it’s the least Chicago movie ever set in Chicago. You can join our Patreon here an…
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In all of our research for this show, one of the scholars who has most influenced our thinking on Laura and her work is Caroline Fraser, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning biography, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Laura obsessives know that Prairie Fires is the motherload when it comes to understanding Laura’s life. I…
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It’s another double feature! Why are we doing this to ourselves? This week we watched both the 1954 and 1995 versions of Sabrina. Join us as we discuss both movies, ponder the problems of romanticizing old Hollywood, and debate who would play this character now. (Is Harrison Ford stil an option?) Rate, review, and subscribe! Join our Patreon here f…
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We’re nearing the end of our series, but before we go we have a surprise for you. Is it tin cups and peppermint sticks? A pig’s bladder? No! It’s our extended interview with the one and only Melissa Gilbert! No one knows what it’s like to shoulder the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder quite like Melissa. 50 years ago, she was cast as Laura Ingalls on …
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Laura Ingalls Wilder probably couldn’t have imagined the multi-million dollar media empire that would emerge from her books. From the television show to prairie chic dresses to dolls to tin cups bearing her name, Laura is a brand, a business and, dare we say it, an influencer. Her stories have spawned industries large and small, both directly and i…
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This week we talk about Lovebirds, a 2020 Kumail Nanjiani/Issa Rae high pandemic era rom com about two dummies struggling with criminals and their relationship. What could go wrong?! It’s got humor, violence and all-too-real couple arguments about whether or not they could win the amazing race. Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe. Get bonus …
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This week, Little House goes to Hollywood. In the 1970s, the TV show Little House on the Prairie gave Laura’s books a whole new life. Tens of millions of people tuned in every week to spend time with the Ingalls family. And then, a decade later, every Gen X latchkey kid came home to Laura and Nellie and Ma and Pa. Thanks to endless reruns and strea…
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What is our responsibility to the things we loved the most? One answer is to be brutally honest about who and what we love. That’s what we’re doing in this episode. We’re going to take a long, hard look at the worst parts of Laura: the racism, the violence, and xenophobia present in the Little House series. There’s more than you might think. Even G…
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t’s a double feature week with both Princess Diaries and Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. One of these is amazing, one is… not. BUT Chris Pine is there. Along with movie legends, dorky hot girls, a Coppola and a smattering of early aughts Disney channel stars. Join us to hear our thoughts as well as some (light) Taylor Swift criticism and a cl…
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At her best, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books offer a door for readers to walk through to get the full picture of the world the Ingalls were living in. She may not tell you everything in the books (and in some cases, she tells you very little), but ideally she leaves you wanting more. For instance: Who were the Native Americ…
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One of the reasons the Little House books are so compelling is because Laura Ingalls was a real person. She lived the experiences she wrote about. These things actually happened. But also? She’s a real person, with serious flaws, problematic family members (oh hey, Pa) and traumas she simply couldn’t face in her writing. This week, we’re fact check…
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The original (maybe) teens losing their virginity before graduating high school movie: American Pie! Can this raunchy comedy about teenage boys trying to get laid possibly hold up? Will we go on a long “Who’s dated who” deep dive? Tune in to find out. Join our Patreon for bonus episodes and content, rate, review, and subscribe! Get bonus content on…
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Who actually wrote the Little House books? For decades this question has loomed over the series. Was it Laura, a 65-year-old farm wife? Or her daughter Rose, one of the country's most successful freelance writers? But that's not the only conspiracy theory these heartwarming, cozy books have spawned. Many people also believe they are a Libertarian f…
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Behind the cozy wholesome sweetness of the Little House books, is a raging mother and daughter relationship that is the stuff of soap operas and tabloid talk shows. Laura Ingalls Wilder and her husband Almanzo had one living child named Rose. That child would go on to be Rose Wilder Lane – one of the most successful, and controversial, freelance wr…
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This week we watch a movie that begs the question “Would Christina Ricci be completely unlovable if her face were only slightly less attractive than her normal face?” We also wonder why James McAvoy is famous (not-derogatory), and if “Do you know who I am?” Reese Witherspoon is the best Reese Witherspoon. Join us as we answer all these questions an…
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How do you convey how much you loved the things you loved as a child? For lots of people, that thing is the Little House books. For better or worse, the books have shaped children’s lives and influenced how we understand American history. But to truly understand what we love and why we love it, we have to know where it comes from. The books didn’t …
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Host Glynnis MacNicol has loved Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House books since she was a kid. She’s not alone in this, a lot of people have a strong devotion to Laura. Some travel miles to visit her houses and attend pageants dedicated to Laura and her books. But over the years, Laura, her work, and her legacy have become increasingly contro…
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A Diane Keaton, Stephen Collins romcom with musical numbers where Diane Keaton is very much outsung… no not First Wives Club, the lesser known, lesser good Because I Said So. Tune in as we discuss this Mandy Moore mother/daughter romp (or family drama) and debate where it went wrong and spend way more time than we expected talking about Atonement. …
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A cast of problematic male characters, a non-problematic football player (but actually problematic IRL), and a leading lady whose personality is that she has boobs but doesn’t wear a bra. What could go wrong?! It’s There’s Something About Mary week and there is something about this we just do not like. Listen, tell us your thoughts and don’t forget…
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A mid-aughts McConaughey romcom with lies and antics, nope not that one, this one’s way worse. Tune in to hear us talk Failure to Launch and its many, many failures including a romantic climax using stand ins and Kathy Bates giving us nothing. Join our Patreon here for bonus episodes, content and more and please rate, review and subscribe! Get bonu…
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This week we’ve got Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, and fake bands. Join us as we discuss and digress from “Music and Lyrics,” demand justice for all female pop stars, and imagine a gorgeous friendship between our current leading lady and Kelly Clarkson. Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to our Patreon for bonus episodes and to vote for our ne…
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We’re back with a Dolly Parton classic. Dolly balads, camp, choreographed dances… what more could you want? If the answer was Burt Reynolds in a banana hammock then this is the move for you. Join us to discuss this 1982 sex positive musical and find out if it holds up! Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more inf…
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We love a beautifully shot, sexy, low stakes movie about two beautiful people falling in love. Join us for this week’s episode about love jones. You can join our Patreon here for bonus episodes and content. Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.By Carrie Gilbert & Allison Gilbert
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Would you travel to a time without indoor plumbing or modern medicine for a man? How does time travel work? What is this haircut Meg Ryan is rocking? Honestly we left with more questions than answers, but we had fun along the way. Join us this week to find out if we know anything about physics and if Kate and Leopold holds up. Get bonus content on …
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Girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy, girl gets pregnant by a different boy, first boy falls in love with another boy… really a classic romcom. Join us as we discuss the late 90s Jennifer Aniston/Paul Rudd classic, celebrity sweet green sightings, Audra McDonald erasure, and wonder if you can ride a roller coaster while pregnant… Get bonus c…
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This week we are shocked to learn who one of the writers of First Daughter is (Not a Rob Thomas/Rob Thomas situation), Carrie channels a real housewife of New Jersey and we ask the important question: should all teen rom coms be based on Shakespeare plays? Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
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This week we’re joined by Carrie’s 3-year-old son and his asthma cough to discuss the early aughts heart transplant classic, Return To Me. Are Bonnie Hunt and Jim Belushi the perfect couple? Do CDs hold up? Does Theo prefer Katy Perry to Taylor Swift? Tune in to hear the answers to these questions and more and find out if Return To Me holds up. Get…
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Happy Holidays wonderful listeners! As a Thank You for all of your great support, we are releasing our Patreon Christmas 2021 episode where we unpack all 3 Princess Switch movies. Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.By Carrie Gilbert & Allison Gilbert
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