Welcome To Marwen 2: Beyond The Valley of the Dolls

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A new movie from Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis is generally a buzz-worthy event, but Welcome To Marwen alienated critics and died a swift death at the box office when released earlier this year.

Starring Steve Carrell as a traumatised man living out his fantasies via a meticulously constructed model town populated by kick-ass female soldiers based on his real-world friends and colleagues, Welcome To Marwen is easily one of the oddest movies we've ever discussed on this podcast.

Tune into this week's episode to hear our thoughts on documentary vs Hollywood, some re-castings that might have improved this movie, the very broad accent work of Gwendoline Christie and more.

As always, we also pitch up some good old fashioned drinking games in our efforts to make sense of this movie, and of course we round off with some of our own sequel ideas. Full disclosure - this week was a real challenge!

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23.00: Welcome To Marwen Drinking Games

35.50: Toy Story: A Very Marwen Prequel

47.50: Welcome To Marwen 2: Beyond The Valley of the Dolls

53.10: Episode 128 Preview & Listener Submissions

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