Blockbuster Betties
Jawbreaker (1999)

Jawbreaker (1999)

April 19, 2021

Join the Betties as they almost spend the whole podcast talking about Ted Lasso but turn it around just in time to dive into the campy, kitschiness, of this satire. 

Who could forget JAWBREAKER in all its 90’s does 50’s goodness? A movie so focused on aesthetics that a few of the Betties felt they forgot about the plot. Tune in to hear us worship Pam Grier, recount personal stories of "prank kidnapping,” and argue over the significance of the Donnas. You can also expect many audible appearances from this week's special guest star, Kelly’s glass of iced wine! For all you ASMR heads out there, we got you covered!

 

Starring: Rose McGowen, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, Judy Greer. Follow us on Instagram at @blockbusterbetties and send love notes to blockbusterbetties@gmail.com

Heathers (1989)

Heathers (1989)

April 5, 2021

We know this movie is a classic buuuuut we all kinda agreed that it was a hard watch...maybe because of the extreme creepiness of Christian Slater's character, or the copious amounts of bodily fluids on display. However, we also spent a good amount of time in this episode talking about food? It's confusing. On one hand, this movie is nauseating and upsetting in a lot of ways, but on the other, it would make an amazing party theme. Shoulder pads, croquet, and perms? I am IN. Please send an invite to blockbusterbetties@gmail.com <3 We also appreciated the iconic dialogue ("Fuck me gently with a chainsaw") and Winona Ryder's unexplained use of a monocle. This episode also features our shortest segment of all time for the question of the season ("Does this group of women remind you of your friendship?") - tune in today!!

All I Wanna Do (aka Strike!) (1998)

All I Wanna Do (aka Strike!) (1998)

March 22, 2021

"Up your ziggy with a wawa brush!" Anyone else have this phrase living in their head rent-free since you saw this movie a few times as a kid? The all-star cast, clever dialogue, and the satisfying conclusion make this movie quite the hidden gem...maybe even a diamond in the rough? What was it about this movie that didn't push it into mainstream relevance? Was it too smart? Not enough teenage romance? Le sigh. The Betties had a fun time figuring this one out, and will definitely be rewatching this one again! Starring: Gaby Hoffman, Kirsten Dunst, Rachel Leigh Cook, Monica Keena, and Heather Matarazzo. 

The Joy Luck Club (1993)

The Joy Luck Club (1993)

March 2, 2021

This is quite possibly the most intricate movie the Betties have reviewed. We aren’t used to it! The Joy Luck Club is based on a novel by Amy Tan and weaves together past and present to tell the amazing stories of relationships between Asian mothers and daughters. Haven’t seen it in a while? Never fear, this is a plot forward podcast as Betsy, Jessica, and Kelly walk through each mother/daughter pair’s story detail by detail. This movie made us cry and laugh and dance. Maybe the pod will make you do those things too.

 

Starring: Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin, France Nuyen Follow us on Instagram at @blockbusterbetties and email us at blockbusterbetties@gmail.com

Mermaids (1990)

Mermaids (1990)

February 15, 2021

Act your age not your shoe size! Cher + Winona + Ricci = the underrated glory that is MERMAIDS. We had a ball discussing this lesser known classic in all its novelty. Topics discussed include the misdiagnosis of Charlotte as "just an angsty teen,” the reality of small town life, and whether or not this particular mother daughter relationship reminds us of our relationship with our mothers in any way. Jessica  thinks ten-year-old Christina Ricci stole the movie. Kelly loved it purely for Cher-value. Betsy grew up with this movie but always found it a little too close to home...which Betty do you agree with? You'll have to tune in to find out, FISHHEADS! 

 

Starring: Cher, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci 

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Waiting to Exhale (1995)

Waiting to Exhale (1995)

January 20, 2021

Take a deep breath. Wait. That’s what 2020 felt like. Now, exhale. That’s this episode. The Betties were holding their breath to review one of Terry McMillian’s masterpieces, Waiting to Exhale. And BOY did we exhale. Listen in to us completely break our podcast structure to wax poetic about the powerhouse performance of the FIREY Angela Basset, who may just need an award greater than the Golden Scrunchie (albeit the most hallowed award of all time). SOMEONE needed to recognize the performance that should have won a goddam Oscar. Not to mention the absolutely steaming hot wardrobe that had us shopping the internet for look alikes. This movie is all powerhouse females: the late great QUEEN OF THE NIGHT Whitney Houston, her majesty herself Angela Bassett, “This Christmas”’s Ma’Dere Loretta Devine, and the incredibly seductive Lela Rochon. Do some yoga, take your dog for a walk, pour yourself a glass of champagne, take a deep breath, and listen in.

Starring: Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon.

Coyote Ugly (2000)

Coyote Ugly (2000)

December 14, 2020

HELL NO, H2O! (A very problematic slogan for a bar, btw...the Betties do not condone dehydration.) First off: all the male hecklers in this movie need to die in hell, and all of the women need to dance on a bar together in heaven...forever. Because this movie, while perhaps not quite a cinematic masterpiece per se, made a very permanent mark on our young psyches. We also love the fact that this movie is not only based on a real bar in NYC, but based more specifically on an essay by Elizabeth Gilbert, Miss Eat Pray Love herself, who worked at the original bar in NYC! Mark my words, one day the Betties will party at Coyote Ugly. Mark. My. Words. Look, we have already proved ourselves worthy by taking shots of whiskey on air. And at least one of us has a true ‘coyote ugly’ story...tune in to hear about the lurid details! But really, once this vaccine is distributed and we can hang out again, we 100% will be Piper Perabo dancing on the bar while 3 hot women douse her with water. Our father walking in to see this spectacle? Optional. We had a very fun time recording this episode - we hope you have just as much fun listening!!!!! Follow us on Insta @blockbusterbetties and send love notes to blockbusterbetties@gmail.com <3

 

Starring: Piper Perabo, Adam Garcia, Tyra Banks

First Wives Club (1996)

First Wives Club (1996)

November 30, 2020

The blockbuster that no male studio execs or producers saw coming, because WHO in their right mind would pay to see a movie about a group of hilarious and relatable women? Answer: Only EVERYONE. This flick opened at NUMBER ONE, grossed 181 MILLION bucks, and landed at #10 on the list of highest grossing films of 1996. If that doesn’t make you blink your lips then we don’t know what will! This is one of the Betty’s all time favorite movies and discussing it for two hours did wonders for our bond. If our friendship was a plant, then First Wives Club is fertilizer from an overpriced independently owned succulent shop in Williamsburg, you get the idea! In other breaking news: Betsy realizes she’s an Annie, Jessica comes out as a Morty apologist, and Kelly has us shook with her account of the first time she watched this movie. So, grab yourself a vodka rocks, close up “le office” for the day, and feast yourself on our season three premiere why dontcha! Starring: Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Bette Midler. Make sure to follow us on Instagram @blockbusterbetties and send love letters to blockbusterbetties@gmail.com <3

SEASON 3 TEASER

SEASON 3 TEASER

November 19, 2020

Helllloooo listeners! First of all, we love and would never want to tease you...except right now ;) Get pumped for season 3 of Blockbuster Betties with this lil sampler of our upcoming episodes, as well as the BIG THEME REVEAL!!!! Just remember...WE LOVE YOUUUU! And also, don't get mad...GET EVERYTHING!

Legally Blonde (2001)

Legally Blonde (2001)

November 16, 2020

What better film to enjoy after the 2020 election than one with a babe who believes in due process, and to quote Elle herself: “WE DID IT!”. We are wrapping up season two with the movie that puts the ACHIEVEMENT in our theme of Sports, Competition, and Achievement. Fun fact: this episode was recorded two weeks before the 2020 election, so please enjoy the intro which includes us collectively screaming into pillows to purge some pre-election stress, oh the memories! Anyways, this movie gave us SO much to love: pink pleather and sequins, colorful millennial MacBooks, Jennifer Coolidge as a shy nail tech, the bend and snap, hair care tips, and Luke Wilson’s earnest soul, it’s time we gave a little love back! To end, Elle Woods sacrificed so much of herself for some stupid prick who didn’t see how amazing she was, and in doing so she found her own power within and left that bozo in the dust, now who can’t relate to THAT?! Vote for Elle! Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wllson, Selma Blair. Follow us on Instagram @blockbusterbetties and send love notes to blockbusterbetties@gmail.com <3

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