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Episode 253: She’s the Man (2006)

To prove her soccer skills, a girl pretends to be her twin brother and joins a rival high school’s team.

This week, we discuss what not to do when you have a nosebleed, the dainty way to eat chicken wings, and if kissing booths exist in real life. We also share our thoughts on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier before finding out if She’s the Man stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 252: Just One of the Guys (1985)

A teenager, fed up with the way she’s treated as a pretty girl, finds out what life is like as a boy.

This week, we chat about surprise jockstrap inspections, James’ high school hero, and why Alan has a tuxedo t-shirt. Then we find out if Just One of the Guys stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 251: Ladybugs (1992)

To win a championship, a girls’ soccer team has a secret weapon: a boy in a wig.

This week, we talk about salesmen’s confidence levels, why it’s a bad idea to let your hair down when playing sports, and the reason every movie needs the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. We also share our thoughts on Zack Snyder’s Justice League before finding out if Ladybugs stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 250: Pulp Fiction (1994)

Two hitmen, a crooked boxer, a dancing drug addict, and a gimp share a series of interconnected adventures.

It’s our 250th episode, and we’re celebrating with a conversation about the evolution of cell phone antennas, how heroin makes you constipated, and James’ favorite fact about Quarter Pounders. Then we find out if Pulp Fiction stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 249: Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Misters Pink, White, Blonde, and Orange deal with the aftermath of a diamond robbery gone terribly wrong.

This week, we discuss who Jerry Seinfeld is scared of, the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath, and what you shouldn’t eat if you’re planning to make out with someone. Lend us an ear (sorry…) as we find out if Reservoir Dogs stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 248: The Saint (1997)

A master of disguise tries to outmaneuver a Russian oligarch in the race to unlock the secret to cold fusion.

This week, special guest Daron from the Board Games are for Losers podcast joins us to discuss buying art in sewers, why James owes Val Kilmer $10, and how the pandemic has affected rat racing. We also chat about the third season of Cobra Kai before finding out if The Saint stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 247: Defending Your Life (1991)

A man’s existence is put on trial in the afterlife.

This week, we chat about wasteful CD packaging, what this movie has in common with Flight of the Navigator, and Shirley MacLaine’s hologram’s je ne sais quoi. Then we find out if Defending Your Life stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 246: The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

The Muppets head to the Big Apple and find that their dreams of Broadway success don’t come easily.

This week, we wonder if Miss Piggy is machine washable, why Fozzie Bear doesn’t want to snuggle, and what could be cuter than Rowlf. We also share our thoughts on WandaVision before finding out if The Muppets Take Manhattan stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 245: The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the Muppets try to stop a jewel thief before he steals a priceless diamond.

This week, we discuss the physics of being pushed out of a plane, what it’s like to stay in a real-life Happiness Hotel, and if there’s such a thing as a classic 1981 Oldsmobile. We also share our thoughts on the upcoming Superman reboot before finding out if The Great Muppet Caper stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 244: The Muppet Movie (1979)

A frog with dreams of being rich and famous heads to Hollywood, and is joined on his journey by a bear, a pig, and whatever Gonzo is.

This week, we discuss when Kermit needs to lawyer up, how much Alan’s kids love Cloris Leachman, and the Muppets’ history of sex and violence. Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection: the lovers, the dreamers, and if The Muppet Movie stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 243: A Time to Kill (1996)

A lawyer in the Deep South takes on a case that seems unwinnable: defending a Black father who killed the white men that raped his daughter.

This week, we discuss if “good ole boys” are actually bad, if you need to provide references on a KKK application, and why we want to see Kiefer Sutherland get hit by pies. Then we find out if A Time to Kill stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 242: Reality Bites (1994)

A young woman, unsure of what she wants to do with her life after graduating college, finds herself in a complicated love triangle.

Special guest Sue Winter from the Go Informed podcast is back as we talk about why Carmen Sandiego would go to space, when smoking in movies hit its peak, and the dangers of reading whatever’s on the cue cards. Then we find out if Reality Bites stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 241: Singles (1992)

Several singles scour the Seattle scene for suitors.

This week, special guest Sue Winter from the Go Informed podcast joins us to discuss storing your grandma’s digits in your watch, the secret of the Seattle sound, and what’s so special about Bill Pullman’s eyebrows. Then we find out if Singles stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 240: Glory (1989)

An infantry of Black soldiers makes history as they fight in the American Civil War.

This week, we discuss when movies should double check their facts, we reveal what The Mandalorian has in common with Frasier, and Alan offends a very specific group of Brooklyn hipsters. Then we find out if Glory stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 239: Biloxi Blues (1988)

A group of army recruits endure a brutal drill sergeant as they go through basic training during the final days of World War II.

This week, we chat about good times at the craft services table, how teenage boys learned about sex before Playboy, and when it’s acceptable for writers to write about writing. We also talk about the reasons roles are recast before finding out if Biloxi Blues stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 238: This Is Spin̈al Tap (1984)

A British heavy metal band releases a new album as they tour America.

This week, we discuss a brutal real-life music review, we analyze which decades were the most sexist, and we take a shallow dive into Paul Shaffer’s acting career. Then we turn it up to 11 and find out if This is Spin̈al Tap stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 237: The Frisco Kid (1979)

A Polish rabbi makes his way through the Wild West, with the help of a lovable bank robber.

This week, we chat about a cowboy love story made decades before Brokeback Mountain, when the Sabbath really ends, and the stupidest piece of IMDb trivia ever. We also share our thoughts on Wonder Woman 1984 before finding out if The Frisco Kid stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 236: Hollow Man (2000)

An arrogant scientist turns himself invisible… and goes insane in the process.

This week, we discuss useless eyebrows, Josh Brolin’s 7-pack abs, and how to properly give an injection to an invisible ape. We also chat about the current season of Saturday Night Live before finding out if Hollow Man stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 235: The Invisible Man (1933)

A small English town is terrorized by a man that no one can see.

This week, we talk about Depression-era incels, a reverse Yoda, and an NRA that has nothing to do with guns. James also puts his love of model trains to good use as we find out if 1933’s The Invisible Man stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 234: Elf (2003)

An elf raised at the North Pole discovers that he’s actually a human, and leaves Santa’s workshop to find his father in New York City.

For this year’s Christmas episode, we chat about where all the Ray’s Pizza locations have gone, the 80s sitcom that Buddy the Elf would have felt at home in, and the holiday song that *should* be canceled. Then we pass through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gumdrops, and walk through the Lincoln Tunnel to find out if Elf stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 233: Nine to Five (1980)

Three women get revenge on their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss.

This week, special guest Courtney Noah joins us to talk about keeping health insurance reps employed, being prejudiced against deer, and writing on one-ply toilet paper. Then we tumble outta bed and stumble to the kitchen, pour ourselves a cup of ambition, and find out if Nine to Five stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 232: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Three convicts, on the run from the law, try to find a long-lost treasure.

This week, we discuss cutting your hair with a Flowbee, how the KKK is like cheerleading camp, and what the Coen brothers have in common with fish. You won’t be a man of constant sorrow when you find out if O Brother, Where Art Thou? stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 231: Field of Dreams (1989)

Ray Kinsella builds a baseball field on his Iowa farm, and long dead old-timers show up to play.

This week, special guest Steve Hofstetter joins us to talk about the real villain of the Black Sox scandal, how baseball can defuse tense situations, and why this is the perfect date movie. If you listen, you’ll find out if Field of Dreams stands the Test of Time.

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Episode 230: The Beast (1988)

After destroying an Afghan village, Soviet soldiers try to outrun the mujahideen fighters that are hot on their trail.

This week, we chat about what makes a movie a flop, a not-so-scary notebook, and what RPG really stands for. Then we find out if The Beast stands the Test of Time. 

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Episode 229: The Outsiders (1983)

Kids from the wrong side of the tracks have to grow up fast when a member of their gang kills a rich bully.

This week, we discuss an extremely bizarre field trip, the difference between a rumble and fisticuffs, and the one way Entourage actually makes something better. Then we see if The Outsiders stands the Test of Time.

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