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Episode 164: Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Pee-wee’s got the coolest bicycle in the world, and when someone steals it, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get his bike back.

This week, we talk about Bar Mitzvah music, bathtubs that Bernie Sanders hates, and the thing that’s been on Alan’s bucket list for 34 years… but not for much longer. Then we find out if Pee-wee’s Big Adventure stands the Test of Time.


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Episode 163: Rain Man (1988)

Charlie Babbitt thinks only about himself… until he meets the autistic brother he never knew he had.

This week, we talk about the appropriate level of detail on waitress name tags, how much we really care about Judge Wapner, and why only one airline showed this movie unedited. Then we find out if 1988’s Rain Man stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 162: Mr. Mom (1983)

A man… who stays at home with the kids? While his wife goes to work?? Only Hollywood could come up with something so utterly preposterous!!! (Don’t @ us, we’re being sarcastic.)

This week, we discuss dangerous math tools, the wonders of couponing, and why you shouldn’t treat babies like hamsters. We also share our thoughts on Marvel’s Phase Four plans before finding out if 1983’s Mr. Mom stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 161: The Sixth Sense (1999)

A young boy lives in fear because of his unique ability to communicate with ghosts, until he meets a child psychologist who just might be able to help.

This week, we talk about the compliment you never want to hear, the medical school lesson straight out of this movie, and whether Haley Joel Osment’s character was more worried about scary dead people or Y2K. We also discuss the demise of MoviePass before finding out if The Test of Time stands The Sixth Sense. (WHAT A TWIST!)

And a big SPOILER WARNING for anyone who hasn’t seen this 20-year-old movie: watch it first, *then* listen to the podcast.


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Episode 160: The Mask (1994)

A painfully nice guy finds confidence—and cartoonish superpowers—with the help of an ancient green mask.

This week, we talk about how a magical mask can *sometimes* make you bald, we debate what constitutes a true fourth wall break, and in honor of Stranger Things 3, we have ourselves a New Coke taste test. In the end, we find out if 1994’s The Mask stands the Test of Time. 



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Episode 159: The Lion King (1994)

A king is murdered and the young prince is exiled, until he ultimately returns home to battle his evil uncle. It’s kind of like Hamlet, only this is a cartoon with singing animals.

This week, we talk about wildebeest defense mechanisms, the perfect cave painting, and a voice actor who really chews the scenery. Plus we share our thoughts on Spider-Man: Far from Home. As a new CGI remake hits theaters, we find out if 1994’s The Lion King stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 158: Mallrats (1995)

After getting dumped by their girlfriends, two New Jersey natives head to the one place that can take away their heartbreak… the mall.

Special guest Marisa Pincas joins us to discuss why clothes were so big in the 90s, we analyze the problem with this movie’s Volkswagen joke, and we talk about a bag full of nipples. We also give our thoughts on Robert Pattinson being cast as Batman before finding out if Mallrats stands the Test of Time.


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Episode 157: Forrest Gump (1994)

Tom Hanks won an Oscar for playing Forrest Gump, a simple man who inadvertently—and repeatedly—affects the course of American history.

This week, we talk about James’ Forrest fan fiction, we pick our favorite tracks from this movie’s epic soundtrack, and we reminisce about looking at porn in Tower Records. Stupid is as stupid does, but does Forrest Gump stand the Test of Time?


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Episode 156: Meatballs (1979)

In his very first movie, Bill Murray plays a lovable camp counselor who befriends a loner, keeps watch over horny teenagers, and motivates his campers to beat the evil kids from across the lake.

This week, we talk about chants that don’t rhyme, the first nerd with tape on his glasses, and the perfect number of White Castle hamburgers to eat. We also discuss Stadia, Google’s foray into video games, before finding out if 1979’s Meatballs stands the Test of Time.


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Episode 155: Apollo 13 (1995)

Three astronauts fight to survive when their mission to the moon suffers a series of dangerous setbacks.

This week, we talk about James’ dream vacation spot, fitting an actual square peg into a round hole, and the very real, not at all made up dangers of… space flu. In the end, we find out if Apollo 13 stands the Test of Time.  



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Episode 154: Weird Science (1985)

A pair of horny nerds can’t get real girls to talk to them, so they do the next best thing: use a computer to create a magic woman who will do whatever they want.

Special guest Chris DeLuca joins us to talk about VHS rewinders, the phrase “tossing off,” and whether 80s hairdos are still sexy. Then we find out if 1985’s Weird Science stands the Test of Time. 

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Episode 153: Speed (1994)

A bus is forced to speed around a city, keeping its speed over 50 miles per hour, and if its speed drops, the bus will explode. It’s a little movie that Homer Simpson calls: The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down.

This week, special guest Andy Manoff joins us to talk about literal money laundering, the difference between commandeering a vehicle and carjacking, and this movie’s statement on mass transit in Los Angeles. We also offer our belated thoughts on the Game of Thrones finale before finding out if 1994’s Speed stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 152: Bob Roberts (1992)

A conservative populist with no political experience runs for office, campaigning that since he’s rich, he knows how to make America great. Yes, we know what you’re thinking, but this is a fictional story… from 1992.

This week, we talk about the Streisand effect, our favorite members of Rockapella, and portable computers that will sterilize you. We also debate whether it’s better to buy digital or physical video games before deciding if Bob Roberts stands the Test of Time.


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Episode 151: Aladdin (1992)

Over the course of long Arabian nights and Arabian days, a street rat named Aladdin tries to win over the fiercely independent Princess Jasmine… with a little help from a magical genie.

This week, James shows off his worldly knowledge, Alan wonders where Aladdin’s nipples are, and we both discuss whether kids today will get Robin Williams’ pop culture references. Plus we offer our belated thoughts on Avengers: Endgame! It’s a whole new world (sorry) as we find out if 1992’s Aladdin stands the Test of Time.



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Episode 150: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

A young boy and an abandoned alien form a unique bond in one of Steven Spielberg’s most iconic films.
In our 150th episode spectacular, we talk about coupons for Gamecube games, adults with hidden faces, and rectal thermometers. It all makes sense in context, we promise. Before we phone home, we find out if E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial stands the Test of Time.


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Episode 149: Sorcerer (1977)

Four desperate men end up in a remote South American village, hoping to find salvation by transporting dangerous explosives through the jungle.
 
Special guests Shahir Daud and Matt Krol from The Only Podcast About Movies join us to talk about New Jersey’s smell, forgetting leg day, and why this movie could have done soooooo much better with its title. Then we find out if 1977’s Sorcerer stands the Test of Time.
 
Listen to The Only Podcast About Movies at http://www.onlymoviepodcast.com 



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Episode 148: Son in Law (1993)

In the 1993 movie Son in Law, Pauly Shore plays a fake fiancé for a friend on her family’s farm. Funny!

This week, we get our Aerosmith videos all mixed up, we debate where you should and should not wear assless chaps, and we talk about Zima… a lot. We also discuss the details of Disney’s upcoming streaming service before finding out if Son in Law stands the Test of Time.


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Episode 147: Manhattan (1979)

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton get tangled up in a web of complicated relationships in 1979’s Manhattan.

This week, we talk about beating up dads, the difference between squash and racquetball, and games on graphing calculators. We also offer our thoughts on the Star Wars Episode IX teaser before finding out if Manhattan—the movie, not New York City—stands the Test of Time.


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Episode 146: Heat (1995)

A daring heist turns deadly, bringing heat from a detective determined to take down the criminal crew.

Special guest Adam Pincas returns to talk about playing chess for keeps, how everyone hated paging, and why taxes are so high in Los Angeles. We also debate the correct order to show the Star Wars movies to kids before finding out if 1995’s Heat stands the Test of Time.


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Episode 145: Hellboy (2004)

He’s a red-faced immortal demon, spawned from the depths of hell. But don’t worry… he’s a good guy, on a mission to prevent the apocalypse.

This week, we discuss the hard work that went into eating PowerBars, the last newspaper headline that will ever be printed, and we really rip into that jerk Hitler. We also reminisce about Radio Shack before finding out if 2004’s Hellboy stands the Test of Time.


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Episode 144: As Good as It Gets (1997)

Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt each won an Academy Award for 1997’s As Good as It Gets, a movie about a jerk with OCD and a waitress with a heart of gold.

This week, we discuss dogs that don’t eat bacon, why Jack Nicholson’s character would have fit in at Dunder Mifflin, and how this movie ended up with the name ‘Mr. Cat Poop’ in Hong Kong. We also weigh in on Steven Spielberg’s beef with Netflix before finding out if As Good as It Gets stands the Test of Time. 



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Bonus Episode: Soul Man (1986)

In 1986’s Soul Man, a rich white kid is so desperate to pay his Harvard tuition, he makes himself look black so that he can get a scholarship meant for African Americans.

Join us as we find out if the movie stands the Test of Time.


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Episode 143: Dumbo (1941)

An elephant with a heart of gold… and two extra large ears… learns how to ignore bullies and believe in himself in one of Disney’s most beloved classic films.

This week, we discuss faulty clown math, the logistical issues of elephant stacking, and the future of circuses. We also give our thoughts on Captain Marvel and James Gunn’s return to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 before finding out if 1941’s Dumbo stands the Test of Time.


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Episode 142: Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Robin Williams plays a divorced dad who’s so desperate to see his kids, he dresses in drag and pretends to be an English nanny. 

This week, we compare our childhoods, discuss improbable impromptu birthday parties, and find out what this movie has in common with Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. We also correct a major factual error from a previous episode before finding out if Mrs. Doubtfire stands the Test of Time.


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