As a nearly 35 year old businessman who's job is in marketing your statement of "once you have sex, you're giving marketing presentations" accurately describes my life experience. Great show Margo and PB!
Thanks Adam! It was fun to record.
Big 2: We catch up with Josh after he's aged to 30, and he finds being an adult, holding a job, an apartment, and a girlfriend in NYC isn't as easy as he thought. Mainly because he spent the last 17 years hitting on older women and not connecting with people his own age. And believing that shmoozing the CEO is the way to the top, so didn't bother to develop any actual skills. Meanwhile, his mother became the ultimate helicopter parent and continues to search for Josh's mysterious kidnapper (nobody notices that Josh grows up to look exactly like that old FBI artist's rendering). It all turns out okay in the end, because Zoltar ages Josh to 50, where he tracks down Elizabeth Perkins and sleeps with her. The end.
This podcast made me think of something that I don't think was ever brought up. The film was co-written by Steven Spielberg's sister Anne. The whole time I was listening to the podcast I began to think: What are the odds Anne was writing about her brother Steven, a filmmaker who was ceaselessly described as a man who never grew up? Their parents' divorce clearly affected Steven dramatically. He's talked about it many times. Who knows how it affected Anne. The reinserted scenes of those parents constantly fighting may be influenced by it.
I completely forgot to bring this up on the show, but Erika and I once saw a professional stage production of Big: The Musical. It was cosmically bad.
I own Big on Blu and I suspect next time I Watch it I will have a different experience with all these thoughts running through my head, you guys had good chemistry, great podcast
I think people are really desperate, and onscreen romances are just full of desperate people, so I wasn't really surprised watching Big, as an adult, very much. At least it didn't end happily-ever-after. You know what movie ONLY works thanks to Tom Hanks- Forest Gump. I just saw that again today. Not a bad movie but completely dependent on Tom Hanks' personality to carry any of it through.
I don't remember when exactly I saw this movie, but I know I had to be a kid, and yet I still clearly remember always being at least weirded out by the sex scene. My feelings towards it became more complex as I grew older and learned the definition of statuatory rape. There is no way an immature kid like Josh can process what is happening in that moment. Great podcast, haven't thought about this movie in years. I live in Delaware, by the way, home of the Rehoboth beach zoltar machine. As an aside, I have four made for TV Christmas movies DVRing tonight. I am a bra burning feminist who absolutely cannot get enough of seeing, god help me, Candace Cameron Bure navigate her way around one of those monstrosities. These movies always seem to have some headstrong small town lady who left behind her high school sweetheart and moved to The Big City for her career, only to be called back home for some contrived reason (sick dad? Endangered family business? Emergency pie baking competition?) only to fall back in love with the one who almost got away and learn the error of her choosing-career-over-babies way. These movies are like a warm, familiar, gender normative hug.
Emergency pie baking competition!!! Tres importante.
I wish I had mentioned how hetero-normative and white the movies are and how that does bug me BUT it is a big, warm, familiar hug for me. Thanks for checking out the show and responding!
For as popular Big was and for how much I liked it as a kid when it came out, it's a movie I've never really revisited since its initial run on cable. In the last year alone I've rewatched Bachelor Party, Dragnet,The Money Pit, The 'Burbs, and of course Joe Versus the Volcano, but I've never once had the desire to revisit Big and I say that knowing that half the movies I just mentioned aren't especially great. From what I remember of it, I just don't think there's anything I could take away from it if I were to see it again now.