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3/25/18 Episode 94: National Lampoon's Dad's Week Off (1997)



Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch National Lampoon's Dad's Week Off (1997), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser tab.

Carl and I will watch any National Lampoon movie, even the ones with totured punctuation. National Lampoon's Dad's Day Off (world's worst's title) was released on Showtime during the late 90s. Dad has a bad case of "hypertension," so Dad's wife and Dad's kids go camping without him, giving him a National Lampoon's Dad's Week Off. Too bad Dad's friend (played by the late Richard Jeni) sees this as his opportunity to cut loose and party at Dad's house. Dad's friend's friend feeds Dad herbal pills and then tells him he slept with her (he didn't). Dad goes to jail, joins a "Chinese gang," hosts a wedding at his home, and, of course, cleans up everything in time for Dad's family to return.

To indulge us with our National Lampoon movie viewing, we are joined by special guest Boston radio traffic reporter (and my uncle) Malcolm Alter. Unbeknownst to me, Uncle Malcolm went to college with Dad's star Henry Winkler and he "tells all" (he had nothing but nice things to say about Winkler).

3/18/18 Episode 93: Bail Out (1989)



Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch W.B., Blue, and the Bean (1989), aka Bail Out, embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser tab.



The year: 1989. Fearing a drug cartel, John Vernon kidnaps his own daughter, only to have the cartel kidnap her during his own kidnapping. Vernon calls the A-Team - I mean, David Hasselhoff and friends, who go off and explode stuff and rescue Linda Blair.

This is a classic 80s action comedy found on the bottom shelf of your local videostore. Comedy veers toward ethnic stereotypes, which is why the movie was originally called W.B., Blue, and  The Bean. My favorite scene? Two of them break into the bad guys' hideout by saying they are the gas men and they are investigating a gas leak. "What gas leak?" asks the bad guy receptionist. On cue, the third guy explodes dynamite. "That gas leak," says the other two.

There's also a scene with a youngish Danny Trejo. Plus, Blue played for the Oakland Raiders. Recommended.

3/11/18 Episode 92: Foodfight! (2012)


Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Foodfight! (2012), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser tab.


A CD-ROM game from the
Office Depot clearance aisle
Lots of bland movies have more interesting backstories, but that doesn't mean the movie itself isn't a vile piece of shit. Take Foodfight! (2014), please. Carl tells its infamous journey on the podcast, how it went from an animated movie starring actual corporate mascots to the Office Depot Clearance CD-ROM quality graphics of the finished film.

But the backstory isn't the story of the movie. Inside a grocery store owned by an old man voiced by Ed Asner is a fantasy land that emerges after closing. Mr. Clean, Charley the Tuna, et al., mingle with anthropomorphic animals that look like dog and cat furries. They are occupied by the fascist leather armies of Brand X, complete with insignias. This alarms the funny neurotic scientist, a big nose with giant glasses, little hands and feet. Battles consist of fetishized goo (like ketchup or snot) sploshing over everything. 


Not recommended.

Movie poster detail: "Featuring Charlie The Tune, Vlasic the Stork, Twinkie The Kid, Mr. Clean, Mrs. Butterworth, Hawaiian Punchy, The California Raisins, Chef Boyardee and Chiquita Banana."

3/3/18 Episode 91: National Lampoon's Surf Party (2014)



Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Endless Bummer (2009), aka National Lampoon Presents: Endless Bummer (2009), aka National Lampoon's Surf Party (2014) aka Surf Party: Summer Unleased (2014), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser tab.

In 2007, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Van Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyley would executive produce the coming-of-age movie Endless Bummer, written by John "J.D." Drury, the lead singer of the Ventura band Raging Arb and the Redheads. Based on his true events, the shaggy dog story has a young J.D. (named J.D.) and his fellow 1980s Southern Californian buds leaving Ventura for the Valley in search of a stolen surfboard. At the end, the real J.D. (aka "Older J.D.") narrates, telling us what happened to them as adults ("I still remain great friends with her and her family.")  It has its Ventura premiere in 2009 and released that year on DVD as National Lampoon Presents: Endless Bummer ("in association with the Van Warped Tour").

Cool story, bro, but it doesn't end here. This is actually two National Lampoon movies in one. Extra scenes were added and the film was released as National Lampoon's Surf Party. Affion Crockett and the Greg Wilson are Coco and the Animal, respectively. They never interact with the main characters, but instead smoke bongs, drink kegs and party with topless women as they talk about the main characters. These scenes, written by Crockett and Wilson, are referred in the credits as the "National Lampoon Deck Scenes." 

2/25/18 Episode 90: Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas (2014)


Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Saving Christmas (2014), aka Kurt Cameron's Saving Christmas, embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser tab.


"It's like Santa carjacked Christmas, and he's like, [imitating Santa Claus driving, hands on the wheel, head nodding and singing] 'Rolling, rolling, rolling...'"

There's a genre of films - The Party (2017) being the latest - where most of its running time takes place during a party. Guests enter, achieve hubris, and nothing is ever the same again. 

One of my favorites of the genre is a recent faith-based movie. It stars celebrities playing themselves throwing a party in one of their Los Angeles homes. There's a Doubting Thomas at the party who's  religious faith is restored in the end. The movie is called This Is The End (2013) with Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and Jonah Hill, and it's streaming on Netflix.

Streaming on YouTube is Saving Christmas (2014) with Kirk Cameron and his sister Bridgette as themselves. It's Christmas Eve at Bridgette's Los Angeles home. Her husband (named Christian and played by the director) sits in his parked car, doubting Christmas. Kirk follows him and sits in the passenger seat. Christian riffs about Christmas like an open mic comedian (see quote above). Kirk spouts out 3 bullet points on "seeing Christmas with new eyes." (Carl and I discuss it all on our podcast). Christian reenters his house not doubting Christmas and nothing is ever the same again.  That occurs one hour into the film so the entire party dances to a full-length song, there's more Kirk Cameron voice-over, then credits, bloopers, outtakes, and a deleted scene. 

Since the movie was produced by Liberty College, here's a pop quiz. From memory, draw the floor plan of Kirk's sister's house and tweet it:

#drawkirkcameronssisterssavingchristmashouse 
@LWAFLMOYT

The answer, and a viral photo of Kirk, after the break.