Wow, That’s Problematic

Wow, That’s Problematic

A feminist, comedy podcast where we revisit movies we used to love and discuss how, in a post #metoo society (but really always), these movies are problematic. Join your cohosts, Courtney and Nicole, as we examine movies through an intersectional feminist lens and take a deep look at the way these films problematically portray gender, race, sexuality, ableism, and class. Spoiler alert! We talk about the entire movie, but it’s okay! You don’t need to watch it if you haven’t already. We’ll walk you through it. Come hang out with us every other Tuesday as we discuss . . . and ruin . . . every movie you’ve ever loved.

Episodes

July 12, 2022 60 min
For our season finale episode, we’re analyzing the ever-classic Princess Bride! This was a childhood favorite, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, Andre the Giant, and Wallace Shawn. Once again we’ll be spilling the behind the scenes tea on this much loved film. To miss this episode would be, as Vizzini says, Inconceivable! Resources: Insta: @abortionfunds www.abortio...
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In this episode we continue our discussion of Pretty Woman with very special guest, King Onlii! Join us for more laughs and insight as we break down this 80s classic.

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This weeks episode is part one of a two-parter featuring a very special guest. We’re talking Pretty Woman with King Onlii and you won’t be disappointed! Starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere and directed by Garry Marshall. This has long been one of all of our faves and we’ll be dissecting the hell out of it. To miss this episode would be a Big mistake! Big! Huge! 

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May 31, 2022 53 min

CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of abuse, mass murder.

*Special note: we recorded this episode before the horrific and senseless shooting in Uvalde, Texas. While we don’t talk about shootings in this episode, the story does involve a climactic scene where students are killed in a school. We are heartbroken that so many innocent baby's lives were taken and we hope that change will happen so that these shootings end. We must insist o...

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In this episode we get into The Devil’s Advocate. This 90s gem showed us that what our 17 year old selves thought of as sexy hot . . . really is not. From religious tropes to sibling incest, this one is a real dumpster fire. Starring Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, and Al Pacino, and directed by Taylor Hackford who also directed Ray and Officer and a Gentlemen. 

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Can two friends sleep together and still love each other in the morning? We’re gonna find out in this weeks episode of When Harry met Sally! Starring Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, and Bruno Kirby. Directed by Rob Reiner, written by Nora Ephron, with music by Harry Connick Jr. This is a much beloved late 80’s rom-com and actually gets a fairly low rating on our “Problematic Scale”. Still, there are a few reasons why it’s o...

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April 19, 2022 86 min

Get ready to step into the future, and "get your ass to Mars", with our next episode . . . Total Recall! We’re joined by a special guest, the very talented Dr. Max Neal! Total Recall stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Rachel Ticotin, Ronny Cox & Lycia Naff. Directed by Paul Verhoeven who also directed Robocop, Basic Instinct, & Showgirls. Adapted from the short story by Philip K. Dick, this...

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March 29, 2022 43 min

In this week’s episode we’re giving you something a little different. It’s our Be Kind, Please Rewind bonus episode! We take your comments and critiques into account and further discuss some topics from past episodes. We are so appreciative of all the feedback you’ve given us so far so please keep it coming and we hope you enjoy!

Content warning: Discussion on sexual assault and rape, extreme violence, & self-harm.

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March 15, 2022 53 min

In this episode we take on Quentin Tarantino's cult classic, Pulp Fiction. Arguably a fan favorite, this multi-layered movie stars Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Ving Rhames, & Bruce Willis. This was a problematic one on so many levels and we’re gonna take you through all of them. Park your chopper, light up a cig, and buckle up because this one's a doozy!

Content warning: Discussion of sexual assault, c...

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You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you'll (hopefully not) hurl when you listen to our latest episode. We’re talking about Wayne’s World y’all! Starring Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere, Rob Lowe, Lara Flynn Boyle, and the late, great Chris Farley. Directed by Penelope Spheeris. While this movie is a hilarious comedy, it does have some pretty problematic themes and stereotypes. So grab your Red Vines and drum sticks! You’re in for an...

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February 15, 2022 52 min

For episode 4 we’re talking Fatal Attraction - a late 80’s psychological thriller directed by Adrian Lyne. This treat stars Glenn Close and Michael Douglas. Set against the backdrop of Manhattan, Fatal is one of the most erotic thrillers of its time up, there with Basic Instinct. We love this genre, but we’re going to break down what is so damaging and problematic with the film's narrative, as well as discuss how the original e...

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In episode 3 Courtney and Nicole take on Silence of the Lambs. Oh, the horror! Although mostly just a harmless horror/thriller, Silence has elements that are problematic and we’re gonna dive into all of them! This 1991 classic debuted on Valentine’s Day and stars the amazing Jodie Foster and Sir Anthony Hopkins, and features Ted Levine (as Buffalo Bill), Scott Glenn, and Kasi Lemmons, who went on to direct many feature films includ...

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January 18, 2022 33 min

Buckle up y’all! In Episode 2 Courtney & Nicole dive right in to the John Hughes’ gem, Sixteen Candles! Another 1984 hit starring Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling (who retired from acting probably because of this problematic film), Gedde Watanabe and the Cusack siblings. This movie was written by Hughes and was also his directorial debut. We aren’t going to sugar coat it, this one’s real problematic and...

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January 1, 2022 36 min

For our maiden voyage we are diving into the 1984 film Splash. Directed by Ron Howard and starring Darryl Hannah, Tom Hanks, John Candy and Eugene Levy. Splash was critically praised as one of the best films of that year and nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay. But don’t worry it’s plenty problematic and we’re gonna tell you all why. Enjoy! 

Content warning: Emotional abuse in the context of romantic partnerships. 

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January 1, 2022 1 min

Wow, That’s Problematic is a new feminist/comedy all-inclusive podcast where we discuss the movies we used to love, and how in a post #metoo society they are problematic. Episodes drop every other Tuesday starting January 4th. Stay tuned and enjoy!

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