Ep 69: Step Brothers

Nate and Ryan revisit the widely loved comedy Step Brothers to talk about what is so appealing about the team of Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Adam McKay. With Ferrell and Reilly back in theaters to much uninterested shrugs, and Adam McKay nominated for his 5th Oscar after winning his first three years ago, Nate and Ryan examine what about Step Brothers works and what hasn’t aged particularly well.

FAIR WARNING: Just for good measure, there’s also a pretty significant tangent on the current state of comedy that meanders a bit from the Step Brothers conversation, but ultimately looks at why things that were funny stop being funny.

Where does Step Brothers rank for you among all-time great comedies? What comedians never fail to make you laugh? Let us know!

Ep. 64: Bull Durham

Nate and Ryan escape the summer heat by watching Bull Durham, a sports classic from 1988 that helped catapult Kevin Costner into Hollywood super-stardom.  Bull Durham is often hailed as the best sports movie of all time, so Nate and Ryan decided to weigh in for themselves.  After 30 years, how does this tale of small-time baseball players, small-town romancers, and has-been talents hold up?  Nate and Ryan discuss if Bull Durham has any life left in it.

Where does Bull Durham rank for you?  Is there another sports movie that takes the top spot for you?  Do you believe in opening presents on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve? Let us know!

Also, let us know your thoughts on our next movie: Vertigo.

Ep. 63: Can’t Hardly Wait

As the school year winds down and summer brings life-long change (or so teen comedies would have us believe), Nate and Ryan discuss Can’t Hardly Wait.  Released 20 years ago, some of the hallmarks of late ’90s and early ’00s teen comedies can be traced back to Can’t Hardly Wait, yet it doesn’t quite hold a place among the “Teen Comedy Classics.”  Nate and Ryan discuss whether it belongs there, and what qualifies a film for a place among the beloved. They also get unexpectedly serious in discussing whether a movie that accurately depicts the troubling social dynamics of its day has a place in today’s culture.

Was Can’t Hardly Wait a part of your teen years?  What is your favorite teen comedy?  What makes a “great” teen comedy in your mind? Let us know!