Rae is out of the country so Renee brings in friend and film aficionado, Jordan Krause. We compare and contrast the real story of Kumail Nanjiani and wife, Emily V. Gordon vs. the fictionalized version in The Big Sick. We pick apart the biggest joke in the film, how comedians grow and mature, and more.
In the tenth episode of Mandatory Happy*, we travel back in time to when Patrick Dempsey was a nerdy teen and Seth Green was so young he barely existed to discuss and explore this teenage tale of love and telescopes. Renee debunks a few myths about American teenage life, and Rae tells how her life is similar to Michael C. Hall's new show, SAFE. It's all in good fun, and you'll have the titular Beatles' song stuck in your head for a week even though we don't even mention it on the show!
*We're in the double digits! Whee!
Intro and outro music: "Love in this Land" by Westy Reflector
What happens when a film splits into two timelines, but forgets to make one or both of them matter? Can Rae & Renee get over the obnoxious public transport behavior of the romantic lead, or is he doomed to be a harasser? Exactly how bad can a man be at having a secret affair? All these questions answered and more on this week's episode of Mandatory Happy.
Leap Year holds space as the movie that made Renee want to start a podcast picking at romcoms. A film somehow both absolutely boring and completely infuriating, Rae and Renee pick at the dozens of bad tropes, the strange filmmaking choices, the Irish stereotypes, and the times they were both, individually, held hostage by the band Flogging Molly. This episode is a cornucopia of heavy sighs, swift subject changes, and dinosaur sounds.
Intro/Outro: Westy Reflector "Love In This Land"
Consider this our Mark Ruffalo appreciation episode. We talk about the positive messages in the film, why it's great to watch with kids, Mark Ruffalo, women's magazines, Mark Ruffalo, why mean girls suck, Mark Ruffalo. We also discuss how foliage influences bad relationship decisions, haircuts, and Mark Ruffalo.
Music: Love is Over by Ondrosik
For the first time, Renee and Rae fundamentally disagree on the film! Is Sleeping With Other People a complete disaster of a movie with a heavy undercurrent of misogyny or a look at how purity culture hurts people? Do the leads have chemistry? Do the jokes work? Rae and Renee find a couple of things to agree on, but spend the majority of the episode presenting and defending two entirely different points of view on this Allison Brie/Jason Sudeikis indie rom com.
Have you seen the film? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter( @MandatoryHappy) who you agree with - or tell us why we’re both wrong.
Intro/Outro: "Love Is Over" by Ondrosik
In Episode 5 of Mandatory Happy, Rae and Renee take on Notting Hill, the charming English love story featuring a surprisingly tolerable Hugh Grant, a very weird take on the song "When You Say Nothing At All", and a realistic portrayal of the misogyny famous women face. Listen as Renee's life changes upon realizing Hugh Grant can be enjoyable, and Rae recounts the moment in her life quite like William Thacker's.
Rob is an asshole. We get that. Everyone who has seen High Fidelity gets that - but, what if Laura isn't so great, either? What if this is actually the saddest romance ever written? Rae & Renee discuss how NOT to deal with a break up, the most problematic things Rob does, the top 5 reasons Rob & Laura are toxic together, and what dipshit thing Rob has in common with Ashton Kutcher. Plus! Our Shayneparker3000.com giveaway winner is announced!
There are 25 tropes, 27 Dresses, 3 chemistry-less love stories, and enough eye rolling to last a lifetime in this week's episode of Mandatory Happy! Listen while Rae & Renee discuss everything from 90s brows to how to overcome the damage this film does to Elton John. Remember to rate us on Apple Podcasts and enter our giveaway on Facebook!Read More
Rae and Renee delve into the romantic comedy to which all romantic comedies are compared. Is Harry actually a dick? Is Sally too obsessed with marriage? What is WITH Jeff Goldblum getting so hot now that he's old? And why does being in your 30s suck so much? All these questions (and more!) answered on the second episode of Mandatory Happy!Read More
If you're the kind of person who really wants to hear two ardent feminists analyzing a movie about an angel stalking a human woman then boning her in front of a fire, this episode is for you.Read More