Episode 10: Can't Buy Me Love

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!


Money can't buy you love, but it can buy a hell of a lot of bolo ties.

Money can't buy you love, but it can buy a hell of a lot of bolo ties.

Intro and outro music: "Love in this Land" by Westy Reflector

Episode 8: Leap Year

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.

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Intro/Outro: Westy Reflector "Love In This Land"

Episode 7: 13 Going On 30

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

Episode 6: Sleeping With Other People

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

Episode 5: Notting Hill

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. 

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Episode 4: High Fidelity

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!


Episode 3: 27 Dresses

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!

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