Paid in Puke S2E10: Ghost World

In our final episode of Series Two, we fan girl all over Terry Zwigoff’s 2001 film, Ghost World, based on the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. Amy shares some personal correspondence with Mr. Enid Coleslaw himself.

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We also have what may be the longest Eskimo segment since Heathers, and our Lunchtime Poll turns into a discussion about problematic favs, but we do our best to end on a high note.

Paid in Puke returns in May with a Mother’s Day episode about Terms of Endearment! In the meantime, stay safe, healthy and try not to puke!

Paid in Puke S2E9: Josie and the Pussycats

In this episode, we let the cats out of the bag with 2001’s Josie and the Pussycats, written and directed by Deb Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Can’t Hardly Wait) and starring Rachel Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, and Tara Reid. This one’s a bit tough on us oldsters, as it’s targeting pre-teens and hits you over the head with it’s anti-consumerism message (whist occasionally shooting itself in the foot). It’s also a bit of a throwback to a very specific point in music economic history that requires some unpacking. Still, it promotes body positivity (as long as you’re not above 120 lbs) and chicks in rock and roll. So that’s…something.

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It also inspires some more t-shirts! Check out our store if you like any of the fictional power pop bands we invent in our Lunchtime Poll.

Girl Power! (Wait…wrong movie?)

Paid in Puke S2E8: Alien

In this episode, we’re joined by the brilliant Erin Lavery to discuss one of her favorite films: Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi art house classic, Alien. This is the film that inspired the (Bechdel) test that inspired our podcast but it also contains a textbook example of the male gaze! Erin points out that Alien is basically a workplace drama and Ripley is long-suffering middle management.

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We also introduce a new segment: Patronizing Bunny Rabbits. This is what we’re calling it when directors feel the need to trick their actors into giving them an “honest” reaction. Is it part of the process, or just a dick move?

In the Lunchtime Poll, we reveal which members of the Nostromo crew we would make time with to blow off steam at our space job.

Paid in Puke S2E7: Midsommar/The VVitch

On this episode, we get pagan AF, as we dig deep into Robert Eggers’ 2015 film, The VVitch, and Ari Aster’s 2019 film, Midsommar! Wouldst thou like to live deliciously? Of course thou wouldst! We have a little bit of trouble coming up with a Lunchtime Poll, but we get there eventually.

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Our discussion also spawns our first t-shirt! Get your #WitchLife merch in our new store! Black Phillip-approved!

Paid in Puke S2E6: Bring it On

Happy St. Pad’s! On this unrelated episode of Paid in Puke, we’ve got s-loads of spirit for Peyton Reed’s ahead-of-its-time (a few Hot Probs aside) anti-appropriation film, Bring it On, starring Kirstin Dunst and Gabrielle Union.

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We also reveal the songs we would use for our floor routine and there’s a lengthy plug for Baxter’s band, No Refundz.

Paid in Puke S2E5: Like a Boss

On this episode of Paid in Puke, we discuss the myriad ways we were disappointed by Miguel Arteta’s 2020 comedy, Like a Boss, despite the stellar cast. There are some redeeming qualities, including the Lunchtime Poll question it inspired: What small business would you start with your bestie? It wouldn’t be a novelty product makeup boutique, that’s for sure.

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At least Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne are delights, no matter what terrible scripts they are handed.

Paid in Puke S2E4: Dick

In this episode, we go through the looking glass to discuss Andrew Fleming’s (The Craft) 1999 political teen comedy, Dick! This genre-inventing film exposed Kirstin Dunst and Michelle Williams as premiere talents but they have still been woefully underutilized all these years.

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We might break a record with tangents on this episode, because we somehow manage to get all the way to The Wizard starring Fred Savage and Jenny Lewis. We also have a real bummer of a conversation about our first celebrity crushes who disappointed us.

Also, Amy has an announcement!

Paid in Puke S2E3: Bombshell

In this episode, we defuse Jay Roach’s perplexing 2019 sexual harassment drama, Bombshell, a film that attempts to explain the #metoo movement to white CIS men. Does it succeed? Not particularly! The Hot Probs never end.

Also: In Kent’s Two Cents, Amy’s dad spills some Hot Goss about Gretchen Carlson via their shared personal trainer.

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Recorded on the day after Amy’s Rockin’ New Years’ Eve party (hence our outdated Oscar talk), we aren’t at full strength here. Regardless, we manage to find a couple of laughs in an otherwise vomit-inducing film. Speaking of vomit, Bombshell contains a scene in which a woman throws up but isn’t pregnant. Could Baxter’s most-hated female-centric cinematic trope be on the wane?

Paid in Puke S2E2: Bound

It’s no joke how well Bound holds up. Released in the golden year of American cinema, 1996, Lana and Lilly Wachowski’s lesbian crime thriller is a refreshing gem in a sea of films about women who get punished for standing up to men. With a (mostly) smart script, some fun scenery chewing from Joey Pants and Chris Meloni, and of course, the goddesses that are Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon, we give Bound 0 Pukes (on a scale of 0-5, 5 being the worst).

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PLUS: We all try our hand at Jennifer Tilly impressions and we reveal our personal skills that Violet could exploit to lure us into her apartment (if we were lucky enough to garner her attention in the elevator).

Paid in Puke S2E1: Muriel’s Wedding

On our Series Two opener, we gush about P.J. Hogan’s 1994 very Aussie, ABBA-tastic comedy, Muriel’s Wedding, starring Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the Time of Valens (aka Galentine’s Day). Amy and Cristina count the film among their very favorites, and Baxter had never seen it.

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Regardless, this viewing brought up some stuff for all three of us! We touch on such topics as philandering fathers, emotionally battered mothers, body image issues, early adulthood besties, and inspirational musicians. It’s a lot more fun than it sounds? We also attempt Australian accents with varying degrees of success.