Paid in Puke S6E5: Zola

On this episode, we’re on an emotional rollercoaster with Janicza Bravo’s 2021 crime drama/comedy, “Zola”, based on the viral Twitter thread by Detroit waitress A’Ziah “Zola” King in October 2015. It stars Taylour Paige as the titular protagonist, and Riley Keough as the shady lady who roped Zola into a nightmarish weekend in Florida. It’s possibly our shortest Hot Probs segment to date, as Bravo knocks this one out of the park.

This discussion inspires a new t-shirt (it’s always a good idea to MIND THE VIBES) and several P.S.A.’s.

You won’t wanna miss this Lunchtime Poll, as we tell stories of times we got in over our heads with some sketchy people. 

PS: Forget that Rolling Stone article. Allison P. Davis has the real scoop at Vulture. 

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Paid in Puke S6E4: Carol

On today’s episode, we’re falling in love with Todd Haynes’ 2015 romantic period drama, Carol, starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson. We’re joined by special guest, Alicia Mullins of Gal Pals Watch Podcast, who gives us all the Superfan details about the film and the source material (Patricia Highsmith’s semi-autobiographical novel, “The Price of Salt”). 

There’s an awful lot of Harge hate and swooning over Cate Blanchett’s ethereal presence and silky voice, as well as marveling at Carol’s brass ovaries for standing up for herself in the 1950s, despite having so much to lose. Carol simply rules.  

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Paid in Puke S6E3: Abortionpalooza 2021

On today’s episode, we’re discussing the tragic state of underage abortion rights in the United States through thematically similar, but tonally opposite films: Eliza Hitman’s 2020 drama Never Rarely Sometimes Always starring Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder; and Rachel Lee Goldenberg’s 2020 comedy, Unpregnant, starring Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferriera. 

There are some Hot Probs, but these films are both great in their own right and feature some really incredible debut performances.

Despite the heavy subject matter, we manage to keep it light on the Two Lunchtime Polls for the Price of One! 

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Paid in Puke S6E2: I, Tonya



On today’s episode, we’re setting the record straight with Craig Gillespie’s 2017 bio dramedy, “I, Tonya”, starring Margot Robbie, and Allison Janney. This film is a little miracle with its pitch-perfect performances, Rashomon story-telling, meta fourth-wall breaking, Cohen-esque comedy, ACAB-ery, and a bangin’ soundtrack to boot. We manage to have a very fun conversation about a very HEAVY-hitting story, the egregious double-standards in sports crime prosecution, and what happens to a woman who is “the wrong kind of poor” in this country.

This episode references a groundbreaking piece on Tonya Harding by Sarah Marshall. Check it out.

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Paid in Puke S6E1: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

On our series 6 opener, we’re setting sail with Howard Hawke’s 1953 musical comedy, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, starring the incomparable Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe! This movie is gay in every sense of the word! It’s a mood lifter, a thirst trap, and a subversive musical romp. Marilyn and Jane are the ultimate multi-taskers, dazzling audiences, dodging private detectives, dismantling the patriarchy, and even making a little money along the way. What’s not to love?

On the Lunchtime Poll, we try to figure out the weakness about which our friends need to keep us in check.

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Paid in Puke S5E10: Fast Times/The Anniversary Party

On our series 5 finale, we’re doing a double shot of Jennifer Jason Leigh and Phoebe Cates, with Amy Heckerling’s 1982 comedy debut, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, written by Cameron Crowe, and 2001’s Mumblecore template drama, The Anniversary Party, written and directed by Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Alan Cumming. These two films are spiritual sequels, linked by JJL and Cates’ twenty year friendship. Fast Times is also Amy’s favorite movie of all time! Both of these films find a perfect balance between the realistic struggles of women in these respective places in their lives, and belly-laugh comedy. Plus hella abortions.

Two movies means we double your pleasure on Meaningful Passages and Lunchtime Polls!

Paid in Puke is taking a break but we’ll return soon with Series 6!

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Paid in Puke S5E9.5: Oscars Special 2021!

It’s Oscar Season!! Join the Paid-in-Pukettes for lamenting snubs, ragging on Aaron Sorkin, loving on Lakeith, and worrying that people will get the wrong message from Nomadland. Stay for some very opinionated commentary on movies we didn’t see and equally opinionated commentary on the ones that we did see!

Plus! 

Hot Props: Who will be the In Memoriam Hammer photo? Who will bring their mom as a date?

Fun Facts: Which Best Picture winner is the lowest rated on IMDb?

Hosts: Is the non-problematic host a myth?

And the funniest description of David Fincher’s Seven that you’ve ever heard!

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Paid in Puke S5E9: Hard Candy

On today’s episode, we’re cutting our teeth on David Slade’s 2005 directorial debut, Hard Candy, starring Elliot Page in their breakthrough role. We discuss Elliot’s electric performance and the perplexing ways in which critics received this film at the time. (Looking at you, Roger Ebert!) We also learn about what castration really does to an erection and briefly touch on some famous predators and how their crimes have done little to effect their careers.

We keep it light on the Lunchtime Poll, revealing our early screen names and shouting out some cool people we met on the internet.

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Paid in Puke S5E8: The 40 Year-Old Version

On today’s episode, we’re losing it over Radha Blank’s 2020 semi-autobiographical comedy, The 40-Year-Old Version, written, directed by, and starring Radha Blank. This film fills so many cinematic voids for us, and we love the way it pays tribute to the male auteurs who influenced Blank, whilst simultaneously subverting their genre. It’s all about reclaiming artistic spaces for women of color and of a certain age and we’re here for all of it. FYOV!

On the Lunchtime Poll, we reveal our hypothetical hip hop names, and the history of the “My name is ______ and I’m here to say” cliche. 

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Paid in Puke S5E7: Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

As far as we’re concerned, Josh Greenbaum’s 2021 comedy, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is an instant classic. Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumalo wrote the script and also star as the titular middle-aged mid-westerners who danced their way into our hearts and our lexicons. 

So, have a couple of wheat thins, slide into your most comfortable culottes, and join us in gushing over this silly, good-hearted musical tribute to women of a certain age. Also, Jamie Dornan is there, nailing the himbo role and giving Wiig and Mumalo plenty of room to do their thing.

On the Lunchtime Poll, we reveal ways in which we stepped out of our comfort zones and were all the better for it.

We love Barb and Star with all our farts!

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