Paid in Puke S4E6: Girls Trip

On this episode, we embark on a Girls Trip with Malcolm D. Lee’s 2017 smash, written by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver. Girls Trip stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, but for us, it’s the Tiffany Haddish show all the way. The woman positively owns the Meaningful Passages segment today. There are some Hot Probs (that’s not at all how absinthe works), but it’s mostly a riotous good time following the Flossy Posse on their New Orleans adventure. 

On the Lunchtime Poll, we talk about memorial girls trips from our pasts.

Paid in Puke S4E5: The Farewell

On this episode, we’re talking about Lulu Wang’s 2019 film, The Farewell, which is “based on a real lie” and stars Awkwafina. What are the ethics of lying to your family? Is there any such thing as a “good” lie? What if it’s a stranger you will never see again? 

On the Lunchtime Poll, we reveal lies we have told our family. 

Paid in Puke will take a brief, mid-season break and return on December 1st, 2020. 

Paid in Puke S4E4: Us

On today’s episode, we have a million theories about the allegorical nature of Jordan Peele’s 2019 horror film, Us, starring Lupita N’Yongo. 

Is it about classism? Capitalism? The failed American Dream? Performative activism? Yes. And so much more. Peele stuns with his super tight scripts and narrative mirroring. ALL of the performers absolutely destroy playing two parts EACH. This movie is so good, ya’ll. Watch it right now if you haven’t already. 

On the Lunchtime Poll, we reveal our “Tethered Tells”. What do we do a little differently that would expose us possible underworld doppelgängers? 

Paid in Puke S4E3: Sweetheart

On today’s episode, we’re taking a deep dive into J.D. Dillard’s Blumhouse Creature Feature, Sweetheart, starring Kiersey Clemons (Antebellum). Clemons destroys as a woman trapped on an island with a Shape of Water-adjacent monster who doesn’t seem to want to make out at all. 

In the spirit of the film, we recorded this episode in Cristina’s back yard with plenty of ambient sound to set the scene, and lots of cameos from Cristina’s dog, Lily, who DOES seem to want to make out with Amy. On the Lunchtime Poll, we reveal our island survival skills (or lacktherof). 

Paid in Puke S4E2: Antebellum

On this episode, we puzzle over the myriad negative critical response to this highly-anticipated social justice horror debut from writer/director team, Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz (Bush + Renz). 2020’s Antebellum stars the singular force of nature that is Janelle Monáe, as well as a killer comedic turn from Gabourey Sidibe. (Baxter apologizes for repeatedly mispronouncing Gabby’s surname, but we got the corrective drop in there and she’s got it now).

We take a break from the heavy convo about rampant racism for a fun Lunchtime Poll inspired by Gabby’s takedown of a would-be suitor. And Amy’s eldest child, Logan (they/them), returns in Keggers with Kids.  

Paid in Puke S3E10: Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town

izzy ep artOn the Series 3 finale, we go on a journey with Christian Papierniak’s 2017 indie stay-cation road movie, Izzy Gets the F Across Town, starring Mackenzie Davis and a buffet of character actors including Annie Potts, Alia Shawcat, and Carrie Coon.

It’s not without Hot Probs, but Papierniek’s debut transcends the usual romantic comedy plot of a woman trying to get back with an ex by making Izzy an anti-hero you don’t mind rooting against. it also showcases the people she meets on her car-less journey across the expanse of L.A. Plus, the seminal Riot Grrrl soundtrack kicks ass.

On our Lunchtime Poll, we tell tales of fraught journeys from our personal pasts.

Paid in Puke returns with Series 4 in Fall 2020. In the meantime, keep your heads and masks up!

Paid in Puke S3E9: Lynn Shelton Special

lynn ep artOn this episode of Paid in Puke, we pay tribute to the late Seattle film auteur, Lynn Shelton, who recently passed away unexpectedly at the age of 54. We celebrate her career with 2013’s Touchy Feely, which Lynn also wrote, and 2014’s Laggies, written by Andrea Seigel.

Touchy Feely stars Rosemarie Dewitt and Ellen Page. Laggies stars Kiera Knightly and Chloe Grace Mortez. They share common themes of women who are at an existential crossroads and must take drastic steps to move forward.

Lynn was very beloved, not just in Seattle, but by all who knew her. Rest in Power, Lynn.

Paid in Puke S3E8: Reality Bites

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On today’s episode, we pay a visit to the GenX saturated year 1994 with Ben Stiller’s directorial debut, Reality Bites, starring pod fav Winona Ryder and Janeane Garofalo. It doesn’t hold up quite as well as we’d hoped as we learn in what is perhaps our longest Hot Probs segment to date. Is Troy Dire the shittiest love interest of all time? Just how bad is it that Helen Childress’ script sidelined the one gay character and made the AIDS crisis all about white women?

Still, Keggers With Kids reveals that the youth of today can find some things to like about this film even if they will never understand what Lelaina sees in Troy.

Paid in Puke S3E7: Eighth Grade

eight-grade-2On today’s episode, we relive Eighth Grade with Bo Burnham’s 2018 dramedy, starring Elsie Fisher and Josh Hamilton. We discuss the horrors of co-ed pool parties, class superlatives, getting surprised by your crush, and that awful scene in the car…

There’s a lot of dark territory here, so we lighten things up in the Lunchtime Poll with a little game of M.A.S.H., and Baxter’s husband and kids provide some nice constant background noise because quarantine.

Paid in Puke S3E6: The House of Yes

house of yes episode art copyIn this episode of PiP, we discuss Mark Waters’ (Mean Girls) 1997 indie black comedy, The House of Yes, starring Parker Posey and Tori Spelling.

Among our topics: Was there anything good about the Kennedys? Is it worse to do incest with your twin than a different member of your family? Is Parker Posey tired from running circles around her co-stars?

In our Lunchtime Poll, we reminisce about the era-defining news stories that shaped us, and try very hard to think of a positive news story from the last twenty years.