On our fiftieth episode spectacular, Lyndsey pulls a switch-a-roo when she realizes her VHS copy of Matilda has gone missing. Instead, we watched Nora Ephron's 1993 romantic comedy blockbuster Sleepless in Seattle, starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Bill Pullman. Topics include the heart-wrenching performance of Bill Pullman, inevitable You've Got Mail comparisons, love at first sight, and the morality of Meg Ryan's actions. Commercials on the tape include Hook, A League of Their Own, and a twofer soundtrack spotlight.
Lyndsey selects her VHS copy of The Man with One Red Shoe, the bizarre 1985 spy comedy starring Tom Hanks, Lori Singer, Jim Belushi, Carrie Fischer, Edward Herrmann, and Dabney Coleman. This film is a 20th Century Fox Selection, which is "a selected series of films available at a special value for a limited time".
Lyndsey selects her VHS copy of Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy You've Got Mail, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
Talking points: You've Got Mail is better than Sleepless in Seattle. A dated AOL reference. The soundtrack. Shop Around the Corner. Book stores. The golden age of romantic comedies. What was the last good rom-com? The cafe scene. Gendered interests. The finale. Dial-up internet. Quirky co-workers. Buy it/rent it/tape over it. Werewolves again.
Lyndsey selects the classic 1988 film Big, about a boy who wishes to be Tom Hanks. The film co-stars Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, and John Heard.
Talking points: A film made for adults. Josh makes a pretty great adult. Zoltar. The keyboard dance. A 20th Century Fox Selection. Is Splash a good movie? Tom Hanks talk. Penny Marshall directs. A taboo relationship. Eating baby corn. Kidnapping yourself. Wishing away your childhood. Rip-offs and body-swaps. You've Got Mail vs. Sleepless in Seattle. Buy it/rent it/tape over it. Leaping back for leap day.