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Nov. 22, 2020

BONUS EPISODE: Saved by the Bell [Patreon episode]

This is the latest installment of our Patreon-only chats that we wanted to share with y'all because it's the Sunday before Covid …

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Nov. 18, 2020

Demystifying Dad and Big Fish with Guest Louisa Smith

Tim Burton's Big Fish is about a man who hopes to get a better sense of who is yarn-spinning father is. Are there larger truths i…

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Nov. 11, 2020 Film Reviews Mental Health

Charismatic con men, grief and The Royal Tenenbaums

We usually tease the episode with some pithy switcheroo about how the movie is about one thing, but is it possible that there are…

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Nov. 4, 2020

Invisibility AND masculinity in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is about a dad who shrinks his kids, sure, but is it possible there are some issues to unpack in a movie…

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Oct. 28, 2020 Film Reviews Mental Health

Robot Daddies and Terminator 2 [with Michael Hobbes!]

Terminator 2 is about a boy, his mom, and a killer robot, sure, but is it possible that a movie about a surrogate cyborg father h…

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Oct. 21, 2020

Plague, abandonment and Roy Cohn in Angels in America

Angels in America is about plague in the Reagan 80s but could it be possible that there are some daddy issues to dissect in a wor…

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Oct. 14, 2020

Absentee dads, legacy, Frankenstein [1931] and Young Frankenstein

Frankenstein [1931] and Young Frankenstein are about mad scientists who have to come to terms with their creations, sure, but is …

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Oct. 14, 2020

Absentee dads, legacy, Frankenstein and Young Frankenstein

Frankenstein [1931] and Young Frankenstein are about mad scientists who have to come to terms with their creations, sure, but is …

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Self-Absorption, Dad and The Squid and the Whale

It’s a cult classic about 1980s Brooklyn intellectuals falling apart at the seams, sure, but Sarah and Alex sort through The Squi…

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Sept. 30, 2020

Manhood and Friday

It's a classic 90s stoner comedy, sure, but Sarah and Alex sort through Friday's many dad themes and issues. What happens when, c…

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Sept. 23, 2020

Dad issues abound in Top Gun

It's about a handful of guys competing against each other at a top tier Navy flight school, sure, but Sarah, Alex and special gue…

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Sept. 16, 2020

Deescalation with Dad... and Kevin Costner

What if dads taught their kids to deescalate rather than to retaliate? To prioritize love over conflict? What if men learned from…

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Sept. 9, 2020 Film Reviews

Surviving Dad and A Nightmare on Elm Street

It’s about a lascivious dream demon, sure, but Sarah and Alex unpack A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Dad themes and there is plenty t…

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Sept. 9, 2020

Surviving Dad and A Nightmare on Elm Street

It’s about a lascivious dream demon, sure, but Sarah and Alex unpack Nightmare on Elm Street’s Dad themes and there is plenty to …

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Sept. 2, 2020

Disappointing Dad and Dirty Dancing

It’s about dancing, sure, but Sarah and Alex unpack Dirty Dancing’s dad themes and there is plenty to sort through. What happens …

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Aug. 25, 2020

Emotional Intimacy and Jaws

It is about a shark, sure, but Sarah and Alex unpack Jaws' Big Dad Energy by looking at its larger themes in the context of their…

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Aug. 17, 2020

Hey! This is the trailer.

Sarah Marshall [You're Wrong About] and Alex Steed [Nashville Demystified] attempt to understand what the hell it means to be the…

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