Episodes
We kick off our Spooky Scary season with a 90’s cult classic! A movie that dare we say inspired the likes of Charmed, Buffy, and Sabrina, bringing the occult into the mainstream in a way that shaped us all! Because let’s be honest, witches and vampire slayers are bad AF and were basically the millennial teen's intro to feminism. There was a lot to cover in this one including some pretty dark themes, but we certainly entered our podcast circle with perfect love and perfect trust. We also...
Published 09/13/21
Well, well well, we have reached the end of our extensive Boss Bitches season and we can safely say that was SPECTACULAR. Don’t you love how we can just say that to each other and know we’re not being conceited? 13 episodes, 13 great films, endless great times! Thanks for sticking with us throughout, we hope you had as much fun as we did on this wild ride! We end this glorious season with an age-old favorite from our childhood and hopefully yours too, the one and only Romy and Michele’s High...
Published 08/16/21
Throughout our Boss Bitch-themed season, we have discussed badass women in many forms and narratives. However, the women in this movie went so beyond the call of duty that they put the other so called “boss bitches” to shame.  Set It Off manages to display female characters who exist in a whole other realm of power, bravado, and fearlessness, while also managing to be loyal, vulnerable, tender, and often HILARIOUS, sending the three of us through the FULL range of emotion while watching. This...
Published 07/19/21
Starring: Christina Ricci, Rosie O’Donnell, Thora Birch, Melanie Griffith, Gaby Hoffman, Demi Moore, Rita Wilson @blockbusterbetties [email protected]
Published 07/06/21
Wowzers, what a doozy this one is. First of all, #FreeBritney forever (obviously) - but also....*should* Britney be acting??? The consensus here is...this may be best left to the professionals, especially for a plot this melodramatic. We wished there were more fun dancing in this movie and less, uh, traumatic sexual violence that's just casually thrown in there. We did learn a few things along the way, like how much a cracked radiator repair cost in 2002 (as well as how ripped Justin Long...
Published 06/08/21
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Lindsay Lohan, Lizzy Caplan, Amanda Seyfried @blockbusterbetties [email protected]
Published 05/17/21
Join the Betties as they almost spend the whole podcast talking about Ted Lasso but turn it around just in time to dive into the campy, kitschiness, of this satire.  Who could forget JAWBREAKER in all its 90’s does 50’s goodness? A movie so focused on aesthetics that a few of the Betties felt they forgot about the plot. Tune in to hear us worship Pam Grier, recount personal stories of "prank kidnapping,” and argue over the significance of the Donnas. You can also expect many audible...
Published 04/19/21
We know this movie is a classic buuuuut we all kinda agreed that it was a hard watch...maybe because of the extreme creepiness of Christian Slater's character, or the copious amounts of bodily fluids on display. However, we also spent a good amount of time in this episode talking about food? It's confusing. On one hand, this movie is nauseating and upsetting in a lot of ways, but on the other, it would make an amazing party theme. Shoulder pads, croquet, and perms? I am IN. Please send an...
Published 04/05/21
"Up your ziggy with a wawa brush!" Anyone else have this phrase living in their head rent-free since you saw this movie a few times as a kid? The all-star cast, clever dialogue, and the satisfying conclusion make this movie quite the hidden gem...maybe even a diamond in the rough? What was it about this movie that didn't push it into mainstream relevance? Was it too smart? Not enough teenage romance? Le sigh. The Betties had a fun time figuring this one out, and will definitely be rewatching...
Published 03/22/21
Listen to the Betties process this movie together - what a different tone from the usual stuff we cover. Thank you again for your comments and anecdotes about this one!
Published 03/02/21
Act your age not your shoe size! Cher + Winona + Ricci = the underrated glory that is MERMAIDS. We had a ball discussing this lesser known classic in all its novelty. Topics discussed include the misdiagnosis of Charlotte as "just an angsty teen,” the reality of small town life, and whether or not this particular mother daughter relationship reminds us of our relationship with our mothers in any way. Jessica  thinks ten-year-old Christina Ricci stole the movie. Kelly loved it purely for...
Published 02/15/21
Take a deep breath. Wait. That’s what 2020 felt like. Now, exhale. That’s this episode. The Betties were holding their breath to review one of Terry McMillian’s masterpieces, Waiting to Exhale. And BOY did we exhale. Listen in to us completely break our podcast structure to wax poetic about the powerhouse performance of the FIREY Angela Basset, who may just need an award greater than the Golden Scrunchie (albeit the most hallowed award of all time). SOMEONE needed to recognize the performance...
Published 01/21/21
HELL NO, H2O! (A very problematic slogan for a bar, btw...the Betties do not condone dehydration.) First off: all the male hecklers in this movie need to die in hell, and all of the women need to dance on a bar together in heaven...forever. Because this movie, while perhaps not quite a cinematic masterpiece per se, made a very permanent mark on our young psyches. We also love the fact that this movie is not only based on a real bar in NYC, but based more specifically on an essay by Elizabeth...
Published 12/14/20
The blockbuster that no male studio execs or producers saw coming, because WHO in their right mind would pay to see a movie about a group of hilarious and relatable women? Answer: Only EVERYONE. This flick opened at NUMBER ONE, grossed 181 MILLION bucks, and landed at #10 on the list of highest grossing films of 1996. If that doesn’t make you blink your lips then we don’t know what will! This is one of the Betty’s all time favorite movies and discussing it for two hours did wonders for our...
Published 11/30/20
Helllloooo listeners! First of all, we love and would never want to tease you...except right now ;) Get pumped for season 3 of Blockbuster Betties with this lil sampler of our upcoming episodes, as well as the BIG THEME REVEAL!!!! Just remember...WE LOVE YOUUUU! And also, don't get mad...GET EVERYTHING!
Published 11/19/20
What better film to enjoy after the 2020 election than one with a babe who believes in due process, and to quote Elle herself: “WE DID IT!”. We are wrapping up season two with the movie that puts the ACHIEVEMENT in our theme of Sports, Competition, and Achievement. Fun fact: this episode was recorded two weeks before the 2020 election, so please enjoy the intro which includes us collectively screaming into pillows to purge some pre-election stress, oh the memories! Anyways, this movie gave us...
Published 11/16/20
The episode in which Jessica thought we were discussing *next* week's movie and had to watch the correct movie while hungover in the part at 7 AM before recording...and is NOT happy about it. While we may disagree on this week's movie, we can all agree that Benjamin Bratt is FOINE...even if you can only see the back of his head (which Betsy did one time at a pasta restaurant in San Francisco). We can also agree that cops abusing their power and beauty pageants are NOT COOL...but perhaps there...
Published 11/02/20
What the hell is this movie? A family drama, a rom com, a buddy flick...all rolled into one? With an art school veneer on select scenes? Plus near-death drowning experiences while surfing ludicrously large waves? We'll take it...maybe? The Betties are not quite sure what to make of this movie, but we definitely had fun discussing "chill" surfer culture, workers rights of hotel employees, and dating football players. We recall our own attempts at surfing and how nobody in this movie should be...
Published 10/19/20
It’s a rare moment in the Blockbuster Betties universe when we come across a movie that we all universally loved to pieces, or that we avoid any stressful technical issues beforehand that make us want to drink, but this episode ….WAS A GODDAMN MIRACLE!  Please tune into our least controversial episode yet, and experience the Terry Gross-esque chillness that is us. if this ep was a person it’d be Jody Sawyer herself, America’s sweetheart with a playful edge. One thing’s for sure, Jamiriquoi is...
Published 10/05/20
Live your dream, it’s not as hard as it may seem, you gotta work to get the cream! This week’s movie is a somber and heartwarming tale of Sara Johnson's (Julia Stiles) ambitions to become a ballerina while living on the “bad” side of Chicago with her deadbeat dad after losing her mother in a tragic car accident. It is the origin of the greatest comeback aka “Steps ain’t no square dance” / “That’s okay, I’ll dance circles...probably around you”...even if Sara Johnson definitely does NOT dance...
Published 09/21/20
This week’s episode is the beginning of three dance movies we’ll be discussing, and HOW could we forget about this pivotal late-90’s dance movie starring Vanessa Williams and Puerto-Rican superstar Chayanne? We realized how, because this movie is EXTREMELY FORGETTABLE, making it even more fun to talk about, DUH! This movie however DID make us crave Cuban food, and we were also notably moved by several of the dancing scenes...even if they could have left out half the plot and we would have...
Published 09/08/20
Another foray into the secondary theme of this season, "Men tell women they can't do things...and then they do it anyway!" Come for the hot takes on Madonna's performance (emphasis on HOT), stay for hot insider tips on the bike-share program in Paris. Find out who the character of "Lilmer" is and why Jessica has recently played her and which Betty can do the splits. We also talk about the movie (eventually), and how much we are all NOT rooting for whiny kid sister Kit or drunk Coach Tom...
Published 08/24/20
Join us in discussing this sports-n-competition classic! Betsy is drunk off one beer and has a lot to say about "British townhouses and that whole vibe," Jessica loves British culture, and Kelly is just here to say that Kiera Knightley would never be a good soccer player. We all love Coach Joe and his puppy eyes, and we all find beans-on-toast depressing. As usual, we discuss the tragic fashion of the 90s, the club bangers that should never be forgotten ("I Turn to You" by Mel C aka Sporty...
Published 08/10/20
How will the Betties handle a depiction of an actual adult relationship AND the high-stakes world of professional sports? Join us as we reckon with such questions as “Was Quincy wrong to ‘take a ho to Burger King’?” and “Should one ever wager one’s upcoming marriage to Tyra Banks on a few rounds of b-ball?” Other topics include feminism (as always), fashion (as always), and whether Omar Epps could really be a basketball player at 5’10”! Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Gabrielle Union,...
Published 07/27/20
Come for Heather Ledger at peak hawtness, stay for sexy Prince Edward! You know you had a crush on Shannyn Sossamon, even if you had no idea how to say her last name.  Live out your RenFair dreams today with the Betties as we fawn over these legendary, completely believable, historically accurate characters as they bicker, gamble, joust, and most importantly, dance to David Bowie (bet you didn’t know David Bowie was around in the time of Chaucer DID YOU?!) Plus, find out why jousting is...
Published 07/14/20