Episode #287: “Care to dance, Mrs. Flax?” | Mermaids (1990)

Families are all a little different. In Charlotte’s family, they never stay in one place too long, her mother never stays with one man for too long, and dinner consists of finger sandwiches with marshmallow kabobs. Catholicism-obsessed teenager Charlotte tries to navigate a new home and new school with the added bonus of being more mature than her own mother… who just so happens to be attracted to anything male that moves. That may also include the local boy that’s got Charlotte ready to lose her religion.

Cher, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci, and Bob Hoskins star in Mermaids.

This concludes our “Love is in the Air” month, which included: Pretty Woman, Ghost, Wild at Heart, and Mermaids.

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Episode #278: “A dare to be great situation” | Say Anything (1989)

Welcome to our final entry for 1989… and our final 80s movie of the 30Something Movie Podcast! It’s bittersweet ending to the decade we love so much, but in many ways this is the perfect movie to end it with. As we have moved from the teen movies of the 80s and are “graduating” to the 90s, this movie feels like an 80s teen movie that’s “growing up.”

John Cusack, Ione Skye and John Mahoney star in Say Anything.



Episode #277: “‘Tis the Season to be Merry” | Christmas Vacation (1989)

The holidays can be a stressful time. Whether you’re hosting family you enjoy spending time with… or your own personal Cousin Eddie, we all have our holiday horror stories. Clark Griswold’s may just top them all, but it’s also guaranteed to make you laugh!



Episode #256: “Blush & Bashful” | Steel Magnolias (1989)

Men are supposed to be made of steel, but Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts are the true strength of their families in this adaptation of the stage play Steel Magnolias. As the trailer’s tagline puts it, “it’s the funniest movie that will make you cry.”

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