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This week, Dana, Steve, and Julia take on Booksmart, a charming teen comedy that marks Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut. The film’s handling of female friendship and queerness feels specific and real, but is that undercut by its avoidance of class issues and teenage cruelty? Next, Justin Peters shares his experience as one of the biggest money-losers in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire history, reflecting on its legacy and the future of game shows as a whole. Finally, the gabbers are joined by K. Austin Collins to discuss his and Dana’s new podcast, Flashback, and why older movies are worth revisiting.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
• Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart
• “Booksmart Is More Than Just a Queer, Gender-Flipped Superbad” by Dana Stevens in Slate
• Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird
• John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club
• “Spoiler Specials: Booksmart” by Jeffrey Bloomer, Christina Cauterucci, and Dana Stevens in Slate
• Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
• “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Was My Lifeline” by Justin Peters in Slate
• “I Wanted to Be a Millionaire” by Justin Peters in Slate
• “Introducing Flashback” by Dana Stevens in Slate
• Gaslight starring Ingrid Bergman
• Barbara Loden’s Wanda
Dana: The audiobook of Jared Yates Sexton’s The Man They Wanted Me to Be
Julia: Lawrence of Arabia starring Peter O’Toole
Outro: “Irish Waltz” by Stefan Netsman
This podcast was produced by Benjamin Frisch. Our production assistant is Alex Barasch.
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