Episode 30 – Movie Night: Trading Places

Allow me to ask you a question. Before doing so I’m going to assume that you’re close to my age (26) or maybe a bit younger or older.
Do you remember all of the awesome movies from the 1980’s that had a hand in shaping the landscape of our language, fashion, and even the very structure of our culture? You do? Great! But guess what? I don’t remember a single one!

Blame it on my somewhat sheltered upbringing – blame it on the fact that when I was growing up I would rather watch “The Empire Strikes Back” for the 1,000,000th time than try and find entertainment in something new. For whatever reason, a few months ago when Jake and Rich and I started talking about iconic movies from the ’80s, I came to a realization.

I really haven’t seen any of them.

I know. I'm sure everyone is just as surprised as you are, Creepy Kinder Surprise Egg Man.

Sure, I’ve managed to catch 20 minutes here and there of movies like “Die Hard” “The Breakfast Club” and “Coming to America” on TV during the last 20 years or so, but actually sitting down and watching any of these movies from start to finish? Nope.

Please don't be mad at me, Mr. Bowie.

So for a month or so, Jake and Rich are going to be making our Movie Night movies exclusively movies from the 1980’s that I haven’t seen. I’m a bit excited about this, but also a little bit tentative. What if these beloved movies that Rich and Jake remember so fondly from their childhood just AREN’t as good when viewed through the eyes of  a cynical adult, 20 years after their release? It’s going to be an interesting experiment regardless, one which I hope that you’ll join us for.

The first movie that was picked was the  movie “Trading Places” starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, and a healthy dose of some fun-time 1980s casual racism. Listen along with us as Rich and Jake lead me through the first step in my journey to the movies of yesteryear – Trading Places.

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