Every month real lawyers look into the fictional worlds of entertainment and try to access how the law works in those tales. It's informative and silly, much like the law itself.
Bucky Deserved Better (Captain America trilogy)
Happy Fourth of July! Your pop culture legal team are back to look into the films of Steve Rogers aka Captain America. Sarah and Meredith dive into how much medical information Cap should have received before taking the super soldier serum; if Bucky Barnes' brainwashing works towards an insanity defense; and the necessary types of superhero classification that would be needed for the Sokovia Accords. Also is one of our hosts a secret mutant?!?
Vote Dave 2020! (Dave)
Take a break from the news to go back to the joyful days of the 90s when a constitutional crisis was a delightful comedy concept. Kevin Kline starred in an Ivan Reitman movie about an impersonator to the President ends up secretly being the President for a few months. The Pop Culture Legal Team look into how much of this is illegal. Beyond just saying, "ALL OF IT," they break down the legality of the AutoPen, how the 25th Amendment was almost evoked, and the real life first female President.
Spirit of Christmas, LLC (The Santa Clause)
It's a Christmas miracle! A man fell off your roof and died! Also Ad Absurdum is BACK. Sarah and Meredith are joined by Calli, a privacy lawyer, to answer all the big questions about The Santa Clause. Is the fine print on the card similar to iTunes user agreements? Can you treat a belief of Santa like a religious belief? Is the North Pole illegally spying on you during the year? How much of a bummer is it to deal with child custody issues in a silly Tim Allen movie? You'll find out all of this and more!
Escape from the Law (Escape from New York)
If you were wondering where the Pop Culture Legal Team has been for the past few months, it's because they were trapped on Manhattan but now....they ESCAPED. Join Sarah and Meredith as they discuss the legal possibilities of the John Carpenter film, Escape from New York. They talk about how the government would take control of an island, the reach of prison capabilities and how prisoners can legally be treated. Also they decide if Snake Plissken is a great name or the best name.
We Dreamed a Dream (Inception)
The Pop Culture Legal Team is back as they discuss the strangest form of insider trading and corporate esopionage: the kind that takes place in your dreams. Join Sarah and Meredith and their guest Sherwin Siy as they look at the legal ramifications of Christopher Nolan's hit 2010 thriller Inception.
Murder Law for Murder Bots! (Westworld)
This month, we review Westworld, a show that offers up really important questions like...Are robots capable of the mens rea for murder? Can Dr. Ford use the technicalities of software end user license agreements to avoid all liability for his murder bots? What can selfie monkey teach us about whether Dolores can claim copyright for those pretty paintings she makes? Can Sarah and Meredith geek out about AI capabilities so much that half this episode is weird tangents? Find out on this month's Ad Absurdum!