19 episodes

Lisa and Charles Adrian LOVE rom coms but they have some suggestions. In each episode they choose a film, take it lovingly apart and put it back together better. Warning: This podcast is all spoilers all the time!

The Rom Com Rewrite Lisa Findley & Charles Adrian

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Lisa and Charles Adrian LOVE rom coms but they have some suggestions. In each episode they choose a film, take it lovingly apart and put it back together better. Warning: This podcast is all spoilers all the time!

    Pillow Talk

    Pillow Talk

    The first of three (3) films to star Rock Hudson, Doris Day and Tony Randall, Lisa and Charles Adrian chew over whether Pillow Talk can be said to have succeeded on its own terms.
     
    Pillow Talk
    Year: 1959
    Screenplay by: Stanley Shapiro and Maurice Richlin
    Based on a story by: Russell Rouse and Clarence Greene
    Director: Michael Gordon
    Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter
     
     
    Show notes:
     
    In this episode we reference the films The African Queen (1951) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043265/), Bringing Up Baby (1938) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029947/), The Shop Around The Corner (1940) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033045/) and You’ve Got Mail (1998) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0128853/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1). We also mention (or allude to) the films 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0147800/), Joe Versus The Volcano (1990) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099892/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_3), Failure To Launch (2006) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0427229/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0) and Dirty Dancing (1987) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092890/), which have all been discussed in previous episodes.
     
    For anyone who is interested, Wikipedia has an entry on party lines in telephony: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Party_line_(telephony).
     
    Next month we will be watching Wedding Season (2022) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11426572/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0).
     
    We record these episodes over the internet. Sometimes the audio is not perfect. We apologise for that.
     
    Music in this episode is by Martin Zaltz Austwick (martinzaltzaustwick.com). Artwork is by Lisa Findley.

    • 43 min
    Dirty Dancing

    Dirty Dancing

    Whom amongst us has not carried a watermelon?
     
    Content note for this episode: Roe v. Wade, abortion, bodily autonomy, reproductive justice.
     
     
    Dirty Dancing
    Year: 1987
    Written by: Eleanor Bergstein
    Director: Emile Ardolino
    Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey
     
     
    Show notes:
     
    With one of the most iconic meet-cutes in the history of cinema, some serious obstacles and an all-time great happy ending, this might be the best rom com ever made. Is it really a rom com, though? Who cares when it’s the best freaking film in the history of cinema!
     
    In this episode, we mention The Wedding Year (2019) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8367184/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt), which we covered more fully in our previous episode. Lisa also talks about the film That Thing You Do (1996) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117887/), the TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015-2019) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4094300/?ref_=nm_knf_t1) and the band Fountains of Wayne (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountains_of_Wayne), all of which featured music by Adam Schlesinger. She also references Titanic (1997) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120338/). The intensely erotic upside-down Spiderman kiss that Charles Adrian mentions is from the 2002 film Spider-Man (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0145487/) starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.
     
    We also reflect, from about 28 minutes in until about 36 minutes in, on how the story of Penny’s abortion is handled in this film and how differently that part of the film hits now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned in the US.
     
    This episode features a contribution from Charles Adrian’s younger sister Lissa Gillott.
     
    We record these episodes over the internet. Sometimes the audio is not perfect. We apologise for that.
     
    Music in this episode is by Martin Zaltz Austwick (martinzaltzaustwick.com). Artwork is by Lisa Findley.
     
    Thank you for listening!

    • 59 min
    The Wedding Year and Plus One

    The Wedding Year and Plus One

    One of these films is better than the other. Boomshakalaka.  
     
    The Wedding Year Year: 2019 Screenplay by: Donald Diego
    Director: Robert Luketic
    Stars: Sarah Hyland, Tyler James Williams
     
    Plus One
    Year: 2019
    Written and directed by: Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer
    Stars: Jack Quaid, Maya Erskine
     
    Show notes:
     
    June is the beginning of big-time wedding season in the UK so when better to compare and contrast these two multi-wedding-themed rom-coms? The watchword for this month’s episode is COMMITMENT.
     
    In this episode we reference Friends With Benefits (2011) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1632708/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) and No Strings Attached (2011) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1411238/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0), which were the subject of our fifth episode. Charles Adrian also mentions the TV show Greenleaf (which he loves) (2016-2020) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4971144/).
     
    In July, we will be watching DIRTY DANCING!!!!!!!! (1987) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092890/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)
     
    We record these episodes over the internet. Sometimes the audio is not perfect. We apologise for that.
     
    Music in this episode is by Martin Zaltz Austwick (martinzaltzaustwick.com). Artwork is by Lisa Findley.
     
    Thank you for listening!

    • 47 min
    I Want You Back

    I Want You Back

    You have to put your own oxygen mask on first, folks. That’s just how it is.
     
    I Want You Back
    Year: 2022
    Written by: Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger
    Director: Jason Orley
    Stars: Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Scott Eastwood, Gina Rodriguez, Manny Jacinto, Clark Backo
     
    Show notes:
     
    This six-some reel of a film feels simultaneously up-to-date and out of time. And it might just be (for Charles Adrian, at least) too funny?
    In this episode, we reference the musical Little Shop Of Horrors (first published 1982) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Shop_of_Horrors_(musical)) and the films Sleepless In Seattle (1993) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108160/), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405422/) and When Harry Met Sally (1989) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098635/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) (Sleepless In Seattle is also the subject of our 12th episode, btw). We namecheck Nancy Meyers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Meyers) and the “Polish guy who used to wake his actors up”, whose name Charles Adrian can’t remember at around the 31 minute mark, is Jerzy Grotowski (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerzy_Grotowski).
     
    In June, we will be watching the films Plus One (2019) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7645122/) and The Wedding Year (2019) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8367184/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0).
     
    We record these episodes over the internet. Sometimes the audio is not perfect. We apologise for that.
     
    Music in this episode is by Martin Zaltz Austwick (martinzaltzaustwick.com). Artwork is by Lisa Findley.
     
    Thank you for listening!

    • 49 min
    Stud Life

    Stud Life

     
    It takes all sorts to make the lesbian nation. Thank goodness. Go watch this film!
     
    Stud Life
    Year: 2012
    Written by: Campbell Ex
    Director: Campbell Ex
    Stars: T’Nia Miller, Kyle Treslove, Robyn Kerr
     
    Show notes:
     
    In a world where MySpace is still a thing, JJ, Seb and Elle work out their various issues in this British indie that might or might not be a rom com. Don't worry: Lisa and Charles Adrian weigh in.
     
    We reference the films Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109831/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0) and Resort To Love (2021) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12929990/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0). (Resort To Love is the subject of the 9th episode of this podcast.)
     
    We record these episodes over the internet. Sometimes the audio is not perfect. We apologise for that.
     
    Music in this episode is by Martin Zaltz Austwick (martinzaltzaustwick.com). Artwork is by Lisa Findley.
     
    Thank you for listening!

    • 45 min
    Just Wright

    Just Wright

    “All I can think is… what a misuse of the wonderful Queen Latifah.” Lisa Findley
    “Cry emoji, cry emoji, cry emoji.” Charles Adrian
     
    Just Wright
    Year: 2010
    Written by: Michael Elliot
    Director: Sanaa Hamri
    Stars: Queen Latifah, Common
     
    Show notes:
     
    We cannot in all conscience recommend this film, although Queen Latifah is wonderful in it. And other people are very good in it too. And it contains one of the best meet cutes we’ve seen. It’s just a mess of a movie (in our opinion; ymmv*) and we are ready to tell you why.
     
    We mention the book The Rules, Time-tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right (1995) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rules), the films Grease (1978) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077631/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0), The Bodyguard (1992) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103855/) and Last Holiday (2006) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0408985/), and the podcast You’re Wrong About (https://yourewrongabout.com/).
     
    We record these episodes over the internet. Sometimes the audio is not perfect. We apologise for that.
     
    Music in this episode is by Martin Zaltz Austwick (martinzaltzaustwick.com). Artwork is by Lisa Findley.
     
    Thank you for listening!
     
    *ymmv = your mileage may vary, used to mean that people’s tastes and preferences differ and that’s fine.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Skewew ,

Fun and smart

Just finished the first episode for 10 Things and I really enjoyed it. The hosts are fun to listen to and don’t feel too rushed or serious (it’s rom coms, after all) but still critique in a satisfying way. A great pandemic listen—can’t wait to see what they discuss next!

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