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Episode 72 — Toys


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Posted 23 September 2013 - 09:53 PM

HitFix’s Drew McWeeny joins Paul & Jason to discuss the less charming and more preachy Willy Wonka aka Robin Williams in Toys. It takes a special kind of movie with a strange choice of casting, tone, and plot for us to truly ask “how did this get made?” And this movie delivers. We get into everything from LL Cool J’s interrogation scene to the big reveal of Joan Cusack’s character. Oh yeah, we didn’t forget about the sea monster.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:23 AM

Paul, you have to do this. You have to do every SECOND of this.



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 03:19 AM

OK, so the theme of the movie is basically that teaching war to children through toys is bad, blah blah. But if you took your kids to actually see this movie, what they would be subjected to is a battle that glorifies combat. Which is exactly what they're against in the movie. So that’s pretty fucking weird…

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 03:58 AM

Was this marketed as a kids film? I remember watching this when I was little and feeling weird and confused when the sex scene came up. Maybe this was the first instance I saw sex in film. Oh shit... my first sex scene I viewed in film had Robin Williams in it...

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 04:39 AM

View Postjustsomeman, on 24 September 2013 - 03:58 AM, said:

Oh shit... my first sex scene I viewed in film had Robin Williams in it...


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Posted 24 September 2013 - 04:52 AM

great ep haha come on you couldn't tell she was a sandwich bot? haha

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 05:30 AM

I don't know if this was marketed at kids, but seven year old me was obsessed with this movie. I just loved the art direction, in retrospect.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 05:50 AM

Saw this in the theater, too, and was equally confused by it. Cool looking, but not funny. In that category and time of directors who aren't Tim Burton trying to go hyper-stylized like Tim Burton and failing on content (Spielberg's Hook, Beatty's Dick Tracy). BTW, 1992 was a nuts year for movies.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 06:02 AM

Holy fuck, I think I saw this as a kid and blocked it from my memory.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 06:07 AM

Sorry. Any time anyone talks about Michael Gambon, all I can think about is Top Gear.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 06:45 AM

Everyone in this movie is like Tom Hanks in Big. Everyone is a 12 year old kid stuck in a 30 year old body.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 06:48 AM

This movie was the cinematic equivalent of clowns: something thought of as fun for children only by creepy lunatics.


On Paul's question of long time dream project movies that turn out terrible, HDTGM's very own Nothing But Trouble definitely qualifies. I'd also throw up Avatar like you mentioned (great effects, horrendous and laughably outdated script). And don't forget Love Guru!

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 06:56 AM

this was one of the videos i rented the most as a kid. i think it was the art direction i was inspired by and it started my love of Joan Cusack. however, watching this movie now a few things caught my eye that must have went over my head when i was litte.

Gambon's character was almosted fragged in Vietnam? that is a bit dark and i did not even think he would be sorta trapped in that make shift field hospital. i just thought he was recuperating there not trapped. I also completly forgot that he sent his wife to masquerade as another Jane Fonda which led her to be killed by the North Vietnamese. WTF?
Robin William's sexual stuff - chiefly the puppet and his whole relationship with Robin was unsettling. i am pretty sure i just blocked the sex out of my mind as a kid.
the happy worker song just reminded me of soviet propaganda.
this move is just dark but it did deserve the oscar nomiations in art.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 07:13 AM

Jeez, McWeeny is breathing like Darth Vader in the background the whole time!

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 07:30 AM

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 07:44 AM

Kind of upset June couldn't be there for this one, this seems like the perfect movie for her and her brand of insight.

Was I the only one thoroughly creeped out by the canned laughter in the dad's coffin? Like before it was revealed to be a toy the creepy laughing coming from the coffin was something out of a horror movie, and everyone thought it was hilarious!
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Posted 24 September 2013 - 07:46 AM

This movie is an hour too long, and near un-watchable.

"This movie is a FUCKING bummer."

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 07:49 AM

If Joan Cusack is a robot in this movie, and Robin Williams had this robot since he was a young kid as a replacement for his mother (that's a weird thing, right?) and he ends up fucking his step-mother robot in the movie? That's strange. Very strange.

And if this company had the technology to build life-like robots -- fuckable life-size, life-like robots -- then, why not transition into the hi tech field? Can you imagine how big a company could be if they made life-size, life-like robots...that are also fuckable? C'mon man, the money is in the sex robot market, not drones.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 07:59 AM

View PostMarmaducca, on 24 September 2013 - 06:56 AM, said:

this was one of the videos i rented the most as a kid. i think it was the art direction i was inspired by and it started my love of Joan Cusack. however, watching this movie now a few things caught my eye that must have went over my head when i was litte.

Gambon's character was almosted fragged in Vietnam? that is a bit dark and i did not even think he would be sorta trapped in that make shift field hospital. i just thought he was recuperating there not trapped. I also completly forgot that he sent his wife to masquerade as another Jane Fonda which led her to be killed by the North Vietnamese. WTF?
Robin William's sexual stuff - chiefly the puppet and his whole relationship with Robin was unsettling. i am pretty sure i just blocked the sex out of my mind as a kid.
the happy worker song just reminded me of soviet propaganda.
this move is just dark but it did deserve the oscar nomiations in art.


I didn't watch this movie, but it sounds like they set up Joan Cusack as Robin Williams' girlfriend. But we later learn that she is robot that was built as a replacement mother for a young Robin Williams after his birth mother died...So why then did he end up fucking his step robot mother? That makes absolutely no sense at all.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 08:19 AM

wait robin wright penn was a robot too?

he didn't have sex with Joan Cusack's character did he?

this movie was so hard to follow..did I miss something?