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Episode 36 — On the Line

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Really funny episode. Also wasn't mentioned but Lance Bass is listed as an executive producer on this film.

 

In January 2001, Bass formed his first film production company, A Happy Place, with film producers Rich Hull, Wendy Thorlakson and Joe Anderson.[45] The company was geared towards family-friendly films,[36] and received the Movieguide award for "Excellence in Family-Oriented Programming" for its first feature film, On The Line.[46] After On The Line, A Happy Place changed its name to Bacon & Eggs[45] and produced its second feature film, Lovewrecked, in 2005.[47] The film debuted on the ABC Family Channel in January 2007, and starred Amanda Bynes, Chris Carmack and Jamie-Lynn Sigler, with Bass in a minor role. This too received mostly negative reviews.[47]

 

This family friendly bend does not jive with the notion that this was once a rated R movie. What the hell happened on this movie???? It almost seems like an R rated movie was written and abandoned, then Lance Bass's production company was given a copy of it to translate into a PG film to save time on having to write an original movie.

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This is a little off-topic, but has anyone else seen "Women in Trouble" and "Elektra Luxx"? It's a pair of films feature Carla Gugino, Adrianne Palicki, and "On The Line"'s very own Turkey Sub as porn stars, yet manages to be completely unsexy, unfunny, and boring. The films also star Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Malin Ackerman, Marley Shelton, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Berkeley, Connia Britton, and Timothy Olyphant. Yeah, Gugino, Ackerman, Berkely, and Moore are all in this thing, and NO ONE shows their tits! Crazy! Here's my Netflix review of "Elektra Luxx":

 

If I didn't know better, I could have sworn that this movie had been released direct to video in 1998, as it looks and feels like any of a dozen other movies that appeared on video store shelves in the wake of similar (but much better) movies like Chasing Amy, Swingers, and selections from the Great American Parker Posey catalog. It thinks it's funnier than it is, it thinks it's smarter than it is, it thinks it's wittier, more provocative, and more touching than it is, but it's really just a mess of a film. It seems like it was made by someone that saw those better films and said "I want to make a movie like that", but had no original or good ideas of their own to bring to the table. It's still better than Women in Trouble though, but that isn't saying much, if anything, at all.

 

I'm going to go re-post this in the "Suggestions" thread...

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I have to comment on the "whigga"/ "wigga" comment that Ian made. Not cool, bro. I just felt like it made things a little uncomfortable for a bit and it could be taken as offensive. That's just not a word to just throw out.

 

"Wigger" is not ok. We call them "yo boys" where I'm from. It's not offensive (to black people), and also puts them their own class of ridiculousness.

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"Wigger" is not ok. We call them "yo boys" where I'm from. It's not offensive (to black people), and also puts them their own class of ridiculousness.

 

'Yo Boys' is way too offensive...We call those people 'aladeens'.

 

Makes it a lot less confusing & isn't as offensive to aladeens or aladeens.

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Thanks to this thread, the most confusing aspect of this movie is now the knowledge that people find the term "wigger" offensive.

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Inspired by the "Two Princes" discussion in this episode, I started a new thread on the Forum. Feel free to add your "Two Princes" experiences!

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Am I the only one still trying to keep "honkey" alive?

 

Dog, I throw "honky" out left and right. It's my faaaave.

 

On a different note, I live in Chicago and now I always want to say I'm from Chi-Tilly even though it's the WORST thing I could possibly call my fair city. It'll forever be stuck in my head thanks to this ep. Not that it's bad...Chi-Tilly is so bad it's good. But actually really bad.

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I was relistening to this episode today because On the Line is one of my favorite movies, partly because it is the only movie that I think really captures the essence of my hometown, Chi-tilly. On my way home from work (ON THE LINE, guys!), I saw an ad for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and GQ has a new ad-rap-tation of Othello. I doubt I will see it.

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For certain HDTGM movies I will put them on in the background as I do something else. Big mistake for this one bc now I have to rewatch this to catch the sound effects and Sammy Sosa. This was a great ep and Ike was a fantastic guest. He needs to return!

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