The Next Reel's member bonus episode – Retake • A Look Back at our 80s Comedy with Coolidge & Heckerling series

Retake: 80s Comedy with Coolidge and Heckerling

This series is over. We’ve covered Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Valley Girl, Johnny Dangerously, Real Genius, Look Who’s Talking, and National Lampoon’s European Vacation. So what did we think of Amy Heckerling and Martha Coolidge and what they brought to the table?

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We’re done talking about the movies. Now let’s talk about the series.

We have come to the end of our ‘80s Comedy with Coolidge & Heckerling’ series, exploring five films from directors Amy Heckerling and Martha Coolidge, as well as a member bonus episode. All told, we covered Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Valley Girl, Johnny Dangerously, Real Genius, Look Who’s Talking, and National Lampoon’s European Vacation. So what did we – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – think about not just the films but the series as a whole? This is our first time doing a post-series episode to discuss our thoughts on the entire series so we’re kinda winging it, but we ended up having a great conversation about these two directors and their output, not just in the 80s but through to today.

Here’s a hint at what we talk about.

It’s interesting looking at the films these two put out and getting a sense that they both started with films that seemed to be much more defining for them before working in what feels like — Ease up on the throttle there, champ! This is a member bonus episode.

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Film Sundries

Listen to Each of the Episodes: * Fast Times at Ridgemont High * Valley Girl * Johnny Dangerously * Real Genius * Look Who’s Talking * National Lampoon’s European Vacation (Member Bonus Episode)

When the movie ends, our conversation begins.

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