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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

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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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)

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