Peppermint (2018, Jennifer Garner) | Episode 16

Peppermint spoiler review

Jennifer Garner killed it as the vengeance seeking mother Riley North in Peppermint.  We thoroughly enjoyed this revenge genre movie, even though it didn’t bring anything new.  The violence was extremely satisfying and the audience is on Riley’s side the entire way.

Lessons Learned from Peppermint

Don’t allow low-life friends talk you into anything. In fact, ditch your low-life friends.

  • If Riley’s husband Chris didn’t associate with low-lives, their family would still be intact.

Never rob or mess around with drug dealers.

  • Right along with Sky’s lesson above, stay away from drug dealers.  If there’s one thing we learned from the ’80’s arcade game “NARC”, it’s that when you battle drug dealers, you ultimately face off against a giant head shooting laser eyes and tongues at you: https://youtu.be/52hHU4UxYF4
Riley getting bloody judgy vengeance
Riley getting bloody, judgy vengeance

Don’t talk, just do it. Be like John Wick or Bryan Mills in Taken.

  • Riley almost failed in her mission because she just had to get close to Diego to tell him off before she kills him.

Bullets come out of the gun at a very fast speed and goes far to your target. Never get close!

  • This goes right along with the lesson above… don’t talk and don’t stand close.  Just pull the trigger from a distance.
Loved this Fight Club-esque life changing moment from Riley North
Loved this Fight Club-esque life changing moment from Riley North

When you’re taking on a Goliath, hit ‘em where they’re most vulnerable.

  • Riley started off her vengeance by hitting drug shipments and low-level thugs before moving to the big dogs and alerting them to her mission.

Have more than one kid.

  • Kids keep each other company and entertained.

Peppermint trailer:

Sky mentioned a couple of great movies: Hush and The Belko Experiment (click for IMDB pages)

Check out Keanu’s 3-gun skills:

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Wow! Is it possible for critics to be more out of touch with the audience?  Critics at 11% and audience at 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.  No wonder we don’t trust the opinions of critics.

Sky has chosen 1986’s Top Gun as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from 2018’s The Predator.

The Predator (2018) | Episode 15

The Predator 2018 Watch and Learn Podcast

The Predator is at the bottom of our Predator franchise list, but it’s still worth seeing if you’re a Predator fan.  Not as much suspense, but plenty of gore and action that R-rated movie fans love.  Be ready for some confusing story elements, though.

Lessons Learned from The Predator

Have guns everywhere. Even in the refrigerator in the camper.

  • Yep, be prepared for a Predator invasion.
bullpup assault rifle
A bullpup assault rifle

Be prepared for Armageddon.

  • Going along with Dusty’s first lesson, have guns and supplies in case the end of the world is at your doorstep.

The Predator attacks

Do not take part in secret government projects.

  • EVERYONE involved on the government side eventually dies.  Yep, government at it’s most inept once again.
Dusty’s mounted deer with his sons

Don’t listen to movies when it comes to science, logic, or …

  • Sometimes movies have science advisers.  But it seems that more often than not, the writer is just flying by the seat of his pants and makes the science up.  If it doesn’t pass the sniff test, don’t believe it.

The Predator in his ship

Getting proof of something that others won’t believe is a good idea.

  • McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) had a good plan in sending some of that equipment back home to save as proof of aliens.

Nothing is truly secure when you’re dealing with alien beings.

  • The Predator may have appeared to be securely restrained, but like the lesson above teaches, government ineptitude will be the death of all those involved.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

This is a dog as far as critics are concerned, and the audience isn’t far behind (50%) on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dusty has chosen Peppermint as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from 1987’s Predator.

Predator (1987, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers) | Episode 14

Predator movie review

Predator can do no wrong in our eyes.  We love this height-of-80’s-action movie.  It does not get better than this.

Lessons Learned from 1987’s Predator

When you are in a fight, competition, poker, don’t tip-off your opponent that you have a trick up your sleeve by changing your actions.

  • Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) tipped off the Predator to the trap he set for him.

Chew makes you a sexual tyrannosaurus.

  • See, you can learn from Jesse “The Body” Ventura.

:55 The Making of Predator

Being expendable is never a good thing.

  • According to Dillon (Carl Weathers), Dutch’s team is called in for the mission because they’re expendable.

Sometimes you can’t run and you’ve just got to make a stand.

  • Dutch realized there’s no way the team was going to “get to the chopper” and they used their trap making skills in an effort to make a stand against the Predator.

tipping off your hand

Always be ready to adapt to every situation to give you an advantage and be smart to watch for things you can exploit in your opponent.

  • Dutch realized that the Predator couldn’t see him when he was covered in mud and used this to his advantage.

You can shave without shaving cream.

  • Sky and Dusty both follow Mac’s (Bill Duke) lead and both shave without shaving cream.

Never take your eyes off your target.

  • Mac and Dillon screwed up by losing sight of the Predator and trying to flank a creature that blends into the background.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

87% fans, critics at 80%.  Well, I guess not all critics are terrible on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sky has chosen The Predator as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Crazy Rich Asians.

Crazy Rich Asians | Episode 13

Crazy Rich Asians Podcast

We loved Crazy Rich Asians and had a great time discussing it and the lessons we learned.    It was a supremely enjoyable more-romance-than-comedy romantic comedy.  Fun and memorable characters played by great actors within a believable fish-out-of-water story makes this a must-see movie.

Lessons Learned from Crazy Rich Asians

Possessions will not make you happy, it’s the other things like family, love and experiences that will.

  • Rich people may buy a ton of expensive items, but the happiness derived from objects is fleeting.

Try the local “delicacies”.

  • That food they all chowed down on in the Singapore street markets sounded and looked so amazing.  That’s it, we’re going one day!

Singapore street food scene in Crazy Rich Asians

Always play to win. Don’t play to lose

  • Playing with scared money and playing to not lose is not a recipe for success.  Rachel Chu (Constance Wu’s character) demonstrated this nicely twice in the beginning with her student and at the end with her future mother-in-law (Michelle Yeoh’s character).

Always be prepared in Singapore for high class events.

  • Peik Lin Goh (Awkwafina’s character) is well prepared with various outfits in the boot of her car.

Awkwafina and Oliver from Crazy Rich AsiansDon’t cheat on your spouse.

  • Yep, Astrid’s (Gemma Chan) husband really screwed up by letting his insecurities ruin their marriage.

If something scares you, just do it and grow from the experience.

  • Rachel grew significantly from dealing with this entire situation.  Sure, she didn’t know what she was getting herself into, but by sticking through it, she’s a 10x stronger person now for it.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Currently the critics dig on this movie just a little more than the audience, with 93% of critics giving the thumbs-up and 88% of the audience doing so.  Check it out on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dusty has chosen 1987’s Predator as the next movie we’ll learn from.

*Sorry listeners, we switched up the order after we recorded this one.  Top Gun will be coming soon, though.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Blended.