Hot Shots! Part Deux | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

We love spoofs, and Hot Shots! Part Deux is one of the best of all time! Charlie Sheen, Lloyd Bridges and Valeria Golino knock this one right out of the park.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Hot Shots! Part Deux

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Gummy bears, gummy bears!  Sprinkles, sprinkles!

Sky: Use Fixodent.

  • Take a lesson from President Tug Benson – affix those dentures in place so you don’t freak out Prime Minister “Tojo”.

The ultimate movie prop.

Sky: Choose the table full of kids when you’re eating family style at a Chinese restaurant.

  • The President’s line about less than half of the commandos returning reminded Sky of how he chooses his seat at his family’s functions.

Lloyd Bridges (as President Tug Benson) was a shining star.  Especially when battling Saddam Hussein.

Sky: Don’t stand below the thing you’re trying to blow up.

  • Saddam Hussein stupidly ran under the chopper to blow it up.  But, worth it for the piano and the Wicked Witch gag.

You can’t have a Hot Shots! sequel without Ramada (played by the lovely Valeria Golino).

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 63%
  • The Critics: 57%

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Terminator: Dark Fate.

Zombieland (2009) and Double Tap | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Zombieland and the Double Tap sequel are incredibly fun movies!  We loved the relentless zombie-killing, blood and gore, slow motion action, fun characters and comedic moments in both. Plus, Bill Murray and Elvis’ blue suede shoes!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movies before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Zombieland: Double Tap

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Dusty: Always confirm your kill.

  • Don’t give them a chance to get up and scurry away or resume their attack on you.

Sky: Always strive to do and be better. 

  • This is exemplified by Tallahassee’s drive to earn zombie kill of the year instead of just kill of the week.

The 4 back for more (Breslin, Harrelson, Stone and Eisenberg)

Dusty: Never park your car in someone else’s driveway.

  • In more ways than one 🙂

Sky: Kids learn by example. 

  • Little Rock left her sister just like they left Tallahassee in Columbus with the stupid little note. This is a learned behavior.  Watch what you do in front of your kids because they’re going to copy you.

Great additions to Zombieland: Nevada (Rosario Dawson), Albuquerque (Luke Wilson) and Flagstaff (Thomas Middleditch)

Dusty: The world is your toilet.

  • Out in the woods, in a swamp, your own backyard… it’s okay to whip it out.

Big fans of Madison here!

Sky: “If you love something, you shoot it in the face so it doesn’t become a flesh-eating monster.”

  • Yeppers, in the zombie apocalypse you don’t want your loved ones to turn and eat you.

Zombieland: Double Tap Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 90%
  • The Critics: 67%

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Lessons Learned from Zombieland (2009)

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Sky: Live in the now!

  • If the world you’re living in won’t allow for the things you want to do, especially if your life is on the line, don’t do it.

Dusty: Don’t waste your ammo.

  • No more is being made and this is the stuff that’s helping to keep you alive. Be smart with it, Tallahassee.

Dusty loves the level-action rifle

Sky: Enjoy the little things.

  • Great lesson, take joy in the things you love to do.

Dusty: Don’t do things that bring attention to yourself, especially when your life is on the line.

  • Running an amusement park at night with the lights and music?!  Bad choice.

Some creative deaths in Zombieland

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Sky: Don’t prop the door open.

  • You’ve turned a safe exit into a portal of danger.  Know where it is, clear the way and be ready to use it.

A zombie-fied Bill Murray!

 

Dusty: Don’t give your gun to anybody!

  • Holy cow, bad choices made by everybody right and left in Zombieland.

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

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Zombieland Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 90%
  • The Critics: 86%

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) #66

We’re huge fans of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.  Great writing and a fun story with killer action, witty dialogue and cool comic booky, video-gamey visuals.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Sky: Persistence is critical.

  • If you have a dream, pursue it.  The Sex Bob-ombs kept gigging and finally landed a contract (ill-fated, but they landed it) and Scott finally got the girl.

Dusty:   Never cheat on anybody you’re dating.

  • Cheaters have no honor nor respect for themselves or the one they’re with.  Doesn’t matter how hard it is, do the right thing.

Vegan powers!!!

JP Sears: If Meat Eaters Acted Like Vegans

Sky: Wallace said, “If you want something bad, you  have to fight for it. 

  • It goes with the first lesson, but it’s an important idea for success in life.

Ramona gets some action with this awesome large-handled Mjolnir!

 

Sky & Dusty: Don’t partake of anything an enemy gives you.

  • Any enemy would only have ulterior motives behind giving you anything.

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

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 81%
  • The Critics: 83%

Dusty has chosen Rambo: Last Blood as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Angel Has Fallen.

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist | Spoiler Review & Lessons Learned 64

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist is one of the best spoofs of all time!  We absolutely love it! The comedy is spot on and the premise of taking an old kung fu movie and creating something new from it is comedy genius!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Kung Pow: Enter the Fist

Dusty: Never fight a baby.  

  • It is a lose-lose situation.

Lovin’ Steve Odekirk!

Sky: Ask and ye shall receive. 

  • Master Tang changed his mind at a second request from the Chosen One imploring him to help.

Master Tang… none more masterful

Dusty: Rodents are disposable.

  • Yep, eating or self-defense, do what you want with dem pests.

Sky: Always pay attention to your surroundings. 

  • We love it when Betty and his henchmen are walking through town and some random stupid villages are still walking towards these degenerates that are beating other people. “Hey guys, what’s going on?”

We love Wimp Lo.

Dusty: Fighting to music is the only way to go.

Those small nets gets us all the time, too!

 

Sky: Stay away from psycho hose beasts like Ling.

  • A lesson we first leaned from Wayne’s World.

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

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 69%
  • The Critics: 13% (“That’s a lot of nuts!”)

Sky has chosen Angel Has Fallen as the next set of movies we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy.

Hobbs & Shaw | Episode 60

Hobbs & Shaw had unbelievable, crazy action with great comedic one-liners, and we had a rockin’ good time!  This is a great spin-off to the Fast & Furious Franchise.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Hobbs & Shaw

Sky: You can learn a lot about somebody by fighting them.

  • This is probably true, but I (Sky) will never intrinsically understand it.  I’m not a fighter, I’m more of an avoider.

Dusty: Always have one in the chamber.

  • The goal is to protect yourself, so don’t waste time in having to pull the slide back.

These two are perfect buddy-action-movie stars!

Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, directed by David Leitch.

Sky: Go to a stunt driving school so you’ll be ready for your next big high-speed chase.

Dusty: Family is the most important.

  • It may seem cliche and over-used in movies, but family is the true bond that can get you through the tough times.  This is one of the reasons we love this franchise.

Idris Elba was a great black Superman

Sky: We can accomplish so much more with teamwork.

  • It took these two frien-enemies working together to take out Brixton (Elba).

With all the cameos in the movie (like Eiza Gonzalez), they’re preparing for a continuing franchise

 

Dusty: Get creative when making booby traps.

  • Yeah, prepare for the worst and surprise your enemies like they did here with “Samo-Alone”.

Dusty’s super-cool desk (now that’s he’s got Deadpool)

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

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Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 89%
  • The Critics: 66%

Sky & Dusty have chosen the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy as the next set of movies we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Army of Darkness (1993) | Review and Lessons Learned #58

Army of Darkness is still one of our favorites!  We saw it back in ’93 with our grandma and a cousin, but the two of us enjoyed it more than anyone else in the theater.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Army of Darkness

Dusty: Always have a firearm on you.

  • You need something to protect yourself (and to battle the deadite armies that are inevitably on their way).

Sky: Do not read from the Necronomicon. 

  • It’s like saying Beetlejuice three times, just don’t take the chance (whether you believe or not).

This is my boomstick!

Dusty: Pay attention to details.

  • When something important comes up (like reciting some tough to remember Latin words with dire consequences for messing up), you’ve got to do what you must to get it correct.  This holds true for your boss at work or your wife giving you a complicated task.

Alternate Ending – 6 century sleep gone wrong

Sky: Learn from your mistakes. 

  • Mistakes are fine to make, as long as you work to not repeat them. This is something I’m always working on as a poker player. Every mistake is your opportunity to improve yourself. So when Ash made the mistake the first time of not writing the words down and not reciting them properly, he should realize that he’s not all that adept at remembering unfamiliar Latin terms, so he should figure out a way around this. Writing them down is one solution.

We love the absurdity that is Army of Darkness

Dusty:  Keep chemistry books in the back of your car JIC you need to make some gun powder.

  • Yep, right there next to your bag full of spare clothes.

We are super huge fans of the skeleton army

 

Sky: Don’t pick a fight with the guy with a gun.

  • “Good… Bad… I’m the guy with the gun.”

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

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Wow, the critics are at 72% on Rotten Tomatoes!?  How does that happen?  Way to go critics, finally judging a movie based on its intent and not what you want (Audience at 87% of course).

Bruce Campbell’s 2015 Reddit AMA

Sky has chosen Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Stuber.

Stuber | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #57

Stuber was an enjoyable buddy-cop movie that didn’t bring anything new to the genre, but there’s a fun chemistry between Bautista and Nanjiani that makes it worth watching.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Stuber

Sky: Don’t drive blind

  • Impaired in any way?  Driving just puts yourself and others at risk… unnecessarily (especially with guys like Stuber around).

Dusty: Have many guns

  • You can never have too many to protect yourself with (Chris Tucker’s character carried an extra one in his ankle holster).

Iko Uwais is always great to see in a movie.

Sky: Skip the therapist, and head to your local strip club for advice and perspective on life

  • Those strippers have done a ton of living, so let them share their wisdom with you.

Dusty: Shots fired… call backup ASAP

  • Yep great advice for cops and for regular peeps like us.  You need help, just ask.

Stu shot someone!  What a crazy day he had.

Sky: Use the threat of social media instead of violence to coerce cooperation

  • People are too wrapped up in their social media profiles nowadays.  If you’re one of these people, you’re giving others ammunition to use against you.

We loved that they went to the Sriracha factory

Dusty: Real men shake hands

  • Stu’s got that one right.

Sky’s Anti-Lesson Learned: “Real men cry, real men listen to their feelings.”  No.  What makes you a man is doing what needs to be done regardless of your feelings. I can’t disagree with Stu more. Sure, it’s okay to cry it’s okay to have feelings. But keep your crying to yourself and keep your feelings to yourself. Nobody cares about your feelings, the only care about what they want.

 

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You’re botching it again, Critics with a measly 45% on Rotten Tomatoes with the Audience coming in with a much more acceptable (and deservable) 80%.

Dusty has chosen Army of Darkness as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Rush Hour (1998).

Rush Hour (1998) | Review and Lessons Learned #56

Rush Hour was still a fun movie 21 years later, but it feels very ’90’s and doesn’t hold up as well as we’d like.  Still a fun buddy cop action-comedy worth seeing, though.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Rush Hour

Dusty: If you’re backup, be there when called!

  • 5 minutes late and the bad guys get away.

Sky: Don’t do your business out in the open. 

  • Keep your secrets secret!  Carter doing his undercover work out in the open is idiotic. You’re undercover, act like it!

Love seeing Chan and Tucker on screen together

Dusty: Finger to the throat means death.

  • Drax learned this lesson in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Pulling a gun on your fellow officer doesn’t seem like a smart/considerate move

Sky:  Don’t assume foreigners can’t speak your language

  • Another movie cliche, but seriously, don’t assume they don’t speak your language.  You’ll give away all your secrets.

Are we really getting a part 4?  We’ll be there on opening day!

 

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

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It’s not surprising to see the Audience’s score (78%) is way above the Critics (60% – squeaking into the “fresh” rating) for Rush Hour on Rotten Tomatoes.

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

If you missed it, last week we learned from Spider-man: Far From Home.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) | Spoilers and Lessons Learned #45

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls is better than the first!  More laugh out loud moments and both of us realize that when we think of Ace, scenes from part 2 more readily pop to mind than part 1.  We love it!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

Dusty: Bat poop (guano) is very valuable and can make many things.

  • Being so valuable, it makes sense that Cadby wanted it all to himself.  We now have a new business venture to pursue!

Sky: If they’re ecstatic when you leave the place you live, you’re doing it wrong.

  • The monks partying as he’s leaving means he was not so welcome there.  But, denial IS bliss.

Rhino birthing… peak physical comedy!

Dusty: Never show your balls.

  • Keep those undies on!

“It’s slinky, it’s slinky… everyone love a slinky!”

Dusty: Projectors are fun!

  • We all remember making shadow puppets back in school.

Here are Sky’s movie props

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Wow, those critics… just… don’t… know.  33%?!  We’re with the audience at 72% on Rotten Tomatoes.

We have chosen Avengers: Endgame as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective holds up and is still incredibly funny!  This is the Jim Carey we fell in love with and it was fun revisiting this one.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Sky: If you’re struggling to pay your apartment rent at 35, you’re doing something wrong.

  • Ace’s career, while noble, isn’t so lucrative.  If you can’t keep the lights on, what good are you to the lost pets of the world?

Dusty: There is always time for good hygiene.

  • Pop dem pimples!

Instant replay… magical!

Sky: Blaming others for your issues will lead to your downfall.

  • Einhorn/Finkle became a police lieutenant and could’ve led a happy life if she’d just given up on her need for revenge.

Dusty: You need to be perceptive and come to conclusions if you want to be a detective.

  • Attention to detail is critical, and Ace has it as demonstrated by his schooling of the human detectives.

“He found Captain Winky!”

Sky: Don’t leave a calling card when you pull a fast one.

  • “You’ve been had by Ace Ventura”. You’re just inviting some jacked-up meathead to come find and pulverize you.

Dusty: Be persistent and never give up.

  • Ace wasn’t giving up.  When he hit a dead end, he went back to the start because there was obviously something missing.

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Pretty low, but it’s pretty close with critics at 47% and the audience at 57% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dusty has chosen Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Shazam!