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:
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.

Blended | Podcast Episode 12

Blended lessons learned

Blended is great fun.  Sure, it’s Sandler at his most Sandler-iness, but you can’t deny the chemistry between him and Drew Barrymore.  This is their 3rd outing together, and it’s worth watching just like the prior two.

Lessons Learned from Blended

Actions speak louder than words.

  • It’s obvious that Jim (Adam Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore) care about their kids.  But, it’s also obvious that Lauren’s ex-husband Mark (Joel McHale) doesn’t care about his family as evidenced by his lack of participation.  His words have no meaning because his actions show them how he feels.

Think of and be considerate of the other person you’re spending time with.

  • Jim taking Lauren out to Hooters, while it’s a meaningful place to him, would be off-putting to her for a first date.

blended on safari

Practical jokes aren’t as funny as you think they’re going to be.

  • A couple practical jokes backfired on Jim and Lauren didn’t find them funny at all.  Most people, I suspect, feel this way when they are the butt of any practical joke.

Spank Your Kids!

  • This is Dusty’s life lesson (although Sky doesn’t follow this).  Proverbs 13:24 – “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.”

Ginger shimmying

Don’t skimp on vacations.

  • Dan Patrick’s character of Dick “Lolipopolous” went all out on his once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa.  That’s how vacations should be done.  You’re there only once, get the most out of it you can and don’t worry about the cost.

Go on vacation with your kids.

  • Take them with you and give them great experiences that they’ll learn from and the memories they develop from these experiences will be carried with them throughout their life.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Of course, the critics can’t bring themselves to laugh at an Adam Sandler movie (and such a shame that is).  The critics score is 14%, while the audience is at 63% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Critics are just too good for Sandler, eh?

Dusty has chosen Crazy Rich Asians as the next movie we’ll learn from.

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

The Meg | Episode 11

The Meg was mindless fun, but not something either of us will likely watch again.  Decent action and some beautiful underwater shots, but this didn’t seem to bring anything new to the shark genre.  We did love Statham, though.

Lessons Learned from The Meg

It is another world down there. It’s worth studying, but not worth risking your life or dying for.

  • It’s great checking out a trench nobody’s been to before.  But we have unmanned drones for a reason, people!

The billionaire should keep himself way out of harms way and off in a helicopter or a control booth of some sort.

  • Morris (Rainn Wilson’s character) screwed up by getting in on the shark-chasing action by being on the water instead of flying safely above it.

Learn to swim, especially if your gig involves bodies of water.

  • Taking a middle-of-the-ocean based job without swimming skills?  Not too bright, guy.

Kids hear everything.

  • Yep, 8 year-olds are ever-present and it’s easy to forget that their ears are always perked up to the happenings around them.

You’re never safe until you’re back on land.

  • When you’re dealing with sea-dwelling killers, don’t rest until you’re back on land.  Even if you think there’s only one of them around.

Hold onto the vehicle before the driver accelerates quickly or the momentum will throw you overboard. 

  • Morris screwed up again (and cost him his life) when he failed to remember boating safety 101 and hold on when boats accelerate.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics and audiences are pretty simpatico on this movie with scores of 47% and 56% respectively on Rotten Tomatoes.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Mission Impossible: Fallout.

The Equalizer 2 | Episode 9

The Equalizer 2 was good, but didn’t bring much new to the table that we didn’t see in part 1.  We discuss both of them and the lessons we took away in this episode.

Lessons Learned from The Equalizer Parts 1 & 2:

Always be aware of your surroundings.

  • Know where the entrances and exits, the people in the room and any possible threats. Also, look for weapons to defend yourself with.

Be who you are in this world.

  • Be proud to be the person you are. Play to your strengths and be happier.

Always negotiate anything you have to pay for.

  • Miles and Robert haggled back and forth on the price of the paining and they both got a fair deal. Just ask the question, “Are you flexible on that price?”

If you can do something about it, do it because you can.

  • Robert helps because he’s got the skills.

Don’t pick a fight with an unknown entity.

  • Denzel might seem like easy pickings, but you learn to your detriment that he’s anything but.

Progress, not perfection.

  • This is what we should all strive for. Just a little better every day.

You can be a victim or learn from your painful experiences.

  • “There’s two types of pain: pain that hurts and pain that alters.”

Always be nice to anyone that has access to your toothbrush.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Yeppers, like most action movies, the audience scored it higher than the critics.  74% versus 50% at Rotten Tomatoes.

Sky has chosen Mission Impossible: Fallout as the next movie we’ll learn from.

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

Skyscraper | Episode 8

Skyscraper was a fun yet seen-it-all-before summer blockbuster movie.  We loved The Rock and the death-defying action in this ‘Die Hard’ repeat.

Lessons Learned from Skyscraper:

When you make the best decision you can with the information you’re given, accept the outcome.

  • Poker players (like Sky) have to deal with this in every session they play.
  • Sawyer made a “correct” call to not shoot the father during the hostage situation.  

Always try the easy way first.

  • Sawyer quickly popped the unlocked cockpit door open instead of having to smash it open, saving a little bit of time.

If you’re going to die anyway, take as many with you as you can.

  • Sky liked seeing the head of security taking out the helicopter and pilot in order to ruin the bad guys’ plan.

If you have the shot, take it. Don’t hesitate and eliminate the threat.

  • Dusty felt that within the initial hostage situation, they should’ve just taken out the father when they had the chance.  You can’t argue with this given how the situation resolved itself. 

Keep guns in your safe room.

  • It’s a no-brainer to have weapons for self-defense (just like Zhao Long Ji did). If they find out how to open the door, you’ve gotta have a backup plan.

 Don’t give over complete control of your $6.5 billion security system to anyone.

  •  Terrible idea of giving Sawyer that tablet that can bring everything down.

Never build a safe room because, as movies will show you, have safe room… will use.

 Teach your kids to run away from men with guns.

  • Stranger = danger and men with guns = danger. It’s easy for a “nice” stranger to win the trust of a child.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Yep, as expected there’s a hug gap between critics at 49% and the audience at 79% Rotten Tomatoes.

Dusty has chosen The Equalizer 2 as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Ant-Man and The Wasp.

Kingpin (1996: Harrelson, Quaid, Murray | Episode 6

Kingpin is an incredible Farrelly Brothers comedy and we’ve loved it since college.  Great story and characters perfectly portrayed by the actors.  We especially LOVED Bill Murray!  It’s wall-to-wall comedy and laugh-out loud scenes.  Love those 10 nut shots and other running gags.

Lessons Learned from Kingpin:

Never give up on your dreams.

  • Ishmael wanting to continue when Roy wanted to quit after discovering that his average came from bowling 15 frame games.

When something feels hinky, DO NOT proceed.  

  • Roy knew it was a bad idea to follow Big Earn and cheating the bowling father and his buddies.

Don’t blame others for your problems; everything is own damn fault.

  • Roy blaming Big Earn for 17 years when it was his own fault due to his poorly thought actions.

If you give up one moral, the next and then the next ones fall more easily.

  • Ishmael, with his Amish heritage, never did anything bad and worked harder than anyone around them. He hooked up with Roy and suddenly finds himself saying yes to cigarettes, then coffee then alcohol and all the other things he should’ve never partaken in.

Don’t poop in a urinal.

The comb-over is phenomenal and it’s a must-have for Dusty should he lose his hair someday.  Sky?  No, he’ll just go bald like today’s action movie heroes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham.  Not bad company, eh?

Check out the Red Rose bowling ball on Amazon.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics gave it a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes!  For shame, critics, for shame…

Dusty has chosen Ant-Man and the Wasp as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom | Episode 5

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was some good, mindless fun but repeated too many of the same movie tropes as every other Jurassic movie to date.

Lessons Learned from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

There’s nothing like the potential of physical harm to spur your butt to move.

  • The threat of a lava-burning death spurred Owen’s body to “wake up” from the tranquilizer.

There’s no hiding things from kids. 

  • Kids are always listening and paying attention as Maisie demonstrated while listening in on Eli’s secret plan.

Don’t enter a cage with a carnivorous dinosaur.

  • Yep, if what you wanted was a bloody, terror filled death, you want about it the right way, guy.

Bullets fly. You don’t need to have the gun against the dinosaur.

  • This happens far too often in movies: a stupid soldier approaching Blue in the lab after Blue’s already attacked another soldier.  Shoot from a distance, ya big dumb-dumb.

When there is a stampede (of anything), run…

  • Another common movie trope repeated with these senseless soldier deaths.

It’s always the rich white guy…

  • True dat, one more trope for the record.  Not sure who the bad guy is going to be?  Look towards your “friendly” rich white guy for the answer. 

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics gave this a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Yep, feels about right.

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

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Incredibles 2.