We Love RocketMan (1997) and Here’s Why

RocketMan was a laugh-out-loud riot of a movie!  Neither of us remembered how good it was and Dusty actually gave it an A+!  What a grade!  Harland Williams is in top from as Fred Randall, and his supporting cast does a great job allowing him free reign.

Lessons Learned from RocketMan

Sky: Don’t kick off your shoes in the house.

  • You’re gonna break something, and potentially tick-off your wife something fierce.

Dusty: Being and acting weird makes others uncomfortable.

  • Try to pay attention to social cues and know when they aren’t picking-up what you’re putting down.
William Sadler plays a great straight-man alongside Harland’s crazy Fred

Sky: If you’re running out of time, skip the sleep.

  • If it’s important to get done, sleep can wait until you’re dead.

Dusty: Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

  • Just ’cause Fred’s a bit weird, doesn’t mean he’s an idiot.  This guy’s the smartest in the room, but you’d never know it if you didn’t give him a chance.

Harland Williams – 2006 interview with Conan O’Brien

Sky: Learn your lesson the first time.

  • Put the chimp to sleep first!
Sky’s favorite scene

Dusty: Don’t assume you are the smartest person in the room.

  • Yeah, go ahead and assume they’re smarter than you until they prove their idiocy.

Bonus Lesson from Dusty: Always blame Julie.

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.

What is wrong with these people?!  Critics are way off the mark here with their unforgivable 21% Rotten Tomatoes score.  The audience are closer to the mark with 72%.

Dusty has chosen So I Married an Axe Murderer as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Spaceballs.

Eurovision Song Contest | Reviewing a Wonderful Will Ferrell & Netflix Comedy

Eurovision

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga was incredible. You’ve got the comedy styling of Will Ferrell with the wholesome sweetness of Rachel McAdams… along with killer songs and a great underdog story. Loved it!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Life Lessons Learned from Eurovision Song Contest

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Sky: Don’t quit on the thing you love. 

  • Lars loved Eurovision and singing and always pursued it no matter the ridicule he faced. Sigrit loved singing but also Lars and never gave up on him.

Dusty: It’s OK to be a dreamer. But, dream big!

  • It’s a huge dream of Fire Saga to win Eurovision and their chances are 1 in a few million. But, they pursued it and look where it got them.

It ain’t over until the fat lady sings.

Sky: Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. 

  • Before a final performance of any kind (board presentation, singing on stage, filming a movie), you’ve got to rehearse it step by step so you don’t screw it up. It was quite stupid on Lars’ part to spring secret performance aspects on Sigrit. But, it lead to an incredible underdog story success.

Dusty: Don’t over complicate things.

  • Adding too many elements to their performance was overkill. Just let your song and voice reach through to the audience instead of theatrics.

Dan Stevens killed it as Alexander Lemtov and held his own with Ferrell on screen.

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: The Story of Fire Saga- Dan Stevens as Alexander Lemtov. Cr. John Wilson/NETFLIX © 2020

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 80%
  • The Critics: 64%

Grades:

  • B+ from Dusty
  • A from Sky

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on The Saint.

Back to the Future Movie – a Truly Perfect Movie and MUST WATCH! (1985)

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Back to the Future is a perfect movie and it’s still as fun today as it was when we first watched it back in 1985. The McFly family saga is one you CANNOT miss.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Life Lessons Learned from Back to the Future

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Sky & Dusty: Stand up to bullies. 

  • Marty and George both stand up to Biff and fight back with awesome results. Help others fight back if they can’t do it for themselves. Be compassionate and help others.

Biff (played by Tom Wilson) is the quintessential bully and it’s exciting seeing both George and Marty stand up to him.

Dusty: Use the right tools.

  • It helps to have a scientist like Doc Brown on your side to know the right tool. In this movie, Doc Brown used the flux capacitor, a Delorean, the special wrench, the model to explain the system and a well-timed lightening bolt. Bad tool: McFly’s weak binoculars 🙂
Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox were perfectly cast in the roles of Doc Brown and Marty McFly.

Sky: Don’t let insecurities stand in the way of your dreams. 

  • Marty and George both said, “What if they don’t like it” about Marty’s music and George’s book idea. They also both say, “I don’t think I can take that kind of rejection.” Like father like son but they both overcome this insecurity.

Marty helps George “get the girl”.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 94%
  • The Critics: 96%

Grades:

  • A+ from Dusty and Sky

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Brigsby Bear.

The Naked Gun (1988) starring Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley

We loved The Naked Gun! Leslie Nielsen’s comedic genius is on full display in this perfect comedy from the team that brought us Airplane!, Kentucky Fried Movie and Top Secret.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from The Naked Gun

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Sky: Always wait for backup.   

  • Confronting drug dealers solo, like Nordberg did, is a huge mistake.

Dusty: Don’t eat anything that makes you faint when you smell it.

  • Also, check the expiration date.

This cast nailed their comedic roles (OJ Simpson as Nordberg, Leslie Nielsen as Frank Drebin and George Kennedy as Captain Ed)

Sky: Disconnect the electronics when you’re finished broadcasting. 

  • Frank made a huge mistake hitting the head after the press conference. Nowadays, so many people are using Zoom for meetings or school, the worst thing would be if you keep the cameras or screen share going as you stand up from your chair naked or hop on a porn site.

Dusty: Always have around in the chamber.

  • Guns have a safety switch for a reason. Keep on chambered so you’re ready to rock and roll.

Sky’s choice of the Full Body Condom as his prop fits with last week’s “Anal Intruder” prop.

Sky: Learn your national anthem because you never know when you’ll be required to sing it.

  • For one, it’s your national anthem. For another, you don’t want to look foolish in front of a crowd.

Reggie Jackson (real!) and Queen Elizabeth II (also real!)

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 84%
  • The Critics: 87%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky
  • A from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Top Secret.

Top Secret Movie Review (1984) Starring Val Kilmer

Top Secret is a visually comedic tour de force. It’s a must-see comedy from the 80’s (don’t listen to this in the background while washing dishes). Fun characters & plot elements + Val Kilmer + visual gags = comedic genius!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Top Secret

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Dusty: Don’t change clothes in full view of others. 

  • Windows and doors = opportunity to peep. And somebody is always watching.

Sky: Be careful with your sexual toys.

  • C or D batteries are okay. But if it requires plugging in, use it with a friend and have a safe word like “Batman!”

Movie prop of the century! What a conversation starter…

Dusty & Sky: Be perceptive of your surroundings.

  • Keep yourself safe with your head on a swivel and look for danger around every corner, cows with boots and funny gags.

Loved the French revolutionary’s names like Montage, Deja Vu, Croissant, Souffle, Escargot, Latrine and Chocolate Mousse.

Dusty: Avoid uncomfortable situations and wait until your name is called.

  • A cringe worthy situation was narrowly avoided when Nick Rivers went up to address the crowd.

Sky:  Learn the language before you visit a foreign country.

  • Download a language app and practice daily before your next big trip. Learning the basics will help you feel more comfortable and enjoy your time more in a foreign country.

If you don’t pay attention, you’ll miss the swinging rag dolls.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 80%
  • The Critics: 77%

Grades:

  • B+ from Sky
  • B+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Movie Review (1986) Starring Matthew Broderick

Ferris buellers day off

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is probably the #1 80’s movie we’d both recommend. Still funny with lots of heart and we picked up on so many new aspects we overlooked in all our prior viewings.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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Dusty: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

  • There’s no better life lesson than this one.

Sky: Keep your nose in your own business.

  • When you worry about what others do, like Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) does with Ferris, it only causes bitterness and envy.

Shake it up, baby!

Dusty: You can never go too far.

  • Be a rule breaker and take it to the limit. That’s what Ferris did and look at the incredible day he and his friends had.

Sky: You must say “no” to stay sane.

  • “No” allows you to skip out on all the crappy things in life: funerals, boring dinner parties and having your dad’s prize Ferrari destroyed.

Cameron wanted Ferris to take out the car, even if he didn’t know it.

Dusty: Never love a possession.

  • Cameron’s dad loves the car more than his family, and it causes heartache and resentment all around.

Sky:  Know your audience.

  • When you’re trying to communicate an idea or get somebody to go along with you, know who you’re talking to. Ferris could always get Cameron (Alan Ruck) to follow along, but there’s no way those high school students were retaining anything those teachers were speaking on.

Dean Rooney, a man you love to hate.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 92%
  • The Critics: 80%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky
  • A+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Coming to America.

Coming to America Review of the Movie with Eddie Murphy (1988)

Coming to America is still a great fish-out-of-water comedy. Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are a perfect comedic duo and we loved their multiple characters (especially Randy Watson of Sexual Chocolate and Reverend Brown).

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Coming to America

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Dusty: Get In Good with the father or best friend (as Hitch would say).

  • They aren’t the ultimate decision maker, but they could positively influence your love’s feelings for you.

Sky: Don’t judge a place by its name.

  • Queens… real crap whole (apparently). Hawaiian Gardens in LA… crap hole for sure.

We loved Akeem’s ever-positive and wise nature (played perfectly by Eddie Murphy).

Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem in Coming to America

Dusty: Don’t go to bars to find a good woman.

  • Good call here. Find wholesome women like at bowling alleys, church and Whole Foods.

Sky: Don’t pop the question unless you know she’ll say yes.

  • Don’t be a dumb-ass like Daryl and try to sneak the engagement in via Mr. McDowell.

Let us know in the comments below if you met your soul mate in a bar. Maybe someone like this…

Arsenio Hall playing "Extremely Ugly Girl" in Coming to America

Dusty: Your first reaction is usually the correct one.

  • Your natural reaction speaks to how you really feel about something.

Sky: It’s good to be the king. 

  • King Jaffe Joffer can change the traditions if he wants. “Who am I to change it?” C’mon buddy, you da king! You can do what you want.

Man, we love King Joffe Joffer’s lion stole (played by the legendary James Earl Jones)

James Earl Jones looking especially regal with a lion stole in Coming to America

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 85%
  • The Critics: 67%

Grades:

  • A from Sky
  • A+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) Review | Non non non Bogus!

bill and teds

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure is still a great time traveling comedy with a small twist; instead of changing the past they’re trying to learn from it.  Loved it!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

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Sky: Follow your dreams. 

  • Others may poo-poo your ideas or try to steer you their way, but screw that.  Do what speaks to you and be happy in life.

Dusty: Think outside the box.

  • Instead of just regurgitating ideas, their idea of having historical dudes do your work for you.

What’s up with that halter-top, Bill?

Sky: Discipline is good.

  • Ted didn’t want military school (who does?) but young people crave discipline even if they don’t know it. Rules and boundaries are good, and being forced to do things healthy for you like chores or exercise are good. Zero gravity environments cause muscles to deteriorate.

Dusty: Be stealth.

  • Have stealth when you are trying to sneak into a castle to spend time with some princess babes.

Historical dudes chillin’ at the mall.

Sky: Never leave a historical dude alone without supervision!

  • Napoleon with his little-man-complex shouldn’t have been left with a 12 year old babysitter.

Dusty: Teach your kids well.

  • You’re training them to be productive adults.

George Carlin was fantastic.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 75%
  • The Critics: 79%

Grades:

  • A from Sky
  • B+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Ready Or Not.

‘Ready Or Not’ Movie Review | Lessons Learned to NOT Married Into Crazy Families

ready or not

Ready Or Not was a fun “get ’em” horror movie but isn’t one either of us are likely to watch again. Sky recommends it, Dusty… not so much.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Ready Or Not

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Sky: If someone’s hunting you, don’t freak out. It’s just a person.

  • It ain’t Freddy or Jason.  Calm down, breath, turn the tables and attack back.

Dusty: Never turn to a kid for help when you are going to die.

  • What the heck is a 10-year old going to do to save your life?!

Some good bloody fun in Ready Or Not.

Sky: You can’t choose your family, but you can choose to not be a part of it.

  • Alex (and Daniel) hated their family.  Don’t bring others into your family through marriage if it’s an unhealthy situation that they’d hate to be in.

Dusty: When the danger is still clear and present, save the explanations after you get to safety.

  • You don’t need to know, all that matter is they’re trying to kill you.  Just do all you can to get away.

Samara Weaving was perfect as Grace.  

Sky: Stay in shape enough to jump over fences.

  • As long as you can hop over a fence, you can escape from zombies and killer in-laws (and butlers).

Dusty: Grab your enemy’s gun.

  • You need every advantage you can get, and Grace skipping the kid’s gun was a huge mistake.

We loved seeing the come-up-pence this family receives at the end.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 78%
  • The Critics: 88%

Grades:

  • B from Sky
  • D+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Star Wars: Episode IX.

Jumanji: The Next Level | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Jumanji: The Next Level was a great follow-up to a great re-do! We both loved the new characters and actors along with new story elements and settings.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Jumanji: The Next Level

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Dusty: Never let issues get in the way of friendship. Forgive and move on with your life.

  • It was great seeing Milo (Danny Glover) coming to visit his lifelong friend Eddie (Danny DeVito) to mend their friendship.

Sky: “You got to pay attention to what’s in your hand.”

  • Fun lesson from Milo to Eddie in the plane.

They’re back!

Dusty: Don’t let pride or pain keep you from doing what you love.

  • Eddie was living an unhappy and resentful life and missed out on still being involved in the restaurant with Nora (Bebe Neuwirth).

Sky: You must continually exercise your mind and be a lifelong learner.

  • When you stop learning you lose that growth mindset and things become harder to accept and understand.  It took Eddie and Milo a bit too long to understand they were in a video game.

Danny DeVito and Danny Glover were great additions to the cast.

Dusty: Keep your body in shape.

  • “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.  There’s no third direction.” – Big Tom Callahan from Tommy Boy. Getting old ain’t fun, but staying healthy in mind and body will make aging a bit more tolerable.

Awkwafina was great portraying both Spencer and Eddie.

Sky: The things you do affect more than just yourself, you’ve got to think about your loved ones before you do something drastic.

  • Spencer didn’t think about what his disappearance would do to his family nor his friends when he jumped back in.  Also, 0 thought was given to how he would be able to complete the mission and end up stuck in the game.

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 87%
  • The Critics: 69%

Grades:

  • A- from Sky
  • A from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Team America: World Police.