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

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!

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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.

These spears are Sky’s movie props from the biggest LOL moment of the movie.

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Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

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.

Weird Science Movie (1985) – a nostalgic walk through the fun, sci-fi 80’s

weird science

Weird Science isn’t exactly “weird”, but it’s a classic 80’s comedy we grew up with and still find super enjoyable. Kelly LeBrock is a mega babe and Anthony Michael Hall with Ilan Mitchell-Smith are great as the nerdy, girl-oggling, horny best friends.

Watch the movie here: https://amzn.to/308U3a1

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Life Lessons Learned from Weird Science

Sky: Self confidence is built through overcoming challenges.

  • Lisa gives them a challenge with the crazy future dystopian bikers… and it works! They show how badass they are when they save Deb and Hilly.

Kelly LeBrock solves all the problems of these two geeky, no-girlfriend losers.

Dusty: Stand up for yourself and have confidence.

  • It was great seeing Wyatt and Gary finally take a stand against one of this movie’s many bullies. And you can see the good effects of growing a pair like this did for them.

Chet is one of the most memorable characters of all time, played expertly and hilariously by Bill Paxton.

Sky: Do not date bullies.

  • Max and Ian are jerks, the girls even know that if they see Lisa, it’s over for them.

Dusty: Don’t be like Chet.

  • Speaking of bullies, Chet’s the worst. They might think they’re respected, but it’s just fear. Eventually the fear will dissipate and you will have just created an enemy for life.

Who’dve remembered that RDJ was in this one?

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 69%
  • The Critics: 57%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky
  • B+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on My Blue Heaven.

My Blue Heaven (1990) – a funny and lovely classic comedy

My Blue Heaven is a classic that we grew up with and we still love it to this day. And the rare comedy where our wives loved it just as much!

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Life Lessons Learned from My Blue Heaven

Sky: You are the company you keep.

  • Vinnie’s ways rub off on Barney; dancing, wearing nice suits, not so straight-laced, lying. Barney also seems to rub off a bit on Vinnie.

Steve Martin and Rick Moranis are a great comedic duo.

Dusty: Always have leverage on others.

  • Vinnie was able to turn the tables on DA Stubbs by bringing up her turtle deception.

Joan Cusack is always a great part of any movie. She had great role in this movie opposite Rick Moranis.

Sky: “Why make war? ” – Vinnie

  • Love this lesson: Be kind and gentle; confrontations are unnecessary, let bygones be bygones, don’t burn bridges.

Dusty: Never take your wallet out.

  • Have a money clip instead and DO NOT visit Brazil.

We’d love to have this prop suit in a huge Lucite case in our office.

Additional Lessons Learned from Dusty:

  • Don’t skimp on the socks.
  • It’s very hard for a person to change. You have to change from the outside in.
  • Look for opportunities everywhere.
  • Green side up for the sod.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 59%
  • The Critics: 71%

Grades:

  • A from Sky & Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on The Terminator.

All-time Classic ’80’s comedy: Three Amigos! (1986) We love it!

Three Amigos! is a childhood favorite, now our children love it as well. It’s an LOL riot as Lucky Day, Ned Nederlander and Dusty Bottoms attempt to save the town of Santo Poco from El Guapo and his gang of Mexican cowboys. There’s no better display of the comedic genius of Martin, Short and Chase.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Life Lessons Learned from Three Amigos

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Dusty: Don’t get a big head about yourself.

  • You might think you’re hot stuff, but if someone has control of your career, don’t try to put pressure on your boss when you don’t actually have the clout you need. Lucky Day screwed up by negotiating from a position of no-power.

Sunset on the mesa.

Sky: Follow directions.

  • Directions are there to help you avoid mistakes (furniture, Legos and recipes), so improve your chance of success by following them. Fire your gun in the air, Dusty Bottoms!

El Guapo and Jefe are wonderful baddies.

Sky: Don’t stand too close to a gun fight. 

  • For one, you might get shot. For another, where do you look? You don’t want to miss the action, so get a wider view and step back.

Love their signature move.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 67%
  • The Critics: 45%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky & Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on The Karate Kid.

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.