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.

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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.

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Tombstone (1993) Starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer

Tombstone is the best western the two of us have ever seen. Great acting and action make this compelling story a true classic.

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Life Lessons Learned from Tombstone

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Sky: A tough life breeds tough men. 

  • The west was a tough place to live, and it created men like the Earp’s, Doc Holliday and the Cowboys.  Life’s too good now, and it doesn’t create men like it used to (except for Jocko Willink).

Dusty: Don’t be goaded into a gun fight.

  • You’re better off walking away, assuming they’ll let you. Fighting, whether with fists, knives or guns, is the last resort.

Sky & Dusty: Avoid temptation. 

  • Women, drugs, alcohol, sugary foods, gambling. Whatever your vice is, if you don’t want to slip up, stay far away from it. Wyatt Earp knew better when he went riding with Josephine.

There’s no reasoning with the unreasonable.

Sky: You can’t reason with unreasonable people. 

  • The Cowboys are murderers (as evidenced from the beginning wedding scene). They don’t care if they deserve what happens to them, they want it their way or you’re dead.

Dusty: Stand up for your friends.

  • Doc Holliday could’ve easily avoided every fight in this one, but he stuck by his friend to the end.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 94%
  • The Critics: 74%

Grades:

  • A from Sky
  • A+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

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