STRIPES (1981)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is a lean, mean, sarcasm machine, as we sit down for her first viewing of Ivan Reitman's Stripes (1981), starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, P.J. Soles, Sean Young, John Candy, John Larroquette, and Warren Oates.

As Nakea explains, white-boy frat humor from the '80s is not exactly her "lane." Can even the indolent charm of Bill Murray recruit her to the cause?

No, of course not. But we have fun nonetheless, talking about gratuitous '80s boobs, the art of failing up, and the question of whether movies like this taught Michael's entire generation of American men to be assholes.


0:00: Prologue: from Freaks & Geeks 
00:41: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion
20:15: Interlude: Theatrical Trailer
22:17: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion
54:20: Outro and Next Week's Movies
55:11: Outtake

Notes and Links

—Movie Reviewed: Stripes (dir. Ivan Reitman, Columbia, 1981).
—Prologue from Freaks and Geeks Episode 1×16, "Smooching and Mooching"
—Articles Mentioned: "Why I'd like to be … Bill Murray in 'Stripes,'" Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian; "'Stripes' and the Insidious Nature of Terrible Endings ," Devin Faraci, Birth Movies Death; "There's a 'Stripes' TV Show Coming to CBS, and Nothing is Sacred Anymore," Steve Huff, Maxim;  Reviews of Stripes by Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel, Pauline Kael, and Gary Arnold.
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