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The Recasting Couch: Ep. 75 Galaxy Quest

So I’m supposed to write a blog about our latest episode where we recast Galaxy Quest. But that’s incredibly hard when I’ve got Chappelle’s Show playing in the background. I could write about Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver anchoring this meta sci-fi classic, but I’m too busy learning about the time Eddie Murphy’s older brother kicked Rick James in the chest. Something, something, Enrico Colantoni absolutely owns this role and you can see the rest of the alien actors following his lead....


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 74 Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Scott Pilgrim vs the World is an ode to video games, but it barely references any specifically. It’s weird, but it makes the movie feel more “real” in its unique universe. This movie’s outsized budget (85-90 million) doesn’t necessarily show up on the screen, but I say that not trying to take anything away from the movie, which we both really enjoyed talking about and recasting. Edgar Wright does a fine job directing, and Michael Cera is adorable and a total dick at the same time. It didn’t...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 73 The Birdcage

After what feels like an eternity, we are finally able to recast The Birdcage. A movie the two of us absolutely love (yes, in that way). The Birdcage tells the story of Armand Goldman, played by Robin Williams, and his life partner Albert, (Nathan Lane), as they deal with the engagement of Armand’s (highly unlikely) biological son, Val (Dan Futterman). Unfortunately, the woman he’s marrying is the daughter of a very conservative Senator Keeley (Gene Hackman), and his clueless wife (Dianne...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 72 Ghostbusters (Feat. Jennifer Runyon)

Oh, man. This is definitely one of my favorite episodes we’ve done so far. Not only are we casting the 1984 blockbuster cult classic* Ghostbusters, we also have a very special guest joining us, Jennifer Runyon (@runyon2runyon)! We’ve been trying to get her on for a while, and now that we’ve finally been able to make it happen, it couldn’t have been any more fun. She tells us some amazing stories about the filming of the scene that made her career, and a secret about that scene that she...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 71 Sixteen Candles

In an attempt to cleanse the palate from a month full of murder and mayhem, we attempted to select the most innocent and earnest movie we could think of, and we landed on Sixteen Candles. This John Hughes classic was a lot of fun to talk about (not so much fun to cast…). It’s first of the three huge hits starring Molly Ringwald. 1984 was Sixteen Candles, 1985 was The Breakfast Club, and 1986 was Pretty in Pink. Of the three, I think this was the best with regards to Molly. The movie also...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 70 Child's Play

What happens when you combine voodoo, a child sized doll, and Chris Sarandon? You get Child’s Play. The 1988 horror classic that was way better than it had any business being. Not that this was a critical or box office darling, it flourished in the VHS rental market. At least enough for several sequels and I believe they are planning a reboot, because Hollywood is out of ideas. I wonder if they bring back Brad Dourif. He’s got a Tommy Wiseau vibe as a human, but he’s a hell of a voice over...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 69 American Psycho

“Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?” We do, and that’s why we recast American Psycho this week. The movie adaptation of this Bret Easton Ellis novel was Christian Bale’s breakout role as Patrick Bateman; the quintessential 80’s Wall Street douchebag sociopath, who’s extravagant life is so empty that he has to hallucinate the brutal murders of several people in order to actually feel anything. You can look forward to us trying to make out what is real and what isn’t. I argue that this...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 68 Shutter Island

This week we cover Shutter Island. What a fun movie to talk about. We think that this movie is very underrated. For the thriller genre, this is about as perfect a movie as you can make. Everyone from DiCaprio and Ruffalo to John Carroll Lynch and Elias Koteas act their asses off. The "soundtrack" is fantastic and matches the off kilter, dark tone of the movie, expertly. Tell us what you think of our cast @RecastingPod on Twitter.


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 67 Maximum Overdrive

So...Maximum Overdrive. The next in our Spooky/October/Halloween themed month. Which this may be the last of because ALL of the good Halloween movies get pulled from streaming services and move to the “premium channels”. If you aren’t familiar with this film, there is the most amazing 3 minute breakdown on youtube. This is a movie. Written and directed by Stephen King. Starring Emilio Estevez. It’s bad, but there are parts that are less than bad. We talk about them. The soundtrack is...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 66 Stigmata

You know, sometimes things don’t always work out the way you planned them. Sometimes it ends up going to shit, but if you are broadcast masters like us, you just find a way to pump out unbelievable content regardless of the circumstances. The universe gifted us a last minute rescheduling, and we decided to do a Quick Cast. Which leads us to our movie this week, Stigmata. This was pretty clearly Patricia Arquette’s best work, and she had some weird chemistry with Gabriel Byrne, which just...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 65 Field of Dreams

We have a treat of a movie this week! Field of Dreams is not only known for being one of the best baseball movies of all time, but it’s simply a wonderful film. Nominated for 3 awards at the 1990 Oscars (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Music for James Horner’s exquisite score). This movie’s got it all. Kevin Costner doing what he does best alongside Amy Madigan who slays it as the ride-or-die hippie wife. Gaby Hoffmann makes her acting debut as the sweet and undeterrable Karin...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 64 Sneakers

We’ve got another heist movie on tap this week with the 1992 surprise success, Sneakers. Honestly, I can’t really understand how this made as much money as it did. Robert Redford was significantly passed his prime and coasting off of his innate charisma, Dan Aykroyd provides zero comic relief, River Phoenix is a a weird spastic guy that is unlike pretty much any role he’s ever played, and Sidney Poitier is a smooth muthafucker as usual. Oh, and Mary McDonnell is her usual charming...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 63 Get Shorty

We’ve been waiting for this one for a loooooong time. Get Shorty is one of our favorites. This movie is absolutely dripping with style, thanks to a soundtrack by John Lurie, Booker T and the MG’s and Us3. It is anchored by a comeback performance from John Travolta, but Danny Devito steals the show as the ultimate Hollywood turd, Martin Weir. I dare you to watch this movie and not fall madly in love with Rene Russo as a B-movie bombshell, Dennis Farina as the ultimate C-level Miami...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 62 Kingpin

This week we make our triumphant return from the abyss with the 1996 Farrelly Brothers classic, Kingpin. I just...I don’t know. I don’t know how to feel about this movie. I think that the Farrelly Bros hadn’t quite figured out their unique formula of raunchy, weird, and charming that they were able to perfect with There’s Something About Mary; Me, Myself, and Irene; and Stuck On You, which is ridiculously underrated. Woody Harrelson and a pre-breakdown Randy Quaid make an unlikely pair in...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 61 The Lost Boys

We finally have our first theme week! We are recasting The Lost Boys, the 80’s vampire classic, but we are only allowed to cast with 90’s actors. Not the easiest task when you’ve got legends like Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, and the Two Coreys involved. In addition to that 80’s royalty, Dianne Wiest is her lovable, hippie self, and Jami Gertz is at her hair-metal-video-style apex. Edward Herrmann also has his nice-guy, single dad next door vibe really working here, until it takes a bit...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 58 Trading Places

This week we are joined by Mike's hetero life mate, Ian, to recast the 80's comedy, Trading Places. This classic tackles serious social issues relating to socioeconomics and race very delicately and with great nuance. This is no laughing matter. I'm just kidding, they make fun of everyone in a very crass and un-PC way with all of the 80's charm that you would expect. There are a couple of cringe worthy jokes but for the most part, this was a refreshing for a movie to make jokes and not...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 57 Stargate

Sorry for the late post but the universe seems to be against us this week. Maybe it's because of how badly one of us savages this movie. Let's just say that we are not on the same page in regards to our feelings about the quality of this movie. One of us is extremely unkind in his assessment and the other is wrong. Take a listen and see who you agree with.


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 56 Con Air

Con Air is our recast of choice this week. We have some split opinions on the quality of this movie and imagine a movie a little darker in tone. We moved heaven and earth to get this out on time, so you jerks better appreciate it. Just kidding, we love you all. Share your picks with us on twitter @recastingpod, or, or email us at Thanks for listening!


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 55 Phenomenon

This week, we talk for entirely too long about Phenomenon. John Travolta plays a Joe Sixpack who gets hit by a ball of light only to get super smart and somehow learns how to bend the laws of physics. It’s like The Matrix if Neo were a corn farmer, and the matrix was actually a massive brain tumor. What’s interesting about this movie is that it’s so dependant on just a few roles that even though the script was really strong, the casting absolutely made this movie. I mean, Travolta and...