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You love them. You hate them. We are here to eviscerate them. This is the RomCom Killjoys podcast: a social distancing project about films, feminism, and friends.

You love them. You hate them. We are here to eviscerate them. This is the RomCom Killjoys podcast: a social distancing project about films, feminism, and friends.


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You love them. You hate them. We are here to eviscerate them. This is the RomCom Killjoys podcast: a social distancing project about films, feminism, and friends.






Mystic Pizza (1988)

Bom apetite! This month Jonelle and Eliza are talking about food and the people who make it. First up is Mystic Pizza (1988) -- discussion includes inappropriate relationships for smart girls; the naive hopes of 80s empowerment feminism; and one of Jonelle's favorite topics -- Spicy Whites (TM). Support the show (


Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018) & The Half of It (2020)

Jonelle and Eliza take on a Netflix battle of the Cyrano wits ... Sierra Burgess (2018) versus The Half of It (2020). Conversation topics include the importance of specificity; mean-spirited depiction of Gen Z; and why Sierra Burgess is, indeed, a loser. Support the show (


The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)

This month's Patron-selected episode! Eliza and Jonelle discuss The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996), including arbitrary beauty standards; making the screenplay 50% gayer; and why we should just let women woo. Support the show (


Roxanne (1987)

Eliza and Jonelle go back to their roots in theatre for Cyrano de Bergerac month! First adaptation under observation is Steve Martin's Roxanne (1987), including cartoon sound effects; romance done right; and ... an intellectual screenplay!? Support the show (


Along Came Polly (2004)

In the final installment of Manic Pixie Dream Month, Jonelle and Eliza unfortunately discuss Along Came Polly (2004), including unnecessary MPDGs; the racism of "ethnic stuff;" and a compelling example of the rare Manic Pixie Dream Boy. Support the show (


Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

And now one for the nerdbois. Jonelle, Eliza, and guest Trey Chambers discuss cult classic Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010) including the trials and triumphs of adapting comics for the screen; distinct nerdboi fantasies; and why better is not necessarily good. Support the show (


Garden State (2004)

When we feel unoriginal, we ask our Patrons what to do .... Jonelle, Eliza, and guest Henry Pines discuss hipster classic Garden State (2004) including French New Wave fails; the sadboi melancholia of suburban New Jersey; and the many films Natalie Portman carries on her back. Support the show (


Elizabethtown (2005)

This month isn't like the other months ... kicking off our discussion of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl (MPDG) is the trope-namer Elizabethtown (2005). Jonelle and Eliza discuss implausible suicide attempts (tw); the Great Millennial Crisis of Masculinity; and Claire's nuclear likeability. Support the show (


A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018)

Merry something to all and goodnight or whatever... It's our final show of the year and we're wrapping up with a holiday trash fire. Jonelle and Eliza are joined once again by Alice Lee to discuss A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018), including the tax haven shell corp that is Aldovia; the politics and metaphysics of a country run by Christmas; and of course, Amber's blog. Support the show (


Knight Before Christmas (2019)

Huzzah! Thanks to our patrons, Jonelle and Eliza discuss the truly terrible Knight Before Christmas (2019) including medieval history; the problem(s) with chivalry; and exactly how many Vanessa Hudgens clones exist in the Netflix Christmas Cinematic Universe (NCCU). Support the show (


Operation Christmas Drop (2020)

All aboard the Hot Mess Express! In this disastrous episode, Jonelle and Eliza talk with Air Force Magazine senior editor Rachel S. Cohen about Operation Christmas Drop (2020) while battling the Grinchiest wifi of all time. There is a terrible CGI gecko, a studly Midwestern Airmen, and a lot of swearing. Support the show (


Christmas on the Square (2020)

Merry Netflix Christmas! Eliza and Jonelle kick off the rom-com-iest time of the year with Christmas on the Square (2020), including heartfelt tributes to community theatre, pleas for significantly less plot, and the singular politics of Dolly Parton. Support the show (


Sabrina (1954/1995)

Our first Patron-selected episode! Jonelle and Eliza discuss both film versions of Sabrina (1954 & 1995) with local expert, Chelsea Lynn. The gang covers May-December romance; Capitalist class fantasies; and Harrison Ford's long history of emotional kidnapping. Support the show (


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Jonelle and Eliza dive right into Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), including Marilyn Monroe's star text; thinly veiled references to queer culture; and the frustrating neuroses of postmodern romcoms. Support the show (


His Girl Friday (1940)

Jonelle & Eliza are joined by Eric & Lauren of The Speakeasy podcast! The gang discusses His Girl Friday (1940), including the Hawksian Woman; the slapstick comedy of Victorian mothers; and whether communism actually was a red herring after all. Support the show (


It Happened One Night (1934)

Jonelle and Eliza take you back to Hollywood's Golden Age and (arguably) its very first RomCom! They discuss It Happened One Night (1934), including the Hays Code; origins of leading lady clumsiness; and the first (and only) time a RomCom swept the Oscars. Support the show (


Practical Magic (1998)

Happy Halloween! Jonelle, Eliza, and guest Medha Marsten conjure some bubbling takes on Practical Magic (1998), including its many, many genres; the power of domesticity and female friendships; and how all of us know exactly how we would kill our best friend's worst ex-boyfriend. Support the show (


Splash (1984)

Jonelle and Eliza discuss mermaid fantasies in Splash (1984), including being Born Sexy Yesterday; weird pro-America immigrant narratives; and the good ol' days when mermaids dragged sailors into the sea. Support the show (


Beastly (2011)

Eliza, Jonelle, and returning guest Alice Lee discuss Beastly (2011) including incel fantasies; toothless beast tales; and eyebrow tattoos that are just too on the nose. Support the show (


Penelope (2007)

As Fairy Tale month continues, Jonelle and Eliza discuss Penelope (2007) including trilby-tipping sad boys; beauty standards for the normative body; and oh-so-aughts consumerism. You can now become a Patron for just $1 a month and help us pick our upcoming movie topics in monthly polls. You can also pick up some RomCom Killjoys swag at our merch store and follow us on facebook and instagram for the latest updates and discussions. See you next time and remember - don't let anyone kill your...