#42: What About the Family Comedy?


Taking a delightful trip down memory lane, TimmieRyan, and Michael discuss family friendly comedies of the 80s and 90s, the importance of original screenplays, and Ryan’s super secret screening of Richard Linklater’s new film, Boyhood.

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I. Intro

A. NJAM Sees It: Boyhood (2014), a new film by Richard Linklater shot over a twelve year span [00:02:30]
B. The Death of the Original Screenplay… [00:18:57]

II. What is the Family Comedy?

A. Common Elements [00:30:55]
B. Examples: What About Bob? (1991) by Frank Oz and Parenthood (1989) by Ron Howard
C. What Recent Movies Would Qualify? [00:58:30]

III. The Bigger Issue [01:04:50]

A. What movies do you go to see in the theater with a group of all ages?
B. There is a clear divide within modern comedies: those made for children, and those made for adults
C. Overly long run times

IV. Mini Segments [01:19:22]

A. Things Michael Should Have Seen: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
B. The Cryanterion Collection: My Dinner with Andre (1981)
C. NJAM Sees It: Boyhood (2014) and They Came Together (2014)

V. Conclusion [01:29:55]


Original Music

The music found in this episode was written and performed by the talented Jesse James.

Audio Editing

This show was edited by Ryan Jacobi.


  1. I liked the Women in Cinema (TV) very much. Your family film podcast took many shots on the superhero genre. There’s a lot of bad there, granted. But even though I like many of the things you guys like, I also like this other thing. I think Avengers was a legitimately good movie, in fact, I can watch it once a month, happily. Days of Future Past was quite good, on its own merits. There’s this “eyeroll” in your voices talking about these properties, and it’s just really hollow and snobbish.

    1. Glad you enjoyed some of our episodes! Thanks for the feedback as well, and your comments about about our attitudes are totally fair. We appreciate that people have opinions that differ from ours when it comes to genres of tv and film. We’re never afraid to share our feelings and you should be able to do the same. Both viewpoints are valid. And we know there is a huge culture that is in complete agreement with you. Our lists or dislikes aren’t meant to be the definitive of anything. We’re just trying to get people to talk about what they like watching, and more importantly, why they like watching it! We hope as you keep listening, you find other episodes that you enjoy.

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