‘Porno movies watered down for 13 year olds’ – Author Mike McPadden talks coming-of-age movies over Gino’s East Pizza (Episode 224)


Mike “McBeardo” McPadden, author of TEEN MOVIE HELL – A CRUCIBLE OF COMING-OF-AGE COMEDIES FROM ANIMAL HO– USE TO ZAPPED! joins me for fantastic pizza from Gino’s East River North (a true Chicago classic). We tackled a fantastic deep dish “Gino’s Supreme” and had scant few leftovers to speak of by the time we left the car!

We talked at length about teen coming-of-age comedies, and:

  • We didn’t use plates; we went “full animal.”
  • The “Slobs vs. the Snobs.”
  • Mike’s book is perfect for bathroom reading.
  • What leads a 50-year-old man to collect all this information on coming-of-age teen comedies?
  • The quintessential teen movie moment: Phoebe Cates in “Fast Times.”
  • Why does “Fast Times” hold up better than most films in the genre?
  • Mike takes aim at “Ferris Bueller,” the “sacred cow” of coming-of-age movies.
  • How does a book like “Teen Movie Hell” in the “Me Too” era?
  • Teen movie archetypes: The jock! The nerd! The cheerleader! The fascistic authority figure! Chronic masturbator!
  • The massive talent of Rodney Dangerfield.
  • I like Gino’s pizza so much I decided to wear it home.
  • There were four “Revenge of the Nerds” movies. WHYYYYY?
  • My main problem with “The Breakfast Club.”
  • Are coming-of-age movies still being made, or made well?
  • Some of the more obnoxious movie titles, including Gimme an F!
  • “Meatballs” is the moment when Bill Murray became Bill Murray.
  • “Snowballing” is the second-best title in teen movie history.
  • The fantastic soundtrack to “Valley Girl.”
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