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Snippet of Most Excellent 80s Movies Podcast: E03 E.T. The Extra Terrestrial 1982

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Nathan Blackwell and Krissy Lenz reframe E.T. Extra-Terrestrial as a "sad movie" and discuss why moms in the 80s never seemed to pay attention to their kids.
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Nathan Blackwell and Krissy Lenz reframe E.T. Extra-Terrestrial as a "sad movie" and discuss why moms in the 80s never seemed to pay attention to their kids. The duo also tackles heavy topics that are present in the film, including divorce and loneliness.
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Yeah, it's a horror movie for sure. So scary. And as I watched it this time it was less scary and more like gross. Um, but like it's also really sad. Oh, yeah, for sure. The mom is so well, the sad. So yeah, the movie is really about, like, divorce and like the things that the young boy is going through and the mom is going through, You know, it was really kind of about, like Spielberg's, you know, isolation and in the feelings of divorce in in Arizona, no less of of, you know, and then wanting kind of a magical little friend from somewhere. And this is kind of like the fantasy drunk with, well, question mark. Really, Coors, I guess. If that's your only option. Mhm. Yeah, I don't see the mom drinking that either. Like, why did she have it? Maybe it was the dad's drink, and it's still on the bridge, and that's and that's sad, too, because she's definitely drinks like spritzers. Or at that time, she drink bottles. And James Yeah, yeah, I could see that. I get that. It's about divorce and stuff, but she's so checked out The mom I was really fascinated by the mom character because she's so checked out that, like Gerty is trying to show her an alien creature that has been living in her house for an indeterminate amount of time, and she just can't be bothered. So, like, turn her head slightly and then, like, she's got this crazy her Halloween costume. Is this, like, sexy leopard dress with enormous shoulder pads? It was eighties, and she just sits in her home, like I guess. Is that how did moms do that? They dressed up and sat at the house? Yeah. Yeah, that's what my mom did. That seems like it sucks. Yeah, yeah, e just Yeah, I felt really bad for the mom. She did like she sat down at one point in Red, the Tinkerbell book to Gertie. But I think that was on Lee so we could make the Tinkerbell connection to, like, love bringing 80 back to life. Or was he just faking because he was He posts, Um, possibly awesome that you know that. Zero. Some people dislike that part because they feel like it's a bit manipulative, you know, uh, but also, like, on the upside, it kind of makes the movie super super sad. And then it kind of gives you that roller coaster of, like, going all the way down and then ripping all the way back up like the ending wouldn't have been so emotional. Hadn't gotten that sad. But yeah, it's tough because it's it's it's really kind of a suspension of disbelief, like, you know, it's like So Okay, so e t is separating from Elliott, you know, Is it? Is he going into, like, a self induced coma? Is it just that he's getting sick? And that the two are separating? Is the proximity of his friends, his cohorts, that is bringing him back? You know, um or or use the flower to kind of indicate that he's back? It felt like to me what's going on, almost like he was sacrificing himself to the Eliot, could live like if you realized that their connection was what was killing Elliot. He might have. But I don't know, maybe I'm the only one who thinks that No, no, I think, yeah, I think I think that's that's probably what I'm
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