80'S LADIES: Terms of Endearment (1983)

 
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CONTENT WARNING: Tragic death, cancer, controlling parents, disapproving parents, gaslighting, infidelity, abandoning children, drunkenness, unwanted sexual advances, abuse of power.

This week in our 80’s Ladies series our fantastic friend and frequent guest Kate Harlow (Christmastide, OH! Doctor Where the F*@$!) joins us to talk about one of the messiest Best Picture winners of all time. Not kidding, this movie is not nearly as good as everyone claims it is. The cast is a powerhouse, driven by two female leads who both command and charm the screen every time they appear. Add a trio of three of the best actors in Hollywood, and you should have a recipe for instant success, right? Well, maybe you forget the fact that a scene where a father literally abandons his children is played as a heartwarming goodbye! Or how about the continuous gaslighting of one of our leads, repeated so frequently that we can’t blame anyone but the writer?! Seriously, James L. Brooks may write a heck of a sitcom, but this movie has problems, and not even Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson being the best awkward couple ever will save them. Pack your headscarf for a lovely ride on the beach as we continue our 80’s Ladies series with Terms of Endearment!

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Intro and outro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.

Excerpt taken of “Main Theme" from the film Terms of Endearment, written and performed by Micheal Gore. Copyright 1983 Paramount Pictures Corporation, 1984 Capitol Records, Inc.

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