Episode 182: Being the Ricardos (2021)

Looootheee! We got another podcast episode to do in the “Now Streaming to a Room Near You” series! How could you let Bumpy write the script?! Ponies can’t use keyboards! You got some ‘splainin’ to do! Waaahhhhh, Ricky! I didn’t have time to write it myself! Ethel and I invested all our money in Bumpybux NFTs and we had to sell short! Waaaahhhh!  So, if this is all you thought went on behind the scenes in the iconic 50’s tv series “I Love Lucy” then you’re . . . well, a lot like me and this movie may be very helpful because ay yi yi, was there a lot going on there! This Oscar nominated (kinda sorta) biopic follows Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz through one tumultuous week of filming their hit show, dealing with their own volatile relationship, the shadow of the Red Scare, cantankerous cast members, and more.  Plus, it’s an Aaron Sorkin script so everyone’s getting plenty of cardio in with all the talking-while-walking. How well does this movie capture the spirit of Lucy and Desi, or tv production in the 50’s? Do Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem convincingly embody these two media legends? Does Desi ever call anyone “friend-o” in the movie? Give a listen and find out! And what about Fred and Ethel?

Poll question: do you have a favorite film performance by an animal, or do you think, as W.C. Fields did, that it’s a mistake to have animal characters in movies?

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