Toy Box Movies, pt. 7 - Thursday, April 30, 2015

Jumping frogs!  We can't believe April is already coming to an end.  Really, the best way to handle such a dose of reality is by going inside, shutting the blinds so you can't see whether it's nice or awful outside, and putting in a movie.  As we celebrate the new posters in the Toy Box, we are happy to recommend the film we will discuss today:  The First Wives Club.

This revenge comedy sparked a cord for a small but influential population of Americans: middle-aged women divorced by husbands in search of younger partners.  It was released in 1996 (a very good year for our posters, apparently), and stars Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton as three  embittered women who react to the suicide of a fourth friend (Stockard Channing) who committed suicide after learning that her ex was getting re-married by setting up a club devoted to destroying their own exes.  The film became a surprise hit when it came out, despite its mixed reviews.  Clearly, the critics didn't understand just what the people wanted!
QUESTION:  The director of The First Wives Club, Hugh Wilson, is probably best known for creating what 1970s-era television sitcom?
A)  Maude
B)  The Bob Newhart Show
C)  WKRP In Cincinnati
D)  The Brady Bunch

A WORLD'S FAIR.  The American Treasure Tour blog crew loves all sorts of history, but little gets us more engaged than world's fairs.  The Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia (where the first player pianos and telephones were introduced to the country), the Columbian Exposition in Chicago (where electricity took center stage), and today's celebration:  the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis!  111 years ago today marked the 100 year anniversary of the purchase of Louisiana by the United States government.  The fair marked the national introduction of such innovations as peanut butter, cotton candy, waffle cones, and Dr. Pepper. Really, what's not to love?

JERSEY GIRL.  Today is the 33rd birthday of Kirsten Dunst.  Born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, she debuted in Woody Allen's New York Stories at the ripe old age of seven, and has been going strong ever since.  Starring in a number of teen comedies including Dick (1999) and Bring it On! (2001), as well as dramas The Virgin Suicides (1999 again), it wasn't until the first Spider-Man trilogy when she reached a much larger audience.  She continues to expand her portfolio - we can't wait to see what you do next, Kirsten!

QUOTE:  What are you going to do if it's the end of the world?  You better go out having fun instead of stressing out about it. - Kirsten Dunst

ANSWER:  WKRP in Cincinnati