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2 items from 2008

dream cast: hypothetical ‘Square Pegs’ movie

18 December 2008 5:53 PM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It’s still Thursday for another couple of hours where I am, so it’s time to remake an 80s classic TV show or movie with an all-new cast. This week: Square Pegs, the 1982-3 CBS high-school comedy. Predating John Hughes’ take on teen life in the 80s, this was one of the most depressingly -- and most hilariously -- realistic depictions of adolescence in the early part of the decade. The original cast included: Patty Greene: Sarah Jessica Parker Lauren Hutchinson: Amy Linker Marshall Blechtman: John Femia Johnny “Slash” Ulasewicz: Merritt Butrick Jennifer Dinuccio: Tracy Nelson Vinnie Pasetta: Jon Caliri Muffy B. Tepperman: Jami Gertz This was so 80s that it would be tough to actually update this for the 2010s (which is when this would end up landing, were production to start now) without killing everything that made it so wonderful back then. Maybe it could go all Brady Bunch Movie on us, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Square Pegs: The Like, Totally Complete Series Totally

20 May 2008 9:07 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

In the wake of Saturday Night Live's success, multiplexes and TV sets were stuffed with comedies about dope-smoking slobs getting the best of prim, authoritarian snobs—and in none of them was there any mistaking which camp was meant to be awesome. But when former SNL writer Anne Beatts created the short-lived early-'80s sitcom Square Pegs, she shifted the paradigm a little, making her heroes outright geeks who envied the popular crowd. Sarah Jessica Parker and Amy Linker played high-school freshmen perpetually failing at social climbing, spending their afternoons and weekends with dweeby class clown John Femia and spacey new-waver Merritt Butrick. Because none of these kids looked or acted cool—and because even Weemawee High's popular kids were kind of gawky—Square Pegs smartly captured the high-school experience for a large number of '80s teens. The show's cult success carried over to Freaks And Geeks and the films of John Hughes, »

- Noel Murray

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