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"Don't watch the movie."
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Time and attention are required to truly appreciate the intricacies of any great work.

Tim Batt and Guy Montgomery understand this very well. Every week the two New Zealanders watch the same movie and discuss/review it. For a year. Also, for an extra bit of challenge, they have to say at least one nice thing about it every time.

The first movie chosen to give this amount of scrutiny to was Grown Ups 2. What started out as 30-minute long discussions about the film's comedic pitfalls and plot holes turned into extended bouts of maniacal laughter, existential reflections, and self-loathing.

Only a few weeks after the conclusion of their initial journey, the boys embarked on a second quest to review a movie every week for a year: Sex and the City 2. After that was done, they took on a third challenge: Give the same treatment to We Are Your Friends. This was followed up with the first Sex and the City film.

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Besides that, the duo also works on a yearly side project in a similar vein along with Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy of the My Brother, My Brother and Me podcast, called To Death Do Us Blart. The premise is simple; watch and review Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 on every American Thanksgiving until the end of time.

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  • Adorkable: They have their moments when they talk about their lives outside the podcast.
  • Alternate DVD Commentary: In the guise of the films directors.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: An episode is recorded on Tim's birthday.
  • Berserk Button: In later episodes they say that the podcast is the bane of their existence.
  • Catchphrase: "Don't watch the movie."
    • "Suicide 35 off the top rock, 35 feet above the water, my mom did that jump when she was pregnant with me!"
  • Conversational Troping
  • Deadpan Snarker: The podcast runs on it.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The guys are more low-key in the early episodes compared to the emotional extremes they reach in later episodes.
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    • Early episodes also have a "Hollywood Accounting" segment.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: invokedPatrick Schwarzenegger.
  • Funny Background Event: Tim's flatmate's snoring in Episode 29.
  • Full-Name Basis: Guy frequently refers to Tim by his full name.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: They've theorised that Grown Ups 2 might be one of the funniest movies of all time but only if you've seen the original first (which they haven't).
  • Noodle Incident: What happened to Steve Buscemi?
  • Saw "Star Wars" 27 Times: The premise of the podcast. Every week for a year, they rewatch the same movie then review it.
  • Watsonian vs. Doylist: A brief discussion in Episode 6 falls along these lines, with Tim concocting an elaborate theory about how David Spade's character's son is "a warlock," while Guy argues that all the "magical" inconsistencies are just poor writing/editing.

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