A Freeze Frame First

by | Jun 29th, 2009 | 7:38PM | Filed under: Threes

Um… oops?

Please allow me to apologize to you, dear redblog readers, for I made this weekend's Freeze Frame challenge way too hard.  For the first time since we began running the game back in April, nobody guessed all three films correctly.

However, both Donna and Dwight Barnes knew that the first image featured "The Tone Rangers," the hilarious a cappella group from the Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn comedy The Break-Up.  As for the second image… alas, not a soul recognized the scene with Rob Lowe stalking Demi Moore in front of the Biograph Theater after they broke up in About Last Night.  (Are any of you out there smacking your foreheads?)  But at least Donna was joined by Megan Ice in correctly identifying the run-down
station wagon in the third still — it was from Adventures in
Babysitting
.  And despite not being able to crack the trio of images, these two Freeze Frame players did deduce that the common thread between all of the movies was their Chicago setting.  I was trying to give a little shout-out to my hometown, which is touted as the epicenter of the Depression-era crime wave in this week's Public Enemies (starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger, the infamous bank robber who was eventually gunned down in front of the Biograph Theater).  

In The Break-Up, Chicago-area native Vince Vaughn plays a Windy City tour guide whose bitter split with girlfriend Aniston turns their condo into a war zone.


About Last Night was actually based on a David Mamet play entitled "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" (thumbs up to whoever realized that needed changing) and revolved around a couple (Lowe and Moore) trying to figure out their relationship after a one-night stand.  The touristy bar Mothers, Grant Park's baseball fields, Lincoln Park's lakeside walking path and several other local spots were featured while everyone was fighting with each other over the course of the film.


And finally we come to Chris Columbus's directorial debut, 1987's Adventures in Babysitting, which I haven't seen in a very long time but used to absolutely adore when I was a teenager.  What's more fun than Elizabeth Shue's sing-along to "And Then He Kissed Me" over the opening credits?  Not much, my friends, not much.  And who can forget her "Babysitting Blues" jam session? Or Thor-loving Sara's climb up the diamond-shaped Smurfit-Stone building?

Ah, they just don't make 'em like that anymore. (Which is why the planned 2010 follow-up, Further Adventures in Babysitting starring Raven-SymonĂ© and possibly Miley Cyrus (eek!) is an awful idea and will never live up to the original and should just be scrapped right now.  Is anybody listening to me?!?!)

Thanks again to Donna, Dwight Barnes and Megan Ice for giving it the ol' college try… I promise this Friday's challenge won't be quite as daunting. 


3 Responses to “A Freeze Frame First”

  1. Donna
    Posted on June 29, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Smack! (hand to forehead)
    What was the big hint? I guess I missed it.

  2. Erika Olson
    Posted on June 29, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Donna -
    The hint was the Biograph Theater, but it was just a hint for the common thread being the city of Chicago…
    You were so close! ; )
    - Erika

  3. Tonya
    Posted on June 30, 2009 at 7:44 am

    I am SOOOOOOO MAD!!!!!!!! I KNEW THESE IN 2 SECONDS FLAT!!!! But I didn’t know about the Freeze Frame until know. About Last Night was always a favorite movie of mine. I know it word for word!! The first was obvious in my opinion & I’ve seen Adventures in Babysitting enough to know it pretty well too. :)
    I would’ve won?!!!? Really???? Wow.