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?
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.