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Low Standards: John and Matt Head to The Burbs with Tom Hanks

On this week's episode of Low Standards, Matt and John tackle a classic: The Burbs. Head with them into the heady days of the 1980s, where people hung out with each other just because they were neighbors, where the creepy old house really did hide terrifying secrets, and where Corey Feldman was always there with a sassy remark.

Low Standards with John and Matt: Real Genius, Featuring Mike and Jenny Birbiglia

On this week's episode of Low Standards, John and Matt welcome guests Mike and Jenny Birbiglia to discuss the 1983 Val Kilmer classic Real Genius. Mike and Jenny are superfans of the movie, claiming that it plays a big role in their relationship and that a Real Genius movie poster is hung proudly in their apartment. And can you blame them? This is prime Kilmer we're talking about.

For more from the lovely Mike Birbiglia, you've got a few options! If you're in NYC, you should go check out his one-man show, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend. If you can read, you should check out his book Sleepwalk With [...]

Julie Klausner Swings by Low Standards to Discuss Casual Sex?

Low Standards with John and Matt is back after an unplanned, technical-difficulties-related hiatus. But it was worth the wait, guys! In this week's episode, Julie Klausner swings by to talk about the not-quite-a-classic Casual Sex?, with the weirdo cast of Lea Thompson, Victoria Jackson and Andrew Dice Clay. What follows is an important discussion on the amount of chest hair that should be visible and the irresistibility of a dude saying "GA-DUSHE" while flexing.

Be sure to check out Julie's book I Don't Care About Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I've Dated and her podcast [...]

Low Standards: The Beauty of Michael Keaton in Ron Howard's Gung Ho!

In today's episode of Low Standards, John and Matt focus on Gung Ho!, the 1986 Ron Howard movie that features Michael Keaton at his finest. Centering on an American auto plant that's being run by the Japanese, it sticks Keaton between the surly, lazy, oftentimes-racist workers and the uptight, unsmiling Japanese executives to amazing effect. A perfect snapshot of the time, this one's a classic. At least to John and Matt.