New podcast: Belushi's 'Real Men,' 'The Principal' turn 30
Hand to god, I'm a sucker for a good Jim Belushi movie. And the mid-'80s gave us SO many good ones from the actor. But of all odd timing, two of his more under-appreciated flicks actually were released within one week of each other 30 years ago: The Principal and Real Men.
Now, The Principal could be written off as your typical "rough-around-the-edges educator tries to tame an inner-city school crowd" story. We saw our fair share of those in the '80s. (Lean On Me or Stand and Deliver come to mind.) But Belushi's take is still more entertaining - and he gives us a good balance of drama with a sprinkling of his comic chops. Real Men, on the other hand, is just plain fun - a sci-fi comedy that plays to Belushi's strengths. Of course, it helps having John Ritter as a co-star.
We make our case for rewatching both flicks in this week's show. Hope you enjoy it.