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073: Starship Troopers

Maximilian Rivera August 15, 2017


PremiseHumans in a fascist, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival.
​Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%


This week we’re talking about Starship Troopers (1997), rated 63% on Rotten Tomatoes. Directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier, Starship Troopers stars Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Muldoon, and Michael Ironside.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Panic Room
  • Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and how it wasn’t very watchable
  • Vikings and Party of Five
  • Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
  • Our high school looks
  • Steve Jobs

We read out two of our 5 star iTunes reviews!

Questions We Ask:

  • Does the satire in this film work?
  • Given that it is satirical, does the movie work in terms of plot and acting?
  • Some of the acting seems intentionally wooden, some seems bad. Which performances help and which hurt the film?
  • Is this better than Contact?
  • Is this better than Verhoeven’s other work?
  • Is this the height of the Gary Busey  renaissance?


Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.

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