A poster for Mars Attacks!
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Hops and Box Office Flops: ‘MARS ATTACKS!’

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A poster for Mars Attacks!

Mars Attacksis based upon a series of Topps trading cards released in the early 1960s. And it certainly pays homage to its inspiration.

Unfortunately, its also a narrative mess that fails to get the most out of its stacked cast. Mars Attacks! features an all-star lineup. It’s got Jack Nicholson in two roles, Jim Brown, Joe Don Baker, Annette Bening, Glenn Close, Michael J. Fox, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Pierce Brosnan, just to name a few.

And, yes, their presence is felt, but outside of Nicholson, who’s terrific as a Las Vegas Huckster and the President, they all have nothing to do.

That is the great failing of Mars Attacks! It wants to do a lot without really doing anything at all. It’s all just empty spectacle—little green CGI men conquering a hapless earth.

Hence why it received middling to negative reviews—56% on Rotten Tomatoes with 86 of them—and was beheaded like an annoying chihuahua at the box office. On a budget of $100 million, Mars Attacks! raked in just north of $101 million worldwide.

The losses on that are enough to make a financier’s head explode like a martian listening to Slim Whitman.

Now, sit back, disintegrate a Double County Double IPA from Dry County Brewing, and do not trust the martians! I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK), ChumpzillaCapt. Cash, and Bling Blake are optimistic about still having two out of the three branches of government. That ain’t bad!

This Week’s Segments:

  • Introduction/Plot Breakdown – Nice planet. We’ll take it! (00:00)
  • Lingering Questions – After a word from our brothers in beer at Hop Nation USA, we discuss assess why this movie flopped. (36:14)
  • The “They Blew Up Congress!” Trivia Challenge – The Double Turn Podcast pins a red skeleton, and then Chumpzilla challenges the field to trivia about the movie. (1:07:12)
  • Recommendations – We offer our picks for the week and next up: We finish “Hops and All I Want for Christmas Flops” with 1989’s blatant Nintendo commercial, The Wizard! (1:17:09)

And, as always, hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to check out all the interesting factoids—the current value of the cards and more—from this week’s episode!

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Thomas Kelly

Writer, Superman aficionado, lover of odd and underperforming sports teams, and co-host of the film adoring podcast, Hops and Box Office Flops