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I mean does anybody not remember her big moment in Spider Man? She's a slim woman with pretty big boobs to begin with. I didn't think she'd looked like she'd gained any weight at all in Fargo, she wore a lot of tight pants. I actually thought the costuming was meant to diminish her appearance and her bustline, it only seemed kind of prominent in the last couple of episodes. Overall I thought she was more or less normal for a woman in her early 30s. IMHO, even though the Coen Brothers aren't the actual writers of this series, the Coens are prone to some stupid, "we ran out of ideas" type shit in their movies, where you might or might not get the inside joke. It's why some of their movies are my favorites and some I can't fucking stand. Bumpy Johnson ran the rackets in Harlem, more or less up until the rise of Frank Lucas. This is (very) dramatized in the recent series on Epix, "Godfather of Harlem". IMHO it's worth watching, I binged it when I had a free preview to the network for 10 days, along with "Deep State". Forrest Whittaker plays Bumpy Johnson. I'd wager there were always black mobs, but probably limits on the relative power or reach any of them had. I think mostly they wound up being more or less subsidiaries of the local white organized crime outfits or at best running their own affairs in their own neighborhood, but still paying off the larger white crime outfits. Much of the "Godfather of Harlem" is about Johnson's conflicts with Vincent "The Chin" Gigante. I think you're right. Pam Dawber fits that same type. Were they actually? I tried to find images of them side by side, but couldn't. I kind of expected to find at least one photo of them together considering their parallel and similar careers in TV situation comedies. It seems more likely than not they would have crossed paths at some point. I mean it's weird, narrowly examining their facial features they do look different. But most full-body images of them those differences seem to evaporate and result in extremely similar appearance. If there was only some way to see Loni Anderson styled like Jan Smithers was it would be easier to decide. I had to look up a swimsuit pic of Loni and to my surprise, she was both lean and buxom, for some reason I remember her as much more "full figured". Looking at the pictures what throws me off is mostly her styling -- that big, big blonde hair is really a dated look, although maybe it worked as a blonde bombshell look at the time, although I don't think you saw it even in Playboy models of the era. But some of it is her face, which I find a bit rounded/wide. Bailey's styling is much more contemporary and timeless, but really its the narrower, finer facial features that give Bailey an edge. One of the fantasies this film indulges in was a real lack of authority or police consequences. Places like the Emporium existed (and they tolerated kids smoking, too), but they were usually pretty fucking hard-assed about illegal drinking due to liquor licensing and definitely not tolerant of pot smoking. Which isn't to say none of that went on, it was just unlikely to be as flagrant and common as it was in the film. We had beer busts in isolated park areas, too, but the cops always found them, yet these guys get 100s of people out there and no cops? The relentless speeding and open pot smoking? Pot was a felony in Texas. I totally agree -- I started high school 4 years later, in 1980, and it was eerie how well they capture the vibe, and I live in a totally different part of the country and in a much more urban area. Amusingly the year I graduated was the year "Breakfast Club" was released and we actually spent two days of my senior current events class discussing the movie, and I remember how animated everyone was about *that* movie being a totally realistic depiction of high school. I think it was, too. I think Dazed's appeal is much stronger if you lived in the era or its immediate twilight. For me, the vibe definitely shifted from 1980 to 1985. 1980 was still the 1970s and the 1960s in some ways. By 1985, it was way more punk-rock and not hippie/counterculture focused. Oddly, I never found "Fast Times.." to have a lot of realism to it. I have a friend who grew up in LA during that time and he's convinced it's almost a documentary, but I think it was very much a lot of a LA/California thing that didn't export as well to the rest of the country. I can't say for sure, but this film had a lot of improvised dialog. This leads me to believe that London and Andrews may have been competing somewhat for screen time or prominence in the film. London's Pink was a significant character in the larger narrative, while Andrews was prominent and maybe thought he could boost his role, perhaps by diminishing Pink's. They say that Andrews role diminished a bit, with the Wooderson character gaining more prominence. I wonder what happens if London and Anderson get along great, with super chemistry, leaving McConaughey as a much more minor character with a diminished role. I don't think it would have ended his career, but it might have slowed it. View all replies >