Excessively Diverted Episode 1 – Material Girls

Hello, and welcome to our new podcast venture! In this show, Beau North and Sammi Campbell will be taking a look at modern film adaptations of Jane Austen novels to see how they translate into present-day pop culture. In a (mostly) judgement-free zone, Beau and Sammi will watch any modern adaptation, no matter the budget, cast, or level of silliness. Grab your popcorn and your Sparknotes, and enjoy the show!

In this episode, Beau and Sammi discuss the 2006 Ode to Celebrity Culture, Material Girls. Directed by Martha Coolidge, Starring Hilary Duff, Haylie Duff, Anjelica Huston, and Brent Spiner. Based (very loosely) on Jane Austen’s ‘Sense & Sensibility.’

The Good: 

Not Much, we’re afraid. Topping just over 2 hours, this movie is long, has very little by way of plot, and is a harsh reminder of how shallow the celebrity-worshipping culture of 2006 was. The only bright spot was a name-drop of Fred Durst and Tara Reid, which just goes to show that thankfully, we can outgrow things.

The Bad: 

All of it, pretty much. Not even Brent Spiner’s incredibly hammy performance could save this movie from itself, which insults the poor, the wealthy, and even the people in between.

The Ugly: 

The clothes, mostly. Some terrible stereotypes of gay men, hispanic women, and aspiring college students.


Stale fart in an ATM booth


episode theme song ‘Back in Summer’ by Nicolai Heidlas 

Beau grew up in South Carolina but now calls Portland home. She can get by pretty much anywhere as long as she has her books, iPhone and Netflix.

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