Thrustercise
November 29, 2014 2:51 AM   Subscribe

 
I'm declaring this post a war crime.
I'll see you in The Hague.

Had you asked me this morning, I would have sworn this clip was from the "classic" Two Of A Kind.
I disco corrected.
posted by Mezentian at 3:21 AM on November 29, 2014 [7 favorites]


Sublime, in the Kantian sense. Like staring into a bottomless, yawning abyss.
posted by LMGM at 3:25 AM on November 29, 2014 [6 favorites]


This is what I imagine it would be like walking in on your parents having sex. Disturbing for all the wrong reasons.
posted by greenhornet at 3:56 AM on November 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


This is what I imagine it would be like walking in on your parents having sex. Disturbing for all the wrong reasons.

Fortunately, for those of us living at the time, of the appropriate orientation, the confusion was pretty much destroyed by Return of the Jedi's first half hour or so.
posted by Mezentian at 4:04 AM on November 29, 2014


I like the remake better.
posted by MartinWisse at 4:27 AM on November 29, 2014 [4 favorites]


Oh, don't play dumb.
posted by dragonsi55 at 4:37 AM on November 29, 2014


I can't say I prefer The Rite of Spring Workout version to this one, but the music is better.
posted by usonian at 5:28 AM on November 29, 2014 [25 favorites]


Whoa. That got real naughty real quick.

Also, shout-out to Crop-Top guy out staging Travolta.
posted by Fig at 6:00 AM on November 29, 2014 [7 favorites]


If you're a fan of this sort of thing, may I recommend Phil Simms' NFL Workout?
posted by The Card Cheat at 6:44 AM on November 29, 2014 [4 favorites]


This is both perfect and completely wrong at the same time for so many reasons.
posted by mikelieman at 7:08 AM on November 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


perfect and completely wrong at the same time for so many reasons

Encapsulates the experience of living in the 80s.
posted by stbalbach at 7:31 AM on November 29, 2014 [18 favorites]


This is a movie that sank Travolta's career for a decade until Tarantino cast him in Pulp Fiction.
posted by octothorpe at 7:38 AM on November 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


What? This isn't what everyone does in the morning after putting on a teal crop top and form-fitting short shorts?
posted by The Whelk at 7:45 AM on November 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


Mark Roth - Jann Wenner (!)
posted by fungible at 7:49 AM on November 29, 2014


> If you're a fan of this sort of thing, may I recommend becoming a fan of something else keeping it to yourself not reproducing ah I got nothing.
posted by chicobangs at 8:08 AM on November 29, 2014 [5 favorites]


> This is a movie that sank Travolta's career for a decade until Tarantino cast him in Pulp Fiction.

Many of us are still having a hard time forgiving Tarantino for that, despite the good performance he got out of Travolta.
posted by benito.strauss at 8:39 AM on November 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


Reminded me what a terrible actor Travolta was and is. However, Jamie Lee's waxer was some kinda genius.
posted by Sassenach at 9:02 AM on November 29, 2014 [10 favorites]


"Perfect" is the movie. A whole movie about a reporter investigating the early 80s aerobics culture and health club hook up scene. It's like a NY times style section brought to nightmarish life.
posted by benzenedream at 9:25 AM on November 29, 2014 [11 favorites]


It works the other way, too; the last time I tried to watch Pulp Fiction I had a hard time getting into it, in part because I now associate Travolta with movies he made since then, like Battlefield Earth and...Battlefield Earth.
posted by The Card Cheat at 9:26 AM on November 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


> It's like a NY times style section brought to nightmarish life.

Now I want to see some sort of clueless murder mystery set in Williamsburg. It could be like Cruising, but with hipsters, and be called Hipsturbing.
posted by The Card Cheat at 9:31 AM on November 29, 2014 [3 favorites]


Need to work off some of those extra Thanksgiving calories?

Exercise Bulimia is an eating disorder.
posted by larrybob at 9:37 AM on November 29, 2014


That is exactly what aerobics classes were like at the time. I attended many of them. (I was in the back row in the corner.) The infamous "20 Minute Workout" was more of the same.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 9:45 AM on November 29, 2014 [3 favorites]


Ew.
posted by annsunny at 10:05 AM on November 29, 2014


Was Jamie Lee Curtis a particular fan of ultra-high-cut bottoms or did everyone have weird ideas about flattering underwear and making other people look at their hip bones? I feel like every time she was on camera back then we had to see her in underwear that matched her cheekbones.
posted by bleep at 10:18 AM on November 29, 2014


See also: A Fish Called Wanda, True Lies
posted by bleep at 10:19 AM on November 29, 2014


What I don't understand about ultra-high-cut bottoms is how they stayed in place. In movies, of course you have fashion tape and this or that -- but I remember trying on mass market swimsuits that would turn into floss for intimate areas if I moved the slightest bit. How does that even work? How did anyone wear those things?
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 10:49 AM on November 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


Needs more cowbell. And less of everything else.
posted by Trochanter at 10:50 AM on November 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


No, because I didn't eat Thanksgiving dinner.

Because you people have to buy things from (big online retailer) 24/7, and I work for said retailer.

/bitter... but hope you guys really did have a great Thanksgiving.
posted by DriftingLotus at 10:53 AM on November 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


> did everyone have weird ideas about flattering underwear and making other people look at their hip bones

Yeah, that one. I remember it. I was there. I have photos of my friends in swimsuits to prove it.
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:26 AM on November 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


> The infamous "20 Minute Workout" was more of the same.

20 Minute Workout was probably the porniest thing I saw on TV before I saw actual pornogrpahy.
posted by The Card Cheat at 12:38 PM on November 29, 2014 [3 favorites]


Can we get a Jamie Lee Curtis-only edit of this? Asking for a friend.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 12:49 PM on November 29, 2014 [5 favorites]


I actually went to Jazzercize classes in the 1980s. And I still associate certain songs with particular dance moves. Just play Kiss by Prince and you'll see some sweet 1980s aerobics moves.

The classes I went to were less like Perfect and more like this. However, for extra credit in middle school PE, my friend and I created an aerobics routine to Kiss Me Deadly by Generation X because who says punk kids can't cardiovascular fitness?
posted by vespabelle at 1:39 PM on November 29, 2014


There was Punk Rock Aerobics in Boston in the 90's. One of the leaders was Hilkin Mancini, who was known, probably only around Boston, for being part of Fuzzy.
posted by benito.strauss at 1:56 PM on November 29, 2014


Was Jamie Lee Curtis a particular fan of ultra-high-cut bottoms or did everyone have weird ideas about flattering underwear and making other people look at their hip bones?

It wasn't Jamie Lee's fault, it was what we were being sold at the time. Ugh. That cut doesn't look good on anybody, IMO.
posted by Lexica at 2:01 PM on November 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


I don't know that yoga pants are going to seem any less ridiculous when we have a few decades' perspective.
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:44 PM on November 29, 2014


I thought I'd watch this on a lark while at the reference desk at work. It was much naughtier than I imagined.

My cheeks, they burn.
posted by but no cigar at 3:13 PM on November 29, 2014


Ah- most specifically my facial cheeks. I imagine, were I to do the many thrusts, squats and gyrations Jamie and John are doing, I'd feel the burn in every cheek on my body.
posted by but no cigar at 3:17 PM on November 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


The corpse, I see hate on yoga pants all the time, no perspective required.

It's like a NY times style section brought to nightmarish life.

It was actually Rolling Stone (hence the inclusion of Jann Wenner). In any case, that was basically how Saturday Night Fever came to be (except the origin was New York magazine), so it had been a lucrative formula for Travolta.

This is a movie that sank Travolta's career for a decade

I assume you're not counting the $198M (in 1990s dollars) that three Look Who's Talking movies made.

Also, shout-out to Crop-Top guy out staging Travolta.

Let's be honest: The specific purpose that he serves in this scene is out-gaying JT.
posted by dhartung at 4:50 PM on November 29, 2014 [4 favorites]


The guy in the green has quite a dick-waggle on him.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 8:45 PM on November 29, 2014


I owned, and taught aerobics in those high cut suits. I loved them, actually. When you are a short woman, they make your legs look a lot longer. Or that is the conciet under which I operated, anyway. That said; I'm not sure I can be forgiven for wearing pantyhose with socks and tennies while also wearing crop tops and high thigh bottoms.

Frankly, y'all...the 80s involved an awful lot of drugs. I'm just going to blame everyone's sartorial sense on the cocaine.
posted by dejah420 at 7:08 AM on November 30, 2014 [6 favorites]


Why… ?!?
posted by mazola at 10:58 AM on November 30, 2014


I'm not sure I can be forgiven etc

*primly* I sincerely hope everyone with those suits on was wearing tights also.
posted by glasseyes at 4:40 AM on December 1, 2014 [2 favorites]


Yes, people wore tights. Sometimes in colours, sometimes skin toned (like Jamie is wearing.) You can't do what she's doing in a leotard cut like that without wearing tights unless you want to unleash all manner of unpleasantness.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 5:51 AM on December 1, 2014 [1 favorite]


Except for on the cover of all those exercise videos in the VHS era. No tights there. Bare flesh and cocoa butter.
posted by Trochanter at 7:46 AM on December 1, 2014


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