The Wrong Guy (1997)

wrong guy

This week on the podcast, guest Nick Ostrem joins us to talk about the little-seen but widely under-valued 1997 Canadian comedy The Wrong Guy! Dave Foley (The Kids in the Hall, NewsRadio) co-wrote and stars in this cult caper about an oblivious, melodramatic account executive (Foley) who wrongly presumes he’s being wrongfully accused of his boss’s murder. Check the whole thing in full on Youtube, and join us as we discuss Nelson’s cowardice, the cultural power of the Barenaked Ladies, the dark implications of Fuller House, and whether JFK’s head just did that. We’ve also got our custom cocktail and drinking rules below!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The Wrong Chai

Given this film’s Canadian roots, we decided to spice up some stereotypically Canadian ingredients (maple, bourbon, maple bourbon) with a little chai to keep you warm this chilly winter. We also added some bacon bitters to bring it all home to Nelson’s unfortunate episode with tainted ham in a can.

Jim Beam Maple bourbon
1 bag, your favorite chai tea
8oz water
dash, bacon bitters

  • Make a cup of your favorite chai tea (ours is Ruby Red or Rooibos chai), and let steep for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add .5 oz Jim Beam Maple bourbon and bitters. Serve with tainted canned ham.

DRINKING RULES FOR THE WRONG GUY:

  1. Whenever someone changes outfits
  2. Anytime Detective Arlen (David Higgins) misappropriates federal funds
  3. Every time a character gives a pregnant pause in his line delivery. (e.g. when Dave Foley oversells the tragedy of his life on the run)

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Colm Feore’s killer groans, “I fell on my keys…”

Join us next week as we jet back to the 1940s with the fun art-deco romp The Rocketeer!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound, Crooked Marquee and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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