Alcohollywood Podcast Ep. 330 – InnerSpace (1987)


The main podcast is back, baby! Since Ant-Man and the Wasp has us thinking about all things shrinking, we decided to look at 1987’s fun-sized adventure comedy InnerSpace!

Film critic for (and now Alcohollywood!) Jon Espino joins us to dive into a movie from our 80s-kid childhoods – a Joe Dante romp of the finest order that sees hotshot pilot Tuck Pendleton (Dennis Quaid) shrunk down to a microscopic level and injected into the body of nebbish hypochondriac Jack Putter (Martin Short). Together, the two have to evade corporate spies, silent Terminator-types, and navigate a very strange love triangle with Tuck’s girlfriend Lydia (Meg Ryan). 

In classic Joe Dante style, InnerSpace features a wonderful blend of surprisingly mature elements for a PG film (Dennis Quaid butt!), a charming sense of whimsy and lightness, and his signature stable of actors, from Dick Miller to Robert Picardo. Dante’s a master of these kinds of breezy high-concept adventures, so it was a real treat to finally visit his delightfully devious oeuvre. 

We had a blast talking about this crazy time capsule of a movie, so take a listen and check out our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

(Thanks to our sponsor Overcast as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

Related links:

The Goldsmith Odyssey – a great podcast on the works of Jerry Goldsmith, who also sponsored this very episode!

(Disclaimer: A previous episode contained some language that could be considered insensitive to our disabled listeners. We’ve uploaded a new version that omits that section, and we sincerely apologize for any discomfort the previous version may have caused.)


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  1. Any time you see a lot of extras in the background
  2. Every time Tuck’s ministrations hurt or damage Jack in some way (e.g. internal hemorrhaging)
  3. Whenever Martin Short does his flailing, pratfalling schtick


Jack tells off his doctor, coworker and boss, climbs in the Mustang, and shouts “Jack Putter to the rescue!”

Join us next episode as we celebrate that most fin-ful of traditions: Shark Week! This time around, we’re talking about the classic Sci-Fi Original Shark Attack 3: Megalodon. (You know, the one where Captain Jack from Doctor Who asks if he can go down on his love interest at the end.)

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