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Thu April 10, 2014

Fruity Films

The films A Clockwork Orange and 50 First Dates don't have much in common, except in the world of Ask Me Another. Go bananas in this game and think up films whose titles contain the name of a fruit.

Heard in Episode 314: Let's Do This Thing

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Transcript

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Welcome back to ASK ME ANOTHER, NPR and WNYC's hour of trivia, puzzles, and word games. Let's say hello to Ester Bloom and Tony Forde.

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EISENBERG: This next game is called Fruity Films. I'm warning you know, in which Jonathan Coulton will tell you about in a minute. But first, keeping with the Merriam-Webster definition of fruity is something strange or crazy, with one strange or crazy fact about you that you would like everyone to know, Tony?

TONY FORDE: I mean I grew up on Long Island, so at one point I was...

EISENBERG: There you go.

(LAUGHTER)

FORDE: As you do, I was in an EMO band at the same time I was in Model U.N., ladies.

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FORDE: It was a wonderful pickup line, as you might guess.

EISENBERG: What was the name of your Emo band?

FORDE: Odds Against and two of them are actually here.

EISENBERG: Oh nice.

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FORDE: We were terrible. We were terrible.

EISENBERG: Odds Against, then super Emo. Odds Against us. Ester, how about you?

EMILY SKREZEC: Well, I've been writing this book at a contemporary retelling of "The Canterbury Tales."

EISENBERG: Yeah.

ESTER BLOOM: And what in - retelling in what sense?

Retelling as in Chaucer is a 40-year-old lady who takes a train trip across the country and everyone she meets is actually a character from "The Canterbury Tales," but re-imagined, so half of them are gay or their multicultural or whatever and they all tell her stories that impact what she decides to then do with her life.

EISENBERG: Nice.

BLOOM: All right.

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EISENBERG: How about you, Jonathan? How about one strange, crazy fact about you for our listeners?

JONATHAN COULTON: A weird fact about me is that I am writing the exact same book that Ester is.

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BLOOM: We should talk.

COULTON: But I'm - know, I'm mostly done. I'm about to publish it, so...

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COULTON: I hope you haven't spent a lot of time working on it.

BLOOM: Yeah. But you haven't heard the title.

COULTON: I don't have a title. What's your title?

BLOOM: "The Sexless Lives of Other People."

COULTON: Oh, yeah. No, that would want to be my title as well.

BLOOM: No, it's mine.

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COULTON: Well, in this game, all of the answers are movies that have a kind of fruit in their titles. So puzzle guru Mary Tobler, how about an example?

MARY TOBLER, PUZZLE GURU: My pleasure. If we said what Stanley Kubrick film featured Malcolm McDowell practicing a little ultra violence, you would answer "A Clockwork Orange."

BLOOM: "A Clockwork Orange."

GURU: Yes. Exactly.

COULTON: That's right. Because a clock is a type of fruit.

GURU: There you go.

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COULTON: It's confusing. I should've said that.

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COULTON: Ring in when you know the movie and the winner of this game will move on to our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show. Here we go.

EISENBERG: In what movie does Drew Barrymore suffer from short-term memory loss, allowing Adam Sandler to make a first impression over and over again?

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EISENBERG: Tony.

FORDE: "51st Dates."

EISENBERG: Exactly.

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COULTON: I wish that movie was about them eating that fruit for the first time.

EISENBERG: Date just eating dates?

COULTON: Fifty of them.

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COULTON: You never forget your first 50 dates.

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COULTON: Yuck.

EISENBERG: I'm sure you don't. I'm sure you don't.

COULTON: Long before "The Wolf of Wall Street," Leonardo DiCaprio received his first Oscar nomination as Johnny Depp's mentally disabled brother in 1993 film.

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COULTON: Ester.

BLOOM: "What's Eating Gilbert Grape."

EISENBERG: You got it.

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EISENBERG: Directed by the pop star Prince, the 1986 film soundtrack included both the title song to the movie and the iconic song "Kiss."

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BLOOM: "Orange Is Not the Only Fruit."

EISENBERG: Ester made up a movie.

BLOOM: Yes.

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BLOOM: It would be a great movie.

EISENBERG: That would be a great movie.

COULTON: It's a deep title, man.

BLOOM: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Tony?

FORDE: I, I, I have nothing.

EISENBERG: Are you Prince fan?

FORDE: Apparently not.

EISENBERG: What is wrong with you?

I...

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EISENBERG: Anyone out there?

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EISENBERG: OK. "Purple Rain" is very incorrect.

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EISENBERG: "Under the Cherry Moon" is correct. Yeah. It was the one after "Purple Rain," just as we were beginning to discover that Prince doesn't always make sense.

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FORDE: This Woody Allen film with a one-word title was set in a fictitious country of San Marcos.

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COULTON: Ester.

BLOOM: "Bananas."

COULTON: Banana. You got it.

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EISENBERG: High school senior Colin Hanks needs his brother Jack Black to get him into Stanford University in this 2002 comedy.

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EISENBERG: Tony.

FORDE: "Orange County."

EISENBERG: Exactly.

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EISENBERG: This is your last clue.

COULTON: What Seth Rogen film gets its title from a strain of marijuana featured in the movie?

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COULTON: Ester.

BLOOM: "Pineapple Express."

COULTON: Yeah. You knew that one.

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EISENBERG: How did our contestants do, Mary?

GURU: They did wonderfully. Congratulation, Ester. You're the winner of this round.

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EISENBERG: Well done, Ester. We will see you at our final round at the end of the show. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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