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Mindy Cohn interview on Pop My Culture podcast

Mindy Cohn (“The Facts of Life,” “Scooby-Doo”) joins Cole and Vanessa to chat about Renee Zellweger, home phones, George Clooney, hover boards, Guardians of the Galaxy on cassette tape, Penelope Cruz, shooting in Paris and Australia, No Hook-Ups, following a crush on twitter, John Turturro, Velma’s perfect day and getting discovered by Charlotte Rae.

Leave your answer to the firsts questions (the first movie you can remember being embarrassed to be watching with your parents) on our website for a chance to win a comfy Pop My Culture T-Shirt!

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Mindy Cohn with hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland


  • Comment by Sherman — November 6, 2014 @ 4:38 am

    Oh boy, the first movie I was truly embarrassed to see with my parents was “Freddy Got Fingered”. We actually went to the theater as a FAMILY to see this garbage (something we never did). I didn’t know who Tom Green was but was interested, and Mom thought the “Daddy, would you like some sausage?” song in the commercial was funny. WHAT A NIGHTMARE!! People were walking out about 20 minutes in, but we actually stuck it out until the end. I was horrified on every level. After the movie, we all silently left and drove home. My father was in denial of the whole experience, saying certain scenes were “kinda humorous”, trying to make the best of the experience. It was miserable night that I’ll never forget.

  • Comment by Scott — November 6, 2014 @ 8:29 am

    Well, It would have to be a Hong Kong action film called GEN-X COPS (’99). My friend and I had rented it (he worked at a Blockbuster and it was not on the shelf yet so we gave it a watch) and started watching it before my parents got home (It’s a great movie BTW, late 90’s action kung-fu spectacular).

    It doesn’t feature graphic sex or anything, but the script has so much cursing in it…and not just words here or there, but when the triad gangsters mouth off to each other or the cops it’s in long, disgusting strings of swearing linked together wishing the most graphic details upon each others mothers ect.

    My mother and father came home about half way through, and my mom sat at the dining room table where she could see the TV and hear it…and a scene with about 15 minutes worth of the above mentioned swearing and gangster posturing. I looked over at my mother who goggled at me, and then turned to see my father turning purple and shouting at me to turn it off, and how dare I subject my mother to such horrible language.

    The funny thing is that when it was just my buddy and I watching, we had no issues with the swearing level (even found it funny)…but as soon as my brain clicked that my mom was watching it, I was DEEPLY embarrassed.

    Fun side note for Cole’s movie knowledge brain: Jackie Chan (who was a producer on it) appears very briefly as a lowly fisherman.

  • Comment by corinne — November 6, 2014 @ 1:19 pm

    I saw American Pie in the theater with my dad, which was…terrible. But apparently he didn’t find it as awkward as I did, and in fact part of it reminded him of something, because on the way home we stopped at the video store and he rented The Graduate for me, before going out with my mom for the night.

    Also… I’ve been dating someone from Tinder for the last month+. There are people on there looking for relationships, you just gotta make it sorta clear in your profile, and then do a lot of weeding through.

  • Comment by Liz — November 6, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

    My first movie I was embarrassed to see with my parents was Juno. I was a teenager when it came out and went to see it with my parents on New Years Eve (party hard, I know). At the opening scene, the sex scene on the chair, all I could do was stare straight ahead to avoid eye contact with either of my parents and hope it would be over fast. My dad and I never discussed the movie afterward. I mean, I don’t know what he was thinking was going to happen with a movie about a teenager getting pregnant.

  • Comment by Ryan — November 6, 2014 @ 8:06 pm

    My first movie I was embarrassed about seeing with my parents was one of the Friday the 13th’s because boobs.

  • Comment by Todd Mason — November 7, 2014 @ 1:45 am

    My folks took me as a 9yo (and my soundly sleeping 2yo brother) to DEATH RACE 2000 in a drive-in in 1975, and while I appreciated some of the humor (ultraviolent and ultraviolet as it was), I was perturbed by the actual anger inherent in the satire in that film; some of what they found over-the-top funny/grotesque was for me somewhat scarier, and I was slightly shaken by their reaction. As we were driving away, I asked them if they thought we’d ever have a president as bad as that in the film; they laughingly replied that the recently resigned president was an example of just that. That put me in a bit of a funk…I felt they were being flippant (though I wouldn’t’ve known to use that word at the time), and was a bit embarrassed for them and by them for not taking the matter seriously. Little did I realize how utterly honest they were being, till some years later…though we’ve managed to have several even worse presidents since…

    The first time sexuality came up much in a film we all were watching, as far as I remember, was in a telecast of WALKABOUT in 1979…we’d just moved to Hawaii, and were all stuffed into a one-bedroom apartment while my parents were looking for a house in a very expensive market, me certainly well along into puberty. And only one television. I remember going off to the bedroom or balcony to listen to the SEARS RADIO THEATER and CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER (five nights a week, 8-10pm for the two) on the Honolulu CBS Radio station, or down to the lobby of the complex to read, in part to get some distance and/or quiet…my folks watched a lot of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE repeats that summer. I imagine something about that title, at least, resonated.

  • Comment by Todd Mason — November 7, 2014 @ 1:55 am

    Ah…I do remember an earlier incident than the WALKABOUT (unedited, essentially, on the San Francisco “superstation”)…a more expurgated version of the Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton potboiler X, Y, AND ZEE was playing on network tv sometime about when I was ten or so, and my most easily flustered uncle was in the room with parents and me…it ends with Taylor’s character having seduced Burton’s character’s mistress, played by Susannah York, who for some reason very unclear as it was presented was lying, traumatized, almost comatose, in the trysting bed, while a smug Taylor smirks at a crestfallen Burton (every York role was born to lose in those days). “What was that supposed to mean?” I asked the room, to an utter and complete silence.

  • Comment by Todd Mason — November 7, 2014 @ 1:58 am

    And I’m wrong…it was Michael Caine rather than Burton as the husband. Memory tricks…it certainly would seem Right for it to be Burton.

  • Comment by Collin — November 7, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

    I’ll show my age now… When I was 5, my whole family went to see the movie “The Wiz”. I remember we all really enjoyed it, but there’s that scene near the end when the Wicked Witch is killed and then all her minions strip off their costumes and it’s suddenly 50 dancers in just their underwear. This was very startling to my highly conservative, lily-white Southern family! We laugh about it now, but it threw me for a loop as a kid. It’s still one of my favorite movies!

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