Body Of Work Hosts of the podcast The War Report, Shalewa Sharpe and Gastor Almonte, play this word game in which every answer is the title of a movie, with one of the words replaced with a rhyming body part.

Body Of Work

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JONATHAN COULTON: This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.


Thanks, Jonathan. We're playing games with the hosts of the podcast "The War Report," Shalewa Sharpe and Gastor Almonte. All right, let's go to your next game. So this one is a little bit more challenging.


EISENBERG: So you're going to work together.

SHARPE: All right.

EISENBERG: This is a game called Body of Work. Every answer is the title of a movie with one of the words replaced with a rhyming body part.

SHARPE: OK (laughter).

COULTON: So, for example, if I said, in this Christmas dramedy, Dermot Mulroney brings Sarah Jessica Parker to meet his family members who won't stop fighting over who will inherit their heirloom femur, you would answer The Family Bone.

SHARPE: Oh, wow.

COULTON: That's because I cleared the movie "The Family Stone" and also the word bone, which, of course, rhymes with stone.


SHARPE: OK. All right. All right.

EISENBERG: All right, here we go. Prince is a musician trying to make it big, but he keeps encountering obstacles like a CAT scan that reveals the soft, nervous tissue inside his skull is turning lavender.

SHARPE: Oh, yeah. No, that's easy.


SHARPE: You got it, Gastor?

GASTOR ALMONTE: Not at all. Is this like real Prince? Does he...

SHARPE: Yeah, yeah. So this is Prince...


SHARPE: ...The one we know and love.

ALMONTE: Not at all. I'm so lost right now.

SHARPE: OK. It is - the answer is Purple Brain.


ALMONTE: Oh, OK. OK. I'm with you.

SHARPE: All right. There we go.

EISENBERG: (Singing) Purple brain, purple brain.


EISENBERG: It kind of works great.

ALMONTE: That's fire. I dig that.

COULTON: All right, here's another one. Al Gore's documentary paints an alarming picture of climate change, including the consequences we will face if we forget to floss the giant molars growing from the polar ice caps.

SHARPE: Oh, right, yes. How about it, Gastor?

ALMONTE: I know Al Gore did a documentary.


SHARPE: Right.

COULTON: Remember the name of that documentary?

ALMONTE: Was this like, I made the internet Al Gore?

COULTON: (Laughter) No, no. This was a different Al Gore.


COULTON: This is, we need to save the environment.

EISENBERG: That's right.

ALMONTE: I know he stopped wearing ties. That was the Al Gore I remember talking about.

COULTON: That's right - tieless, non-presidential Al Gore. That's right.

EISENBERG: And to be fair, this was, like, in 2006, I believe.

SHARPE: All right. I think I got the answer.


ALMONTE: What is this?

SHARPE: Is it An Inconvenient Tooth?

COULTON: That's right. "An Inconvenient Truth" was the name of the movie, and then a giant molar, a tooth - Inconvenient Tooth. That's right.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Clint Eastwood directed this somber 2003 movie set in a Boston Irish neighborhood where three childhood friends investigate a mysterious two-lobed organ that excretes bile and seeks spiritual truth.

ALMONTE: Got this one.


EISENBERG: All right, Gastor.

ALMONTE: I do. This is Mystic Liver.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Yeah, that's it.

COULTON: Beautiful.


ALMONTE: Back in the game, baby.


ALMONTE: Big flex.

COULTON: All right. This coming-of-age tale from 1986 follows four boys who head into the Oregon countryside and discover they're being followed by an endocrine organ excreting hormones, making them realize that the scariest thing of all is puberty.

SHARPE: I think I know what the movie is.


SHARPE: But now I'm just trying to think of the body part.

ALMONTE: Who's in this movie?

SHARPE: Oh, this is...

COULTON: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix.

SHARPE: Wil Wheaton and River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland.

COULTON: Wow. Look at you go.

SHARPE: Yeah. I saw this movie in the theater at the time, like, maybe five times.

COULTON: Yeah, yeah.

SHARPE: Movies were $5 then. And I was...

ALMONTE: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: And it, of course, it - like, I'm sure, Shalewa, like you and me, it mirrored our coming-of-age tale of all of our friends getting together and stumbling across a dead body.

SHARPE: Absolutely.

EISENBERG: That happened to us.

SHARPE: All the time. All the time. That's why - that's what I went for, to point out all of the factual errors of what it's actually like...


SHARPE: ...To poke a dead body with a stick. OK, so I'm trying to think of what - oh, Gland By Me.

COULTON: Yeah, Gland By Me - that's correct.

SHARPE: OK. I was going to say Stand By Knee. And I was like, wait, I don't think a knee...

EISENBERG: I like that.

COULTON: It does not excrete hormones.


COULTON: It shouldn't be excreting hormones. If it is, go to a doctor.

SHARPE: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: Yeah. Word to the wise - if your knee is excreting something...

SHARPE: However, when you're in puberty, it feels like they're coming from everywhere.

COULTON: It's coming from all which way.


EISENBERG: I swear to God, I've been so nervous that the front of my knee has had sweat...

SHARPE: Yeah, yeah. Absolutely.

EISENBERG: ...Where you're just like, oh, the back of your knee is sweating? No, no. Have you ever had the...

COULTON: Front of my knees.

EISENBERG: ...Front of your knees...


COULTON: Pouring - pouring out of the front of my knees.

EISENBERG: All right. I think this one is a little difficult, but you tell me. Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer star in this 2000 supernatural thriller as a couple struggling with demons real and imagined, eventually realizing that the true enemy in their home is a haunted caboose that just won't quit.

ALMONTE: I only know that's the lady from - that played Catwoman, right?

COULTON: Uh-huh.

SHARPE: (Laughter) Yes. That's the lady.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

ALMONTE: I'm trying here.

EISENBERG: I love that. That's good.

ALMONTE: I'm working my way through this my way, Sha, all right?

SHARPE: (Laughter) I love it. I love it.

EISENBERG: That's good. That's good.

SHARPE: No, that's great.

COULTON: You got to start with what you know. That's right.


ALMONTE: That's Catwoman. And that's to dude from - he was like the hero in all the old movies, right?

COULTON: Indiana Jones and Catwoman in this 2000 supernatural thriller.

ALMONTE: 2000.

COULTON: If you don't remember that movie, we can give you the name of the movie. It's sort of a - it's a great movie, but I feel like it's sort of...

SHARPE: Ignored.

COULTON: It sort of got dissipated into the ether.



EISENBERG: The name of the movie is "What Lies Beneath."

SHARPE: Is it Butt Lies Beneath?

EISENBERG: You bet it is.

COULTON: That is correct.

EISENBERG: You bet it is.

ALMONTE: What Thighs Beneath.

SHARPE: Yeah, that's great.

COULTON: That's pretty good.

EISENBERG: That's good.

COULTON: All right. This is your last clue.


COULTON: In this rom-com, Kate Hudson is given an amazing journalistic opportunity - seduce Matthew McConaughey, and drive him away in little over a week, or else her editor will steal one of the organs that allows her to see.

SHARPE: Oh, How To Lose Your Eyes In Seven Days?

COULTON: (Laughter) How To Lose An Eye In 10 Days.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's it. Yes.

SHARPE: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: You know what? I would watch that. Finally, a rom-com with some stakes.


SHARPE: Absolutely. Absolutely. Everything exactly the same - somehow you still work in the magazine industry, all of those things, but you may lose an eye.

EISENBERG: But you may lose an eye, unless you find the one.

ALMONTE: I like that.

SHARPE: And as a single person out here, it really does - stakes do feel that high. They really do.


SHARPE: I feel like I'm definitely going to have an eye patch before I find the one.

COULTON: Have you thought about starting to just rock an eye patch?

SHARPE: Possibly. But I need to also know that they'd be OK with two eyes.

COULTON: Right. Yeah, that's true.


COULTON: You reveal on the third date - you're like, this eye patch is fake.

SHARPE: Yeah. I'm sorry. It's just - it's for fashion. I need them to be...

COULTON: (Laughter).

SHARPE: ...Wary but OK.


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