Breakfast With Rom-Coms Put on your Discman and jam out to one of the greatest '90s songs, "Breakfast at Tiffany's," which, like all great '90s songs, was based on a romantic comedy from 1961.
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FAITH SALIE, HOST:

You are listening to ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR and WNYC. I'm Faith Salie. I'm here with Jonathan Coulton and puzzle guru Greg Pliska.

(APPLAUSE)

SALIE: Our next game is called Breakfast with Rom-Coms, and here to play it are Steph Maloney and Jennifer Patterson.

(APPLAUSE)

SALIE: Hello, ladies.

JENNIFER PATTERSON: Hi.

STEPH MALONEY: Hi.

SALIE: Jennifer, if you were in a romantic comedy, what would it be called?

PATTERSON: "Dumb And Dumber."

SALIE: Oh.

(LAUGHTER)

SALIE: Which one are you?

PATTERSON: Dumber? I don't know.

(LAUGHTER)

SALIE: Steph, what would your romantic comedy be called?

MALONEY: "The Story Of Us: Nerds In Love."

SALIE: You put a subtitle in. That is nerdy.

(LAUGHTER)

SALIE: That's really sweet. All right. This is a music game, so, Jonathan, I'm done talking.

JONATHAN COULTON: Yes, I will begin to talk. In this game, we are going to revisit one of the '90s' greatest songs - "Breakfast At Tiffany's"...

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: ...Which, like all great '90s songs, was based on a romantic comedy from 1961.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Naturally, we have changed the song's lyrics to be about other rom-coms. Just ring in when you know what film we're talking about, and the winner will move on to the final round at the end of the show. Here we go.

(Singing) You'll say it's one of the worst films ever.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: (Singing) Can't believe these two stars were together. Ben Affleck's so lame. You'll say it's not funny or exciting. J-Lo's acting career is dying. I can't pronounce its name.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Steph.

MALONEY: "Gigli."

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: "Gigli" - you can pronounce its name. Yes.

SALIE: Pronounced with the commitment of someone who saw it.

MALONEY: I did. Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Sorry.

MALONEY: It really holds up.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Really holds up - still as terrible as it was when you saw it.

MALONEY: Super bad. Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Great. (Singing) And I said what about that one based on Jane Austen? You said the one with rich kids in high school? And as I recall, the girls were named Dion and Cher. And you said wasn't that the young Paul Rudd?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Steph.

(LAUGHTER)

MALONEY: Oh.

COULTON: Steph, I don't like seeing you struggle like this.

SALIE: You know what you could answer, Steph? You could just say whatever.

MALONEY: Whatever, but it's "Clueless," I think.

COULTON: Yes, that's right. Wow.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: I'm really relieved you got there, Steph, 'cause you would have felt really bad if you didn't.

MALONEY: I would have. Yeah.

COULTON: Well done. Well done. (Singing) But you loved that really super old directed by Stanley Donen about the movie biz. Lots of really fancy dancing, Debbie Reynolds prancing, Gene Kelly jumping around.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Steph.

MALONEY: "Singing In The Rain."

COULTON: Yeah, absolutely.

SALIE: Steph, you seem like a real moviegoer.

MALONEY: I worked at a video store in my past life.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: Oh.

MALONEY: And I didn't have a lot of friends.

UNIDENTIFID PEOPLE: Oh.

(LAUGHTER)

MALONEY: I'm just kidding. I had a lot of friends.

(LAUGHTER)

MALONEY: Just not a lot...

(LAUGHTER)

MALONEY: Just a ton of time.

SALIE: Lot of friends, ton of time.

MALONEY: Lot of friends, ton of time.

COULTON: Yeah. (Singing) And I said what about the one with the crazy folks? You said the one where De Niro's gambling? As I recall, we were both impressed by B-Coop. And you said he was a good match for J-Law.

(LAUGHTER)

SALIE: I just like that you said B-Coop.

COULTON: I said B-Coop and J-Law.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Oh, Jennifer, yes.

PATTERSON: "American Hustle"?

COULTON: No, I'm sorry. It's not "American Hustle." Steph?

MALONEY: "Silver Linings Playbook."

COULTON: That's correct.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Jennifer, I can tell the crowd was really rooting for you on that one.

PATTERSON: I know.

MALONEY: It was a super good guess.

PATTERSON: Thanks, Steph.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: See, they're friends. We're all still friends up here. (Singing) But your fave - it really made you weepy, but I thought it was creepy - an ensemble Christmas mess. This guy pined for married Keira Knightley. His confession was unsightly. He made her read huge cards.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Jennifer.

PATTERSON: "Love Actually"?

COULTON: "Love Actually." You got it.

(APPLAUSE)

PATTERSON: All right.

SALIE: And excuse me.

COULTON: Yeah?

SALIE: Who thinks "Love Actually" is creepy?

COULTON: The guy in the - the guy singing the song. It's not...

SALIE: Someone with a heart two sizes too small.

COULTON: That could be. I just needed a word to rhyme with weepy.

(LAUGHTER)

SALIE: Greg Pliska, you seem to have an objection to "Love Actually."

GREG PLISKA: Roger Ebert called it a belly flop into the sea of romantic comedy.

SALIE: Ladies, how do you feel about "Love Actually"?

MALONEY: Love it.

PATTERSON: Hated it.

SALIE: Hated it? Jennifer...

PLISKA: Jennifer, if I weren't married...

(LAUGHTER)

SALIE: I think you guys are part of the war on Christmas. That's what I think.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: This is your last clue, everybody. (Singing) And I said what about that one in the Catskills? You said, of course, you remember the film, and as I recall, don't put baby in a corner. And you said was her dad Jerry Orbach?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Steph.

MALONEY: "Dirty Dancing."

COULTON: "Dirty Dancing" - that's right.

(APPLAUSE)

SALIE: I just have to ask if you - if you - did you spend any time trying to rhyme something with Orbach?

COULTON: No, no, there's - no, there's no point. You don't need to rhyme anything with Jerry Orbach. It stands on its own. Everyone knows that. I think I know the answer to this question, but let's - for formality's sake, let's go to Greg Pliska and how our contestants...

PLISKA: Well, I think we have to add queen of the rom-coms to your list of accolades. Congratulations, Stephanie. You'll be moving on to our final round at the end of the show.

SALIE: Congrats. And, Jennifer, we love you.

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