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Hops and Box Office Flops: This Pod is Gettin’ Kinda Hectic


The 1980s and 90s were littered with action vehicles. Each was meant to serve as a springboard for a multitude of stars that never were. Jeff Speakman is the embodiment of that era. Thought to be a budding movie star in the making, the plans for his career quickly derailed; not before he graced us, though, with this classic of all things Kenpo Karate — The Perfect Weapon.

Akin to most of the action films of this era, it’s more brawn and less brains. As a viewer, that’s great; we’re in it for Speakman laying fools out while clad in obscenely tight jeans. The plot, try as it may, is window dressing. We want slam bang fisticuffs and cheesy, but catchy, one-liners. The former is delivered in heaps. The latter—which may have been a bad sign for his staying power—is severely lacking.

So sit back, grab a beer, and enjoy as I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK) and the returning Irate Lover take you for a stroll down 90s nostalgia memory lane. And be sure to check our Twitter (@HopsandBOFlops) for notes from the show—trailers, factoids, and other fun links.

You can find this week’s episode of Hops and Box Office Flops, as always, on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, and Stitcher!


Thomas L. Kelly

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