A podcast that’s looking for love in all the right places. Join the Agents of SMOOCH as we delve into the romance of sweeping epics and classic romcoms. Our mission is to investigate the important questions: Should they or shouldn’t they? Is there such a thing as One True Love? Did that smooch have any chemistry? We might not have all the answers, but we know you had us at “Hello.”

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Filmed on Satin

Join us for our continuing Summer of Love series for a crossover episode with the Lions, Towers, and Shields podcast. We go back in time for the wedding movie The Philadelphia Story. It’s the best-loved of the four movies Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant made together, and the one that also stars Jimmy Steward. Another George Cukor production, this was Hepburn’s triumphant entry into MGM, and her middle finger to the “box office poison” label of the late 1930s. “Hullo, George!”

Annette Wierstra with Annette Wierstra, Paul Sabourin, Micheline Maynard and Judy Samelson


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ABBAddiction

Our summer of Love continues with a second ABBA laden movie. Join our Agents while they attend Muriel’s Wedding. Or is it Mariel’s Wedding? This is a movie full of bad decisions and terrible people, and yet we don’t hate them? Our agents discuss how the movie balances a line between tragedy and comedy. They explore their feelings about wedding bouquet and garter tosses. Does this 1994 wedding age well? Tune in to find out.

Annette Wierstra with Jean MacDonald and Sarah Hendrica Bickerton


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A Duology of Mammas Mia!

For this episode in our Summer of Love wedding movie series, we are going to Greece for the musical joy and wonder of the Mammas Mia! movies. It’s a lovefest for this set of comfort films that set the standard for how musicals should be transformed into movies. There’s a lot of time math and we can’t make it add up, but we have a lot of fun and we don’t sing. Much.

Annette Wierstra with Quinn Rose, Riley Silverman, Kirsten Goruk, Jean MacDonald and Moisés Chiullan


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You’re a Wanker #9

We continue our Summer of Love and wedding movies with Imagine Me and You. This 2005 movie was ahead of its time bringing together comfy fashion, flowers and the perfect chemistry of Piper Perabo and Lena Headly. It’s a comfort movie worth rewatching or watching for the first time if you’ve missed this one.

Annette Wierstra with Riley Silverman and Sarah Hendrica Bickerton


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No Life Without Wife

Do you hear the wedding bells? We are starting our Summer of Love with all wedding episodes. Our first mission is Bride and Prejudice which is a modern, Bollywood take on Pride and Prejudice and four weddings. Our Agents do a deep dive into the music and dancing, barely restraining themselves from breaking into song. We are having fun in this three-continent, cross-cultural retelling of Austen.

Annette Wierstra with Amanda-Rae Prescott, Trisha Sarker and Sarah Hendrica Bickerton


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Just Rose Tinted Enough

In this episode’s mission, our Agents return to the Netflix series, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before* to discuss the final movie in the trilogy, Always and Forever. This third story shows us Lara Jean at the moment before she jumps out of the nest into university. Our Agents discuss the concept of a “safety school” and how Dad must be loaded. Will Lara Jean and Peter survive always and forever? Our aged Agents are perhaps less optimistic than romantic but they wish these two teens well.

Listen to our episode about the first two To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before go to Episode 4: Back to Hot Dad

Annette Wierstra with Quinn Rose and Trisha Sarker


56

Sexy Movie for Smart People

Our mission today is to talk about office supplies and how can staplers be so sexy! It is time for our Agents to return to the world of kink—this time with more enthusiasm. We are discussing the 2002 movie Secretary starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader with our returning Special Agent and Kink expert Veronica Yanhs. Join our Agents in this discussion of why this movie makes us feel things in our hearts and some other parts.

And yes. We do talk about 50 Shades of Grey again. Honestly, if Agents of S.M.O.O.C.H. has an arch-nemesis, 50 Shades is it.

*Warning! * We talk about sex and kink and sometimes we swear. This episode is not safe for work or kids. *Content Warning: *Self-harm

Annette Wierstra with Veronica Yanhs, Tiff Arment, Kathy Campbell and James Thomson


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Excelsior!

Dear Listeners, it’s time for another Book Club meeting. Our mission today is to persuade you to fall in love with the Veronica Speedwell series by Deanna Raybourne. Our Director frequently admits to having a penchant for the mystery/romance genre and this series ranks high on her list of faves. Join our Speedwellian agents for a spoiler-light discussion about Veronica and her growing collection of eclectic compatriots. The agents sigh a lot and wax poetic on the romantic tension in novels and their book crushes on Veronica and “Stoker” Templeton Vane. Bonus side trips into sibling relationships, fan-casting our dream TV series, lepidoptery, and the not-so-secret terrors of our Director.

Annette Wierstra with Sandra Wong and Kirsten Goruk


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Middle Aged Nirvana

Our Agents were feeling a little housebound, so we packed our culottes and curlers and met up with Barb and Star in Vista Del Mar. This movie starring Kristen Wig, Annie Mumolo, and Jamie Dornan is a colourful and joyful spy romcom that exactly hits the spot for a quick getaway. It’s a movie about romance, but most importantly about that best friend who has always got your back. Most of the time. Well… some of the time. Join our Agents as they celebrate friendship and love and fishbowl-sized cocktails in the Florida sunshine. Comparisons to 50 Shades are inevitable, but brief. We promise.

Annette Wierstra with Moisés Chiullan, Kathy Campbell, Kirsten Goruk and Jean MacDonald


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Judas Ross!

Our Agents travelling back in time on this mission to explore all five seasons of Poldark. The BBC historical drama provides our Agents with plenty of personal and political drama to fill several episodes, especially with side trips into Outlander and historical drama fandoms. We discuss how truly historical a historical romance is and how modern viewpoints always shape these stories. Lace up your corsets and buckle your boots, we’re smouldering and shipping and hating on as much as we can in our allotted time for this mission.

Tigger warning Discussion of sexual assault in period dramas.

Annette Wierstra with Amanda-Rae Prescott, Aleen Simms and Moisés Chiullan


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Harold, They’re Lesbians!

Join our Agents in our discussion about the 2015 film Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Everything about this movie makes our Agents happy: Cate Blanchett, the story, the music, the cinematography, the wardrobe. Did we mention Cate Blanchett? We are just here to celebrate a historical lesbian film with a happy ending and to introduce our Director to memes just a few years too late. Digressions include historical lesbians, Emily Dickinson, and the last movie we saw in the theatre. It’s all in this mission with compliments of the season from the Management.

Annette Wierstra with Quinn Rose, Riley Silverman and Moisés Chiullan


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