WHOA E14: Cowgirls and Thumbsucker


This week on WHOA: A Most EXCELLENT Keanu Reeves podcast we watched “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues” from 1993. And “Thumbsucker” from 2005. This is the episode where you are your own spaceship, so you can rescue yourself. And when you do, we hope you have great insurance to cover your elective thumb surgeries and various unscheduled orthodontics appointments. Especially if your orthodontist likes to think of himself as…. more than that.

Spoiler Alert

We are discussing the movies in their entirety. So if you want to know whether Sissy and the Cowgirls save the whooping cranes from the Government, or if Justin gets over the whole thumb thing before going to college, you should probably watch the movies first…

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Episode 14 Features

The theme of thumbs…

“Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” from 1993. Keanu is barely in this movie. Seriously. However, he does appear in the clouds at one point… and that’s not nothing. Cowgirls is the story of a hitch hiking drifter with very large thumbs as she journeys from feminine hygiene model to defiant cowgirl.

This movie is extraordinarily hard to find. If you have a certain set of skills, you can probably locate it in the wild wild west of the internet but, alas, I can not guide you on your quest.

In Episode 14 we also cover…

“Thumbsucker” from 2005. Keanu is in this movie exponentially more than in Cowgirls, but it is still a very minor role as Perry Lyman, a very unorthodox Orthodontist. Thumbsucker is the story of a kid with a thumb sucking habit as he journeys from shy kid to bully debater to college student who still sucks his thumb.

Watch “Thumbsucker” on Amazon HERE. It is worth it to see Keanu Reeves as a mysterious hypnotizing hippie Orthodontist.

Meet The Guest

Craig Curtis

(Taken from his Squishy Studios Bio) Craig Curtis is one of the founding members of Squishy Studios, participating as both writer and actor. He is also a published author, including the novels ELEFANTE BIANCO and the fantasy/adventure novel, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GATE. In addition to his role on the writing staff of VOYAGE TREKKERS, he is also featured onscreen in the parts of General Kang and the robot I.N.F.O. In his leisure time, he refurbishes antique zeppelins.

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Whats Up Next?

Coming up next on WHOA: A Most Excellent Keanu Reeves Podcast we have Episode 19: Chain Reaction and Sweet November. In “Chain Reaction” from 1996 Keanu Reeves is on the run after he helps to discover the secrets of Cold Fusion in the era of very important fax machines and motorcycles that outrun explosions. In “Sweet November” from 2001 Keanu is chasing after a manic pixie dream girl once he discovers that life is about so much more than overtly sexual hot dog advertisements. Episode 19 is comin at ya on March 8th, so check that out in a couple of weeks


Your bonus Keanu for the day! Please enjoy a little clip from all of our hero’s filmography. And if you are intrigued by some of the earlier works we haven’t yet talked about on WHOA… worry not, they are coming soon.

Listen to WHOA Episode 17

Listen to WHOA Episode 18