Minnie Driver watches 80s films with her son, explains that the women are stereotypes

Minnie Driver was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, hosted by Julie Bowen. Bowen is truly a terrible interviewer. She kept turning the conversation around to herself, talked too much and was rude. I’m not a fan of hers. Sarah Silverman was so much better last week. Minnie was interesting though, she’s promoting Modern Love, on Amazon Prime. She said that her boyfriend, filmmaker Addison O’Dea, loves 80s movies and music and that it’s worn off on her son, Henry, 12. Minnie and Henry have been watching 80s movies together and she finds herself pausing them to point out how stereotypical the women are. She also talked about the fact that she lives in a mobile home park. Minnie has lived there for 20 years, it’s called Paradise Cove, and is one of the most high end mobile home parks in the world. Here’s more of what she said. She’s a lovely person but I would not recommend watching this interview because of how awful Bowen is.

On watching 80s movies with her son
We watch these movies. The representation of women in these films is unbelievable. They’re either the buttoned up mom who nobody is having sex with and who nobody wants to have sex with or they’re in crazily inappropriate clothing. I’m constantly pausing and going ‘now listen, just because she has large beautiful breasts she may also have something to say. We’ll never know because we’re so busy looking at her boobs.’

On living in a mobile home park
I live out in a small community in Malibu. I live in a really beautiful mobile home park. I’ve lived there for 20 years. Jay Leno used to make fun of me.

[From Jimmy Kimmel Live on YouTube]

After that Minnie had to explain to Julie that you can’t drive a mobile home like a trailer, but that you can transport it on a truck. As for 80s movies, I’ve had similar discussions with my son. We watched Sixteen Candles and Weird Science recently and I just ended up mortified by the way women were show. There were also glaring lack of consent issues in the plotlines. Thankfully my son noticed these things before I pointed them out. I just had such different memories of those films. It goes to show how sexism is part of our culture and was acceptable and taken for granted.

Minnie also talked about her podcast, Minnie Questions, which has been out since March of last year. She said she was most nervous to interview Viola Davis because she looks up to her so much. She has also talked to Dave Grohl, Chelsea Clinton and Tony Blair, among other celebrities. I’m sure Minnie is a better interviewer than Julie Bowen because just about everyone must be.


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  1. Nick says:

    Well, Minnie has a home the the Cove, but it’s not her main residence. And to be fair, she was the first celeb to buy in there many years before it got so glitzy. It was nothing like it is now. She was always a great neighbor – quiet and very low-key. The first winter she invited everyone out to the bluff on a holiday morning. She had rented a little coffee cart and brought a boom box playing Christmas carols and treated everyone to breakfast. It was so lovely. She’s a genuinely great person.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I feel in love with Minnie Driver during Good Will Hunting! As for her career, I wish she was in more movies. Given the story, she does sound like a very lovely woman.

      In fact, I wouldn’t mind living in Paradise Cove!!

      • Chaine says:

        I wouldn’t mind living there but $2.5-3.5 million for manufactured housing?!! Unreal. And am I reading right that the HOA fees are over $2,000 a month? That alone is more than my mortgage payment…

      • BeanieBean says:

        Ok, I want to live there! Except during a tsunami, of course. Isn’t this where Jim Rockford parked his trailer? Or am I thinking of a different place? I think I drove down there once when I was in the vicinity–I went to the Getty in Malibu–looking for where Rockford’s trailer had been (I loved that show way back when). I thought he lived in a place called Paradise Cove. It’s gated, which I didn’t realize, to keep riff raff like myself out.

  2. ReginaGeorge says:

    Her episode on Modern Love S2 was my favorite! It was so touching. I’ve always liked Minnie. She seems very down to earth.

  3. KMAC says:

    I just watched “Good Will Hunting” last night! God I miss her in movies😍She is so talented!

  4. Renee says:

    Minnie’s episode of Modern Love was my favorite of the series.

    Julie Bowen is exhausting….

    • Margo says:

      Loved that episode so much. She was amazing. What a sweet story! Ireland is so beautiful, too!

  5. Ariel says:

    Sexism, consent, and flat out RAPE.
    Holy crap were we conditioned to accept rape.
    Even our dreamy Jake from 16 Candles gives his unconscious girlfriend to a horny 15 year old to “drive her home” and the only caveat is that she get home, and not end up in a parking lot somewhere.
    Not sure that rape was implied, but it is horrifying on the re-watch.
    And i can’t even discuss Revenge of the Nerds.
    Betty and Judy deserved better than any guy in that movie.

    • Drea says:

      Yes! And then she gets shamed for being a slut.

      The worst.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I never saw Revenge of the Nerds, as I didn’t like the sound of the type of movie I would enjoy. I had a small daughter at the time so 16 Candles was more our speed.

  6. Katie says:

    I cannot see anything about her without getting sad about Speechless’s cancellation.