I admit it, I loved the 80s! From the neon clothes and big hair to Cabbage Patch Dolls and Atari, I loved it all. But, while the fads may have passed (though some are coming back again…yay!), the 80s produced some of what I feel are the most memorable and amazing movies of all time. From teen angst to time travel, they brought fantasy and reality to life in ways that still resonate today.
I decided to write this post to honor the fabulous films of the 80s as they celebrate their 30th anniversaries (Eeesh!) because I feel they played a key role in my childhood and even in my adult life today. I still get tingles of excitement when I flip on the TV and see the highly-edited, commercial ridden versions of my old favorites. But, while I know I will watch them and so will many people “my age,” I just worry that these cinematic gems are getting lost on younger generations as kids become enamored with the latest big blockbusters, CGI, animation and special effects.
I know some of the content of 80s movies may not be as PC today as it was 30 years ago, but there are still some tried and true lessons and amazing story lines that are still relevant today. While I can’t wait to watch them with my kids when they are older, it pains me to share what I imagine would take place if I tried to share my 80s movie knowledge with a teenager today…
Me: Hey, I want my $2.
Teen: What are you talking about? I don’t owe you anything.
Me: I’m guessing you haven’t seen Better Off Dead.
Teen: Is that a new zombie movie or something?
Me: No, it’s an awesome 80s movie featuring John Cusack and the guy who played Booger in Revenge of the Nerds. It’s a movie about how the typical nerd tries to impress the popular girl and in the process realizes that the girl he should be with was right there all along… sprinkle in some awesome Claymation for effect.
Teen: There is a guy named Booger? Cool, I should watch THAT movie.
I just hope that younger kids will stumble upon these generation defining movies and experience their pure brilliance and simplicity. And may they be able to rap along to Teen Witch, know what a neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie means , understand that 88 miles per hour and a flux capacitor are key to time travel, comprehend that you can’t feed a mogwai after midnight, and learn one of life’s great lessons…“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
The Breakfast Club Wannabe, Kelly
What are your favorite 80s movies and quotes? Leave your thoughts in the comments!