The eighties were about more than big hair and bad fashion. Some of the best movies of a generation came out of that decade. Here are the eight eighties movies that raised you. Show your kids and maybe they’ll understand you just a little bit more.
The Breakfast Club
The Jock, the Prom Queen, the Geek, the Neurotic and the Bad Boy all come together for a day of detention and though they try to keep their distance using their respected high school roles, they can’t help but fall in together after a very bumpy ride. This movie is thoughtful and relevant, even today. If your teens want some idea of what high school was like for you, than throw this one on. After your teens get over the edgy fashion they’ll settle in to enjoy one of John Hughes’ best.
Saturday, March 24,1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062. Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct?
Back to The Future
This movie holds up. Sure, there might some questionable ‘advanced technologies’ in the film, but after they get over that, your teens will love the adventures of Marty McFly and Doc. Don’t be surprised if they go looking for parts two and three.
Marty McFly: Wait a minute, Doc. Ah… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?
Dr. Emmett Brown: The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Beuller manages to pull off the ultimate ditch day. What teen wouldn’t get a kick out of that?
Ferris in a recorded message:
Oh, I’m sorry. I can’t come to the door right now. I’m afraid that in my weakened condition, I could take a nasty spill down the stairs and subject myself to further school absences. You can reach my parents at their places of business. Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your concern for my well-being. Have a nice day!
You might know this film by heart. Oh, how us eighties kids would watch it over and over. This film has some serious themes. Make sure your teen is ready to handle it and be ready to answer of few tough questions.
Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.
The misadventures of this crew might be the most entertaining adventure movie of the decade.
Mikey: Don’t you realize? The next time you see sky, it’ll be over another town. The next time you take a test, it’ll be in some other school. Our parents, they want the best of stuff for us. But right now, they got to do what’s right for them. Because it’s their time. Their time! Up there! Down here, it’s our time. It’s our time down here. That’s all over the second we ride up Troy’s bucket.
Stand By Me
This one is pretty dark. Your teens will have to be ready to explore some pretty intense themes.
The Writer: [voiceover] I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being. It happened in the summer of 1959-a long time ago, but only if you measure in terms of years. I was living in a small town in Oregon called Castle Rock. There were only twelve hundred and eighty-one people. But to me, it was the whole world.
The Karate Kid
The classic underdog takes on the Cobra Kai with his seemingly eccentric karate master. Don’t let your kids talk you into the remake. There is only one Karate Kid.
Daniel [asking about the karate tournament]: Alright, what’s the rules here?
Miyagi: Don’t know. First time, you. First time, me.
Daniel: What? I figured you went to these before! Oh, great. I’m dead. I am dead. You told me you fought a lot!
Miyagi: Ha! Fought for life, not for points.
If you don’t want to cry in front of your teenagers than you better let them watch Spielberg’s masterpiece alone. If they don’t come out with a new found respect for the eighties and a craving for Reese’s Pieces, we’ll be shocked.
Elliot: He’s a man from outer space and we’re taking him to his spaceship.
Greg: Well, can’t he just beam up?
Elliot: This is *reality,* Greg.