This week's Monday Movie Meme from the Bumbles is all about that unforgettable decade of the '80's. Perhaps some would rather forget this period of time ever existed, but for me, this was what defined my youth! I had the big hair, the skin tight Jordache jeans, and a pair of jelly shoes in every color.
When it comes to the movies from this decade, there were plenty of respectable films...Ordinary People, Out of Africa, Platoon, Driving Miss Daisy. But in my mind, this is not the spirit of this week's topic. What we need to talk about are the movies that DEFINED the 80's...the attitudes, the fashion, the sound bytes. Interestingly, once my husband and I started talking about these movies, we quickly determined a common theme...these movies must have kept plenty of parents up at night. My list is the perfect example of teenagers behaving badly. Here they are, in no particular order:
1. The Breakfast Club - The "Brat Pack" at its finest. The soundtrack was pretty cool, too.
2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off - Oooooh yeaaaaah!
3. Risky Business - Sunglasses and underwear has never looked so good. Tom Cruise had it all going on back then, before he lost his mojo.
4. Flashdance - My recent attempt at recreating this look for an '80's party was pretty pathetic. My one lingering question is, did Jennifer Beals have a bun-double for that dancing scene? Whose buns really look like that anyway?
5. Fast Times at Ridgemont High - Sean Penn must be horrified at his break-through role at this stage in his career.
6. Footloose - I remember I originally saw this movie with my friends in my business class AND with our teacher Ms. Bantz, who was pretty cool. We were so jacked up after the movie, we went out in search of a high school dance where we could blow off steam. We never found one...
7. Dirty Dancing - Is there any girl on earth that didn't want to be Baby?
8. St. Elmo's Fire - More Brat Pack running amuck.
9. An Officer and a Gentleman - No this didn't necessarily define the decade, and the characters in the movie are consenting adults, but I would be negligent if I didn't list one of the few movies I've seen several dozen times and can recite most of the lines by heart.
10. When Harry Met Sally - This is the other movie I've seen more times than I care to admit, and possibly has one of the best lines from a movie, ever. You know which one I'm talking about!
There are several dozen more, I know. But these were the ones that rushed immediately to mind? What were some of the '80's movies that were your favorites? Don't be shy. We won't judge!