Friday, October 05, 2007

Guilty Pleasures....Movies from the 80's...

Nothing can screw up a productive day worse than flipping through our two hundred channels to find that one of them is showing a classic movie from the eighties. I can't resist them, especially the ones from John Hughes. Here are a few that I've watched a hundred times but still can't pass up every time they are on.
1) Sixteen Candles- How can you not sympathize with Sam who's wedding-obsessed family forgets her sweet sixteen? Who doesn't love Long Duck Dong and Farmer Ted? The kiss scene at the end was the stuff my teenage fantasies were made of.

2) The Breakfast Club- I dare you to tell me that you didn't take a second glance at your schools lonely stoner after seeing Judd Nelson in this movie. And again, who didn't want to be Molly?

3) Vacation- I have always loved this movie but I think I appreciate it even more now that I have my own family. Poor Clark is always trying to make vacations and holidays special for his family but it just never quite works out that way. I still think that Chevy Chase is one of the funniest people alive!

4)Say Anything- I have to admit that I never really took to Ione Skye's character in this movie. I didn't see why John Cusack's character would be so head over heels for her. But I love anything he is in and I like the relationship he had with the two girl friends so this is another one I'd gladly watch a thousand times.

5)St. Elmo's fire- Who didn't dream about having a close-knit group of friends like this? And how hot is Rob Lowe in this movie? You know you dreamed about Kevin having a crush on you...

6)Pretty in Pink- I'm pretty sure that Molly Ringwald didn't have any of her own teen experiences because she was too busy making movies about fake ones. Andrew McCarthy was kind of a wimp in this one, I really wanted her to hook up with Ducky, but this one is still a classic. What was up with that white tux on Andrew at the end though? He looks horrible.

7)One Crazy Summer- John Cusack and Demi Moore light up the scene in this cheesy eighties beach movie. Demi is Cassandra, a singer, and John spends the summer trying to help her save her house from a rich guy who wants to bulldoze it down to make a Red Lobster-like restaurant. I love how John's characters drawings come to life. My favorite scenes are the lobster in the pool and when they all eat dinner at the grandma's house and she sets down a bill.

7) Valley Girl- This one is my favorite. I never see this ran on television, but luckily I have it on tape. I love everything about this movie, Nic Cage, the music, even Julie, the valley girl (who I have never seen again). I'm a sucker for the girl/guy from the wrong side of the tracks gets the girl/guy from the right side.

So, what movies can really throw a crimp in your day?

What I'm reading....Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
Revenge of the Homecoming Queen, out now!
Twisted Sisters, coming April 1st, 2008


TinaFerraro said...

Great fun, Steph! Love those '80's teen movies. Especially the ones starring John Cusack!

And I haven't seen VALLEY GIRL in years, but I should see if I can get it from Netflix. Fun film!

Simone Elkeles said...

Sixteen Candles and Valley Girl. Nothing says "romance" more to me! Both movies give me goose bumps, they are so romantic! Jake falling for the imperfect girl and Nic Cage from the wrong side of the tracks wooing Julie (where has that acress been? I saw her in some comedy horror in my teens but that's it)

Signing go watch some cheezy teen 80's movie!


Anonymous said...

Ferris Bueler is by far the greatest 80's movie (IMO of course), though out of your list I've only seen The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. I liked the Breakfast Club!

Wendy Toliver said...

All great flicks! And guess what? Remember Footloose? I was getting my hair done today and flipping thru a mag and it said that Zac Efron is going to be in a new rendition of Footloose! Couldn't you just die? :)

Marley Gibson said...

A new rendition of FOOTLOOSE? That's close to blasphemy...I'm sorry. = )

I love all these movies, too! Don't forget SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL on the list.