As a child of the 80's most of my troubled youth was spent watching movies. I loved movies that spoke to my most basic wish. The nerd totally saving the day and having the gorgeous cheerleader fall in love with me. So, instead of doing anything at all noteworthy in my teens, I simply watched a bunch of movies and lived vicariously through them. As I sat and watched seemingly endless showings of the newest teen angst vehicle, I could drift away in my own little world. So, in tribute to the little Lane of fourteen with no chest, BCGs (birth control goggles), and the slight stuttering problem that could make even the most simplest sentences turn into an adventure to understand, I present....
First Five High School 80's Movies
5. 16 Candles. The oriental guy makes this movie. But, so does Anthony Michael Hall. The main characters, Molly Ringwald and her love interest are pretty boring frankly. But, the other characters more than make up for it. I would still watch this if my sister hadn't watched it twice a day for the entire summer of '86. (I have considered counseling to battle this form of sibling abuse.)
4. In the Mood. Hey, this is a movie that spoke to my fantasies. A kind of plain guy (played by the patron saint of these type movies, Patrick Dempsey) who finds himself the object of lust of many older women. What teen boy doesn't want to be that guy?
3. Say Anything. The loner finds the valedictorian to take on a date at the end of graduation. A great movie with John Cusak that is a classic love story. Even now, still a pretty good watch for me.
2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Ferris was coolness. He was level headed, brilliant, and a bit on the rebellious side. (Okay, if he was my kid I would have a drinking problem.) But, in the end, what was there not to like?
1. Can't Buy Me Love. Patrick Dempsey again as the classic geek who helps the most popular girl in school buy her way out of a mess. He basically rents her for a few months to get in good with the 'Cool Cliche'. Of course it all goes bad, of course all gain a sense of understanding about social classes in general, and of course this is the first documented 'slow clap' scene that I can recall that is totally cornballish. I still love it.
Hope you guys enjoyed remembering when movies didn't have to be well thought out to be entertaining. What's your list?