Over the weekend, I looked back at some of the great 80s movies that shaped my childhood. What happened to movies like these? What happened to movies like The Breakfast Club, Can’t Buy Me Love, License to Drive, Three O’Clock High, Pretty in Pink, etc? Remember when being head cheerleader or captain of the football team meant everyone else in school envied you? Remember when there were cliques? The nerds and the popular kids lived completely different lives, traveled in different circles, hung out at different places, and drove different cars.
As I sifted through some of these classic titles, I couldn’t help but picture some of the memorable endings they had. For example, who can forget the letter at the end of The Breakfast Club: Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us… In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club. How about Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson riding off into the sunset on a lawnmower? What happened to filmmakers like John Hughes who knew the American teenager so well that he could freeze them forever in cinema history?
The teen films of today just don’t have the same magic as those 80s films. I can’t think of a teen film that people will remember in 30 years. They don’t seem to have the influential quality of the 80s. Maybe I’m biased because I grew up in the 80s and there’s a certain sentimentality for me.
Just a Monday observation.

Over the weekend, I looked back at some of the great 80s movies that shaped my childhood. What happened to movies like these? What happened to movies like The Breakfast Club, Can’t Buy Me Love, License to Drive, Three O’Clock High, Pretty in Pink, etc? Remember when being head cheerleader or captain of the football team meant everyone else in school envied you? Remember when there were cliques? The nerds and the popular kids lived completely different lives, traveled in different circles, hung out at different places, and drove different cars.

As I sifted through some of these classic titles, I couldn’t help but picture some of the memorable endings they had. For example, who can forget the letter at the end of The Breakfast Club: Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us… In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club. How about Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson riding off into the sunset on a lawnmower? What happened to filmmakers like John Hughes who knew the American teenager so well that he could freeze them forever in cinema history?

The teen films of today just don’t have the same magic as those 80s films. I can’t think of a teen film that people will remember in 30 years. They don’t seem to have the influential quality of the 80s. Maybe I’m biased because I grew up in the 80s and there’s a certain sentimentality for me.

Just a Monday observation.

  1. coreyhaimm reblogged this from thecinemaniac and added:
    I’m a teenager now and I agree, you’re not biased.
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  3. retrokid1982 reblogged this from thecinemaniac and added:
    We’ll said & so true
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  9. in-a-milli0n-years reblogged this from thecinemaniac and added:
    I totally relate. Teen movies these days are trash!!!!
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  12. a-man-under-the-mask said: I agree. Breakfast Club is one of my favourites. I also love Dead Poets Society, too. Recent movie “the perks of being a wallflower” is a rare fabulous film for today teen film, I guess.
  13. jess80s reblogged this from thecinemaniac and added:
    totally agree with this...still made movies
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  16. buckzumhoff said: I agree with The Breakfast Club/John Hughes part…I think it’s because Hughes cared about what he was doing, he wasn’t being cynical or doing it for the paycheck…he wanted to show that teenagers are real people too and they have stories to tell