The 80s Strike Again!

Lloyd Dobler - Say Anything
John Bender - The Breakfast Club
Recognize these iconic moments from classic 8os films?  Each and every one of them get a mention in the 2010 film Easy A, which itself is a funny, angsty teen film reminiscent of the John Hughes era. It shows that a film---even one centered on sex---doesn't need to resort to inane, raunchy humor to be hilarious.  
Jake Ryan - Sixteen Candles
Ronald Miller - Can't Buy Me Love
"Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80's movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80's movie ... but no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life."

- Olive Penderghast in Easy A 

So what's your favorite iconic 80s movie moment?   Was it Ferris Bueller singing Danke Schoen on that float? A pantless Tom Cruise in Risky Business? Or perhaps a steel town girl on a Saturday night in Flashdance? How about the big factory scene in Officer and a Gentleman? Ah, so many to choose from... 


Nicole said...

I LOVED Easy A, is at the top of my fav movies now. It's so refreshing to see a good script!! And no ridiculous special effects.
Umm favourite 80's movie.. hmmm as awful as this is going to sound I get put off a lot of them due to their over loud soundtracks.. Was the Goonies at 80's vid? Cause I loved that too :)

The Arrival, book one of the BirthRight trilogy

Vicki Rocho said...

Ahhhh...Jake Ryan all the way.

LOVED Easy A. So funny!

Nicki Elson said...

Oh yay! I'm glad to hear Easy A was a hit with you too. Great script! The only thing I'd change would be to pull back on a couple of the jokes w/ the parents that went on a bit too long. I loved how Olive scoffed at the song in the card and then we hear it later as her ring tone!

Goonies - 1985. :) Yup, another great one. Hm, guess you've got to love 80s music to love those blaring soundtracks though.

Jake Ryan *sigh*

Michael Di Gesu said...

Nicki, I love your '80's enthusiasm.

MY all time favorite ... hands down .... drum roll please ....

WORKING GIRL.... Who is more a classic 8o's stereo type than Joan Cusack as Melanie Griffiths's gal pal. I'm from NYC and yes, those girls were just like that, brazen, mouthy, big haired, and wearing tons of makeup.

Such fun. My other favorite .... The secret to my success. Michael J, Fox at his best....

Thanks for the flashback.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

"Real shame, throwing away a perfectly good white boy like that." - Better Off Dead

Unknown said...

Mystic Pizza. It all worked out in the end. I love that movie. Also, Back to The Future was fun too. Happy New Year.

Nicki Elson said...

Yaeeayy! Even more great movie moments.

Michael - I forgot about Working Girl! But yep, now that you say it I can totally picture the awesome Joan Cusack...she's a Chicago girl, you know. ;) Can't go wrong w/ Michael J. Fox. I still love Alex P. Keaton.

Alex - haha. I think you've pinpointed the exact moment John Cusack's movie choices started going way down hill. :P

Andrea - Mystic Pizza is in my top 5 ALL TIME favorite movies! :D I don't even think of it as an 8os movie, because it's so timeless, you know? And again - canNOT go wrong w/ Michael J. :)

Teresa K. said...


This is an easy one. Jake Ryan and the great scene when Long Duck Dawn jumps out of the tree and accoust him. And then when he goes looking for Molly and Long Duck Dawn answer the door and says you broka my face.

Or what about Wierd Science when the guys have the Bra's on there heads. Ahhhhhhhhh the good ole days.

Nicki Elson said...

The Donger! I hope this means you enjoyed my comment prompt, Teresa. Pretty much everything that guy said was pure gold. :D