Monday, March 30, 2015

Feelin' Oooold...

So, I was reminded that "The Breakfast Club" is 30 years old. Yikes. Yeah, "Back to the Future" is the same age, and come this October, it will actually *be* the date that they traveled forward to in "Back to the Future2". Again, I say "yikes."

Now, I haven't watched a lot of recent movies, certainly not teen comedies, but one of the things that jumped out at me when I was a teenager was the prevalence of the 1950s. BTTF is probably the most representative, but there's a number of other movies either set in the '50s (like "The Wanderers") or featuring cars from the '50s (like "The Heavenly Kid" - also released in 1985).

Obviously it was a shout-out to my parents' generation, who would presumably be taking the kids to the movies and would enjoy seeing the time frame of their youth. This must have been a winning formula in Hollywood in the 1980s, given the number of movies containing throwbacks to the '50s and '60s. My folks would have been teenagers in the '50s and young adults in the 1960s; taking their teenaged son to a movie in 1985 would have put them in their early '40s - pretty much my age now.

Should I, then, be looking for a glut of movies aimed at my son and daughter that are set in 1985? Can we eagerly look forward to a movie containing 1985 Chevrolet Celebrity's and 1984 Plymouth Reliants? I'd wager if you own a mid-1980s Mustang, Camaro, or Dodge Charger it would be a great idea to keep it, as it's a good bet they'll be hot properties should Hollywood decide to reach out to Gen X'ers.

Something tells me, though, that the 1985 Buick Regal isn't going to be the star of any upcoming teen comedies...

That is all.

9 comments:

Dave H said...

Are they even making teen comedies any more? All the YA stuff I've seen advertised over the past decade has been brooding crap like that thing with the sparkly vampires.

Anonymous said...

I feel your pain. ZZ Top was in town for a concert. One of my c-workers asked me if I had ever seen them live.
I said yes, 40 years ago.

God do I feel old.

Gerry

Anonymous said...

I want my hover-board!

ProudHillbilly said...

OK, you ARE old. My music/movies involves many people who are long dead now, and my parents are why I love Glen Miller. And Lawrence Welk. Do NOT be dissin' Lawrence Welk....

ProudHillbilly said...

OK, you ARE old. My music/movies involves many people who are long dead now, and my parents are why I love Glen Miller. And Lawrence Welk. Do NOT be dissin' Lawrence Welk....

Old NFO said...

If there's a Buick Regal in it, the nerd will be driving it... :-) Just think how you'll feel when you get to MY age... LOL

Kermit said...

Jay, if it makes you feel any better/older, I was born in the mid-80's; you're referencing stuff from your teen years (I think?) that was happening around the time I was discovering I had fingers and toes.

Dear Lord in Heaven, and -I- look at teens/early-20-somethings these days and think "they're so -young-!" What kind of codger will -I- be when I reach your lofty years?

John said...

Spoke briefly to Molly Ringwald at Philadelphia Airport a few years ago, in the very short conversation she came across as a decent person. Not always the case with Hollywood people.

John in Philly

Ed said...

My parents were teenagers in the late 30's and early 40's. As they described it, there were not a lot a "feel good" moments to be recreated. When talking about the 50's depicted in the movies, they noted that the post Korean War period up to the Viet Nam War is what is fondly remembered.