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80s Movie Guide

80s Movies: A Guide to What's Wrong with Your Parents

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Film by film, mother-teen daughter movie critics Tara McNamara and Riley Roberts examine what makes movies from the 1980s so amazing and so, so wrong.

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Mother-daughter movie critics Tara McNamara (Gen X) and Riley Roberts (Gen Z) look at the 1989 original and the 2019 remake & identify why the reboot is so good, why it's more Gen X than you think, and why teens love horror movies.

THE BREAKFAST CLUB is the most iconic '80s movie of all time, giving teens an authentic voice in film. However, it's all kinds of wrong, and impacted a generation deeply, of which society still feels the consequences. Mother-daughter movie... more

More than 30 years after its release, Dirty Dancing is still a film audiences love, if not obsess over. Mother-daughter movie critics Tara McNamara (Gen X) and Riley Roberts (Gen Z) break down why it still holds up and all the good it did for... more

BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE was released in 1989, a time when the teen comedy genre was considered to be dead. Mother-daughter movie critics Tara McNamara (Gen X) and Riley Roberts (Gen Z) look at how the Keanu... more

Mother-daughter movie critics Tara McNamara (Gen X) and Riley Roberts (Gen Z) look at SCROOGED on its 30th Anniversary, and reflect how it's so '80s, how it's held up, and why Frank Cross got dumped unfairly. Read all the behind the... more

"Christmas in the Movies" author Jeremy Arnold joins us to give the definitive answer of whether or not DIE HARD is a Christmas movie and WHY. We also look at what makes the Bruce Willis classic so '80s and examine how it holds... more

Mom-daughter movie critics Tara McNamara (Fandango, Common Sense Media) and 17-year-old Riley Roberts (Fanlala, Reelz, KidsPickFlicks) look back at MYSTIC PIZZA (1988), a film noted for launching the careers of Julia Roberts,... more

Valley Girl (1983) is the most '80s movie ever made. With the rare female director in place, it turns what was meant to be a teenspolitation flick into a romance for the ages. Mother-daughter movie critics Tara McNamara, of the... more

Gen X Tara McNamara & Gen Z Riley Roberts look at 1984's Tom Hanks-Daryl Hannah starrer SPLASH, the mermaid story that features nudity, hot and wild fish sex, and a corrupt businessman, all under a Disney label. But, in a sense,... more

Movie critics Tara McNamara (Today, The Insider, Fandango, Common Sense Media) and daughter 17-year-old Riley Roberts (Fanlala, KidsPickFlicks) look at how the 1988 Brat Pack western YOUNG GUNS affected a generation then... more

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