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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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"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

Mother-daughter movie critics Tara McNamara and Riley Roberts, 17, identify why THE KARATE KID has stood the test of time, why Gen X'ers identify with it so much, and what it's like in high school today (the answer is eye-opening).... more

Mother-daughter movie critics Tara McNamara and 17-year-old Riley Roberts explore '80s rom-com treasure OVERBOARD, and wonder why no one called out all the white slavery and stuff. They also review the new Anna Faris-Eugenio... more

Mother-daughter movie critics Tara McNamara and 17-year-old Riley Roberts playfully look at why Bull Durham is the favorite rom-com of men and give fans a different way to think about the classic's impact. Also, does the classic still work... more

FOOTLOOSE is the greatest teen soundtrack movie of all time - but does it hold up for teens today? Also, if you've ever wondered how America became a polarized, divided nation full of in-fighting, all the insight you need lies in this... more

PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES is considered the best and favorite Thanksgiving movie of all time from John Hughes and starring Steve Martin and John Candy, all at the height of their careers. So, how did this family film about... more