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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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When Joel Schumacher took over THE LOST BOYS (1987) from Richard Donner, he changed nearly everything in the script, creating a metaphorical fairy tale encapsulating several issues facing teens and families in the mid-80s. Can you... more

BEETLEJUICE (1988) launched the career of Winona Ryder, secured the future of Tim Burton, and allowed Michael Keaton to create one of the cinema's most original creatures. Mother-daughter movie critics Tara McNamara, Gen X, and... more

Movie critics and analysts Tara McNamara, Gen X, and daughter Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look back at HEATHERS with a modern lens at the very real elements of high school life it was satirizing and compare it to the challenges of today. They... more

Cameron Crowe's SAY ANYTHING (1989) is one of the great movies of the '80s and the greatest romance films of all time. Hosts Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look at the John Cusack classic and explore how it... more

It's rare for a Hollywood movie to have a female director, especially in the 1980s. In her first feature film, Lisa Gottlieb, makes a film that could be abut the sexism and harassment women faced in pursuing their professions, but... more

XANADU is one of the 1980s biggest flops, but it is also rather magnificent. It's a cult classic with passionate fans who love the music, the style, the dance numbers, and the cheesy special effects. Tara McNamara and Riley Roberts... more

Casual Sex? is a time capsule of women's difficulties in navigating the ever-changing sexual landscape of the 1980s. Screenwriter Wendy Goldman explains how the film- the first studio film to mention AIDS and acknowledge its... more

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