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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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Before John Hughes, a movie couldn't be made that was just about who was going to take a girl to prom. But with a high school divided into the haves and the have nots, Hughes was able to make a love story of Romeo and Juliet... more

Wolverines! Red Dawn is one of the few teen action films of the '80s -- and definitely the most influential. It showed that teens were responsible, skilled, and capable enough to save their town and, possibly, the United States. It's a blow... more

The Outsiders (1983) is one of the most popular teen books in the 1980s, and teens couldn't wait to see the movie directed by one of the biggest names in cinema. Featuring a Who's Who of Who Was and Who Would Become Famous... more

Beverly Hills Cop was the No. 1 movie in 1984, a year that many consider one of cinema's best. As Detroit police detective Axel Foley (a role originally written for white actors Mickey Rouke and then Sylvester Stallone), Eddie Murphy made... more

Urban Cowboy took America from disco to country within weeks, its popularity buoying a desire for all things "country-western" from Wranglers and boots to riding pretend animals.Film authorities Tara McNamara and Riley Roberts look... more

FLETCH (1985) is Chevy Chase's favorite character - and the favorite of most of Gen X. Film authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look at the PG-rated film through a modern lens. While it doesn't carry shockers... more

When director Alan Parker took on a script about the New York High School of the Performing Arts, he intended to make a film that "took a hard look at a subject that had been overly glamorized." As much as he intended to show the... more

A lot has happened since JD offed the teen mean girls of Westerburg High and blew himself up: mainly, the world has been blowing itself up and schools are a major target. Hosts Tara McNamara (Gen X) and Riley Roberts (Gen Z) asked if... more

The child nudity and sexuality depicted in The Blue Lagoon caused a stir in 1980, but the fact it was even made shows a real difference in what was and wasn't acceptable during that era. Film critics/analysts 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

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