Pirates, breakfast and guns: top five radical eighties movies

By Jodie Roush
Guest Writer

April 4, 2013

It was 1980 something in the world I did not grow up in. With skating rinks and Black Trans Ams to big hair and parachute pants. Looking back now I realized that most, if not all, of my favorite classic movies came from this era.

The Breakfast Club’

The 1985 movie about a group of kids whose lives seem completely different are forced to go to detention on a Saturday. While there, they discover that appearances are very deceiving. My favorite thing about the film is how the characters interact with each other

‘The Goonies’

One Eyed Wille, Sloth and the Truffle Shuffle will forever be associated with this 1985 movie. The plot kept me enthralled in the movie and it has become such a staple in American culture that it’s hard not to watch and enjoy it.

‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’

The 1982 movie features love and drugs, but not like the 2010 film ‘Love and Other Drugs’. Instead, two characters are searching for romance while a stoner faces off with his arch nemesis. For me, the entire movie is made by Sean Penn’s portrayal of the stoned Jeff Spicoli.

‘Die Hard’

What other ‘80s movie can say that it’s sequels have been in every decade since it’s debut? Bruce Willis started his role as Officer John McLane with the action packed effort to rescue his wife from German terrorist. All I can say is Willis sneaking around with explosions make sure the film is never dull.

‘The Great Outdoors’

Family rivalries abound in this 1988 comedy when Chet Ripley is joined on vacation by his crazy brother Roman. The whole movie is terrific simply because of Dan Aykroyd and John Candy’s comedic interaction with each other.

Jodie Roush is a sophomore majoring in communication and can be contacted at jroush2@lhup.edu

 
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