Rewatching Classic Movies (Why I Feel Old)

Three weeks ago, I started a tradition with my daughters. Since most teen movies today are awful or just not fun, I've begun introducing them, especially Jesse who's been an official teen since turning 13 this past December, to the classics.

No, not Wizard of Oz, or Gone With the Wind. I'm talking, 80s and 90s teen classics. You know, the fun stuff.

Thus far, we've watched Heathers, The Lost Boys, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Some Kind of Wonderful is already cued of for next Saturday, with Say Anything... to follow.

Currently, Ferris is her favorite character, of course.

Save Ferris!

Back in the stone age, I mean the 80s and 90s, movies were fun. They didn't have lessons attached them. They weren't 'socially conscience'. They were wildly inappropriate and absolutely hilarious. They made you cheer for Ferris even though he was a smart-ass kid who'd cut school and manipulated his best friend into stealing his dad's Ferrari. They made you want to be a Veronica, even though she's just as twisted as J.D.. You didn't walk away from them wanting to go out and protest at 15 years old. Back then, you left those movies wanting to be a Goonie, or go on an excellent adventure with Bill and Ted. And that's as it should be for kids.

I miss those simple times. When movies were funny because they poked fun at ridiculous  stereotypes like Long Duck Dong or Vinny Gambini. Back then, it was okay to enjoy something that wasn't 'politically' or 'socially' correct. It didn't turn us into hateful monsters. They made us laugh at the silliness of the stereotypes we saw in ourselves - which I can totally attest to being a loud Italian from Brooklyn with an accent thick enough to cut. Movies weren't 'important' because Twitter said so. Instead, they took you on journeys with people as perfectly imperfect as those of us watching - and this was especially so in teen movies. Like with Samantha, who gave her panties to The Geek in Sixteen Candles. Or the Breakfast Club kids, who were all wonderfully dysfunctional, as 99.9% of teens are.

Every young girl wanted a Lloyd Dobler, and every boy thought it It'd be "righteous to be in a Veronica Sawyer-Heather Chandler sandwich". And we all made it out of that era alive and well. My daughters deserve to spend some time with John Hughes, and get a taste of what it was it was like to be an actual kid, back before teens weren't expected to have an opinion on the president or be socially correct. They need to take a walk back in time, and see what it was like to just be a kid.

So, here's the list of 80s and 90s movies I plan on watching with the girls. If you can think of any for me to add, feel free to offer them in the comments section!

  • Can't Buy Me Love
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Pretty In Pink
  • Say Anything...
  • Some Kind of Wonderful
  • Wargames (She likes technology, and i think she'll get a kick out of this one)
  • Legend of Billie Jean
  • Three O'clock High
  • Real Genius
  • Dream A Little Dream
  • Just One of the Guys
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