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80s Movies: A Guide to What's Wrong with Your Parents
41 minutes | 6 days ago
RISKY BUSINESS: Women are Products and Money is All that Matters
When you're looking to explain the 1980s, look to Risky Business. Teens were attracted to the Paul Brickman comedy by the music video featuring Tom Cruise dancing in his underpants. Running constantly on MTV, teens watched and rewatched the "Old Time Rock n' Roll" music video and its resonant clips of a line of beautiful prostitutes walking into Joel's house, a Porsche screeching at top speed to outrace Guido the Killer Pimp, and Cruise sporting Ray-Bans. It was all so, so cool. The video had a purpose: it got kids and teens to watch the R film in the theater or on HBO. It was satire, a warning, but that's not what teens took away. Joel's mother's fragile egg was a precious item, but it wasn't meaningless: it represented the kids of the '80s. And, as film authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, explain, '80s teens -- like the egg -- came out of the experience slightly cracked. The duo look at how a teen sex movie in the Reagan era impacted a generation.
37 minutes | a month ago
MODERN PROBLEMS: Chevy Chase's Comedy is about the OG Crisis of Masculinity
MODERN PROBLEMS is the weirdest, off the rails, PG-rated Christmas hit. Families flocked to to the theater to see scenes involving a male ballet dancer's testicles exploding and Chevy Chase snorting "demon powder." While it used to run on HBO all the time in the '80s, it's a little hard to find now. Find it. Watch it. And then decompress by listening to film authorities Tara McNamara (Gen X) and Riley Roberts (Gen Z) explain how it's indicative of many hot topics of the early '80s and how it explains what's wrong with your parents.
26 minutes | a month ago
9 TO 5: A Snapshot of 1980
Pour yourself a cup of ambition, this episode covers what's considered the most successful political movie of all time -- wonderfully executed as a broad comedy. Film authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look back at the 1980 Jane Fonda-Lily Tomlin-Dolly Parton revenge fantasy with a modern lens and evaluate how it reflects the attitudes of the day that affected a generation.
27 minutes | a month ago
STIR CRAZY: Why 40 Years Later, This Black-White Buddy Comedy Holds Up
In 1980, Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor's follow-up to their 1976 hit Silver Streak was highly anticipated. Despite critic's panning the film, Stir Crazy did double the business, was the 3rd highest grossing film of the year, and broke box office records. The prison buddy comedy holds up 40 years later, largely because two of Hollywood's most powerful black figures (Pryor and director Sidney Poitier) made it. Film authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, examine Stir Crazy with a modern lens and discuss how it influenced a generation.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
THE OUTSIDERS: How a Teen Girl Influenced a Generation of Boys
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 -- including Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Diane Lane, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Leif Garrett, and Tom Waits -- it was a film both genders lined up to see in 1983. Not only was this a period piece, written by a then teenage S.E. Hinton in the mid-60s, it also depicts a band of brothers born on the "wrong side of the tracks" -- and Hinton was female. The screenwriter who adapted the book was also a woman, Kathleen Rowell, who went under cover at a high school to be sure the film addressed how teens interacted in the early 1980s. Using a modern lens, film authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, examine this Francis Ford Coppola classic with an eye to how a teen girl may have influenced a generation of teen boys on this episode of "'80s Movies: A Guide to What's Wrong with Your Parents." After listening, let us know your opinion on how you believe the film impacted a generation in the comments below or on social media (@80sMovieGuide).
19 minutes | 2 months ago
BEVERLY HILLS COP: It's all fun & games until cops falsify paperwork
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 headway for black authority figures as lead characters -- a huge step toward positive representation for the black community. Film authorities Tara McNamara (Gen X) and Riley Roberts (Gen Z) look back through a modern lens to evaluate how the comedy classic holds up and how it doesn't.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
TOP GUN: Rules are For Losers
Top Gun (1986) is an '80s blockbuster, an action classic, and a beloved film. More relevant, it was aspirational to '80s boys who took away that being "dangerous" and "aggressive" was the path to being No. 1 in their careers and with the women. Cohosts Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look back with a modern lens at why the Tom Cruise favorite is terrific and why it's troublesome.
25 minutes | 5 months ago
Why AIRPLANE! Isn't Funny Anymore
Airplane! (1980) created the modern day parody film, inspired several future franchises, and is one of AFI's Top 10 Funniest Movies. In this episode, 19-year-old Riley Roberts explains why Gen Z isn't on board with the Zucker/Abrahams classic and the truth behind "cancel culture." For more: https://80smovieguide.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/80sMovieGuide Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/80smovieguide/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/80sMovieGuide
14 minutes | 5 months ago
POLICE ACADEMY is Surprisingly Progressive
Police Academy (1984) was both a product and ahead of its time. Film authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, examine the ensemble comedy through the modern lens to identify how it unexpectedly defies stereotypes while still falling into the same old '80s traps when it comes to objectifying women.
17 minutes | 6 months ago
CLUE's Sexual Stereotypes Were Helpful to No Boddy
Based on the popular Parker Brothers game for kid 8 and up, Clue (1985) is a shocker of a family film: nearly all of its characters are defined by their sexual transgressions. In this episode, film authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, examine how the homophobic and sex-shaming jokes perpetuated unhelpful stereotypes and how the oppressive mindset affected a generation. Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/80sMovieGuide Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/80smovieguide/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/80sMovieGuide For complete information on Clue and other '80s movies, go to our website, https://80smovieguide.com
24 minutes | 6 months ago
WEIRD SCIENCE: If you build a sex slave, that makes it okay, right?
Weird Science (1985) marks the halfway point in John Hughes’ domination of the teen film in the ’80s. The film seems to be trying to put a stop to films where women were only seen as sex objects, but he misses the mark. In this teen sex comedy, two horny high schoolers Frankenbuild the “perfect woman” ... to have sex with. In this episode of '80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents podcast, movie authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look at what the comedy classic tries to achieve in versus the actual takeaway.
30 minutes | 6 months ago
FLASHDANCE: Take Your Passion & Make It Happen (by Sleeping with the Boss)
For a story that seems to be trying to say, "yes, women ARE capable, strong and self-sufficent," Flashdance sure sends some messed up messages. Hosts Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look at how a movie written, produced, and directed by men didn't get women right -- and misled a generation. https://80smovieguide.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/80sMovieGuide Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/80smovieguide/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/80sMovieGuide
39 minutes | 7 months ago
BACK TO THE FUTURE: The Sexploitation of Lorraine
Back to the Future (1985) is the ultimate '80s movie: so '80s, so timeless, so universally beloved. It's also so '80s in its reckless treatment of women, mainly how men feel that Lorraine's (Lea Thompson) sexuality is theirs for the taking -- that includes her future husband, the local bully, and even her son. Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look back with a modern lens at one of their favorite movies and help you remember what you never realized about this Robert Zemeckis-Steven Spielberg comedy classic.
35 minutes | 7 months ago
LETHAL WEAPON Inspired Cops to Use Deadly Force
The '70s and early '80s saw a decrease in police-involved deaths, but starting in 1988, use of lethal force was on the rise. What happened? Lethal Weapon. Hosts Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look back at how one awesome bad-ass blockbuster proved to police that the coolest, manliest, and most effective move in the fight against crime was to just blow away the suspect.
25 minutes | 8 months ago
URBAN COWBOY: Love Leaves a Mark
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 at the film thorugh the modern lens to assess what it tells us about life in 1980 and now.
17 minutes | 8 months ago
FLETCH: It's All Sarcasm Nowadays
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 of bad behavior like other '80s comedies, it's there...just as Irwin M. Fletcher throws away most of the zingers, it's the subtleties that shows how '80s humor influenced a generation.
40 minutes | 8 months ago
FAME: "Follow Your Dreams" Starts Here
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 sacrifice and pursuit of craft, that's not what audiences took away. Film authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look back at the film that gave the world a song that would stick in the minds of dreamers everywhere.
42 minutes | 9 months ago
CADDYSHACK: Under-All the Golfer and Gopher Jokes, Sexy Still Means Slutty
In their follow up to Animal House, Harold Ramis and Doug Kenney toned down the misogyny and upped the Slobs vs Slobs comedy. Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look at Caddyshack with the modern lens, identifying how it used comedy to chip away at authority and the pompousness of the rich, but also perpetuated stereotypes about women that took a couple of decades to shake.
42 minutes | 9 months ago
PORKY'S: How the Raunchy Comedy is Responsible for the #MeToo Movement
Porky's (1981) took '80s audiences back to the '50s -- truly. It was a masive hit with audiences (mostly teen boys) laughing it up at the pranks, ribbing, and hijinks of a bunch of Ft. Lauderdale teens who take on a redneck strip club owner in the next country -- and that was the problem. The objectification and degradation of women for a laugh influenced others (mostly teen boys) to copy the behavior for a laugh themselves. Film critics Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look through the peephole at how the definitive teen sex comedy sparked decades of sexual harassment.
30 minutes | 9 months ago
DELIRIOUS: Eddie Murphy's Stand Up Shows How Socially Screwed Up We Were in 1983
Eddie Murphy's widely popular HBO comedy special was watched, rewatched and quoted by young Gen X'rs. Unfortunately, the anti-gay sentiment was also massively influential at a time when society needed assurances about the LGBTQ community, not validation to ostracize and demean them (in recent years, Murphy has apologized). Youth film authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look at Delirious with historical perspective and the impact it made on a generation.
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