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Andrew McCarthy Molly Ringwald Jon Cryer Pretty in Pink

Podcast: Why PRETTY IN PINK’s OG Simp Duckie was never gonna get the girl.

By Tara McNamara / February 28, 2021 /

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 have nots, Hughes was able to make a love story of Romeo and Juliet proportions. The relationshp was bigger than working-class Andie and Yuppie son Blane:…

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9 to 5 Parton Fonda Tomlin

Podcast: 9 TO 5 is a snapshot of 1980

By Tara McNamara / December 18, 2020 /

Pour yourself a cup of ambition, it’s the 40th Anniversary of 9 to 5! Wonderfully executed as a broad office buddy comedy, 9 to 5 made a definitive impact in creating empathy and understanding for women in the workplace. Film authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look back at the 1980…

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Stir Crazy Tara McNamara Riley Roberts

Podcast: Why STIR CRAZY’s black-white buddy comedy holds up 40 years later.

By Tara McNamara / December 11, 2020 /

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…

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Blue Lagoon Riley Roberts Brooke Shields

Podcast: 40 years later, THE BLUE LAGOON is even more unsettling.

By Tara McNamara / July 9, 2020 /

The summer of 1980, movie critics and audiences were aghast that teen icon Brooke Shields was once again being depicted as the ultimate object of sexual desire in The Blue Lagoon. Despite the criticism, director Randal Kleiser’s follow up to Grease was a box office smash. The young model-actress’ prepubescent virginal sexuality was a constant…

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Podcast: BACK TO THE FUTURE is everyone’s favorite ’80s movie – except for the part where Lorraine is sexually victimized by her future husband, her bully, and her son.

By Tara McNamara / July 3, 2020 /

Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future (1985) is perhaps the ultimate ’80s movie: it’s so ’80s yet so timeless — and its so disturbing, in retrospect. In the “’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents” podcast, Tara McNamara (Gen X) and Riley Roberts (Gen Z) look back at what makes the Michael…

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Riley Roberts Urban Cowboy

Podcast: URBAN COWBOY Encouraged Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places.

By Tara McNamara / June 5, 2020 /

In this episode of ’80s Movies: a Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents podcast, URBAN COWBOY influenced America to make country cool, but the message it sent about domestic violence was anything but.

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Riley Roberts Caddyshack

Podcast: Under-All the golfer and gopher jokes, CADDYSHACK says sexy means slutty.

By Tara McNamara / May 22, 2020 /

Caddyshack is a film for guys with humor about golf, farts, and one-upping snobby judges. Teen and tween boys of the ’80s boys grew up watching and quoting this comedy classic over and over again, but it’s got some weird messaging when it comes to women. Film authorities Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts,…

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Riley Roberts FAME

Podcast: How FAME inspired GenX to follow their dreams…with mixed results

By Tara McNamara / May 15, 2020 /

A look at the impact of FAME (1980).

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ferris bueller's day off podcast tara rile

Podcast: FERRIS BUELLER Inspired Teens to Also Take a DAY OFF

By Tara McNamara / April 17, 2020 /

’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents podcast examines the impact that John Hughes’ FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF made on Gen X.

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Kandice Stroh Dierdre Foxes 1980

FOR THE RECORD: FOXES’ Kandice Stroh on why Dierdre is so misunderstood and the deleted scenes that explain everything.

By Tara McNamara / March 18, 2020 /

An exclusive interview with Kandice Stroh who reflects on the making of the film considered to be one of the best teen films of all time, FOXES (1980).

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