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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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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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Podcast: The misogynistic influence of PORKY’S goes all the way to the Supreme Court.

By Tara McNamara / May 11, 2020 /

’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents podcasters Riley Roberts and Tara McNamara look at the influence of PORKY’S on Generation X.

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PODCAST: JUST ONE OF THE GUYS is a Dude’s Story Disguised as a Chick Flick

By Tara McNamara / July 26, 2019 /

Podcaster Riley Roberts gives the Gen Z take on JUST ONE OF THE GUYS (1985).

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THE BREAKFAST CLUB: How the Most Iconic ’80s Movie Affected a Generation

By Tara McNamara / March 22, 2019 /

The Breakfast Club is the face of the ’80s Movies – the classic gave teens a voice, showed their box office power, and cemented John Hughes as the decade’s most influential director. This weekend marks the 35th Anniversary of Claire, Allison, John Bender, Andrew, and Brian’s Saturday detention (“March 24, 1984, Shermer High School, Shermer,…

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SPLASH Podcast: A Lovable Family Film if You Overlook the Bestiality, Child Nudity & Voyeurism

By Tara McNamara / December 2, 2018 /

Photo Above: Podcaster Riley Roberts gives her take on Splash. Photographer: Victoria Igloi. Splash is a family film that began our modern-day fascination with mermaids, a film that made Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah  bonafide movie stars, and began Hanks journey as American treasure. But, does the film live up to its legacy? In many ways,…

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“Animal House, Caddyshack and Fast Times at Ridgemont High….”

By Tara McNamara / September 30, 2018 /

In Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony countering his 1982 high school rape allegation, he said that the high school yearbook editor tried to project the image that the school was “Animal House, Caddyshack, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Any teen who lived in the ’80s can back up that those films were wildly important to Gen X.…

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Do Two OVERBOARD Make a Right? ’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents podcast

By Tara McNamara / May 25, 2018 /

With the reboot of Overboard, mother-daughter movie critics Tara McNamara and 17-year-old Riley Roberts explore the original 1987 Goldie Hawn-Kurt Russell rom-com treasure, evaluate if it holds up today, and wonder why no one called out all the white slavery and stuff. The duo also review the new Anna Faris-Eugenio Derbez gender reversal remake and evaluate…

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Molly Ringwald Says John Hughes Films Were Empowering But Damaging to Teens

By Tara McNamara / April 6, 2018 /

80s Movie Guide is a site that celebrates what is wonderful about ’80s movies, while also pointing out how very, very messed up the messaging was to its target teen audience. Today, ’80s teen movie icon Molly Ringwald wrote a thoughtful, well-researched article for The New Yorker examining the films she made with John Hughes from both…

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