Today is the 34th Anniversary of The Karate Kid, a movie that continues to resonate with the kids of the ’80s…and Millennials and Generation Z. The film about a bullied teen (Ralph Macchio) who is trained in self-defense by a wise, elderly karate master (Pat Morita) spawned sequels, a spinoff, an animated series, and currently, the fantastic YouTube series “Cobra Kai.” Why does it work?
It’s the ultimate fantasy: taking on and conquering a bully.
The magical mentorship/friendship/surrogate parent-child relationship between Daniel and Mr. Miyagi.
The Crane Kick finale
Another reason The Karate Kid resonated with ’80s teens was that it represents how Generation X sees itself: an underdog, a latch-key kid who had to deal with life’s obstacles without a parent around, and who succeeded through hard work. ’80s MOVIES: A GUIDE TO WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOUR PARENTS podcast explores this and how today’s teens view this movie today. Listen to the end: Gen Z co-host Riley Roberts (pictured above) gives substantial and shocking insight of what it’s like to be a teen in today’s drug-filled high schools. Click HERE to check out our comprehensive guide to The Karate Kid.
Footloose isn’t just a story about a group of kids fighting to have a prom. It’s about:
a suicidal girl suffering from depression and no one is noticing all the red flags she’s waving,
a community grieving over the loss of their loved ones and grappling to prevent another tragedy,
youth fighting “The Man,”
religious intrusion: how much we should trust our pastor’s interpretation of scripture versus our own,
how in 1980s small-town America, older white men held all the power.
In our “’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents” podcast, mother-daughter movie critics Tara McNamara and 17-year-old Riley Roberts look back at Footloose for why it’s fantastic, how it revolutionized movie marketing, how it took teen movies a different direction, and ultimately, how it’s the hallmark to understand exactly why the United States has become so polarized into “conservative” and “liberal” factions. (really!). Give it a listen and always, always…dance your a** off:
Check out the Footloosepage for all the behind-the-scenes info…like who really couldn’t dance, what happened when Kevin Bacon tried to get into character at the local high school, and how the film got the green light and how it almost lost it!
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 if the 2018 tweaks work and if it’s worth watching.
The duo have been reviewing and covering films for more than a decade on national TV programs like TODAY, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, INSIDE EDITION. They analyze what’s great about ’80s movies ..and what’s super. duper. messed. up.
Read all about made Overboard a classic, all the behind the scenes info, why it’s so ’80s, and all the headslap moments: https://80smovieguide.com/overboard/
Time-traveling dudes are righteous again! Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have signed on to star in Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third film in the Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure franchise. The new film signifies a reunion of the franchise creators and writers, Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, who wrote the script for Face the Music. Directing duties go to Dean Parisot, best known for Galaxy Quest and whose most recent film work was RED 2.
Bill and Ted were last seen in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Adventure (1991) where they were destined to save the universe with rock n’ roll. However, in the upcoming film, the Wyld Stallyns have been on a creative dry spell and haven’t fulfilled their destiny…especially now that they’re middle-aged dads with family and financial responsibilities. A time traveler from the future visits Bill and Ted to warn them that only they can save life as we know it. So, the dudes go on another time travel quest, bringing their daughters along, and visiting more historical figures and music legends to try and eek out some rad tuneage.
No release date has been announced, but one can only hope it will be in February of 2019, which will mark the 30th anniversary of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.