Some movies are iconic and classics. The Breakfast Club, Can’t Buy Me Love, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Sixteen Candles were all movies that filled screens in the 80’s that captured the hearts of viewers and continue to be seen twenty plus years later. Teacher and Film Club Sponsor, Mr. Follis believes that the ability to rewatch these 80’s movies is what makes them so captivating.
“There is the rewatchability. They are predictable in a great way that makes you know everything will be alright. They have little moral lessons in them which we also like to see. They revolve around outsiders. Everyone feels like that at times.” Follis said. “ In these films, the nerd can get the girl, the barriers of the social cliques can fade away, the societal conformities of your parent’s more conservative generation can be overcome. They speak to the universal struggles that teens have had for decades. You may dress differently but you struggle with so many of the same issues.”
Ferris Buller’s Day Off, a comedy made in 1986 is one of sophomore Gabe Neise’s favorite movie’s. The movie’s plot is about a student, Ferris, who plans an outrageous scheme of playing sick to cut class but then exploring Chicago for the day.
“Ferris is a cool, charismatic character that symbolizes the kind of person every guy wants to be,” Neise said. “The adventure that he has is extremely clever, well thought out and inspirational to other teenage boys.”
High School is a prevalent theme in movies in the 80’s, Can’t Buy Me Love and The Breakfast Club both are about teenagers trying to fit in. In Can’t Buy Me Love, the main character, Ronald Miller, spends $1000 to “date” the most popular girl in school, Cindy for a month. Through that month Ronald learns about stereotypes and cliques. Sophomore Maddy Eusey, admires the morals her favorite movie teaches her.
“Can’t Buy Me Love shows that no matter who you are or what people rank you, everyone is the same and everyone should treat each other the same,” Eusey said. “It doesn’t matter how much money you have or what clothes you wear in the end everyone is just like one another.”
Just like in Can’t Buy Me Love, The Breakfast Club famous for it’s ending fist pumping scene exploits stereotypes. Students are stuck spending a day together in detention and through the day they learn about each other and begin to realize they really are not that different after all. Senior Hannah Stebbe believes the movie is timeless.
“The movie is timeless. Every generation has felt the same kind of stress showcased in the movie so everyone can apply it to their life.” Stebbe said, “It’s real. It does not sugar coat anything and it talks about issues that anyone who’s gone through their teenage years can relate to.”
Movies from the 80s era made viewers learn a lot about themselves and society and how truly we all are the same regardless of our high school cliques.