NOSTALGIA! Teen Comedies that marked the Adolescence of those in their 40s

Only those who lived through the famous 80’s know what an unforgettable time it was. Yes, it was a politically incorrect decade, but it was also the birth of many concepts that would forever change popular culture and the way we relate to entertainment and film. It was in the 1980s, for example, the consolidation of the so-called blockbusters, that is, the height of entertainment cinema, of films that appeared in theaters and became larger than life, becoming part of our daily lives. Films that are talked about and loved to this day – like Back to the futureπŸ‡§πŸ‡· The ghost huntersπŸ‡§πŸ‡· Indiana JonesπŸ‡§πŸ‡· Top GunπŸ‡§πŸ‡· Karate Kid and many others. It was also the time of the emergence of video stores, stores that young people may have heard of. These places, which were used for the physical rental of films to be watched at home, undoubtedly contributed to the popularity not only of the aforementioned films that became eternal, but also to the survival of other productions that had gone unnoticed during their stay on the big screen. .

Another element that greatly helped bring the films closer to their audience were the showings on TV channels. Every country had some channel, or channels, open to the public that served to introduce the most varied cinematographic productions to an entire generation. In Brazil, the main cicerones were Globo and SBT, which made the joy of many children, adolescents and adults. Cinemas and video stores might not be accessible to everyone, but through television shows, anyone could discover great successes of the seventh art and fall in love. Thinking about it, we decided to pay homage to this very special time, remembering a program specialized in showing films that entered and never left the popular imagination, the Afternoon session, on Globe. Here, we’ll remember with you some classic teen comedies shown there, which are turning 35 in 2022. That’s no small feat. Check out.

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In the 80s, some names reigned absolute when we talk about teen comedies. One of them was definitely the redhead. Molly Ringwaldremarkable presence, as well as that of the director John Hughes, and which continues to be chanted through younger generations. It is not by chance that Ringwald and Hughes collaborated on some projects that served to elevate the name of both at the time. movies like kittens and cats (1984), Breakfast Club (1985) and The Girl in Shocking Pink (1986). So, in the following year, continuing the three aforementioned successes, Molly Ringwald starred in this The Pick-Up Artist (something like the makeout artist), but without the presence of John Hughes (who had no involvement with this production). Launched by 20th Century Fox on September 18, 1987, the work featured another teenage name on the rise at the time, one that managed to consolidate itself after many ups and downs, becoming the biggest star in Hollywood today. : Robert Dowey Jr. – thanks to the Marvel movies, where the hero Iron Man lives.

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While Molly Ringwald was the darling of the genre at the time, having starred in some of the most remarkable films, downey jr. won with The King of Flirting the chance to star in her first film, exactly 35 years ago. The actor had already participated in some successful films at the time, of course, such as Woman Note Thousand (1985) and Back to school (1986), but always in supporting roles. In the plot, Downey Jr. plays a young professional flirt, used to distilling his antics towards unsuspecting young people. Everything changes in the naughty guy’s life when he finds his biggest challenge in the ways of Molly Ringwald, and truly falls in love with the girl. It turns out that she comes from a troubled home, where she needs to take care of her father, and untie the knot he tied by getting involved with criminals. The cast also brings Dennis HopperπŸ‡§πŸ‡· Danny Aiello and Harvey KeitelπŸ‡§πŸ‡· and has star production Warren BeattyπŸ‡§πŸ‡·

absolute classic Afternoon sessionπŸ‡§πŸ‡· Three O’Clock High in the original title (a reference to the end of classes in American schools) was released on October 9, 1987, produced by Universal Pictures. What many may not know is that it is also produced by Amblin Entertainment, the studio of a certain Steven SpielbergπŸ‡§πŸ‡· It turns out that the director had his name removed from the credits, leaving only that of his company. This had only happened before with a single film that Spielberg produced, the Western. fandango (1985). In both cases, Spielberg was unhappy with the end result and wanted to disassociate himself. It turns out that the director of Shark wanted something closer to Karate Kid (1984), but the director Phil Joanou decided to be inspired by the films of Martin Scorsesein particular after hours (1985), creating a teen movie full of suspense and nervous moments – not forgetting the humor too.

Another strong influence of the film was the western Kill or dieclassic from 1952 with Gary Cooper – which not by chance has in the original title the time of the duel that will take place between the protagonist and the villain, and which moves the plot: High Noon, or noon. In the plot of Catch You Outside we also have a scheduled duel, but an after-school fight – something every teenager can relate to, even more so those who grew up in the wrong 80s and 90s.Casey Siemaszko) will basically face a psychopath straight from hell, in the skin of Buddy Revell (Richard Tyson), a big guy who seems invincible and unstoppable, a transfer student with serious social problems, who doesn’t like to be touched (perhaps because he suffered some abuse in the past). And what does our hero do right away without knowing this information? That’s right, touch him!

Unlike the other items above on this list, this maid to order (in the original title) did not have a major studio behind its release. On the contrary, the studio responsible for distributing the film in the US was the unknown New Century Vista Film Company. So, on July 31, 1987, ready to face the busiest season at the North American box office – at the height of summer and school holidays – this Cinderella tale arrived, in the style of the 80s. Amy Holden Jones at the time she was well known for being a strong spokesperson for feminism and her films reflected the cause, even if it didn’t always look like it. She was responsible for the slasher The massacre πŸ‡§πŸ‡·Slumber Party Massacre), from 1982, for example, which the studio subverted by not understanding the filmmaker’s satirical intention.

Holden Jones wrote and directed Cinderella in Reverse and his ace up the sleeve was the presence of Ally Sheedyactress who was one of the members of the teenage group known as the brat pack – from which the aforementioned Molly RingwaldπŸ‡§πŸ‡· While the redhead was “America’s sweetheart”, Sheedy was the rebellious, alternative girl, picking up some of her personas in Breakfast Club (1985). Precisely because of this, Holden Jones believed he had a trump card in his hands by taking the rebellious Sheedy and making her the typical spoiled and privileged preppy girl, whose biggest concern in life is the new dress she will buy and the new party she will attend. The plot subverts the story of Cinderella in the 80s style, doing the opposite and transforming the princess into a Cinderella, in this case a maid. With the right even to the fairy godmother, played by Beverly D’Angelo (of the deductible Frustrated VacationπŸ‡§πŸ‡· This was yet another successful film. Afternoon sessionπŸ‡§πŸ‡· Who remembers?

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Another absolute classic from Afternoon session who is turning 35 in 2022 is this Like Father Like Son (literal translation of the title in Portuguese). Produced by TriStar Pictures and released on October 2, 1987, the film was part of a trend that was very popular in the late 1980s: youth comedies about changing bodies and changing the ages of the main characters. Other feature films that were part of this β€œmovement” were I want to be big (1988), A Special Request (1988), Vice versa (1988) and a different dream (1989). We can say that at the time, Like father Like Son was the pioneer of this subgenre that would become a trend at that time. Directed by Rod Danielthe same as The Boy from the Future (1985) and K-9: A Good Dog Cop (1989), the plot of Tal Pai Tal Filho is simple, and shows what happens when an overly responsible surgeon switches places with his relaxed teenage son. Of course, along the way, the great lesson is learning to be in the other person’s shoes, understanding him more.

The secret of the production is that chemistry between the main actors, which is what would make the film work or not. Thus, two very famous names from the 80’s were chosen as protagonists. Jack Hammond was cast as the short Englishman Dudley Moore – which years before had featured in hits such as Woman Note 10 (1979) and Arthur – The Millionaire Seducer (1981), the latter a pop hit that even made it to Oscars in some categories. Like father Like Son would become the new great success of Moore’s career – who was a little out of the spotlight in films that did not reach expectations. For the role of the son, the young man was brought Kirk Cameron, then 17 years old and debuting in his first film role. Cameron was very well known at the time and was successful on the series. All in family (Growing Pains), which ran from 1985 to 1992.

Finishing the matter, this is the most unknown item and that maybe not everyone will remember. Despite this, however, it stars an actor who was equally successful in the 1980s, when he was revealed in teen films. Its about John Cusackthen a young actor who had already participated in 8 classic films of the time when he starred in this Hot Pursuit (in the original title). The film was released on May 8, 1987, distributed by Paramount Pictures. In the film, Cusack plays a young man completely in love with his girlfriend, a girl from a wealthy family. The family plans a vacation in the Caribbean, but the boy at the last minute finds out that he can’t go, as he has to take a chemistry test at school. So the girl goes without him beside her parents. At 45 of the second half, the teacher gives up the test and the unlucky subject is free to β€œfly”, it turns out that the decision was too late and the beloved has already set sail. Now, the protagonist needs to chase after her, using all possible and imaginable means within his reach, to be able to enjoy this paradise with his teenage love. Even if before that he had to go through a real hell, with the right to kidnappers, criminals, corrupt police and even pirates – that is, everything the 80’s were entitled to.

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