Better a Witty Fool than a Foolish Wit

Inner Workings of My Twisted Mind.

Nowhere Else to Go

So I sit down in front of the old TV today and Top Gun is on AMC and I remembered a brainwave I had some time ago. Unfortunately for you people I’m going to share so sorry, but I live with this shit going through my head all the time so just feel lucky you’re not me.  So this particular crazy thought came a few months ago when I watched An Officer and A Gentleman for the first time.  You remember the movie, Debra Winger, Richard Gere, didn’t get along when they were filming but had awesome chemistry onscreen.  Anyway, I realized, when I was watching this that it basically has the exact same plot as Top Gun.  It’s not even a little bit different.  Richard Gere and Tom Cruise are basically the same character they both have a best friend that is both a little wacky and keeps them in line.  They both date a girl they aren’t really supposed to date.  The best friend dies.  There’s a mentor type of figure who is hard on them because they’re so good. 

Then I realized that really there were, with very few exceptions, only four kinds of movies in the ’80s.  The Top Gun type of movie, which also includes the likes of Urban Cowboy (think about it, it’s got an almost identical plot).  The Dance Movie:  perhaps the best thing to come out of the ’80s (besides yours truly).  This includes Dirty Dancing, Flashdance, Footloose, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (starring Shannon Doherty, Helen Hunt, and Sarah Jessica Parker…this one’s a gem), etc.  Then we’ve got the Sexual Thriller:  Basic Instinct, Indecent Proposal and Fatal Attraction (so only one of these was actually made in the 80s, but I still consider them 80s movies…deal with it).  And then there’s the teen movie:  Mostly John Hughes, this includes The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller, Valley Girl, etc.  
So what?  Well I find this interesting seeing as the ’70s is seen as a sort of renaissance in filmmaking and acting (hello Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Love Story, The Godfather, The Graduate, etc).  Then we had the 80s which produced numerous memorable movies, and many favorites of people, but nothing all that astonishingly good.  The 80s was followed by another renaissance in the mid-90s.  One can only presume that this mid-90s renaissance (personified by Quentin Tarantino) was sparked by the formula heavy 80s. 
I know this rant doesn’t have much of a point, but then, do I ever have a point.  Just something to think about.  Have a good week everyone.
Peace, Love, and 80s Movie Magic,



January 14, 2008 - Posted by | Hollywood, John Hughes, Movies

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