By Amy Chesler
Eighties movies are rife with theme, but let’s face it, some of them suck.
“Wanna get the girl? You have to change everything about yourself!”
“Want the guy to take you to prom? Don’t let him know where you live!”
However, there are some messages that the eighties boasted that still ring true today. Here are eight thematic, cinematic gems we hope you carry with you forever.
The underdog can win, too (it just takes gumption)
Show your true colors
Some of our 80’s faves also taught us to stay true to ourselves. Footloose (1984) is a prime example of the age-old 80’s tale of the misfit who learned he couldn’t just bend to be like everybody else. Just One of the Guys (1985) was also the perfect reminder that we really can’t feign being someone we aren’t. And of course, Teen Wolf (1985).
Never judge a book by its cover
And if you’re truly going to accept yourself, that means accepting others. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985): if any of these movies’ main characters had continued judging their fellow characters, we would have ended up watching much different tales.
Justice will always prevail
Love conquers all
Be grateful for the wind under your wings
Family ties are everything
When all is said and done, family is everything. The Griswold parental unit drives this home in National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) and National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985). The dysfunctionally-functional family in Parenthood (1989) does, too. And there’s really not much like the (eventual) power of brotherly love in Rain Man (1988).
The gang’s all here
But if we are being honest, one of the biggest lessons the eighties taught us is that the real magic happens when a group of friends hit the streets on their Huffy bikes. Cases in point: Monster Squad (1987), The Goonies (1985), The Lost Boys (1987), and Stand By Me (1986), to name a few. And it’s true, the best kind of connections are formed over raw, real life experiences.
Amy Chesler is an author, content creator, blogger, and family woman from Los Angeles, California. Her most recent publications include four different contributions in six different Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, as well as her first solo children’s book, A Man and His Books. Follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/AmyBChesler), Twitter (amybchesler), or Instagram (@amybchesler) for updates, giveaways, and much more!