Remember that is to live. If some films of the 1980s were immortalized in our hearts, often revisited by moviegoers of all generations, many others are not as much talk today as they should be.
Thus, for each Back to the Future (1985) and Curtindo a Vida Adoidado (1986), we have so many other copies that time is slowly trying to erase for the youngest.
Those who lived through this period also often find it difficult to remember some beloved productions that were very successful in the endless reruns of Brazilian open TV channels.
As Os Goonies (1985) will be screened in the Afternoon Session this Thursday, July 1 (at 3 p.m. Brasilia time), we decided to create a very nostalgic article, recalling with you 10 classic comedies from the 1980s.
Come with us on this wave for over 30 years.
catch you there
We start with an absolute classic from the afternoon session – and one that was produced by none other than the almighty Steven Spielberg, a fact that many may not be unaware of. Besides the famous filmmaker, who also produces the feature film, there is Aaron Spelling, a famous executive behind programs like Barrados no Baile, for example. And the pedigree does not stop there, signing the cinematography (or photography) is Barry Sonnenfeld, director of Men in Black (1997).
At that time many children’s comedies were centered on the school environment, the famous American high school, but this one is one of the most creative. Considered a modern adolescent version of the iconic Wild West Kill or Die (1952), the plot shows a typical high school student having the worst day of his life when he becomes the target of a psychotic college student who has just arrived, with the worst celebrity imaginable.
It might even be considered incorrect these days, and the reviews might not be so round, but in the 1980s, the intrigue that a guy would pay a girl to pretend to be his girlfriend was the theme of this romantic comedy. become cult. Considered a loser and wanting to change his image, Ronald (role of Patrick Dempsey) offers a pact to Cindy, the most popular girl in high school. In return for the money she needed, she’ll have to pretend to be in love with the boy long enough until her life turns into this kind of Cinderella upside down. The sad news of the film for fans was the untimely death of protagonist Amanda Peterson, who saw Cindy, at age 43. Namorada de Aluguel was filmed in 2003, with a cast of young black actors and the title Amor de Aluguel.
Another great representative of youth comedies of the time, the feature film used a very common scenario in several productions of the genre: the love triangle. Differently, we had a shy boy or girl in love with a classmate (almost always their best friend) without their knowledge, when they only had eyes for the third element, usually a student or a girl. very popular beauty.
This is the formula of Secret Admirer, a comedy for teenagers of errors and misalignments. Here, an anonymous letter is the starting point, ending up in the hands of several characters, creating confusion as to its author and recipient. In short, we have a love triangle between protagonist C. Thomas Howell, popular blonde haired beauty Kelly Preston, and the guy’s best friend, Lori Loughlin.
the king of flirting
Yes, megastar Robert Downey Jr. started his career in children’s comedy in the 1980s. And here we have one of the more shameless examples he’s been involved in – but it’s still a very recognizable title from the time. Other than that, there’s no shortage of pedigree, as we have the production of none other than star Warren Beatty, and the cast of great actors like Dennis Hopper, Danny Aiello and Harvey Keitel.
Oh, and of course with Downey we have the teenage muse of the day, redhead Molly Ringwald (whose name here carried even more weight than Iron Man’s). Ringwald was known for John Hughes films, such as Gatinhas e Gatões (1984) and Clube dos Cinco (1985). In the plot, Downey plays a “fifth class” conqueror, applying his blows at random on unsuspecting women. Everything changes when he meets resistance, a challenge in the forms of Ringwald – a young woman with her own issues involving her father’s debts to criminals.
Three singles and a baby
Many may not know or remember it, but before the Marvel movies and multi-million dollar film franchises, Three Singles and a Baby was the highest grossing film in the United States in 1987. One An American remake of a French production, the story shows three men, single convicts and womanizers (as the 1980s booklet said), sharing a trendy New York apartment. The trio was performed by Tom Selleck (a success of the Magnum series), Steve Guttenberg (a success of the Police Loucademia and Cocoon franchises) and Ted Danson (a success of the Cheers series).
Everything changes in their equation when a baby appears on their doorstep, left in their care. The idea was that “men should change diapers and bottle-feed a newborn baby,” which was unthinkable at the time. Directed by Leonard Nimoy, the Spock from the classic Star Trek series. This successful feature film generated the sequel Três Solteirões e uma Pequena Dama (1990). Oh yes, the much-talked-about ghost, who appeared in a scene from the film, was nothing more than a display in the image of Danson – but he served to become one of the most urban legends. best known from the 80s.
Back to school
Speaking of hit comedies in the 1980s, Back to School was the sixth biggest movie of 1986 in the United States. The legendary Rodney Dangerfield, who died in 2004, was one of the country’s best-known comedians and has appeared in some famous comedy productions. Here he plays a simple guy who made a fortune with his own sweat, creating a successful boutique for overweight men. To help his son, he decides to go to the same university, and begins to change things there in his irreverent way.
The idea for the screenplay came from Dangerfield himself, and the text was signed by Harold Ramis (The Ghostbusters). Other than that, the soundtrack is by Danny Elfman (from the Tim Burton movies). In the cast, we find again Downey Jr., in the role of a kind of punk, who is the best friend of the son of the protagonist.
almost like the others
Speaking of incorrect and surreal plots, which may not be going well these days, we have this feature that has good intention to empower women. For starters, we have female direction, which is rare in the genre and at the time – Lisa Gottlieb is in charge, making her debut in the role. The plot revolves around Terry, a young woman who wants to become a respected journalist, but realizes that she will have no academic chance to show her worth as a woman – already addressing the disparity of opportunities between the sexes.
So she decides to play the man for the job and begins studying at another high school, enrolled in the form of the opposite sex – her disguise is almost as bogus as Clark Kent’s, and it boils down to a haircut. of hair and a change. Clothing. In the casting, Joyce Hyser plays the main role and was not very famous. But there’s also William Zabka, Johnny from the Karate Kid franchise and Cobra Kai, Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) and the duo Clayton Rohner and Deborah Goodrich – who would double next year with the big slasher Night of the Deadly Jokes (1986 ).
Jonathan’s first sex
Don’t be fooled by the title in Portuguese, this is actually a very affectionate film, with an interesting dramatic charge, and taken in a tone that manages to set it apart from the rest of the genre. It doesn’t matter that the protagonist is a young virgin looking for the girl of her dreams – the role of Kelly Preston, appearing on the roster again. So far, we might think that this is the typical coital comedy, in which young people are only looking for the first night of sex.
The first difference here is the decade chosen as the setting: the 50s. The real gimmick of the film, however, is the side story of Gene (Chris Nash), a young rebel and biker in the best James Dean style. He moves into the house next to the protagonist and quickly catches the attention of the small town. While teaching Jonathan to be cool with girls and leading daily battles with his father and local playboys, he develops a relationship with engaged Bunny (role of Catherine Mary Stewart – one of the hot names of the 80s). The story of this couple and their outcome in the film make the film one of the best examples of the genre.
someone very special
Here we return to the land of teenage love triangles. In fact, this feature bears some resemblances to Secret Admirer, released two years earlier – with the exception, of course, of the letter’s MacGuffin itself. It is, however, a film from the John Hughes collection, which is no longer his because he did not have the filmmaker in the direction. However, Hughes produced and wrote the screenplay. The plot is simple, and shows the misadventures of a boy of humble origins, in love and pursuing his dream of living next to the little princess at school. All of this, of course, without knowing that his best friend, the alternative Watts, has a crush on him.
Despite its simplicity, Someone Very Special is one of the most cited and adored movies of the era, in part because of its more dramatic tone and romance than a so-called “passage. adulthood”. Here, for example, as usual in Hughes films, women are gaining prominence and development, moving away from props without desires as was very common.
In fact, they are characters much better explored than the protagonist of Eric Stoltz. The BCBG experienced by Lea Thompson (Back to the Future) has more depth, questions, and is more human than most in movies like this. One curiosity is that Stoltz was almost the protagonist of the time travel film mentioned above. And Watts by Mary Stuart Masterson is still remembered as one of the female representatives of the genre so as not to fit into stereotypes.
At the end of the list is another movie with a Danny Elfman soundtrack. Here we have a mix of three very iconic 1980s subgenres. First, the college movies. Second, the films of teachers and their dysfunctional classes. And third, movies with a range of crazy characters, each with their own unique characteristics, in which they all gain prominence. The best example would be Loucademia de Polícia (1984) and its suites. Pass it on to the college world and we have the summer course.
At a California seaside school, substitute teacher Shoop (Mark Harmon) finds himself tasked with teaching vacation classes to rebellious students who are recovering and don’t care about their studies. Teeth: two horror movie fanatics, a pregnant teenager, a nerd, a sportsman, a dyslexic woman, an exchange student, an attention deficit surfer and a gogo boy in a nightclub. In the cast, Kirstie Alley (who will be successful two years later with Look Who’s Talking) saw a teacher.
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