I feel like the recent death of John Hughes deserves some sort of tribute post:
Because I just really love teen movies circa the '80s.
Some see it as the decade that was a vapid, cultural wasteland, but I think the movies prove differently and are pretty much an art form unto themselves.
They are filled with perfectly quirky moments and off-center characters, pulled off effortlessly - a trait any indie movie today would kill for.
The angst lacks the melodrama of a Garden State.
No teen stars today are half as visually interesting or un-airbrushed as Molly Ringwald or Ally Sheedy.
There are so many iconic moments and memorable quotes that ensure they'll live forever, like that image of John Cusack holding up a stereo in the rain for Say Anything.
And they make you fall in love with bands like The Smiths.
Personally, my all-time favorite is Better Off Dead.
Because a young John Cusack is irresistibly charming and the science projects, $2 paperboy and dancing hamburgers are hilarious.
But there are so many classics...
Back to the Future I and II.
Dirty Dancing and my all-time favorite quote, "I carried a watermelon."
Teen Witch with my other favorite quote, "Nobody's comin' to your Sweet Sixteen party Louise."
And of course, the incomparable:
Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Cameron being my favorite character.
Pretty in Pink.
(There's also my '80s favorites Airplane!, When Harry Met Sally, Working Girl, Cocktail, Rain Man and Overboard - but they don't fit into the teen movie category).
So, take a moment to enjoy a perfectly '80s movie. Preferably catching it on a random channel like TBS or TNT on a lazy Saturday morning, while you're eating cereal in pajamas.
Because in the words of Ferris Bueller:
Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.