Five for Friday: Five Things 80’s Movies Taught Me About Life

The 80’s taught me so much.  Big bangs make you look totally rad.  Add a synthesizer to any song and it instantly gets much cooler.  Neon matches everything……..And the films of the 80’s were just full of great life lessons.  Below are a small sampling of some of my fave 80’s flicks and the nuggets of wisdom I picked up from them.

Number 5:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990

Ok, technically this is not an 80’s movie.  But TMNT were born in the 80’s; so I’m counting it.

Fight for what’s right even when the odds seem stacked against you.  These turtles were outnumbered, but in true karate flick fashion they battled overwhelming odds and came out the champions.

Everyone needs a catch-phrase.  Just like any 80’s movie worth its weight, this one has a great one.  Cowabunga!

WTF Lesson:  If someone is a criminal, it is perfectly okay to crush them in a trash compactor.  Murder is perfectly fine.


I can’t believe Michael Bay is about to destroy this movie.  Gag me with a spoon.


Number 4:  Pretty in Pink 1986

Is there anything MORE 80’s than a John Hughes film?

Sometimes the “right” guy is right in front of you.  Ugh, I get pissed every time I watch this movie.  I cheer for Duckie so hard.  Come on Andie, give him a chance!   I obviously didn’t learn this lesson early enough though.  Matt was clearly amazing the entire time we were in college together, but I was as clueless as young Molly Ringwald.  At least I finally figured it out.

Teenage girls are stupid twits.  See above.  Some of us don’t outgrow this until our late 20s.

WTF Lesson:  You can create an awesome prom dress in no time flat with your super teenage sewing skills.  Yeah, not so much.


Number 3:  Gremlins 1984

Exotic animals are not pets.  Hello! This is the clear message of this movie.  None of the deaths and mayhem that occurred would have been possible had Mr. Peltzer not bought that damn Mogwai.

Directions are there for a reason.  Don’t get them wet.  Well that really resonated with Billy.  It took him about an hour to dump water all over Gizmo.

Karma’s a bitch.  Sorry Mrs. Deagle.  Maybe you shouldn’t have been so miserable.

WTF Lesson:  Don’t ever try to dress up like Santa and come down the chimney to surprise your kids.  Otherwise you die and stink up the house.


Number 2:  Karate Kid 1984

Sometime assholes learn their lessons and change.  Johnny finally shows Daniel respect in the end.

You can make someone do a whole lot of manual labor for you if it’s under the guise of mentorship.  Now how do I apply this to getting some work done around my house?

A theme song will make you more successful.  The 80’s were full of wonderful montages.  KK had one of my faves!

WTF Lesson:  If you stand in a crane position it will confuse your opponent and lead to victory.  Nope.


The leg, sweep it.

Number 1:  Back to the Future 1985

One of my VERY favorite 80’s films.  I still would love to own a DeLorean.

What happened in the past shapes your future for better or worse.  We are all a product of our experiences.  Going back and redoing things sounds great, but could cause some serious issues!  We shouldn’t live  a life full of regrets.  After all, what happened throughout lives is what got us here!

Puffy vests look rad no matter what the year.  Truth.

Scientists aren’t very ethical when it comes to saving their own skin.  All that talk about disrupting the space-time continuum and Doc still rips open the letter about his murder and saves his own life.

Huey Lewis should write a song for every movie soundtrack. “Power of Love” is perfection.


WTF Lesson:  You probably would not want to meet your parents when they were young.  It’s just too weird.  And your Mom might try to make out with you. 


Honarable Mentions:

Rocky-  Don’t ever give up.  Not if your friends die.  Not if you can’t remember anything.  Not if you have to go train in Siberia.

The Breakfast Club-  Even those whose lives appear perfect have problems.  High school principals are easy to trick.

The Princess Bride-  True love is worth fighting for. 

Let me stop here so I can eventually do a part two of this one!  I leave you with this:

Stay positive & love your life!



Listening to:  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Jimmy Iovine – feat. Ab-Soul

Eating:  Leftover spaghetti

Drinking:  H2O

Random fact:  I didn’t see any of the Rocky films until college.