The new “Footloose” movie is out today, and I am wondering if teenagers are actually excited or if it is just their parents?
I was 12 when the original “Footloose” came out. I don’t think I saw in the theater only years later on TV. We did love the songs and loved to make fun of Lori Singer’s chicken dancing (She had the boniest upper body!), and Kevin Bacon’s maroon tux on TV.
My kids aren’t old enough yet to be watching teen angst movies so I’m wondering what movies have stood the test of time from the 1980s and1990s?
Do girls still swoon over Jake Ryan in “Sixteen Candles?” Do they feel Samantha Baker’s pain dancing with a nerd at a school dance or giving away her underwear? Do kids with sexting and the Internet even relate to this school experience anymore?
Do then even know who Duckie is? I would think the poor/rich themes and dating outside your “class” in “Pretty in Pink” would still resonate.
Do they still melt over the volleyball scene in “Top Gun?”
Is “The Breakfast Club” still relevant? What about “St. Elmo’s Fire?” (I kind of think “The Breakfast Club” holds up better than the Regan-era “St. Elmo’s Fire.” “BC” could be any high school still.)
Will kids still laugh at “Bueller, Bueller?” (My friend who teaches at UGA did it in her class and on one got it.)
I think “Titanic” still looms large in teenagers’ minds but it was much more recent.
What movies do they watch when they get together? Are teens excited about the new “Footloose?” Do any of the movies that resonated so strongly with us in the 1980s still resonate with our teens?