FU JPX for spoiling my boyhood dreams!
There were some great moments in Weird Science, no matter what you say! And no, I can't remember any of them right now - but I know they were in there!!
There's the moment when the boys get back home and see the big green monster Bill Paxton's turned into, and Anthony Michael Hall points at it and says "that's nasty, Wyatt."I always thought John Hughes's goofier flicks were his better ones, that this, Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller were better than Breakfast Club and Pretty and Pink etc. But I have no substantial rebuttal to what JPX says here, except to say:How in hell is it possible you never saw this movie? And what are you doing watching the cream of 80s cinema at this point in your life? Of course it sucks!I saw the Goonies for the first time a couple of years ago. Practically puked my guts out.
I've been trying to fill in missing holes in my 80s viewing. Other films I watched this week that were terribly disappointing include Real Genius and My Science Project. On Deck, She's Having a Baby and The Pick-Up Artist. I'm prepared to be disappointed.
Wow, I've never seen either of those flicks. That's an interesting project.
Ok I must come clean a bit.... I have never seen weird science. I tried probably 3 times but I did love Kelly LeBrock. I also loved John Hugh's, as Octo put it "goofier flicks" back in the day and definitely agree that Ferris/Candles were better than Pretty in Pink. I could never make it through Pretty in Pink but I did really like Breakfast Club. I felt he did a decent job tapping into some teen angst on a commercial level.I really liked She's having a Baby back in the day too. I thought it really hit some common themes for men facing the box of growing up in American society. Now I truly enjoyed them when I was younger but they don't hold quite the same appeal to me now except on a reminiscent/romantic youth kind of way. I think I would still enjoy She's Having a Baby and Ferris still might be fun if it was a sleepy afternoon with nothing going on.
I'm about 30 minutes into She's Having a Baby and I'm enjoying it so far. I'm a sucker for anything Kevin Bacon's in anyway.I also watched Mr. Mom and it was just terrible! It's so funny how the idea of a man having to take care of a kid an run a household was so shocking 25+ years ago. I kept waiting for him to do the laundry and, yep, I wasn't disappointed. What human being, man or woman, doesn't know that you can't pack clothes into a washer as tightly as possible and then dump an entire bottle of detergent in? Sigh.
Let us know what you think when you're through with SHaB JPX. I forgot about Mr. Mom. I walked out of the theater on that when I was around 21. That is an interesting point though on how much our culture has changed in 25 years. I still know many men who have no clue what to do with their kids which imho is an epic fail, but I also have many friends who are quite devoted to their kids and have no issues when mommy is gone.
real genius and weird science suck? when you post stuff like this i feel like i want to open up my computer to see if there's some kind of malfunction.
I think these films are remembered fondly but if you watch them now you'll be appalled at how bad they are. Real Genius is especially bad. Believe me, I went into these films full intending to enjoy the hell out of them.
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