I don’t mean the love story told in the film actually messed up my head. I mean that repeatedly watching Harold and Maude messed up my score for 80’s Teen Flicks! I only got a 36! I seriously thought I would get in the high 80’s or low 90’s. I love John Hughes films, and I thought that I was pretty much an 80’s Flick connoisseur. I am not.
But when I thought about it, I realized that as my high school career matured, I started leaning more towards music and entertainment from earlier years. Queen, The Beatles, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Cat Stevens, Carole King. You get the idea.
So many of the movies I watched on repeat were closely attached to music for me. They played on repeat for both sound and picture. I watched Harold & Maude for the first time and fell in love with Cat Stevens’ music. And there was The Graduate with Simon & Garfunkel. The Blues Brothers (1980, but more from the 70’s) brought Aretha Franklin to a suburban 80’s kid. And of course Pink Floyd’s The Wall and The Beatles’ various films, especially Yellow Submarine, were regular screenings. And then there was The Rocky Horror Picture Show and all the Monty Python films. (Granted, The Meaning of Life is early 80’s, but it’s not quite comparable to Weird Science, now is it?)
So anyway, that’s my excuse for my abysmal score of 36 on this 80’s Teen Flicks test. What is your score? Share your score and your favorite 80’s Teen Flick in comments!