The Ultimate History of the '80s Teen Movie: Fast Times at Ridgemont High ~ Sixteen Candles ~ Revenge of the Nerds ~ The Karate Kid ~ The Breakfast Club ~ Footloose ~ Dead Poets Society ~ and Everything in Between

The Ultimate History of the '80s Teen Movie: Fast Times at Ridgemont High ~ Sixteen Candles ~ Revenge of the Nerds ~ The Karate Kid ~ The Breakfast Club ~ Footloose ~ Dead Poets Society ~ and Everything in Between

by James King

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Overview

A trip back to the era of troubled teens and awesome soundtracks; of Reagan, rap, and Ridgemont High; of MTV, VHS, and “Axel F”; of outsiders, lost boys, and dead poets; of Bill and Ted, Brooke Shields, and the Brat Pack; of three Porky's flicks, two Coreys, and one summer when “Baby” refused to be put in a corner.



The Ultimate History of the ’80s Teen Movie goes behind the scenes of a genre where cult hits mingled with studio blockbusters, where giants like Spielberg and Coppola rubbed shoulders with baby-faced first-timers, and where future superstars Sean, Demi, and Tom all got their big break. Music, comedy, and politics all play a part in the surprisingly complex history of the ’80s teen movie. And while the films might have been aimed primarily at adolescents, the best tackle universal issues and remain relevant to all ages.



From a late ’70s Hollywood influx to an early ’90s indie scene that gave youth cinema a timely reboot, film expert James King highlights the personal struggles, the social changes, and the boardroom shake-ups that produced an iconic time in movie history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635765847
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 270,008
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Mark Kermode calls James King "one of my favorite film critics and he writes with wit, flair and schoolboy-ish enthusiasm." King has presented movie shows for BBC Radio 1, 5Live, ITV and Sky and is an ambassador for BAFTA's annual Rising Star award. Matthew Broderick once signed his VHS copy of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 Travolta's '78 1

2 Baby Boomers

3 The Ordinary Now 32

4 Fresh Eyes 49

5 Back To School 70

6 The Gang 92

7 Big Dreams 114

8 The Joy Of Sex 143

9 Kids Know Best 164

10 Triple Threats 194

11 Big Budgets, High Concepts 221

12 Sincerely Yours 248

13 Brand Hughes 277

14 On The Edge 307

15 Lost Boys, Young Guns 325

16 Hip-Hop and Hair 353

17 1989: Seize the Day … and Party On 373

Acknowledgments 401

Index 403

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