For whatever reason, I've been watching a lot of 80s movies recently. I love them - the hair, the mayhem, the dialogue that ranges from John-Hughes-clever to so-painful-it's-delicious. I just can't get enough.
And I've come to a conclusion: For all of their cheese and improbability, there is some nugget of wisdom in all of the 80s classics. Some binding force of keen understanding, the path or way - The Tao of 80s Cinema.
Let me show you what I mean:
Ferris Beuller's Day Off: Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
Pretty in Pink: If somebody doesn't believe in me, I can't believe in them.
Moonstruck: Snap Out of it!!
Back to the Future: If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.
Dirty Dancing: Nobody puts Baby in a corner.
The Breakfast Club: Screws fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect place.
Sixteen Candles: That's why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they'd call them something else.
Big: Have a drink. Have a couple drinks - it's a party.
Footloose: There is a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to laugh... and a time to weep. A time to mourn... and there is a time to dance.
Working Girl: Dress shabbily and they notice the dress. Dress impeccably, they notice the woman! - Coco Chanel
Say Anything: - No one thinks it will work, do they? - No. You just described every great success story.
Ghostbusters: We came, we saw, we kicked ass.
Less Than Zero: Everyone is accountable.
A Christmas Story: Sometimes, at the height of our revelries, when our joy is at it's zenith, when all is most right with the world, the most unthinkable disaster descends upon us.
St. Elmo's Fire: It ain't a party till something gets broken.
Steel Magnolias: The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.
The Meaning of Life: You see, life's a game, you sometimes win or lose.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Velcro. Next to the Walkman and Tab it is the coolest invention of the 20th Century!
Tootsie: Get some therapy.
Indiana Jones: In this sort of race, there's no silver metal for finishing second.
Heathers: If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn't be a human being. You'd be a game-show host.
The Karate Kid: Wax on, Wax off.
Risky Business: Sometimes you gotta say what the f**k.
The Princess Bride: This is true love - you think this happens every day?
Can't Buy Me Love: You can do anything you want, anything you put your heart and mind into!
Roxanne: It's not the size of the nose that matters, it's what's inside that counts!
When Harry Met Sally: When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
Stand By Me: Everybody's weird.
Tron: On the other side of the screen, it all looks so easy.
Caddyshack: A flute without holes, is not a flute. A donut without without a hole, is a danish.
E.T.: Beeee Goooddd.
Dead Poet's Society: No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
Take the Tao of the 80s with you today.
Follow the path of optimistic, crimped hair, ray-banned understanding.