The greatest films stand the test of time, speaking to us in different ways at various life stages. Is there a movie that was a part of your life when you were younger that you see differently now? Like fine wine, has it improved with age or did it die in the bottle? Has maturity brought you new insights you missed in your youth?
Join us for "Then and Now," a bloghop hosted by The Armchair Squid, Suze, Nicki Elson and Nancy Mock.I happened to see this on Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog. I immediately thought of the John Hughes 1980s teen classic Sixteen Candles since I just saw it on cable a few weeks ago.
I came to this movie a decade after it first became popular, but even in the '90s it was kind of a teen requirement to watch a few John Hughes movies (my favorite still being Ferris Beuhler).
But Sixteen Candles ... ehhh, there's a lot that doesn't hold up. And I don't just mean this:
|Specimen A: 80s fashion|
|Specimen B: the "Chinaman" *cringe*|
The grandparents who host Long Duk Dong are at least played as hapless and clueless. That for me works because they are the idiots who don't get modern teens--American or not. But each time Long Duk Dong appears and a gong sounds ... CRINGE.
Beyond that issue, there's the nerd-wins-girl trope with Anthony Michael Hall's geeky Farmer Ted character. While it's amusing when Ted holds up Sam's (Molly Ringwald) underwear in the boy's room as a sort of victory--I can laugh at that because it's so pathetic--it's another for him to "win" Jake's cast-off girlfriend Caroline. Jake sends off his beyond-wasted drunk ex with Ted presumably to do what he wishes. Which is a real jerk move for the hero of the movie. She wakes up with Ted having no idea what happened. She ends up the booby (pun intended) prize for the nerd to earn his street cred as a man, by either having slept with her or talking up as if he has.
|Specimen C: classy move, dude|
But that's teen boys for you! Lighten up!
Is it? Should I? Check out this thoughtful piece on exactly this same nerd-wins-girl trope posted just a few weeks ago after that tragic murder spree in California: Your Princess Is In Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds. Pop culture reflects more than just a few low-blow jokes. What are we really saying when hot drunk girls are the prize? Or a conquest?
|Specimen D: teen awkward IS funny|
Are there any classic movies you see differently now that you're older? Please comment!
And also take a visit to the other blogs in the hop: