Flashback Friday: Movies that Defined Us as Young Adults

Posted by houndrat on Friday Apr 23, 2010 Under movies, writing, Young Adult

Wow, I can actually sum this one up in two words: John Hughes. Done, see you next week!

Okay, okay, so maybe I could write a little more. Like how Mr. Hughes captured all the angst, excitement, fear and fun of high school and being a teen—meshed the outlandish with the real. But since I’m feeling lazy, I think I’ll just throw some of my favorite quotes at you instead.

Sixteen Candles:

Oh Sexy American Girlfriend!

Oh Sexy American Girlfriend!

No more yankee my wankee—the Donger need FOOD!

Grandma: Fred, she’s gotten her boobies! Oh, and they’re so perky!

I mean, would high school have been the same without Long Duk Dong? I think not. (Amusing fact: every single one of my friends was convinced Jake Ryan was a double for this swimmer at our school, Mark Vahradian, who now works in the film industry. Mark, if you’re out there–hi!)

The Breakfast Club:



Vernon: What if your family…what if your home…what if your dope was on fire?
Bender: Impossible, sir. It’s in Johnson’s underwear.

Bender: Come on, Sporto, level with me. Did you slip her the hot beef injection?

Bender: Screws just fall out all the time—the world is an imperfect place.

Bender: Why does Andrew get to get up? If he gets up, we’ll all get up! It will be ANARCHY!

(Yeah, so I totally had a thing for Bender/Judd Nelson when I was a teen. I think it was the glove.)

Pretty in Pink:

Look, you can wear a heinous prom dress and still get all the guys!

Look, you can wear a heinous prom dress and still get all the guys!

Duckie: May I admire you again today?

Duckie: What’s this? We don’t have a candy machine in the boys’ room!

Stefan: That girl was, is, and always will be, nada.

(It must be noted that Pretty in Pink had one of the best soundtracks EVAH! Love New Order…especially Shellshock, and then Elegia playing before the big locker confrontation scene–awesome!. Also, I had a teensy little infatuation with James Spader. Does Less Than Zero count as a teen movie? ‘Cuz I loved that one, too–Spader made a perfect douchebag. I bet here’s a movie he starred in during the 80’s that you never watched, though:

Wow, this is a bad title....

Wow, this is a bad title....

Plus, apparently I wasn’t the only one with a Spader obsession:

Although it’s not a John Hughes film, and a little past my teen years, I have to give a shout-out to Ten Thing I Hate About You, anyway. It’s one of my most fave teen movies ever (RIP, Heath Ledger)

I miss her table dancing...

I miss her table dancing...

Patrick: It’s not every day you find a girl who’ll flash someone to get you out of detention.

Kat: I still maintain that he kicked himself in the balls.

Teacher: Now. I know Shakespeare’s a dead white guy, but he knows his shit, so we can overlook that.

Mr. Stratford: And I’ll get to sleep at night. The deep slumber of a father whose daughters aren’t out being impregnated.

Mr. Stratford: This morning I delivered a set of twins to a 15 year old girl. You know what she said to me?
Bianca: I’m a crack whore who should have made her sleazy boyfriend wear a condom?
Mr. Stratford: No. She said “I should have listened to my father.”
Bianca: She did not.
Mr. Stratford: No, but she would have if she wasn’t so doped up.

Again, not a John Hughes flick, but probably one of my favorite all-time lines (and if you know me, you’ve heard me quote this and perform some random stunt to go with it, way, way too many times) is from Real Genius:

Val Kilmer: You may be smarter than me, but can you do this?

There’s so many more: Dirty Dancing (No one puts Baby in the corner!), The Lost Boys (back when vampires were still SCARY!), Top Gun (I feel the need, the need for speed!), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (my swimmer friends and I actually serenaded the employees at Disneyland with our stunning rendition of Twist and Shout), Clueless (Do you prefer fashion victim or ensembly challenged?), 9 and 1/2 Weeks (wait–you’re saying that WASN’T a teen movie?), too many to name. In fact, I think I feel the need for a teen movie marathon coming on…..

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9 Responses to “Flashback Friday: Movies that Defined Us as Young Adults”

  1. MacAllister Says:

    Hah! I saw Tuff Turf with my little sister (I was the designated responsible older sibling) probably five or six times. *g*

  2. Kath Says:

    Not to mention that the Pretty in Pink soundtrack has “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” by The Smiths.

  3. Krista Says:

    A movie post filled with Awesome Sauce!! I so love Ten Things I Hate About You too. Great lines. And I totally want to be the ball busting teacher in the movie. Plus, I love how the Guidance Counselor is writing an erotic romance with turgid members! LOL

    Sighs…good movies, good times!

  4. houndrat Says:

    Mac–I think my mom and I saw Tuff Turf at least that many times, lol! And since I’m a music freak, I always think of Jim Carroll’s People Who Died.

    Kath–yes, that song, plus Psychadelic Furs title track, Wouldn’t it Be Good?, If You Leave, and so many more!

    Krista–OMG, I forgot about the counselor and her romance novel, lol! THat movie really did have the best dialogue–kudos to the writers!

    P.S. OMG, not technically a teen movie, but how could I forget to mention Flashdance? And Footloose?


  5. Veronica Says:

    OMG Judd Nelson. He is the only reason why I continue to watch that movie. Seriously: the only reason.

    And I heart 10 Things I Hate About You. My personal favorite quote: “Someday, you’re gonna get bitch slapped, and I’m not gonna do a thing to stop it.” (The English teacher.) I feel like I’ve used it in regular conversation before.

  6. Leah Says:

    Seriously, 10 Things I Hate About You is just priceless. Such an awesome, hilarious movie. In honor of Heath Ledger, we had a movie night and watched all the movies he did, including that one.

  7. Annie Says:

    OMG You nailed it!! Some of my most inspirational ones too!! LOOOOOOOOOOOVED 10 things, I still find myself relucant to change the channel when it’s on.

  8. Shasta Says:

    Loved Spader (still love Spader) and I too have seen Tuff Turf at least 6 times. It is a delicious guilty pleasure of mine.

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