THE 1980s movie

 just spent the evening watching “E.T. — The Extra Terrestrial,” and I’ve got to say this movie brings back so many memories for me. Why’s that? Aside from being a great flick, it’s set in a time frame that I remember so well it practically transports me back.

The movie literally kick-starts old memories for me. Here are just a few…

  • Playing with Star Wars figures.
  • It was a time when kids could be left alone for the day.
  • Reese’s Pieces — Remember how cool they were?
  • Kids going out by themselves for Halloween trick-or-treating.
  • Kids dressed up as Star Wars characters, because it was cool, not because it was nostalgic. (The Yoda meets E.T. joke)
  • Dee Wallace plays the mom. Wasn’t she the mom in every 1980s film?
  • Pull-tab beer cans! Man it sucked to step on one of those!
  • Life in the housing development. Kids everywhere. Houses everywhere. Cable TV.
  • Playing “Dungeons & Dragons” with a bunch of kids who could barely figure out the rules.
  • Tom & Jerry” on TV every afternoon!
  • Space Invader” t-shirts were cool, not retro.
  • Bragging about your high score on Asteroids.
  • The 1980s was the era of the Single, Divorced Mom.
  • The start of Drew Barrymore’s film career.
  • The start of Erika Eleniak‘s film career. (And let’s not forget her stint as a Playboy Bunny and then as a Baywatch babe!)
  • Character lightswitch plates! In this movie, Elliot has an Incredible Hulk wallplate. I had a Bozo wallplate!
  • Buck Rogers was still in the comic strips, probably thanks to the Buck Rogers TV show.
  • C. Thomas Howell played a neighbor kid.
  • Speak-n-Spells could be made into interstellar communication devices!

So with that in mind, what movie or TV show sends you back in time … What’s your iconic 1980s (or any other era) movie?


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