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12 Pop Culture Moments From the ’80s That Turned Boys into Men

Catch Fast Times at Ridgemont High during IFC's 80s Weekend.

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Picture it: The year is 1980-something. You’re a young man of a certain age. You’re watching some innocuous comedy, about a nerd who switches bodies with a jock, or a schlub who drives cross country to meet the girl of his dreams. Typical stuff. Some jokes. Maybe a Kenny Loggins song. But in the 1980s, there was one more thing you were likely to stumble upon. Something that would change your life forever.

That thing was BOOBS.

They were everywhere. You’re watching a VHS copy of some family comedy with your grandma, and there they are. You’re up late watching cable on a sleepover, and whoops!, there are those hungry, hungry hippos. There was no escaping them, which led to loads of confusing and enlightening feelings over the years. Here are a few of those magical moments that kickstarted puberty for an entire generation.

12. Daisy and her Dukes on Dukes of Hazzard

When we first tuned in, it was for those no good rascals The Duke Boys. But as we grew older, our focus shifted. Soon we barely noticed the car chases and hijinks. Something, or someone (and her iconic short shorts) was distracting us.

11. The Bundy Gals on Married With Children

Before Married With Children debuted, the sexiest thing on a sitcom was Phylicia Rashad’s knowing smirk. Peg and Kelly Bundy blew the old school out of the water, and we spent the next decade glued to the screen.

10. Duran Duran’s “Girls On Film” Music Video

MTV was something our older brother watched. It was cool, mysterious, and confusing. Cool guys singing about cool things. Like girls. Specifically ones on film.

9. Jamie Lee Curtis in Trading Places

A comedy classic, this movie had it all. Eddie Murphy at his peak. Hell, Aykroyd at his too. And some scream queen trying to break into the big time with her wits, her charm and her…Oh dear lord. Mom, I’ll be in the other room.

8. Bond Girls

We were emphatic. There had never been, and never would be, a better Bond than Roger Moore. He was charming. Dashing. Sure, he looks a little like grandpa. And did he just say a pun? But this movie about a half octopus, half pussy cat sounds promising. That is what it’s about, right?

7. The Popular Girls in Can’t Buy Me Love

Here’s one of the many movies from the ’80s that tried to teach us that popularity didn’t matter, while showing us how amazing it was to be popular. The rewards of being the big man on campus ranged from rocking out the African Anteater Ritual to doing certain adult things in the backseat of cars.

6. The Big Reveal in Just One Of The Guys

Years before The Crying Game, our young libidos were put to the test. You can keep your blonde cheerleaders. We’ll take the “boy” in the corner, with a very big secret. We can’t show you how Joyce Hyser proves she’s a girl, but we’re betting you remember it pretty clearly.

5. MTV Spring Break

A strange, magical place filled with tanned coeds and Adam Sandler, the MTV Beach House was the stuff of legend when it first appeared in 1986. Sure, now we know it was just a cesspool of OSU frat brothers and herpes, but at the time, it seemed like heaven on earth.

4. Lisa in Weird Science

The concept might not have been the most P.C., but then again, P.C. didn’t even exist back then. Heck, this was a John Hughes movie. That nice boy Anthony Michael Hall was in it. It’s like a sci-fi The Breakfast Club. We can take the whole family, right? Right?

3. Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Okay, this was a children’s movie, right? Bugs Bunny is in it! Mickey freakin’ Mouse! But then Jessica Rabbit walked in, and made Eddie Valiant, and by extension everyone in the audience, seriously confused about what they were feeling.

2. Princess Leia’s Gold Bikini

Gold bikini. Those two words represent a sea change to men of a certain age. The irony of George Lucas adding Ewoks to Return of the Jedi to appeal to kids while simultaneously making men of his young audience is best left for Mr. Lucas and his therapist to sort through.

1. The Pool Scene in Fast Times At Ridgemont High

The standard by which all ’80s babes are measured, Phoebe Cates became the stuff of legend in one quick fantasy sequence. A classic movie to begin with, this short scene has become as iconic as Marilyn on the subway grate or Clark Gable not giving a damn.

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Documentary Now! Robert Evans Mansion

The Reel Deal

Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans

Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

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Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was narrated by Robert Evans and based on his memoir of the same name. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

Robert Evans, Chinatown
Paramount Pictures

Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

Wag The Dog
New Line Cinema

Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

Robert Evans Slap
20th Century Film Corp

Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

via Giphy

Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

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Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

Everett Collection
Everett Collection

In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

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With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

Portlandia Toni Screaming GIF

Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on and the IFC app.

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