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Of all the 1980s films that can be described as Eighties Teen Movies Thorburn 1998 or High School Movies Messner 1998 those written and with the exception of Pretty In Pink 1986 and Some Kind of Wonderful1987 directed by John Hughes were often seen to define the genre even leading to the tag John Hughes rites de passage movies as a genre definition used in 1990s popular culture such as in Waynes World 2 1994 dir Stephen Surjik This term refers to the half dozen films made between 1984 and 1987 chronologically Sixteen Candles 1984 The Breakfast Club 1985 Weird Science 1985 Ferris Buellers Day Off 1986 Pretty In Pink 1986 and Some Kind Of Wonderful 1987 the latter two being directed by Howard Deutch For the purpose of this study Weird Science and Some Kind of Wonderful shall be excluded Weird Science since unlike the other films it is grounded in science fiction rather than reality and Some Kind of Wonderful as its characters are fractionally older and have lost the innocence key to the previous movies as Bernstein states the youthful naivete was missing and the diamond earring motif a significant gift within the film was no substitute Bernstein 1997 p89 Bernstein suggests that the decadent 1980s were like the 1950s an AIDS-free adventure playground with the promise of prosperity around every corner our last age of innocence Bernstein 1997 p1 The films were very much a product of the time in terms of their production suddenly adolescent spending power dictated that Hollywood direct all its energies to fleshing out the fantasies of our friend Mr Dumb Horny 14 Year Old Bernstein 1997 p4 their repetition with the growth of video cassette recorders cable and satellite with time to fill and also the likes of MTV promoting the films soundtracks and their ideologiesThe capitalist ideas so prominent in the Reagan Thatcher era are as clearly instilled in the youth of the 1980s
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