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When I got home late from my first wedding DJ gig on Saturday night I texted David Eleanor to see if the Dodgeball party was still raging.  It was not (the team crushed TWO kegs by 11:30/midnight!).

I was up and still buzzing from the party and felt like watching something that was not internet porn.  I punched up Tool’s AEnima record.  I don’t know what it is about the song “Eulogy” but I started thinking about the 1985 sci-fi classic, Explorers.  The movie stars a young Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix in their first feature film roles!  Plus a young Amanda Peterson (SWA?  we’ll get to her later).

The story is basically about a group of teens who build a spaceship and take off into space to explore.  They meet some aliens and presto-bango-bongo, you got a movie.

When i saw it as a kid, I loved the movie.  iTunes sells films, but it was $10!  Luckily, youtube has a much nicer price-point, free.

Watch>> Explorers part 1/14 (just follow the links after each segment to complete the film)

The movie is pretty great as far as old 80’s films of my youth go.  The film is worth your time strictly on its historical merits of featuring River Phoenix in his debut film role.

The female lead (who isn’t in the film much… girls ewwww!) is an actress named Amanda Peterson.

Amanda is an interesting story of the life and career of likely so many Hollywood actors.  She was on the up during this film.  landed a few good roles, nominated for the odd award then gets the lead in 1987’s Can’t Buy Me Love.  This movie was one of Patrick Dempsey‘s first starring roles and at the time… Amanda and Patrick were a big teen idol deal.

Yet oddly, Amanda would go on to do no other films of note.  Weird?  I wonder why that is?  Wikipedia doesn’t have those answers and doesn’t do speculation.

I had to watch Can’t Buy Me Love… and wouldn’t you know it, youtube has this move too, broken down into a 10 part series.

Watch>> Can’t Buy Me Love 1/10

I might like Can’t Buy Me Love better than Explorers, if only because it is an even greater 80’s film in the traditional sense.

The film hits all my basic 80’s film foundations except one [gratuitous topless shot(s)].

01) Jock vs Nerd Conflict
02) Quest to date the hottest girl in school (cheerleader)
03) Slow clap to end the movie

Patrick Dempsey plays Ronald, a nerd that has a super duper crush on Cindy… the hottest girl in school.  Cindy fucks up and needs $1,000 bad!  Ronald has a grand so they work out a deal where Cindy will “date” Ronald for one month and help him achieve popularity in exchange for the money.  Along the way, they discover a little something about each other and there is some miss-communication, some conflict, some growth and then… yes a slow clap.  Sounds like a pretty epic 80’s comedy to me.

Ask Coral, I actually joined the slow clap myself!  I had too… it was no Lucas slow clap, but it was grand.

If you have the technology, plug your laptop into your TV and invite the kids around this portal into a distant past… one where Jock and Nerds waged a war for Cheerleader supremacy.

Go with yourself.

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