So much of the late 1980s film messaging revolved around the concept of teenage freedom and rebellion; the idea that kids weren’t alone in feeling oppressed and undermined by parents, principles and authority. I think we can rhyme off a number of social and historical contextualizations from those years that would explain the uprising of teen independence in movies (Breakfast Club, Dazed and Confused, and Sixteen Candles to name a few), music and other pop culture mediums – but for now, let’s just appreciate some of the classic movies that were examples of this teen power.
Firstly, I think we can safely say everyone had Bueller moments growing up. Moments where you felt like the wise guy or gal who turned a cold shoulder to authority, whether it was for show or it was a genuine disregard for their power – because you were a teen, and that’s what teens do, right? Teens like Ferris Bueller, and his infamous day off that hit theaters in 1986, encouraged this lighthearted “getting away” with things, living every day until its fullest and not letting anyone (no matter how old) hold you back from having a good time and doing what you want. This scene always stands out when I think of the movie, and the now Mr. Sarah Jessica Parker (Matthew Broderick, as I’m sure he prefers to be called), interrupting a city parade with an unscheduled medley of “Danke Shoen” by Wayne Newton and “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles from atop a hijacked Dutch float. Bueller’s rebellious, but well-received, performance is the perfect representation of what the classic teen comedies of the 80s were all about – being young, having fun and encouraging those who might have forgotten how, to do so as well. Happy Monday – I expect a few bottoms will wiggle in their seat while watching this one!