This post written by TheIPC.
Our story goes . . . one particularly uneventful Saturday evening, on a particularly starry night, in the early weeks of 1981, two boys, having never met, watch the same episode of BBC’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Hours later, they both dream the same dream of being Arthur Dent (and totally making it with Trillian) when Zaphod Beeblebrox initiates the Heart of Gold’s Infinite Improbability Drive. When they awoke, their fears that the dream was real are found untrue. Their lives have not been altered and life goes on the same. Until one day, quite recently actually, each still unknowing the other exists, they arrive home and discover that their easy chairs have been turned into boxes of pristine 1980’s video cassettes. And their bags of Tostitos’ and jars of dip, fully functioning VCRs and remotes. They take to Twitter and it is here that the Eric from The IPC and David from That Moment In find each other and learn of their random, connected fates. A note in the box reads:
You must watch every 80s movie in this box. For each movie, a summary would be nice. Nothing crazy. Maybe something short. Your call. Then you must review the film! To do so, choose and describe these five moments: 1) The Best Moment 2) The stupidest Moment 3) That Special 80s Sexy Moment 4) The Now’s A Good Time toTake A Pee Break Moment and finally 5) The Most Cheesiest Silly Awesome Eighties Moment. Good luck. We are watching you.
First out of the Box: Spies Like Us (1985)
Inserting tape into VCR. Dimming lights. Pressing play. Fixing tracking . . .
This movie was a staple of my teens – I probably watched it so much that I wore the magnets out of my VCR. Did I really do that??? I wouldn’t have been able to watch anything else so, probably not. I’m a liar!!! Well, anyway – people grow up and we get old and we move out on our own and we forget to take beloved video tapes with us and our moms don’t allow us back in the house until we cut our hair and stop looking like hippies and we don’t want to do that because we just bought a brand new black leather jacket and think we’re really cool and we try and pick up chicks but our stringy long hair is stupid so we never do and then we’re older and running movie blogs and, wait, what???
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO – due to my directive by my new overlords, I gave this a watch the other day and……………….. it was all right. Humor sure has changed over the years. I still think this type of comedy is a million times funnier (and better) than Will Ferrell screaming about his boner or eating shit or the improv crap going around lately but, this wasn’t quite AS funny as I remembered… let’s see here….
The Best Moment:
This has to be the part where I actually LOL-ed and had a smile on my face for a good minute – when the boys are in their military training and in every scene there are dozens of soldiers running around with their arms in the air, holding rifles and grunting “HUP! HUP! HUP!” constantly. I didn’t remember that and I cracked up a little.
The Stupidest Moment:
I have to admit, and I might get boooooooooooo-ed, but I’ve never really been a fan of Chase. I think SOME of his stuff is funny – like his deadpan delivery, but otherwise I’ve never really cared. I especially don’t care about his screaming and yelling to be funny or falling down, but this part where he’s calling the U.S. to get them out of there was just kind of dumb to me…
The Special 80s Sexy Moment:
UM – I know I’m visiting someone else’s site so we’ll try and keep this classy so. UM…. DUH!
The Now’s A Good Time To Take A Pee Break Moment:
If you’re not able to pause this thing and go whiz because you’re watching this on some sort of 1970s device that doesn’t have a pause option and you might miss a few moments, as soon as you see the boys heading into that Flight Simulator, this is the best time to make a break for it. This scene is pointless and stupid and I didn’t even like it when I was a kid. (#funnyfaces)
The Most Cheesiest Silly Awesome 80s Moment:
If we are being directed to specify some sort of 1980’s particulars, it would totally have to be these two Russians who are pretending to be Americans. Nice pastels, comrades:
From TMI: That was great, Eric! Now check out my post on Spies Like Us here!