The Breakfast Club
If Vice-Principal Gleason seems especially irritable during Saturday morning detentions, it’s because he has been dealing all week with parents demanding censorship of controversial books. That’s why you’ll notice there are no copies of Judy Blume’s Forever on the bookshelves of the library.
Back to the Future series
One of the side-effects of frequent time travel is a change in body chemistry whereby one’s sweat smells increasingly like boiled ham. If you look closely, you can see the other characters wrinkling their noses in growing revulsion every time Marty and Doc time jump.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Located on the dresser in Ferris’s bedroom is an ointment labeled, “For treatment of condyloma acuminata,” commonly known as anal warts.
During one of the love scenes, you can clearly see Kelly McGillis mouthing to Tom Cruise, “Your tongue is like a day-old pancake.”
When Diane Court visits her father in prison, she gives him a Waterman Carène E2 ballpoint pen. In prison parlance, receiving such a pen is code for “you will be strangled with a tube sock in the laundry room.”
The Return of the Jedi
As Emperor Palpatine is torturing Luke with Force lightning, you can clearly see that Darth Vader has the hiccups.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Jeff Spicoli’s undiagnosed dyslexia transforms Fast Times into a clear indictment of the California education system.
When Jake Ryan pulls up in front of Samantha’s house in his Porsche 944, there is a flyer on his dashboard for the Crystal Heavens Way Community of God, suggesting that Jake’s primary interest in Samantha is to indoctrinate her into a cult.
“Seth Brundle” is an anagram for “lush bed rent,” a hint to the viewer that the scientist’s dream was to take the earnings from patenting his teleportation device, retire and open a high-end luxury B&B, thus rendering his gooey demise that much more tragic.
Dead Poets Society
In West African culture, standing on a desk is considered a great insult, something the boys at Welton Academy would have learned in their Comparative Anthropology class. Therefore, the boys who remained seated as Mr. Keating leaves are actually displaying greater respect and admiration than those standing.
The Karate Kid
Daniel Larusso claims to be from Newark, New Jersey but actually speaks with a Long Island accent, which makes you wonder what’s actually true about Daniel Larusso—if that even is his real name…
Peter Venkman is never seen eating a fruit or vegetable. The resulting vitamin deficiency explains his somewhat languorous attitude, even when faced with ghosts/slime and the ravishing Sigourney Weaver.
At the time of its original release in 1984, the resemblance between Ross Murray and Kevin Bacon was remarked upon by viewers who knew Ross Murray in 1984.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Major Toht has an impression of the Staff of Ra headpiece scarred into the palm of his hand, a detail you might have missed if your date had sent you out to the lobby for Twizzlers right at the time of the reveal, even though you had gone once already for popcorn and were therefore finding the plot generally hard to follow, especially with all the chewing.