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.
Sigourney Weaver is “ravishing”? maybe because of Alien and Working Girl, she’s always scared me, I always thought there’d be a twist, and she’d turn out to be a wraith herself in Ghostbusters.
By coincidence, I watched “Footloose” for the first time this weekend, kind of a strange but fun soundtrack, not sure about the Kevin Bacon comparison but maybe John Lithgow? He had a typewriter, for one thing. They filmed it in Utah, which explains the ’50’s vibe, and my aunt’s husband’s sister was an extra, so that’s only 3 or 4 degrees of bacon separation.
Never seen Footloose. Or Gremlins. A lot of 80s movies actually. I tried watching Goonies as an adult and couldn’t make it past the first reel. I think nostalgia over-inflates a lot of culture. Hell, yeah, Sigourney. Maybe “ravishing” isn’t the right word, though. “Captivating”?
I’ve been told I look like a lot of people over the years, including Milo in the animated film Atlantis. That speaks to my two-dimensional character, I believe.
I’ll be darned, Milo Thatch, definite resemblance. I sometimes get “A young Abe Vigoda, but not as healthy-looking.” Footloose was pretty fun, actually.
Having known Ross IRL in 1984, I can confirm that he did indeed have an uncanny resemblance to Kevin Bacon. I can only say that I think the years since 1984 have been kinder to Ross than to Kevin. Too bad I can’t reply with photos to back up my statements!
Could use the Bacon bucks, though.
Yeah well.. money. Meh.
body double for Kevin Bacon in your future? you could do all the action stuff.
I need a body first.
Good god the Kevin Bacon resemblance! That’s crazy. I can’t unsee that now. Wow…
Somebody has way too much time on their hands to look for these Easter Eggs But thanks it was fun
Laugh Loud and Proud
Time is what we got.
Who knew?! So obscure and yet so obvious 😉 Love the way your mind works! LOL I will never watch these with the same naivete again!
Glad you liked. Thanks.