The Best films set in the 80’s (Sing Street Feature)

Sing Street
The 80’s…an age before technology ruled our lives, when people embraced big hair, eccentric makeup, tight apparel and vibrant music. The decade that gave us Boy George, Wham!, Ronald Reagan, Cyndi Lauper and legwarmers is often the subject of nostalgic films, books and pop culture… and what’s the point in complaining. It was fun, fearless and filled with interesting music and characters. To celebrate the release of Sing Street on Blu-ray™ and DVD, we take a look at our favourite films set in the one of the most memorable cinematic era’s.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club shattered 80’s conventional thinking. Set largely in a single room, where the characters merely just sit and chat. The now-iconic cast of Ringwald, Hall, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez and Ally Sheedy truly breathed life into their roles as kids from dissimilar social cliques, and director John Hughes used them to delve deep into issues of identity and loneliness; as well as bringing humour and spirit to the table.

Adventureland (2009)

While lead female Kristen Stewart was born in 1990, making the 80’s more of a myth than something tangible, it evidently had no effect on the matter-of-fact, genuine feel of the film. The film not doubt appears unoriginial, but that familiarity turns out to be integral to its appeal. Somehow the story of a young man’s coming of age is timeless, at least when it is told with the kind of sweetness and intelligence this film displays.

The Wedding Singer (1998)

Adam Sandler’s The Wedding Singer is the definition of nostalgic. Although a lot of the hair, clothes and music covers are done for laughs, anyone who grew up in the 80’s would find to ignore the drips of 80’s throwback’s. Released in 1998, the film see’s Sandler as protagonist Robbie Hart, a hopeless romantic employed as a wedding singer who found himself alone on his special day. Que lovelorn waitress Julia (played by Drew Barrymore) as an unlikely friend who helps Robbie understand the true meaning of love; and unsurprisingly the end result is a typical schmaltzy tale of two people destined for more than being “just friends.”

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

Justifiably a cult classic, a perfect balance between fondness for and mockery of summer camp culture: the activities, the personalities, the lifers. The film is over the top and, to some extent, ridiculous, but undeniably a homage to teen’s in the 80’s. All in all a nostalgic comedy with inspiring performances by comic actors we’ve come to know and love since.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

An outrageous, clever and charming comedy of youth in revolt, that John Hughes is quite clearly accustomed to. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a classical coming-of-age film filled with countless humor, a slick and sleek performance from Matthew Broderick and clever script, making this an unavoidably recognizable film of the decade.

Sing Street (2016)

It’s 1980s Dublin, an economic recession forces Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) out of comfortable private school and into survival mode at the inner-city public school. He finds a glimmer of sunshine in the mysterious and über-cool Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. Renaming himself “Cosmo”, he becomes immersed in the vibrant rock music trends of the ‘80s, as he forms a band dedicated to pouring their hearts into writing lyrics and shooting videos. A feel-good film packed with incredible iconic 80’s and original music, make sure Sing Street is on your list to watch.


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