For anyone that has ever lived through the 80s or just has a love for 80s cinema, this book is perfect for you! Written like literary criticism, this book delves deep into teen movies of the 80s. Basking on movies from The Karate Kid to The Goonies, Smokler writes about how the different movies were made, how they made a difference in today's teen movies, and how they shaped the way for the future in cinema in general. Arguing that the 80s were the best in teen cinema (there's no arguing here), Smokler interviews cast members, movie makers, and those close to the movies he talks about so you get a first-hand look at what it meant to make the movies. One such interview was with Gedde Watanabe (Long Duk Dong in Sixteen Candles) and how his accent in the movie was by accident and he used the accent to stand out at the audition and it just stuck. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to get a behind the scenes look at their favorite teen movies or get a good academic take on the 80s teen movie genre.
From the fictional towns of Hill Valley, CA, and Shermer, IL, to the beautiful landscapes of the Goondocks in Astoria and the time of your life dirty dancing resort still alive and well in Lake Lure, NC, '80s teen movies left their mark not just on movie screen and in the hearts of fans, but on the landscape of America itself. Like few other eras in movie history, the '80s teen movies has endured and gotten better with time. In Brat Pack America, Kevin Smokler gives virtual tours of your favorite movies while also picking apart why these locations are so important to these movies. Including interviews with actors, writers, and directors of the era, and chock full of interesting facts about your favorite '80s movies, Brat Pack America is a must for any fan. Smokler went to Goonies Day in Astoria, OR, took a Lost Boys tour of Santa Cruz, CA, and deeply explored every nook and cranny of the movies we all know and love, and it shows."