The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
Movie Reviews Index
In this section you will reviews of films made during the 1980s which have some pop-culture significance.  In other words, I want to look at movies that are windows into life in the Eighties, that portray the way we were (or the way we thought we were, or the way we wanted to be.)  That means I won't be reviewing historical films like The Last Emperor, or costume dramas like Amadeus, or sci-fi flicks like Aliens.  (All excellent movies, by the way.)
I rate the movies like this:
****  An outstanding film, awesome, even totally tubular.
***  Above average, definitely cool, almost rad
**  Strictly average
*  Bogus, uncool, even grody movies that are a complete waste of time.    

Click on the letters of the alphabet to access the reviews.
Titles in bold letters are those added most recently.

All reviews Jason Manning

There are currently 178 reviews


The Accused (1988)
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
Against All Odds (1984)
All of Me (1984)
American Flyers (1985)
Armed and Dangerous (1986)
Arthur (1981)

Bachelor Party (1984)
Back to School (1986)
*batteries not included (1987)
The Bedroom Window (1987)
Beetlejuice (1988)
Best Defense (1984)
Betrayed (1988)
Better Off Dead (1985)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
The Big Bet (1985)
The Big Easy (1987)
The Big Picture (1989)
Black Rain (1989)
Black Widow (1986)
Blind Date (1987)
Blue City (1986)
Blue Thunder (1983)
Body Heat (1981)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Breaking In (1989)
Breathless (1983)

Can't Buy Me Love (1987)
Cat People (1982)
Catch Me If You Can (1989)
Class (1983)
Clean and Sober (1988)
Club Paradise (1986)
The Color of Money (1986)
Colors (1988)
Commando (1985)
Cop (1987)
The Couch Trip (1988)
Country (1984)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Criminal Law (1988)
Cujo (1983)
Cutting Class (1989)

D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
Dead-Bang (1989)
Dead Heat (1988)
The Dead Pool (1988)
The Dogs of War (1980)
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
The Dream Team (1989)

Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)
8 Million Ways to Die (1985)
Eyewitness (1981)

The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Fatal Beauty (1987)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Fighting Back (1982)
Firstborn (1984)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
For Keeps (1988)
48 Hrs. (1983)
Fresh Horses (1988)
F/X (1986)

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Gotham (1988)
Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Hiding Out (1987)
Homeboy (1988)
Hot to Trot (1988)
The Hunger (1983)

Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
It Takes Two (1988)
Jack's Back (1988)
Johnny Handsome (1989)
The King of Comedy (1983)
K-9 (1989)

The Last American Virgin (1982)
Last Rites (1988)
Lean On Me (1989)
Legal Eagles (1986)
Less Than Zero (1985)
Lost in America (1985)
Loverboy (1989)
Lucas (1986)

Made in USA (1988)
Manhunter (1986)
Mannequin (1987)
The Men's Club (1986)
Micki & Maude (1984)
The Mighty Quinn (1989)
Miles From Home (1988)
Modern Girls (1986)
The Money Pit (1986)
Moon Over Parador (1988)
Moonstruck (1986)
The Morning After (1986)
Mystic Pizza (1988)

The New Kids (1985)
Night Shift (1982)
No Mercy (1986)
No Way Out (1987)
Nothing in Common (1986)
Off Beat (1986)
Out of Bounds (1986)

Patti Rocks (1987)
Physical Evidence (1989)
The Pick-up Artist (1987)
Pink Cadillac (1989)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
Private Resort (1985)
Promised Land (1988)
Protocol (1984)
Pumpkinhead (1988)
Quicksilver (1986)

Real Genius (1985)
Red Heat (1988)
Relentless (1989)
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)
Renegades (1989)
Repo Man (1984)
Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
Road House (1989)
Rocky III (1982)
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Rooftops (1989)
Running on Empty (1988)
Ruthless People (1986)

St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
Salvador (1986)
Satisfaction (1988)
Scarface (1983)
Secret Admirer (1985)
The Secret of My Success (1987)
See You in the Morning (1989)
She-Devil (1989)
She's Having A Baby (1988)
She's Out of Control (1989)
Shoot to Kill (1988)
Short Circuit (1986)
Short Circuit 2 (1988)
So Fine (1981)
Some Girls (1988)
Someone To Watch Over Me (1987)
Stand and Deliver (1988)
The Star Chamber (1983)
Streetwise (1985)
Sudden Impact (1983)
Summer School (1987)
Surrender (1987)
Switching Channels (1988)

Tango & Cash (1989)
Tap (1989)
Taps (1981)
Tequila Sunrise (1988)
Thief (1981)
3rd Degree Burn (1989)
Tiger Warsaw (1987)
Top Gun (1986)
Torchlight (1984)
Touch and Go (1986)
Tough Guys (1986)
True Believer (1989)
Tuff Turf (1985)
Turner & Hooch (1989)

UHF (1989)
Uncle Buck (1989)
Uncommon Valor (1984)
The Verdict (1982)
Vice Versa (1988)
Violets Are Blue (1986)

War of the Roses, The (1989)
Who's That Girl (1987)
Wildcats (1986)
Working Girl (1988)

You Can't Hurry Love (1988)
Youngblood (1986)


The films awarded four stars:
Beverly Hills Cop (1984) ... Body Heat (1981) ... The Breakfast Club (1985) ... The Color of Money (1986) ... Colors (1988) ... The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) ... Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) ... Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) ... Running on Empty (1988) ... Working Girl (1988)