Today's youth will never know the satisfying smack of a plastic accessory, the valuable life lessons learned from after-school specials, or what it meant to be kind and rewind. Yes, it's OK to feel sorry for them. But as the jingle fans knew, the very best thing of all, was that there was counter on the ball. Ahh, the decade of morality tales. Cynthia Nixon does! Book nerds unite!
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If You Were An '80s Teenager, You Probably Owned All Of These
Remember when it seemed unreal to contemplate a world in which you did not use Flex shampoo and cream rinse? Where on earth are they now? It was an astringent, a toner, that my older sister swore by for combating acne. One pump rubbed back and forth briskly through my bangs, and I had plumage as multi-petaled as a peony, and just as gorgeous.
Photo by Getty Images. Do you find it impossible to part with your fur vest? Can't dance unless Parliament Funkadelic is on the turntable? Then you were probably a teen in the '80s. Sure, this is admitting you're kind of old, but think how jealous everyone is that you got to see the original "A-Team" on your television set—even if you did have to keep getting up to change the channel and adjust the foil on the antennae.
Here are 30 of the best films about those formative years most of us spend a lifetime trying to forget. Theater geeks, or anyone to ever appear in a school play, can relate to the highs and lows our teenage cast suffers as the competition gets harder the closer they get to graduation. Alan Parker directs, giving the film an unflinching if, at times, overstated portrayal of young performers and the toll chasing their ambitions have on themselves and the relationships most important to them. As funny as the movie is, it also features some heavy moments that may surprise the first-time viewer.