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The fact that most all movies in the 80's had, at their core, a single running theme:

Bored suburban middle-to-upper-class white teens have crazy adventures and come full circle having learned a little about themselves.

How this particular zeitgeist arose is a matter of debate; its existence is not.

"Adventures in Babysitting, Mac & Me, Flight of the Navigator, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, License to Drive, Pretty In Pink, Mystic Pizza, The Wizard, Breakfast Club, Lucas, Gremlins, Risky Business, All the Right Moves, Back to the Future, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Boy Who Could Fly, Can't Buy Me Love, A Christmas Story, Dirty Dancing, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Goonies, Karate Kid, Labyrinth, Little Monsters, Lost Boys, The Monster Squad, Neverending Story, Pretty in Pink, Real Genius, Revenge of the Nerds, Say Anything, Sixteen Candles, Some Kind of Wonderful, Stand By Me, Weird Science and War Games are just a few of the movies from the 80's that fit under the Unified Theory of 80's Movies."
by Clintacus August 24, 2006
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