Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies (and Why We Don’t Learn Them from Movies Anymore)

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Everyone loves 80’s movies. Whether it’s The Princess Bride or48 Hours, Footloose, GhostBusters, Dirty Dancing, orPretty in Pink, there’s at least one that dwells in the back of your mind, pumping glorious throwback affirmations, jokes, quotes, and insights into your brain.

Hadley Freeman is a self-confessed diehard 80’s-movie fan, but she’s focused that obsessive fandom into this razor-sharp look at the lessons you might not have even realized you’d learned from classic 80’s movies. Whether it’s how masculinity is portrayed in GhostBusters the demonization of working women since the days of Baby Boom or the myth of “women’s movies” not making money, this love letter to iconic 80’s films is as insightful as it is funny.

Although my favorite 80’s movie isn’t mentioned–Better Off Dead you taught me so much–Hadley does a bang-up job culling important lessons about race, culture, and the increasingly myopic view of marketability in studio filmmaking today, all while offering some very personal, very funny glimpses of how these movies affected her.

Life may move pretty fast, but not too fast for Hadley Freeman to pen a killer treatise on one of cinema’s greatest decades.


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Author Hadley Freeman
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
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Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publish Date 14-Jun-16
ISBN 9781501130458
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Issue June 2016
Category Music & Movies
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