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Classic ’80s Movies That Were Once A National Pastime But Have Now Aged Horribly

Classic 80s Movies That Were Once A National Pastime But Have Now Aged Horribly

Hollywood gave us some pretty iconic ’80s movies to boast. These ’80s movies were all the rage back then. But now they are seen as shameful and embarrassing by the fans. New age readers find these ’80s movies rather distasteful and moronic.

What are your thoughts? Do these ’80s movies deserve the renewed hatred or is it all uncalled for? Do you still enjoy them or do you get uncomfortable every time you watch them again?

Revenge Of The Nerds – The Most Sexist Of ’80s Movies

Revenge of the Nerds
Revenge of the Nerds

There was once a time when Revenge of the Nerds was once the national pastime. The various scenes in the movie are now seen as extremely problematic. For example, Lewis pretending to be Stan to sleep with betty is basically sexual assault by deception. Revenge of the Nerds, if put under the critical lens, reeks of too many controversial moments.

The hilarious antics of Lambda Lambda Lambdas may seem funny then. But distributing nude photos of women without their consent and downplaying sexual assault warrants a backlash, which the movie clearly got away with.

Sixteen Candles – Full of Obsolete Hollywood Stereotypes

Sixteen Candles
Long Duk Dong – Sixteen Candles

The ’80s gave us the holy trinity of teen movies – The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Sixteen Candles. The movie now seems very cliched but during that era, it was considered a masterpiece of cinema.

As of now, Sixteen Candles evokes disgust and shock amongst new age viewers. The character of Long Duk Dong is basically every Hollywood stereotype about Asian men rolled into a character. while Roger Ebert calls him an “elevated stereotype, Long Duk Dong is still a massive stereotype. In another scene, Jake tells that Prom Queen Caroline is so drunk he could “could violate her 10 different ways if I wanted to.” The movie’s casual depiction of date rape should not be taken lightly.

Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom – Poor Portrayal Of India

Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom

Take it from a guy who has lived in India his whole life, this movie is everything that is wrong with Hollywood’s portrayal of the country. India is not at all what this movie shows you – a land of poor villagers from rustic old towns and ancient mystics and snake charmers that eat human flesh and blood.

These movie tropes may have existed back when Hollywood was still transitioning to color. But to see such a shameful depiction of an entire country in an ’80s movie was really uncalled for. Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom deserves all the hatred it gets.

The Naked Gun – Features O.J. Simpson

The Naked Gun movie
The Naked Gun (1988)

The movie – The Naked Gun, is not at all a bad production. Im fact, it is rather enjoyable. But the reason people hate on this comedy film is because of a very specific reason. The Naked Gun features O.J. Simpson, subject of the most notorious murder trial of the last century.

O.J. actually did a good job as Nordberg and fans loved his comic antics. But the former Heisman-winning football player quickly lost his charm after becoming the prime suspect in a double homicide case. O.J. Simpson’s name is still infamous till date so viewers find it difficult to laugh even when he cracks a joke or does something funny in the film.

Rambo III – Global Fans Call It A Pure Propaganda Movie

Rambo 3 Sylvester Stallone
Rambo III

First Blood was epic. Even the sequel was noteworthy. But with Rambo III, the franchise really jumped the shark. Sylvester Stallone wasted too much time and energy in making what fans now call an anti-Soviet propaganda film. It was created for one purpose alone – to muster up national sentiment against the then Soviet aggression against Afghanistan.

The white savior trope was played to its very extreme. None of the thousands of Afghan soldiers could do what a single man from America, who had never set foot in Afghanistan before, did. To top it off, Rambo’s Afghan Mujahideen pals would then end up becoming the deadly Taliban. The movie is no longer taken in good taste in fan circles now.

Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.