This thread is the BIGGEST PICKLE I've ever been in.
February 27, 2015 8:40 AM   Subscribe

I love cult movies about dumb teenage boys having adventures, possibly in the 1950s/1960s and possibly in a 1980s/1990s production. Like Stand by Me, The Sandlot, and The Outsiders, or Lost Boys and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. What other movies would I love?

I basically was your typical teenage boy and basically still am a dumb partying dirtbag with the maturity level and intelligence of Jeff Spicoli. I want more cinematic heroes.

Like, give me a coming of age story where someone in a leather jacket describes something as "tuff" and I'm in heaven. Movies about girl characters are totally fine, but I'm weird and I don't connect with say, Heathers the same way a lot of other people do. I also like Grease and literally everything John Waters has ever dreamed of. Four billion extra points for homoerotic vibes!!!
posted by Juliet Banana to Media & Arts (36 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
 
I mean, Ferris Bueller's Day Off is basically the Holy Grail of this genre, right?
posted by pintapicasso at 8:44 AM on February 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


Super 8 is recent but definitely has those vibes and is set in that time period.
posted by rubster at 8:51 AM on February 27, 2015 [4 favorites]


Rebel Without A Cause is exactly what you're looking for.
posted by SisterHavana at 8:53 AM on February 27, 2015


Also: The Wild One (Brando), and the Warriors (1970s, but got that black leather vibe.)
posted by Bourbonesque at 8:54 AM on February 27, 2015


Cry Baby? John Waters + teen rebels in the '50s. So fun.
posted by witchen at 8:58 AM on February 27, 2015 [3 favorites]


The Goonies.
posted by Sassyfras at 9:00 AM on February 27, 2015 [3 favorites]


Breaking Away? It's adorable and funny.
posted by julthumbscrew at 9:01 AM on February 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


Doesn't get much dumber than Stowaway to the Moon.

In a sense, the original Star Wars fits what you want.
posted by bondcliff at 9:03 AM on February 27, 2015


Back to the Future
Grease
posted by mkultra at 9:09 AM on February 27, 2015


The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is a stupid movie for smart people.
posted by workerant at 9:14 AM on February 27, 2015 [5 favorites]


Big Trouble in Little China is also a classic of the eighties and is superbly quotable.
posted by workerant at 9:15 AM on February 27, 2015 [2 favorites]


More on the horror side, but I'd include:
The Monster Squad
and to a lesser extent
The Gate

posted by jennypower at 9:25 AM on February 27, 2015


Toy Soldiers - Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, Louis Gossett Jr. and a bunch of other familiar faces.
posted by soelo at 9:39 AM on February 27, 2015


Red Dawn ? (not the reboot .. ) WOLVERINES!!
posted by k5.user at 9:41 AM on February 27, 2015


Encino Man, License to Drive
posted by soelo at 9:42 AM on February 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


Bronx Tale
To Sir With Love
Over the Edge
posted by beccaj at 9:51 AM on February 27, 2015


American Graffiti
posted by travertina at 10:04 AM on February 27, 2015


Boyhood

Movies about girl characters are totally fine
Now and Then
My Girl
posted by melissasaurus at 10:14 AM on February 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


White Squall
posted by almostmanda at 10:29 AM on February 27, 2015


I haven't seen it, but I've heard reviewers say that Mud is very reminiscent of Stand By Me....
posted by JenThePro at 10:45 AM on February 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


Dazed and Confused
posted by rhythm and booze at 10:48 AM on February 27, 2015 [2 favorites]


It's not a comedy by any stretch, but Dead Poets Society came out in 1989 and does have plenty of fun "teenaged boys goofing around in the 1950s" moments.
posted by usonian at 11:07 AM on February 27, 2015


Meatballs
posted by biscuits at 11:25 AM on February 27, 2015


Seconding Encino Man. A sprawling masterpiece of great import. "Weeze the jui-uuuuce."

Perhaps Wayne's World.
Any of the Revenge of the Nerds or PCU-type Animal House ripoffs.
posted by cmoj at 11:29 AM on February 27, 2015


Saved! included adventures of both dumb teenaged boys and girls, leather jackets and looking tough, and some homoerotic vibes. It's an immensely satisfying movie for reasons I have not been able to explain since I saw it as a college student in 2004.
posted by juniperesque at 11:52 AM on February 27, 2015 [4 favorites]


A bit outside your parameters but Super 8 is a fantastic love letter to your favourite subgenre.
posted by StoicRomance at 1:15 PM on February 27, 2015


One Crazy Summer is another John Cusack 80s movie along the line of better of dead but slightly less funny.
Roadracers is a 90s movie about the 50s. It is so so ridiculous. You would love it.
and my favorite "leather jacket" 80s movie: The Legend of Billie Jean
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:29 PM on February 27, 2015 [2 favorites]




The Wanderers
The Lords of Flatbush
posted by 1970s Antihero at 6:58 PM on February 27, 2015


May not fit your requirements exactly, but a movie I loved- 'The Way Way Back' Funny, sad, heartwarming... See it.
posted by redliner at 4:40 AM on February 28, 2015 [1 favorite]


Super nerdy lame scifi entries (I have a narrow field of interest, apparently):
Flight of the Navigator
Explorers
Attack the Block
The Faculty
posted by Mister Moofoo at 9:40 AM on February 28, 2015


Yes, The Legend of Billie Jean should be watched by all good peoples.

"Fair is fair!"
posted by jammy at 12:29 PM on February 28, 2015


Also, Idle Hands is pretty much nothing but dumb teenage boys being either stoned or undead (or both!) in the late 90s.
posted by jammy at 12:33 PM on February 28, 2015 [1 favorite]


"The Big Steal" is a fun Australian movie from 1990 which you might like. Here's an article about it.
posted by h00py at 5:27 PM on February 28, 2015


The Kings of Summer doesn't fit the time period but I think you might like it.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 7:06 PM on February 28, 2015


This might be a bit off target, but I love it so I'd recommend The Heavenly Kid. It's got leather jackets, a great 80's makeover montage, an awesomely weird half 50's/half 80's soundtrack and a kick ass angel named Rafferty.
posted by pandalicious at 12:03 AM on March 1, 2015


« Older Second-hand MacBook Pro - what to look for, 2015...   |   LatinFilter: help me modify this latin… phrase? Newer »
This thread is closed to new comments.