There’s a fine line between homage and parody, and this ridiculous video below falls firmly on the side of homage.
The backstory: Upcoming film “Take Me Home Tonight” is a parody/homage to ‘80s teen comedies (”Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “The Breakfast Club,” et al). It stars Anna Faris (“The House Bunny”) and Topher Grace, aka Eric from “That ‘70s Show” (who is now in danger of being typecast as “weird period piece dude”). To promo the film, Brooklyn rock band Atomic Tom (which rides the coattails of OK Go pretty hard) re-did Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” so that a music video could be created for it.
That music video, which is below, consists of the cast of “Take Me Home Tonight” reliving as many scenes as possible from classic ‘80s movies. Grace does a weirdly accurate Marty McFly impression, as well as some breakdancing. How’s your ‘80s movie knowledge? Can you guess ‘em all?
The fun gets started at 1:08, but it really picks up at 2:00.
Bonus question: Why don’t we have as many iconic movies as we used to? The ‘00s didn’t produce as many celluloid cultural touchstones as the ‘80s…